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Nosimphiwe Jikijela

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Host Isikhokhelo Kwezemfundo

Who are you?  ……..

I consider myself a feminist…friendly and fun loving Aries, from Tyinirha location in Nqamakwe, Eastern Cape. Growing up in a rural area instilled in me, a sense of humility, respect and social responsibility. Juggling between school, herding cattle and sheep and other household chores taught me that women are very strong and capable of anything in life. The resilient women involved in my upbringing made me believe that, anything is possible if I put my mind to it.

What show do you host?

I host educational shows i.e. Isikhokelo Kwezemfundo, Youth Ke Yona and Ezorhwebo Nezimali every Wednesday and Thursday at 19h00 – 20h00 / 20h30 – 21h30. Besides enjoying the sweet voice ;-) I want listeners to feel empowered to be agents of change. Dr. Nelson Mandela once said, “It is through education that a daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine and that a child of farm workers can become the president.”  

When and how did your career start?

I started working as a cashier and really enjoyed helping and engaging with customers.

My love for radio developed at a very tender age, as it was the most accessible and powerful source of information and entertainment. Mr Nkosinathi Mbombela a board member at Khanya Community Radio then, helped by spreading the word about the radio station. It is thanks to the late ‘Bro Kid’ Vuthula for acknowledging the talent. Mrs Thato Mfundisi, a former facilitator from the National Community Radio Forum, empowered me with basic radio skills.

My radio career started in the year 2000, when Khanya Community Radio in Butterworth was officially launched. Going on air for the first time in my life, at a brand new radio station in the region was like breaking new grounds.

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

While at Khanya I became the Eastern Cape producer for Women and Children’s programmes in 2001, through a project funded by the Department of Communications called ‘Sicebisa Isizwe Ngemfundo.’  Alex FM afforded me an opportunity to attend the Highway Africa Conference in Grahamstowon in 2003. I was part of the Agenda Feminist Media Project Outreach Project in Jozini KZN, in 2004. In the quest to empower women through the use ICTs, Women’sNet among other things trained me to organise and facilitate workshops in different parts of the country. I am also proud to have been the first reporter / photographer of the award winning Alex Pioneer community newspaper.

Besides radio, what do you do?

I help organise Career / Educational events, MC, serve as a Fundraising Committee member, a Church Choir Treasurer and a Sunday School Teacher.

Besides church projects that I am mostly involved in, there are individuals that I help on a personal capacity. I am a Poet, Counsellor and a chorister. I produce an Early Childhood Development radio programme called Nalibali. Skills that I have acquired include translation, voice-over, technical radio production, radio script writing, and drama production. My interests lie in African languages, youth development, education, Information and Communication Technologies.

“You will, when you believe”

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