By Ron Jackson
One of the pioneer sports presenters of SABC radio and television “Oom” Dan Setshedi died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 80. Dan was involved in many sports commentaries but his favourites were soccer and boxing. He covered the world heavyweight title eliminator between Gerrie Coetzee and Leon Spinks in Monte Carlo for radio amongst many other title fights overseas and locally. Boxing promoters used him as ring announcer at times. I can well remember Dan from a few boxing magazine shows as a guest on SATV with him and Chick Henderson.
Setshedi who came from Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria began working for Radio Bantu in 1964 and also worked for Radio Tswana which was subsequently named Motsweding FM. He introduced the popular programme Ithlopele senotlolo (Win Yourself a Key). He joined the SABC sports department in the 1970s and later worked on television with other sports commentators like Champ Metse Ramohoebo, Hlapane “Hlaps” Masitenyane, Zama Masondo and Abbey Metsileng. His contribution to South African football will never be forgotten. He retired in 1991 after a long and successful career in radio and television.