RISING STAR Tackling issues affecting women
Being on radio gives Bongiwe Mhlawuli the opportunity to address burning issues
BONGIWE Mhlawuli grew up being passionate about radio but she did not know how to get into the field. When she completed matric, she studied information technology because she didn’t want to stay at home doing nothing. “Growing up, I was always fascinated by the media but I didn’t know that one day I would get the chance to do what I love,” says the 28-year-old presenter from East London who now works for Kumkani FM.
JOINING KUMKANI FM
After getting her IT qualification, Bongiwe did not get the job she had studied for. Instead, she got a job as a sales agent at Kumkani FM.
“In July 2015, I started working at Kumkani as a sales agent. The following year in November, I was promoted to be a sales manager. In February 2017, I became the sales and marketing manager for the radio station,” she says.
Joining Kumkani FM revived Bongiwe’s dream of working as a radio presenter and gave her a platform to learn as much as she could about radio. “While at work, I used to listen to the radio and I fell in love with a show called Ladies’ Night that came on every Thursday evening. The show educated, empowered and motivated women,” she says.
“In July 2016, I was given an opportunity to be part of that show. I joined the three ladies who were presenting the show as a co-host. And when they left the show in December last year, I took over the reigns and that’s how I got to present the show alone.
“I take my job very seriously. I’ve gained a lot of experience through the show and this motivates me to work harder. I would really like to see myself working for some of the big radio stations in South Africa,” she says.
UPLIFTING OTHER WOMEN
Bongiwe says what made her fall in love with the show in the first place is the fact that it teaches women how to carry themselves and how to make a success of their lives.
“The show teaches women that there is more to life than just having fun. Alcohol and drug abuse, as well unplanned pregnancies, are ruining many young women’s lives,” says Bongiwe.
Catch Bongiwe on the Ladies' Night show on Kumkani FM (95.8MHz) every Thursday at 8pm.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE, AS WELL AS UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES, ARE RUINING MANY YOUNG WOMEN'S LIVES
Even though she studied IT, Bongiwe Mhlawuli never gave up on her dream of pursuing a career in radio broadcasting