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Putco Mafani

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The Breakfast Eyondlayo Ekuseni (BEE) Presenter:

Who are you?  ……..

My Name is Mputumi Putco Mafan from Fort Beaufor Humble beginnings kwaDubu eBhofolo where at some stage I went to primary school without shoes but had strong religious and church values that kept the faith at an early age, and as such I had always known that one day I would be a well-known and successful radio personality, at an early age. Grown up like most Black kids, by my granny, education was the only gateway to my dream, coz sometimes I did not even afford brand new quality clothes for Christmas. Someday through focus my dream came thru. In all of these, life was great more so eating from one big dish with 6 or 7 other siblings and relatives. I learnt a lot from this particular experience.

What show do you host?

Hosting the BEE, and because this show is not just a radio show but a way of life with its culture and language, its humour and light hearted approach, keep our listeners glued, as creativity and innovations are the order of the day. A diverse reflection of personalities in my team is a plus. We are extremely blessed.

When and how did your career start?

 My career started as a teacher but it was clearly a bridge to Broadcasting which I started 01 December 1987 at Radio Ciskei The Station That Blows Your Blues Away I did the breakfast show called “Browsing Around” there has been a few people that have had an influence in my choice of career like Given Ntlebi, Dambile Tuswa, Fikile Lubisi, John Becks and Alex Jay

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

Having been behind the mic for more than 18 years is sweet on its own but having done it with great radio stations and broadcasters is sweetest; Radio CKI, Radio Xhosa, Channel Africa worldwide, Kaya FM, and back to Umhlobo Wenene FM. The other cake of my achievements in the industry is all Television shows I have presented, including CCV TV- Cosmo Life, SABC 1-Indwe, SABC Topsport, SABC TV News (Indaba zesiXhosa). The biggest achievement is the treble with MTN Radio Awards 2014 - The Best Breakfast Show, The Best Breakfast Presenter, including the honour of being inducted to the Radio Hall Of Fame in South Africa!

Besides radio, what do you do?

A number of things, charity work with poor communities’ soup kitchens, Cancer Ambassador in the province, and Ambassador of the KFC AddHope, plus the putcomafani FOUNDATION recently launched to mobilise funds for bursaries. Apart from commercial gigs that I MC to make money but I also volunteer these services for funerals wherever possible.

I am also a qualified choir conductor with a distinction in Music A Theory and love training choirs, more so church choirs, including preaching, interpreting and conducting youth motivational sessions.

 

“If you wanna be happy in life, make the next person happy too, - abaceba ububi ngabanye abantu baphelela apho basebenzela khona”

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