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Entertainment - Date: 30 June 2019
Written by: Mbulaheni Ridovhona / Viewed: 3955
From a young age, Maggie Makwena Mokobane was determined to become a radio presenter, and her persistence paid off.
The 24-year-old from Bochum, who started working at Nzhelele FM in February, said that she developed her love of radio when she was in Grade 8. "I used to listen to Capricorn FM’s DJ Hellen Seabi presenting Pump it up and that was when I fell in love with radio. I told myself that I must work hard in order to achieve my dream of being a radio presenter," she said.
Last year, she was working as a reporter at Radio Turf at the University of Limpopo. At Nzhelele FM, she is now working as a news reader and presenter of the Love Nest show. "The show is all about making relationships stronger for people who are married," she said.
She studied for a diploma in media studies at the Boston City Campus and Business College. She said that she loved community radio stations because they kept local people updated about the news happening around them.
She said that working at Nzhelele FM was a great experience. "I thank station manager Khathutshelo Ramugondo for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to learn everything in the station. I found my purpose in life because of the opportunity I was given and I'm grateful," she added. "In the coming years, I want to see myself working for Kaya FM and being a businesswoman. I thank my parents, Monica Leshaba and Terrence Boshomane, for supporting me in my radio career."
When asked what qualities a radio presenter should possess, she said that “a radio presenter must use time productively, be creative, be able to multitask and look presentable at all times. Communication plays a vital role and you must touch lives with the service you are providing for the listeners”.
Nzhelele FM presenter Maggie Makwena Mokobane. Photo supplied.
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.