GHS Old Girl in ra­dio broad­cast­ing, fash­ion

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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.”

YANELA TOKOTA

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