Long-serving SABC Radio Station Phalaphala FM presenter Mpho ‘MG’ Rathando has resigned from the station. Friday, 30 June 2023 will be his last day on air.

He is the presenter of the current affairs show ‘Tshiko tsha Ndivho’ between 12:00-15:00 on weekdays. ‘MG’ as he is effectively known will be taking up a position in the Makhado Local Municipality from 3 July 2023.


Rathando sharpened his academic sword at various institutions in South Africa, This includes Wits University, Stellenbosch, and Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has a master’s degree in journalism.

He started as a student journalist and radio presenter at the Wits campus radio station, Voice of Wits. Rathando also hosted a talk show on the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) radio link-up.

Mpho 'MG' Rathando has resigned from Phalaphala FM
Mpho ‘MG’ Rathando has is leaving Phalaphala FM

He joined Phalaphala FM as a producer and presenter of the current affairs programme Ndevhetsini in 2008. In 2010, he took a break from the mainstream media industry and became a Hansard reporter, responsible for content development, at the national parliament in Cape Town for three-and-a-half years.

In 2014, he spent two years at Musina Local Municipality as a communications officer. Rathando also worked at the Department of Correctional Services in 2016 for roughly six months as a communication manager. In 2016 he returned to Phalaphala FM until his resignation.


In a short statement on his social media platforms, Rathando thanked his listeners for the time they shared during his time at Phalaphala FM.

“Good people,

It has been almost seven years, bringing current affairs into your homes, offices, etc.

There is no platform that connects people quite like radio, I must say. I have made a lot of friends during my stint at Phalaphala FM.

To everyone whom I spent my mid-week afternoons with you on Radio, especially the listeners, it was a pleasure being with you, and I hope our paths cross again. Thank you tons for being such wonderful beings who sometimes participated enthusiastically in my radio show over the years.

Now is the time to officially drop the mic”