We present the Bright Stars Club of 2017
Keneilwe, better known as Kenzy, is a young broadcaster who has an unwavering passion for radio. Her career started at TUKS FM where she was acknowledged as the Broadcaster of the Year in her final year. She then did a stint at Yebo Radio before commencing her commercial radio career at O-FM in 2009. Aside from her on-air responsibilities at the station, she took on music management responsibilities. In 2013, she moved to Capricorn FM where she hosted the Breakfast Show with great success. She currently hosts the station’s midday show and plays a vital role in the station’s music content. She brings a youthful maturity to the station both as a presenter and in her role as the music manager and her role has been key to the success of the station.
Herman continually demonstrates a passion and love for the art of Radio. He started out hosting the Sunday Breakfast Show and the dedication and loyalty that he demonstrated in his work saw him being asked to co-anchor the weekday mid-day show. He actively introduced Social Media innovations to the show and the station. Aside from his presentation duties, Herman took on the role of Sales Executive and he spends a substantial portion of his time attracting revenue to the station. Herman works tirelessly for the station, and his passion and love for the station and the medium is exemplified by the way he has set aside personal matters in order to give the station his love and attention.
Nonjabulo “Njabs” Zwane
Nonjabulo joined Gagasi FM as the producer of the station’s weekday midday show in December 2012. Her boisterous nature and provocative opinions were rapidly noticed and she was appointed to co-host the show. Demonstrating an enthusiasm for radio and the station, she immersed herself in the station’s behind-the-scenes work and was soon a member of the station’s music committee. In May 2014, she was instrumental in bringing a new Breakfast show to air, and this show has seen substantial growth. She is always looking for opportunities to give back to the industry and facilitates a Radio Production training programme run by the Moses Kotane Institute in Durban. She is presently furthering her studies, reading towards a B.Com degree which she intends to put to use as she directs her career aspirations towards a management role in the station.
Sthabiso started working for Inanda 88.4 FM as a newsreader in 2009. His dedication, focus and enthusiasm was noticed and he was appointed to present a current affairs show where he showed intellectual creativity and drive. Following his graduation from the NEMISA Radio Production and Content Production course, Sthabiso demonstrated an aptitude for the technical side of radio. Further training saw him become the station’s technical producer and later the Executive Technical Producer. He writes scripts, packages adverts, and has an exceptional ear for production enhancements that enrich the content and ultimately, the listener’s experience. Inanda 88.4FM increasingly relies on him and the broad range of skills that he has amassed add value to every department within the station.
Mbalenhle is a dedicated and driven individual who is hands-on in every department within the station. Initially appointed as a news editor, she has left her mark on colleagues and listeners. She re-formatted the station’s approach to news and showed great maturity in the way she trained her colleagues to adopt the new news style. Mbalenhle has taken on additional roles within the station and assists with administration, finance and sales. She is ambitious, inquisitive and innovative and shows a great love for the medium of radio and a dedication to Nqubeko FM.
Charonike’s radio journey began when she started out working on PUK FM nine years ago. She has massed several Radio Awards nominations for five different shows and has moved through the ranks at the station from Presenter, to Program Manager and now to Station Manager. She has made a substantial impact on operations and also on the station staff. Leading by example in most situations, she demonstrates her commitment to the station and the content and she never asks someone to do something that she is not prepared to do herself. Her tenacity has been rewarded through her efforts to obtain a grant enabling the station to upgrade its facilities. Charonike is also tasked with co-ordinating all student media at PUK. She has increased station revenue and she proves every day that she truly is more than just radio.
Lwazi Mpofu – TRUFM
Lwazi commenced his radio career in 2007 as an on-air producer for a teenage specialist programme. He enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Communications at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010 where he also obtained an honours degree in Media Studies. He is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. He presently holds several positions at TRUFM including freelance producer for an educational programme; freelance producer for a specialist Hip-Hop show; Freelance producer for the station’s documentaries. He is an all-rounder and his skills in research, scripting, production as well as his knowledge in several fields, make him a key asset to the station, the SABC and the broadcasting industry.
Katlego is the Technical Manager at VOW FM. He developed a strategic plan for the technical department with the objective of revolutionizing the station’s technical systems. He has reshaped the department, developed key performance indicators, changed the station’s sound and added a more comprehensive production cycle. He has a genuine passion and the determination to make the best sounding radio possible. He demonstrates a hunger and determination to succeed, working long hours and showing a willingness to learn and to share his knowledge. Such is his commitment that he needs to be forced to take leave. He is definitely making his mark on the station and it is believed that he will make a mark on the industry in the future.