Eusebius McKaiser Wiki – Eusebius McKaiser Bio
Eusebius McKaiser was a South African political analyst, journalist, and broadcaster. Among others, he has written for the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Times, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the New York Times, and Business Day, for which he wrote a weekly column. He gained prominence as a Radio 702 talk show host, and also wrote three books about South African politics and society.
Eusebius McKaiser was born on 28 March 1978, in Grahamstown, Cape Province, where his working-class family lived in a colored township. He attended St Mary’s Primary School and Graeme College, and matriculated from the latter in 1996.From 1997, he attended Rhodes University, graduating with distinction with a bachelor’s degree in law and philosophy, an honors degree, and, in 2003, a master’s degree in philosophy, with a thesis on moral objectivity. Between 2005 and 2006, he attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he did doctoral research – never completed – under Ralph Wedgwood and John Broome, also in moral philosophy. He was also an Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholar.
Eusebius McKaiser died at the age of 45 years old.
McKaiser later worked as an associate consultant at McKinsey & Company, and by 2012 was a political and social analyst at the Wits Center for Ethics and at the University of Johannesburg Center for the Study of Democracy. The first radio show he hosted at Radio 702 was a weekly late-night talk show called Politics and Morality. He hosted the SABC 3 current affairs program Interface until 2011, and later anchored 702’s Talk@9 show on week nights.
When Power FM launched on 18 June 2013, he began as host of Power Talk, a three-hour weekday morning talk show. In October 2014, he left Power FM – according to the station, due to insoluble disagreements between him and the station – and returned to Radio 702 in July 2016, taking over from Redi Thlabi with a weekday morning talk slot. According to the Mail & Guardian, through his radio work, McKaiser had “etched himself on the national psyche” by 2013. Pumla Dineo Gqola later said that his morning show on 702, the Eusebius McKaiser Show, “shaped everyday dialogue and, with it , the culture of our time,” and compliments McKaiser’s “heartbreaking, illuminating and often joyful intellectual work.
McKaiser left Radio 702 in June 2020, because the station had not been prepared to dedicate adequate resources to the production of his show. He then hosted a podcast called In the Ring and, on YouTube, an Exclusive Books show about books called Cover to Cover.
Cause of Death
McKaiser died due to a suspected epileptic seizure on 30 May 2023, at the age of 45.
The broadcaster died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday, according to his manager Jackie Styrdom.
She told TimesLIVE: “It all happened so quickly. “His partner Nduduzo Nyanda is at the mortuary with his family. I am so distraught. I ca n’t believe this.” McKaiser published several books – including A Bantu In My Bathroom and Run, Racist, Run. He also wrote for the Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Sunday Times – and was a familiar voice on Talk Radio 702 and Power FM in Gauteng.
Tributes have poured in for the much-loved broadcaster. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, said he was “a brilliant mind”. “I followed his work, and I enjoyed his shows and interviews when he was at 702,” Magwenya said. “He brought his own signature style to the radio. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.” McKaiser’s pal Mark Heywood described the author as a “large-than-life person”.
“Eusebius was a very larger-than-life person, whose presence was sometimes like it was everywhere through his podcasts and his social media presence,” he said.
“He was a friend of mine and I think he was an innovative broadcaster and a very great thinker.
“Someone who, in certain key areas of life, was at the forefront of thinking about our conditions as a country.”
Born in Makhanda, also known as Grahamstown, in 1978, McKaiser studied law and philosophy at Rhodes University.
His biography on the university website described him as a political activist and an associate political and social analyst.
In one of his last posts on Twitter, McKaiser urged his followers to watch Musa Motha’s recent performance on Britain’s Got Talent.