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He said “the voice is battling a little bit”. He admitted to being “pretty emotional” and “a little bit scared”. Presenter John Robbie on Thursday bid farewell to listeners on his last show on Radio 702 after “30 years unbroken at the station”. Robbie said he hadn’t still decided what he was going to do after hanging up his earphones‚ but joked that he was “looking forward to not getting up so early in the morning”. He used his last daily “Comment” segment to declare: “I am still pretty optimistic about SA.” This was in contrast to 1986‚ when he joined 702‚ when the country faced “great uncertainty”. “South Africa was basically involved in a civil war at the stage‚ it was the last throw of the old South Africa‚ PW Botha had refused to cross the Rubicon‚ the townships were in flames‚ Nelson Mandela was still in jail‚ ANC and others were banned‚ you couldn’t mention them on the radio‚ you couldn’t mention ANC‚ PAC‚ Communist Party‚ you couldn’t mention them on the radio‚ or talk to th...

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