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Sizwe Saliso

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Show(s): Iqonga Labatsha

Media Practitioner - Radio Presenter – Entertainer - Community Builder - Social Entrepreneur

 

Who are you?

My name is Sizwe Saliso and was born on the 28th February many moons ago. I was born and raised in Port Elizabeth even though I spent a number of years eTsomo, where my mother was born. I am the eldest of 3 and grew up on a very healthy diet of my late journalist father’s Jazz collection as well as other genres. Even though my mother’s resilient nature and my dad’s love for music, artistic life and passion for people are ingrained in me, I am inspired a lot by “everyday people” and their stories. I am a free spirit who finds purpose in serving others.  

What show do you host?

I produce and host IQL- Iqonga Labatsha (Friday-19h00- 22h00 and Saturday 18h00- 22h00). The show is music and entertainment based, specifically looking into providing entertainment as well as platform for young people in arts. I want my listeners to walk away entertained from my music mixes and those of IQL’s guest DJs. I host interviews with up and coming as well as established artists, DJs, entertainment entrepreneurs on how they made it, so as to inspire my listeners. 

When and how did your career start?

Besides a holiday job as a driver for a book distribution company that my best friend’s father owned, I have worked all my life in radio. Having started as volunteer at a Community Radio Station in my home town of Port Elizabeth, both as a presenter and scriber for our board of trustees. I proceeded to complete an accelerated 2 year Journalism course with Development Media Agency through Rhodes University and later Essentials of Broadcast Management with Sol Plaatjie Institute at the same University. The rest as they say is history as I have gone on to enjoy over 18 years of radio and entertainment after receiving my first professional job with SABC’s CKI FM (now Tru FM).

Given Ntlebi’s passion and energy on air not only inspired me as a listener during his days at Radio Xhosa but I also had the opportunity to work with him at CKI FM (Tru FM) and received the best building blocks for a career as a Radio Presenter. Bob Mabena’s fresh and youthful energy on air inspired me to always remain young at heart. I also felt that Bob became a complete, genuine representative of our generation’s approach to radio.

My radio  careerI started off at Ubuntu Community Radio in Port Elizabeth in the late 90’s.

What have you achieved thus far within your career? What are your career highlights?

Apart from being featured on television shows such as Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu, Spirit Sundae and Ses’khona, for personal philanthropic work I did with a number of charity organizations in Port Elizabeth and Eastern Cape. In 2012, I was chosen as one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 business people to look out for.

From 2010 – 2011, I was one of the “In Their Shoes” initiative ambassadors, an initiative that seeks to highlight and raise funds for people living on the streets. The Initiative raised over half a million rands.

On radio, I have interviewed people like Brenda Fassie, Kenny Lattimore Sibongile Khumalo and Hugh Masekela as well as International DJs such as Roland Clarke. Every interview is a milestone as it forms contribution towards my passion, music/ arts.

Besides radio, what do you do?

I supplement my radio career with voice over work, professional emcee work for private and government entities. I am also a professional DJ for corporate functions as well as private individuals while Club deejaying remains a hobby I enjoy immensely and get remunerated for. 

Ialso dabble in business (entrepreneurship), through my company 4ward Movement Entertainment (4ME). In recent years, I have partnered with my life and business partner’s company, Cula iCulo Concepts. Our partnership has birthed a number of successful event and social events/ projects. We have hosted business seminars and workshops which have provided basic business skills to over 500 rural entrepreneurs and SMMEs in the Eastern Cape thus far.  

I am a blogger, poet, recording artist - with a number of commercial and underground music available on the internet and on fellow collaborators’ albums.

 I have a number of community projects and organizations that I do a lot of work. I have worked with Kick- Kids in Christ Kingdom (In Their Shoes), I have served as ambassador for the South African Blood Services while I continue to make anonymous donations to different charity organizations.

I am a spiritual being rather than religious, I embrace teachings from African to Hinduism spiritualties. I am a social entrepreneur who believes in learning through knowledge sharing. I am a vision driven global citizen who is not limited to race and country.

“ Life is what you make it, make the most of it”.

 

 

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