#MyRadioPeople : Vibe FM’s Sphe Hadebe

Today’s feature is Sphe Hadebe who is currently a content producer at Vibe 94 .7 FM.

Why Radio? Radio is my love. I love radio and since I joined it in 2013, I have had different experience of which is wonderful. Radio allows me to learn something new everyday and apply it.
I chose it as the best medium of communication because it has elevated my life.
I have a dream about radio and a vision.
I choose it because I am able to express my vision. It’s the immediate form of communication which reaches to many people at once and at doesn’t require much money. Radio has opened doors for me and through it I have met some interesting people.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I started working at Imbokodo FM in 2013 and Siyathuthuka FM from 2018.
Did you study radio? I never studied for radio before. I landed a job on radio based on my skill. 
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I am busy with the Digital and Social Media trainings 
Who is your South African Radio Icon?– Alex Mthiyane is my South African Radio icon.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Most certainly I will be the station manager.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Everyday. I listen to different radio stations – I usually listen to Vibe FM, Gagasi FM, Radio 947, Highway FM, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and Y FM. UKHOZI as well ( to get motivated spiritually).
What has working on radio taught you? It has taught me that there are people always keen to know what’s happening in and around the world and be informative.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Always be up on your game, read more often, get more knowledge and move with the times.


Get To Know 2020 DSTV MVCA Favourite Radio personality Nominee – Spitch Nzawumbi

It is not every day one comes across a full package of talent, a vibrant personality, looks,  a voice to die for and brilliance, all in one person. Siphiwo Nzawumbi, affectionately known as “Spitch” is that rare jam and more. Born in the Eastern Cape e-Mthatha, this broadcasting maverick has earned his spot in the cut-throat TV & Radio industry by becoming a radio darling loved by many and a familiar  TV face to others. It is not just his love for the art of broadcasting that makes him exceptional but his genuine love and care for people. 

To many, Spitch is a familiar face from his debut consumer affairs talk show – Yilungelo Lakho on SABC 1. A show that launched him to millions of viewers on the channel and showcased his ability to converse on serious, light hearted and socio-economic issues that affect South Africans from all over the country. He has also hosted shows like Sunday Live, Question Time and Rights and Recourse.  To others, he is the thought provoking conversation stirrer on social media who doesn’t fear controversy and getting people talking about issues that affect them- even the uncomfortable. In 2017, he co-founded the popular Black Twitter Awards- a virtual awards ceremony which took social media by storm on its last leg in 2019. To millions more, he is the velvet voice with a wicked sense of humour on Umhlobo Wenene FM  as host of the popular lunch-time show Sijik’ilanga #SJL on weekdays from 13:00-14:00.  

Growing up in rural Mount Frere , Nzawumbi shares fond memories and lessons learnt from his grandmother’s house- whom he affectionately talks about in the few chapters of his web-series ’30-Years and 30 Lessons’. This is a compilation of life lessons he has learnt in his 30-years from family to career lessons, which he plans to compile into a book.  “I am currently busy with my book and will share details and publish when it’s done. People can look forward to many life experiences and lessons and take something for themselves”, he says. There is no doubt that Spitch wears many hats as his talent cannot be confined or limited into one stream. 

Currently, Spitch Nzawumbi is one of the popular names  nominated on this year’s much anticipated DSTV Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards #DSTVMVCA under the ‘Favourite Radio Personality’ category, alongside radio legends like Dj Fresh. Talking about this nomination, he says “I’m a believer of God’s anointed and appointed time. This recognition is exactly that”. The awards will be held on the 14th of March 2020 at the ticket pro DOME. 

Voting Details are as follows: 

 Nominated Category: Favourite Radio Personality SMS Short Code: 5C

The voting mechanics for the awards are as follows:

• Viewers can vote for free on web and mobile at www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

• Via SMS by sending your SMS short code to 39201

• By dialling *120*33033# on their mobile and following the prompts


News24 launches The Sponsors of Brave campaign in partnership with Adcock Ingram OTC and gives you a chance to win R5 000!

News24 in partnership with Adcock Ingram OTC is spearheading a campaign looking for the ordinary South African healthcare providers including  pharmacists, nurses and doctors doing extraordinary work in their communities. The campaign aims to celebrate these unsung heroes of brave, professionals who walk the extra mile attending to the medical and healthcare needs in their communities making a real impact.

The Sponsors of Brave is calling on all South Africans to nominate their local pharmacists, nurses or doctors so that their stories can be told. News24 readers are encouraged to go to https://partners.24.com/SponsorsofBrave/index.html to submit their nomination and to stand a chance to win R5,000. The Sponsors of Brave campaign will feature 12 phenomenal stories on the heroes of healthcare. Guest judges for the campaign include Health24 Editor Bevan Lakay, Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts, Expresso presenter Jeannie D and Managing Editor for 24.com’s Brand Studio, Andrea Firth. One primary healthcare worker will win an educational grant to attend an international medical conference, as well as R25,000 towards their chosen charity.

“At a time when South Africans are yearning for stories on real people making a real difference in their communities, this is the perfect platform to inspire and celebrate these unsung heroes” says Bevan Lakay, Editor of Health24.

“If bravery was a sport, South Africans have an opportunity of being World Champions through the vast number of primary healthcare workers in this country making a real difference. This campaign provides a platform to honour these brave heroes”, says Sudier Ramparsad, MD of Adcock Ingram OTC Division.

 Andrea Firth, Managing Editor of Brand Studio at 24.com adds “We are extremely excited about this campaign, as South Africa’s leading digital news brand we have the opportunity and the reach to share these often untold stories of extraordinary kindness”.

 For more information on how to nominate your local community pharmacist, nurse or healthcare worker go to https://partners.24.com/SponsorsofBrave/index.html.

Adcock Ingram OTC (over the counter medicines) is a leading and proudly South African healthcare company providing quality products to improve the health and lives of the communities they serve.


Durban FilmMart to become an Independent Institute

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film market, has announced that it will be established as an independent institute functioning as a Non-Profit Organisation ahead of its 11th edition in 2020.“This had always been part of the business plan of Durban FilmMart since its establishment in 2009,” explains Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office and the DFM. “With the continued growth and expansion of the initiative, as well as the continuous increase in numbers of delegates, and submissions of projects in development, which have this year, surpassed any other in our 11-year history, the current structure has been outgrown, and sustainable long term strategies now need to be implemented.”The DFM has been a programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry unit, the Durban Film Office in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival since 2009. “Going forward the DFO will continue to support the DFM, and the Institute structure will allow possibilities for new partnerships and fundraising, that will ensure the growth and continued stability of the annual initiative,” says Monty. “Most importantly, the new Institute will open greater opportunities for the Durban FilmMart to continue playing an important role in promoting African film and television content.”The Institute will uphold its mandate to contribute to the film industry on the continent, through networking, project development and upskilling, but will also explore the potential for developing year-round development programmes in partnership with key industry role-players.The next few months will be business as usual for the DFM, while the Institute is set up.South African arts administrator and project manager, Magdalene Reddy of Creative WorkZone, who has extensive experience in the film festival and market sector has been appointed as the project manager who will oversee the setting up of the institute ahead of the 2020 edition.“Ms Reddy joins our team with a wealth of experience in governance and management in the Arts,” says Monty. “As a former senior administrator at the Durban International Film Festival, not to mention a string of other major international and national arts projects to her name, we believe that she is best placed to take this process forward with passion and integrity.”“In addition, there is a solid team who have institutional knowledge that will curate and manage the event for this year’s edition to ensure another year of engaging programming.”“Of course, partners and sponsors continue to play a vital role in the on-going success of the DFM, and we are confident that the establishment of the Durban FilmMart Institute, will provide many opportunities for meaningful collaborations.”The DFM takes place from 17 to 20 July 2020 . For further information about the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.co.za


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