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#MyRadioPeople: Inanda FM’s Nhlanhla Ngwenya

I am featuring Inanda FM‘s Nhlanhla Ngwenya, producer of the Business Class show 12-3pm weekly. Get to know Nhlanhla as he shares his radio journey with us below.

Why radioI loved radio since I was a child, I used to listen to it with my grandfather. He used to ask me to fetch the radio when its time for the news. I felt in love with it, because I was wondering where or how did these people got inside the radio. So I wanted to be like them, I  then followed everything pertaining radio.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I started working in an inhouse radio station in Chatsworth called Chats Radio, it is where I got the confidence of working in front of people because It was in a mall, where everyone passed by.

Did you study radioYes I studied for radio at Intec college.
Besides RadioRadio is what I am busy and focusing on right now, nothing else but radio.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? Dumsani Simelane of Ligwalagwala FM, he does the breakfast show, he is my inspiration.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Well I can’t predict the future, but I see myself in one of the biggest stations in Mzansi; Ukhozi FM. My plans are to run my own record label, where I’ll be uplifting young stars.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I listen to radio everyday, I listen to Inanda FM, Radio 2000, Ligwalagwala FM & Ukhozin FM.
What has working on radio taught you? I learned to be patient & to have perseverance. It also taught me things like communication skills & to be a problem solver.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? They must go and study, because education is the key & radio requires a patient person. It does not happen over one night.

#MyRadioPeople : East Coast Radio’s Benedict Ngwenya

Benedict ‘Eggs” Ngwenya is the 1st Sports Personality to be featured in this series and his story is like most; inspiring, different and of course worth sharing with you. Read how he juggles doing Sports on Tuesday mornings, being a Soccer analyst and managing a sports betting blog. This is his story :-

Why radio? I love expressing my views and chatting to people from different walks of life. I’m a very curious person who likes to investigate and learn new things all the time and radio gives me the opportunity to do exactly that. I first fell in love with radio presenting on 31 December 1997, listening to Ukhozi FM’s Mandla Malakoane doing the crossover to 1998 – counting down the biggest songs of the year and I knew then that’s what I wanted to do when I grow up. As I grew up and obviously started understanding English I got more inspiration from people like Ian F and Peter G who had great radio voices (not big but sweet and very well projected) as Inkosi Gareth Cliff who likes to vocalise his thoughts, whenever he speaks he makes you think.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? In 2009 I worked for Gagasi FM part time as a voice over artist then joined Inanda 88.4 FM a year later as a graveyard show presenter. I worked my way up the ranks until I became the breakfast show host. An opportunity arose to present sports in the middle of 2014 and I accepted the offer because I had reached the ceiling in terms of presenting personality shows at community radio level. I think I excelled at presenting sports as well because I was offered by Gagasi FM a chance to make a return as their sports presenter but I had applied to East Coast Radio at the same time and they were keen on giving me a job and I opted for the latter because it’s the station I grew up listening to.

Did you study radio? I didn’t really study radio but I got on the job training at Inanda 88.4 FM then East Coast Radio put me in their internship programme for the entire duration of 2015 where I learnt the ins and outs of radio.

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I’m busy with a lot of things. As a sports presenter and now soccer analyst for East Coast Radio, I also work for Hollywoodbets as their social media Co-Ordinator. My job entails previewing and analysing upcoming games for the company blog and social media platforms where we post our predictions and betting advice. It’s a great job for me because I love social media and sports. I get to do what I’d be doing at home during my spare time anyway. I also do a lot of things around the beautiful game, for example, this weekend I’ll be doing commentary for the Copa Coca Cola Cup which will be streamed live on their global Facebook page alongside Soccer-Laduma’s Joe Crann who will be my co-analyst. I also MC events.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? This country is so richly blessed with talent. In terms of people I’ve worked with I’d say East Coast Breakfast’s Darren Maule. He has the ability to think fast, can relate with people from all walks of life and is funny. In terms of someone I’ve only heard on radio it has to be Gareth Cliff the most thought-provoking person ever. Let’s also not forget Robert Marawa, pure talent coupled with unparalleled interviewing skills.  If I had to choose one I’d go with Gareth.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Radio-wise, expect my own show in one of the biggest stations in the country and a hot TV show as well. Those are my goals.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Whenever I get a chance. I listen to ECR and Inanda 88.4 FM.

What has working on radio taught you? Your opinion is welcome as long as your research is spot on. Secondly, don’t use the power of the airwaves to fight your personal battles, that I’ve observed from other people in the industry.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Be yourself, have fun and remember that radio gives you many a lot of opportunities to prosper. It can open many doors so be wide awake.

#MyRadioPeople : Durban Youth Radio’s Njinga Mpanza


An Events Doctor, Club DJ and Fashionista, Njinga Mpanza of Durban Youth Radio is the personality I chose to feature on #MyRadioPeople this week.

Why radio? Honestly, radio was never really a part of my plan but over the years, people kept telling me I have a voice for radio. I figured let me give radio a shot.
Which other radio stations have you worked at? Actually, I haven’t worked for any other radio station beside DYR and I’ve been with DYR for just over a year now.
Did you study radio? Not at all. I studied Advertising Management at Varsity College. I learn more about radio from the guys that have been in the industry for years.
Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Geez, so many. I’m a DJ for clubs /events/functions eg. Origin, Bus Stop, Tiger Tiger, 21st birthdays etc.. I’m also an MC (Host) for events/functions and also works as an events organizer sometimes. I pretty much get involved in as much as I can. But only projects that support social cohesion & unity because that’s what I stand for.
Who is your South African Radio Icon? I would say T-Bo Touch. Besides the American accent, I’m fascinated by how much influence he has. That’s the kind of “power” I also want.
What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I would like to have created a network of influencers in the creative industry to create a platform for the youth to be able to earn a decent living whilst being a creative. An opportunity we (current creatives) do not have so easily.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Since I’m a baby in the world of broadcasting, I spend a lot of time listening to the guys who have been at it for years.
How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to?
Metro, Gagasi, 5FM & ECR.
What has working on radio taught you? The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to “speak more, talk less” – I apply this lesson to my everyday life.
What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? 

  1. Have a great attitude
  2. Have a student mentality
  3. Be a problem solver
  4. Work hard

#MyRadioPeople : Ukhozi FM’s Boniswa Moto

I have been taking all the requests that you guys have been giving me on social media about your favourite radio personalities you wish for me to feature in this series. Today I have Boniswa Moto who most of you have asked that I profile, you can read her radio story below and also let me know who you’d love to see featured here next.

Why Radio? I think it’s because I just love having an audience for my voice. Be it speaking to my friend(s), family or whoever, I just love being given an ear. On a more serious note, I think radio is a very powerful medium to positively impact the lives of people. Take for example Linda Sibiya’s motivational talks on Ukhozi FM back in the days – a lot of people today can tell you that their lives were changed in that period. I also love using radio to magnify the good in all its forms and inspire more of it.

Have you worked for any other radio station before? Yes. I started on Inanda 88.4 FM back in 2013. I was then recruited by Ukhozi FM in 2015. I am so proud to have worked for Inanda FM, it taught me a lot of what I know about the radio craft today.

Did you study radio? I’ve not studied radio, I’ve experienced it. I started radio while I was studying towards my Bachelor of Laws – LLB at UKZN. However, during my years at Inanda FM, the management used to organize external short training courses for us which was really cool.

Besides radio, which other side projects are you busy with? Well, as I said that I studied Law – there’s a part of me that is pursuing that in a not so conventional manner. I am also on an entrepreneurial journey which I cannot say much about for now. I will hit up at again soon for the reveal.😂

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Oh my word!!! I look up to so many people on radio, it’s really hard to enthrone one as my “icon”. But I am a huge fan of Justice Ramohlola popularly known as Just Ice on Radio 2000 (I think it’s also because he studied Law at UKZN). I also highly admire Siya Mhlongo and Nongcebo McKenzie’s on-air delivery so much.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? If God permits, my own radio show with groundbreaking inspirational content and obviously the culmination of everything else that I am currently working on. I am young, there’s a long road ahead of me. I am really excited about the future.  

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which ones do you usually listen to? I spend a lot of my free time reading personal development books and watching YouTube videos with similar content, I don’t get a lot of time to listen to radio. I make time for it now and again though, just so I can learn what to do and what not to do. When I do, I choose home – Ukhozi FM and a lot of Radio 2000.

What has working on radio taught you? Yhoo, it has taught me a lot. But the maxim,  “Not all that glitters is gold” stands out as my biggest lesson / experience.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Your image is very important. When I say, image I am not talking about how you dress, I am talking about how you express yourself on public platforms. A short story:When I was in for my job interview at Ukhozi FM, the interviewer (Zandile Tembe – Ukhozi FM Programs Manager)  was going through my twitter timeline the whole duration of the interview. Be careful of what you put out on Social Media and keep improving your craft.

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