Lulu will be remembered as a brilliant radio personality

The late radio presenter, Lungiswa “Lulu” Haarmans.

A seasoned, brilliant, and jovial broadcaster with a sense of humour, these are some of the ways to describe the late former Mhlobo Wenene FM broadcaster, Lungiswa “Lulu” Haarmans.

Since Haarmans’ death was announced, radio executives, colleagues, and listeners have spoken out about what a loss it is for radio.

Haarmans, 41, died last Thursday evening at a hospital in her hometown of Makhanda after a brief illness.

She died just as she was about to begin her new job as a radio presenter for Ilizwi FM.

MamCirha, as her listeners dubbed her, joined Mhlobo Wenene in 2003, where she appeared on the weekday entertainment show Khanya Gqiyazana as well as Mhlobo Wenene FM news programs.

Zimkhitha Jikwana, a news producer and friend of Haarmans, described her as intelligent, talented, and loving.

“I first got to know Lulu in 2006 when I came to the SABC, I was in the news department and she was an excellent broadcaster. Our friendship developed gradually after I became a studio producer for King Patrick Dalindyebo.

“It happened that she came to work in the news department, she came when I was not there, when I came back from vacation, Sir Fez Mpunzi said that she will work with me. A humble, kind, and intelligent individual arrived, determined to learn the job,” Jikwana recalled.

“We were great friends at the time, and we decided that I would be her manager from 03:30am to 11:30am, and we would be friends after work,” Jikwana explained.

Haarmans lost her job after being fired from the station for breaching employment terms in September 2019.

“We all commit mistakes, but we can all learn from them. No does not kill. I will miss Lulu’s kindness to everyone. Her intelligence, talent, and enthusiasm for radio,” Jikwana stated.

Mafa Bavuma, a colleague and friend of Haarman’s, said Lulu was radio personified and made radio look easy.

“I learnt from this fallen radio icon. What a loss,” said Bavuma.

Haarmans was a mother to two children, Iviwe and Inga.

She will be laid to rest in Makhanda on Saturday, January 21. Her memorial service will be held today at 1820 Settlers Monument in Makhanda.

Rest in peace, Nojaholo! We will remember you for that lovely voice.