Date:30 May 2021 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Zwoluga Ngobeni is an ultra-cool radio personality who has had a passion for the media industry since she was a young girl.
The 22-year-old Zwoluga became better known in 2018 when she joined Makhado FM as a presenter on their Morning Drive show. She completed her diploma in Journalism and Media studies at Damelin.
She currently hosts the Afternoon Drive show with Thabelo “De people MC” Mavhona from 14:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. She also hosts the Top 20 Reloaded Countdown every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00.
Her love for radio started after visiting the Phalaphala FM studios as a young girl. “I saw the presenters and how they managed being on air and talking to thousands of people. I was awed by that.” Zwoluga started making enquiries on how to become a radio presenter herself one day.
She recalls her first introduction to Makhado FM. “When Makhado FM was conceived, I had a feeling that the institution will be a steppingstone towards the realisation of my future dreams. I knew I was at the right place at the right time, and wasted no time,” she said.
When asked what the secret to her success as radio presenter was, she answered: “The most important thing is to engage with your listeners on issues that affect them on a daily basis. You must come up with something unique that will compel your listeners not to change the dial. My recipe for more listenership is to give them more unique local content that they will not find anywhere else. Radio is in my blood, and I will not leave it until my last day on earth.”
Zwoluga has a special message for aspiring radio presenters. “We all come from humble beginnings, and we don’t become perfect at once. The more time you spend in this industry, the better you become at what you do. You must be willing to learn and accept your mistakes, so that you can improve.”
Makhado FM's Zwoluga Ngobeni. Photo supplied.
By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.