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#MyRadioPeople : Yezulu Dube

Why radio? I got hooked to radio in my preteens, I heard Linda “Mr Magic Sibiya on the radio one afternoon and I loved radio ever since. I loved and I was intrigued by the way he made me feel happy and I told my young self then that I want to do the same.

Which other radio stations have you worked at? I’ve been team #InandaFM ever since.

Did you study radio? Before getting into radio I did a course with Dinneocomms. It was quite informative and it interesting being taught by one of the best in the industry Makhosi Khoza and Boni Xaba.*

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I have a “9 to 5” which consumes more of my time than I would like, with the rest of the time I put in the effort to become the best radio personality I can be.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? Yoh! Can I name a few? In no particular order Phat Joe, Fresh, Ntombikayise Phiri, Mroza and Tbo Touch.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Definitely doing more than just radio. My passion is seeing people heal and thrive so that is the direction of my aspirations*

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Not as often as I would like to. I listen mostly to Radio 2000. Listening to other radio stations helps me learn and grow.

What has working on radio taught you? To respect my craft/profession, always be open to learning and that it’s not about me, it’s just through me*

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Don’t wait to be hired by a radio station to start practicing your craft. Trust me when I say those links do in front of the mirror or when you alone will help you in the long run. Never stop learning, never stop trying. Volunteer if you can. And most importantly, ZAZI (know they self).


#MyRadioPeople : Kwazi Khoza

Why radio? Well radio was not something I could run away from as my mom started her radio career in 1993 at Ukhozi fm. So at a young age radio was part of my life.  When I was in matric I knew that I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I saw myself acting, singing and being a tv presenter (LOL).  Radio was never part of the plan until 2004 when I fell in love with it. 

Which other radio stations have you worked at? Started training at Mr Price Red Cap radio in 2006. That was such a special time for me because I got to learn everything about radio from running the desk, handling content and presenting a show. I was trained by the brilliant David Yapp who believed in my talent from day one.

Then I made my way to DYR where I read the news.

I took a break from radio for a few years until the desire to go back started giving me sleepless nights. So in 2014 I approached Thulan Tee Zondi of Inanda FM . I joined his Saturday weekend show as an entertainment reporter and co- producer. It was at that moment that I felt I was at the right place in terms of content producing.

After Inanda Fm I briefly worked at East Coast Radio producing East Coast Urban that was hosted by Bongani Mtolo, Things didn’t work out so well at ECR & I was left heart broken by what happened, however through the support of my parents I pulled myself out of that dark place. 

In 2016 I joined Mpumalanga commercial radio station called Rise Fm which is based in Nelspruit. I produced the breakfast show & the mid morning show for 2 years. Had the best time of my life ,… I needed that time away from Durban .

In 2018 I got the call and I joined Gagasi fm where I started producing The Kings Drive with SPHEctacula & DJ Naves. Currently I am the producer of the lunchtime show called Noma Yini with DJ Lesoul, Heazy & Flymotion.

Did you study radio? No I didn’t study radio . I studied Media & Communications at UKZN Howard College. Unfortunately my course didn’t offer practical stuff, we were just fed theory only & that frustrated me. I realised then that I would have to get the practical experience on my own. Which is why in 2006 I called Red Cap Radio & asked to train there.

 Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? I work behind the scenes in television as a scriptwriter. I also do events . I work together with my Gagasi fm colleague and comedian Flymotion. We have done a few very successful comedy shows around KZN. The one that is a huge highlight for me is a sold out comedy show we did in February this year at the Playhouse Theatre. I will never ever forget that night.

Who is your South African Radio Icon? I have a few for different reasons. The two that stick to my mind definitely has to be Dudu ‘’Lady D ‘’ Khoza. She has the ability to engage with everyone at any level. No matter what your age is Lady D will communicate with you and she will leave an impression. Her personality alone eases you into a comfortable space as a listener. No day is ever the same when you listen to her show. She keeps you on her toes and that is what I love about her.

The second has to be Collen Zondo from Gagasi Fm. That man is a genius. His voice is perfect , his ability to provide content for his own show and then oh my goodness when he delivers that content on air, its amazing. I have the honour of seeing him in action at Gagasi Fm and Im always in Awe of his dedication and talent. 

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? Believe it or not but I want to branch off into the corporate space and do it full time. I mean I have to put my Media Degree to good use (LOL) . Apart from that I want to bring life to my tv concepts that I plan to shoot under my production company.

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? I consume radio all day every day. I admit that I radio station hop. Weekend radio is my ultimate favourite . I enjoy listening to different radio stations on specific times. In my car Gagasi fm is always on . At home I listen to Inanda fm weekend shows, Ukhozi fm party time shows, I also love chart shows, but the stations that I mostly listen to are ; 

1) Gagasi fm

2) Ukhozi fm

3) Inanda Fm

4) Umhlobo Wenene

5) Vibe fm

6) Ligwalagwala Fm

What has working on radio taught you? Radio has taught me to grow up really really fast. You have to put your emotions aside and be a team player especially if you are doing a show that has many personalities on it. I have learnt to deal with presenters ego’s ,radio politics and making sure that my presenters respect me and my work. Respect is earned in radio, if you are there to take chancers and you don’t know your story, people will immediately pick up on it and take advantage of you because you don’t know what you stand for.

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? Study Study Study . Do not underestimate the power of community radio. That is essential in owning your craft. Don’t rush to make money and be famous because you will fizzle out and you will lose . Humble yourself and learn as much as you can from your managers and the people who have been in the game for longer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you can never ever know everything. Lastly don’t be sucked into the world of social media, use other ways to get your content that will be relatable and relevant to your listeners.


#MyRadioPeople : UCT Radio’s Thabo Mzondi Mgxekwa

Why radio? I’ve always loved being behind the mic and entertaining the masses, also the love for music and sharing an experience with a listener is just out of this world. Also, Eddie Zondi said he’d love to work with me at Metro FM.
Which other radio stations have you worked at?
I’ve worked at Radio Zibonele and Bushrdio.
Did you study radio? I didn’t study radio, I guess it was the passion and learning as the journey uncovered itself to me

Besides Radio, which other side projects are you currently busy with or are involved in? Currently working on a podcast with a couple of friends which also aims at awakening the thinking mind of the young people and getting them involved in solving issues that are faced by us the youth

Who is your South African Radio Icon? There’s a lot, and they have different roles they play: Khabzela, Dj Fresh, Azania, Rams Mabote, Ayanda Cawe, Adian Tomas, Phat Joe, Bob Mabena, Chilli M.

What can we expect from you in the next 5 years? I looking at branching out to commercial radio station, also heading drives that will enrich the townships I’m from and be a helping hand for the young ones coming up

How often do you listen to other radio stations and which radio stations do you usually listen to? Every day, one has to diversify and learn. R2000, Metro FM, 5Fm.

What has working on radio taught you? Radio has taught me to be humble. Radio has taught me the importance of putting yourself in the next person’s shoes, what you might have gone through, might be ones journey at that point in life. This is a medium not to be taken lightly it’s a platform to educate and to also have fun

What advice can you give to aspiring radio broadcasters? One thing that I’ve been taught as well is that be yourself and respect the medium. Do what you love with passion and all will be revealed to you. 


#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.


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