Concern For Dineo Ranaka Rises, Kaya FM Announces Stand-In Line-Up

Johannesburg – Concerns for the wellbeing of popular Kaya FM breakfast host Dineo Ranaka were heightened Wednesday with the radio station announcing a stand-in line-up. 

Dineo hosts 959 Breakfast with Sol Phenduka.

On Tuesday, Dineo took to social media to express worrying thoughts of suicide.

Kaya FM has since reached out to the troubled host.

MD Colleen Louw said: “The Kaya 959 family is keeping Dineo in their hearts, and we wish her healing. We also ask for privacy as Dineo gets through this difficult time”.

Fans have also expressed concern for her wellbeing.

Alarm bells sounded after the usually bubbly presenter shared her troubles on social media saying: “I COMPLETELY understand souls/spirits/people that commit suicide. I get it. I get them”. 

In another post, Ranaka wrote: “Because I’m trying my best to NOT commit suicide. My mind is soooooo loud of late and life is f..king HARD (add a crying emoji) so f..king hard (crying emoji) and I’m trying my best but it seems my best is not enough”.

“My children God, Abantwana bami”. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the radio station released a stand-in lineup.

Sizwe Dlomo will host the 959 Breakfast show joined by Sol Phenduka on traffic and the news and sports teams of the programme. 

The previous breakfast show hosts, Thomas Msengana and Skhumba Hlope will fill in the Afternoon Drive show, while the veteran broadcaster George Manyosi will present the Last Call show between 10 pm and midnight. 

The changes were effected Wednesday, (24 May 2023).   

If you are struggling with dificult thoughts you can get help at:

Helpline: 0861-322-322

Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm)

Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am)

SMS 31393

Other South African suicide hotlines

More about suicide prevention

International Association for Suicide Prevention