Gagasi’s Bhengu makes his small screen debut

2012-05-24 00:00

GAGASI FM presenter Steven Bhengu is not afraid of challenges.

The Durban resident is one of 25 contestants in the Bar-One Manhunt reality show on SABC 3. The show premiered on SABC 3 last Thursday. It is is shot on different locations and contestants compete in a variety of gruelling challenges.

The radio journalist said he had never considered being on TV before, but decided to try his luck after hearing about the show. “A friend told me about the auditions and I went just to please him. I didn’t really think about the show after the audition.”

Bhengu said the judges selected candidates based on physical and mental ability.

“They were looking for guys who push themselves over the limit, who work hard and play hard.”

Two weeks after his audition, held earlier this year, Bhengu was told that he was one of the 25 contestants on the show. The experience had taught him much about himself, he said.

“I have gained confidence in myself and also believe in myself more now. The show has made me realise that I can do more than I thought I could do.”

Bhengu is now preparing to take part in next year’s Comrades Marathon.

Although he has gained some fans after the show aired, he said some people were not as complimentary of his TV debut.

“The response has been phenomenal. People are showing me love everywhere I go. But there is that handful of people who ridicule you and try to make themselves feel better. They don’t matter,” he said.

Bhengu started his radio career in 2010 and has a sport show called Extra Time, which airs on Fridays and Mondays.

“I love my job because it allows for creativity and I get to grow every day and explore who I am,” Bhengu said

He wouldn’t rule out the option of doing other TV shows in the future.

• Siyathemba.Ben@gmail.com

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