GHS Old Girl in radio broadcasting, fashion
Touch HD radio presenter Yanela Tokota, who originally hails from Komani, has shared the highlights of her radio presenting career and fashion trends space.
Tokota, a former Queenstown Girls’ High School pupil, joined Johannesburg digital radio station Touch HD, in 2017 as a co-host on the Sunday CookBook with chef Benny Masekwameng.
They took over the breakfast slot The Breakfast Wave from popular radio and house DJ Glen Lewis.
“Hosting The Breakfast Wave has been an amazing experience over the past eight months. I have grown a lot as a broadcaster and I have been able to recognise my strong and weak points. Going from co-hosting on a weekend to having my own show means being able to say I am one of the few women in broadcasting to be co-hosting in a prime time slot on such an advanced platform – and that is an honour.”
Tokota, who has a law degree from Wits University, said she always knew that the entertainment industry was her destiny.
“While I was at university, I auditioned to join the Voice of Wits campus radio which I did in 2013.”
She polished her presenting skills at Voice of Wits.
She said The Breakfast Wave had also helped to improve her work ethic.
“The best part is hearing the feedback on how much people learn from us which is our aim.”
She refers to the station as a “digital dominator”.
“Africa is fast catching up with the rest of the word in terms of advances in participating in the digital space. It is a privilege to be part of a platform that has pioneered that movement in the media space. The station has talent that has a great digital footprint from which I am learning a great deal.”
She is also enjoying some involvement in the fashion sphere.
“I have collaborated several times with my mother who knows how to sew really well by making some of my dresses for events.
“If people peep at my Instagram, they will see my versatility and style. I have now been roped into starting a plus-size fashion blog coming up in early 2019.”