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The Creative Couch

The Creative Couch was born on 27 April 2020 and boy WAS IT A BIRTH.

We opened with Mbuso Khoza of the African Heritage Ensemble when we sat down to talk about how we capture history in this day and age. Now, Mbuso Khoza is an incredible font of knowledge and listening to him, you truly are baptised in new revelations and information on history, culture and music. I loved how he captured the storage of cultural knowledge as the freezing of moments in time and ascribing value to lived cultures.

Towards the end of the interview he said something so poignant about how we gather knowledge from those who have lived the cultures we want to know more about; ‘uma uyofuna ulwazi awuyi njengomuntu owaziyo, uya njengomuntu oyokwethekela’. Now I took that into the daily living of our lives; how we should enter any space with a desire to learn and the mind a black slate.

One thing I learnt very early in my radio career was to enter an interview with no judgement whatsoever. Enter with no presumption or assumption regardless of who you are interviewing. I have been inside prisons with convicted murderers and crawled into their experiences, I’ve had interviews with CEOs, sat across internationally acclaimed musicians, moderated panels with national ministers, given talks to rural women and sat down with young girls from all walks of life. In every situation, I enter every interview with no preconceived notion of who the person is and what their story is because every time we sit down across a person, there is a lot that we do not know about their heart, their mind, their life experience. I’ve always termed it ‘entering with no judgement’ but in giving power to how little I know about the person or topic, relative to how much the guest knows, and therefore how much I stand to learn by opening my heart, mind and spirit; I enter all conversations ngiyokwethekela.

May we all greet each other with openness, non-judgement and a true desire to learn from each other.

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Teach Children to Save South Africa

I had the honour and pleasure of working on the Teach Children to Save South Africa Campaign as their endorsing voice for 2013.

Here’s a copy of an interview that I did with them, about the project.
Tell us a little about your childhood, have you always wanted to be on radio?
– Getting onto radio was purely divine intervention by the universe and the powers that be. The grand plan was to become an economist. The best laid plans huh?
I’m from KwaMadlala, a rural area in the small town of Port Shepstone, on the KZN South Coast.  I had an average childhood, spent with my uncles teaching me all the ‘guy’ things and my grandmother MaSangweni and my mother teaching me all the ‘girl’ things.
Besides being on radio, you do a number of things, tell us a bit about that.
– I’m the Vice Chairperson of the Business Women’s Association, Durban Chapter.
– I work with some schools in the greater Durban area in efforts to enhance the quality of education in those schools.
– I run a communications agency called WordArt Communications
– I co-own a TV production company with my business partner Terri Pillemer
What made you agree to be TCTS SA’s endorsing voice?
– I spent most of my childhood with my grandmother who was very good with money. Apart from a few mistakes in my very early working days, I learnt most aspects of handling money from her. Not all children have someone to learn ‘money lessons’ from and it’s great to be part of a project that does just that for children
What have you enjoyed the most about it?
– Being part of an initiative that is changing an entire generation’s attitude towards money.
How good were you as a child with your finances?
– I liked sweets too much. So when my mother tried to help me start a sweet ‘business’ selling sweets on the school bus, I ate my own stock! All of it :)
Thank you for the interview. Without revealing much, what can we expect from you in the near future?
– Whatever the universe and the powers that be deem me worthy to receive.

I am eternally grateful

I have been blessed in so many ways and the last few days have made me appreciate that in a new way.

I joined the media 7 years ago and truth be told, it was sheer luck. It was completely a matter of the right ‘someone’ hearing my voice, liking it and out of the blue offering me that opportunity. It was never something that I had considered and it was never something that I thought I could do for a long time and yet it has changed my life in so many ways. I have seen and experienced so much that I otherwise may not have the opportunity to experience. I have faced challenges and I have grown through this journey.

Sometimes I hear a radio personality recounting his or her struggle to make it on radio and get the opportunity; and I am always in awe of how far some people will go to achieve their dream. I was lucky and so blessed in it all, I didn’t go through some of the pain and strife that some have had to go through to get to where they want to be.

And that appreciation of my slightly different journey was heightened when I participated in the Top Billing presenter search. Ukhozi FM, the radio station I work for, partnered with Top Billing for the Durban leg of the search and nominated two presenters to participate in the process; I being one of them, Chilli M being the other.

Again, my experience was slightly different in that I didn’t stand in a long queue with all the contestants and go through the whole anxiety of ‘what to expect’ because I had at least stood in front of a camera before; filming for roots at the South African Traditional Music Awards in 2011 as well as Ses’khona in 2009 and Creature Club between 2007 and 2010. For these auditions, I was expected to arrive and when I arrived, I went in, signed in, did the audition and I left.

However, in the short time that I was there, I did gain some insight into what people who really want to make it, go through. Some of those young women and young men, were there from the early hours of the morning, hoping to be first in line and get the opportunity to impress the judges. They were dressed to the nines, rehearsing their links, practicing their walks.  It just goes to show that in different ways and in different careers, people are just looking for their lucky break and looking to make their mark.

I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I enjoy and what allows me to be me from a very young age. I am blessed to have had the experiences that I have had, learnt the lessons that I have learnt and walked the path that I have walked.

I am so blessed to have been part of these auditions. For me, it was not about the competition, I participated simply because I had never been exposed to that side of trying to get into the media and I wanted to experience that and kind of stretch myself, open myself up to criticism and get a better understanding of what I am capable of and not capable of.

At the same time, being a strong believer in messages from the universe, I don’t think the primary purpose was for me to just audition; it was for me to appreciate what I have, through seeing how badly some people want that one lucky break and the lengths they will go to, to get that opportunity.  I have at least had that opportunity.

I thank the powers that be for the opportunities that I have had, the lessons I have learnt, the people that have seen in me what I did not know existed and the path that I am walking.

I may not have it all but for what I have been blessed with, I am eternally grateful.


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