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Mafa Bavuma

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Host of Zibuzwa Kuthi

Who are you?

I am Mafa Bavuma, a young, ambitious, hilarious and hardworking radio presenter. Born and bred in the dusty streets of the small rural town of Alicedale. I’m the lastborn in the family of eight children. I did my primary and high school education at Hendrik Kanise Combined School in Alicedale. Matriculated in the year 2000, before i enrolled for a journalism course at the then PE Technikon now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

What show do you host?

I am the host of the fast-paced, informative lunchtime Current Affairs show, Zibuzwa Kuthi, from 12-1pm weekdays. It’s a bumper to bumper show, where we bring live newsmakers, SABC Journalists reporting live from all corners of South Africa and from abroad, through social networks we discuss a topical issue of the day, daily, with our listeners. Our stories range from Social issues, political, economical, youth stories, sport etc. We give you weather and traffic report. It’s a one hour show filled with information, top stories, thought provoking and more. The name of the show “Zibuzwa Kuthi” tells you what is the show about. I’m also part of the breakfast show team, BEE, a show that keeps you awake, informed and you will surely laugh your lungs out, and you will fall in love with my infectious laughter...That is were you get see the funny side of Mafa Bavuma.

When and how did your career start?

I travelled all child steps in the radio industry, beginning my career at a community radio, Radio Kingfisher, before I moved to the SABC’s regional youth station, tru fm in 2008, before I joined Umhlobo Wenene fm the same year. I had short stint in the print media, working as a journalist, sport editor and editor in a Xhosa publication, IZIMVO ZABANTU, between 2005 to 2007. So many people have played a role in moulding me to be the presenter that, I am today. It was great pleasure to work under legendary radio presenters, like Fezile Mpunzi and Fikile Lubisi, who have not been only my bosses but father figures, applauding me when I do good, constructively critiquing me when I do bad.

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

20012/13 - Nominated in the MTN Awards       
2014 - EC Nominee in the Vodacom Journalism Award    
2014 - Nominated to attend the UN’s Annual General Assembly in New York

Besides radio, what other things do you do?

I do a lot of Programme Directing in Social events, motivational speaking at school, youth centres and at public events. Radio is my play ground, it allows me to use my creativity in every angle. I am able to unleash my artistic skills, be influential and informative, evoke emotions be it laughter or tears while I bring joy and laughter in many households. Radio is my theatre I can be whoever I want to be. My motto in life is

“Tough times don’t last, but tough people do”

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