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.

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

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