RIS­ING STAR Tack­ling is­sues af­fect­ing women

Be­ing on ra­dio gives Bongiwe Mh­lawuli the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress burn­ing is­sues

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane

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.


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.


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.


Even though she stud­ied IT, Bongiwe Mh­lawuli never gave up on her dream of pur­su­ing a ca­reer in ra­dio broad­cast­ing

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