Joanne Joseph is bidding farewell to 702. Photo: Twitter/Joanne Joseph

Talk Radio Station 702 has today announced that it will be bidding farewell to well-known radio presenter, Joanne Joseph – who hosts The Afternoon Drive – on 28 August.

Joanne joined 702 in May 2018, returning to her radio roots after a number of years hosting TV news shows with the SABC and eNCA, 702 said in a press statement on Thursday. Over the past two decades, Joanne has anchored several high-profile live broadcasts, most notably the live coverage of Nelson Mandela’s passing and Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration.

Joanne has also used her media platform to raise awareness for causes close to her heart, including engaging the Minister of Justice to prioritise abuse cases and expedite interventions that safeguard society’s most vulnerable.

Joanne said today of her 702 journey: “I want to express my particular thanks to the Afternoon Drive team for their professionalism and collegiality. They have been a
wonderful support system for me during my time at 702, showing infinite enthusiasm,
dedication, and acting as a buffer in times of crisis. The media landscape is evolving,
traditional consumption habits are changing rapidly and with the energy and agility that
have characterised my work of the last twenty-odd years, I am preparing to take up the
challenge in new ways.” She did not specify exactly what these “new ways” will be.

Thabisile Mbete,Station Manager at 702 said: “Joanne has encouraged a culture of empathy
in tackling systemic societal issues that many would hesitate to take on. As a member of
the 702 team, she has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives
in SouthAfrica. We know that her next chapter will be an exciting one and we wish her well.”

702 – which is part of Primedia Broadcasting’s portfolio of radio stations  – says it will announce Joanne’s replacement in due course.

“Joanne has brought her own voice to The Afternoon Drive and has a unique ability to
articulate key issues, bringing them to the fore,” said Geraint Crwys-Williams, Acting CEO of Primedia Broadcasting. “We recognise her contribution to 702 and know she will continue to be the voice for those who are still finding theirs.”