Radio man going back to his roots

2015-09-10 06:00

Award winning radio station Zibonele’s “prodigal son”, Mzamo Ngomana is back home, and has vowed to take his ‘first home’ to the top of the wavecrest, where it belongs, he says.

Ngomana had been seconded to the Zibonele Media Development Trust, and said his mission was now to “turn things around”.

“This station has a lot of potential and working together with our listeners and local business people, we can make it fly to greater wavelengths,” Ngomana shares.

Last year the station was voted the best managed in the Community Radio sector and was awarded the Rantho Letsebe Media Achievement Award for 2014.

The award was offered by the Sanlam/Media Diversity and Development Agency in May this year.

Ngomana said the accolade spoke volumnes about the station’s position in the country.

“Many things, like constitutionality of the station, proof of community participation and whether we adhered to our license conditions, were observed be fore we received this award” he said.Action plan

Ngomana added that the station has undergone a lot of transformation, which can lead to uncertainty at times.

He said since returning to the station in July, he has given himself a “six month action plan” to ensure efficacy.

To effect that, he says, he has scaled down the station’s extra activities, like the Radio Zibonele Fun Run and the internal soccer tournaments, which will not see the light of day again.

Indumezulu Gospel Extravganza, which is the radio station’s flagship event, will take place, on October 17 at the Swaartklip Community Centre.

Radio Zibonele marketing officer Kholeka August added that plans for the gospel show were at an advanced stage.

“Everything is in order and we will be releasing the line-up soon and I am sure our listeners will be thrilled to hear great artists perform,” she said.

. Meanwhile Radio Zibonele former board chairman Yengwayo Kutta was nominated into the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) board. See the story next week

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