Telling untold stories on radio

2015-10-01 06:00
PHOTO: NOKULUNGA NGOBESE

Zukiswa Ndaba of KZN Capital 104 FM.

PHOTO: NOKULUNGA NGOBESE Zukiswa Ndaba of KZN Capital 104 FM.

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TO tell untold stories through the medium of radio, 23-year-old Zukiswa Ndaba is the face behind KZN Capital 104 FM news. NOKULUNGA­ NGOBESE spoke to the news editor, who also co-hosts the Jumpstart breakfast show and the afternoon­ drive - The Journey.

Born to Vuyelwa Ndaba from Clermont, Ndaba did her primary schooling at Ekujabuleni and completed matric at Sithengile High. Growing up listening to Ukhozi FM, Ndaba fell in love with news reading and current affairs at a young age, however, as a star pupil her parents expected her to pursue a career in civil engineering.

After her first year she quit and enrolled for a journalism course at the Durban University of Technology.

“I’ve always been a people person so while doing civil engineering I felt suffocated and wanted to follow my first love,” said Ndaba.

Other than her busy schedule which involves setting shifts for news readers, compiling and editing news and checking that they adhere to journalism ethics, she hosts a breakfast show and an afternoon drive show which she says is different.

“The afternoon drive runs from 3pm to 6pm where we target people stuck in traffic after a long day’s work, school pupils and youth. Most of the content is youth based. We offer life-style tips, fashion, business and also quizzes. We make sure that the content is not heavy and it’s a stress reliever for people coming back from work and school.”

Ndaba is also the founder of the Greatest Moments Production, a non-governmental organisation specialising in media and photography. One of Ndaba’s dreams is to host her own current affairs show specialising in telling the untold stories of ordinary­ citizens. With just three months in the industry Ndaba believes that female journalists are taken for granted and blames some female journalists for this.

“Some female journalists compromise their ethics and values in order to get a good story which makes those who don’t vulnerable to sources.”

Ndaba said with unemployment rife, young people should not give up on their dreams.

“If you believe in something, nothing is unattainable with God.”

Ndaba facts:

andgt;andgt; She is a workaholic andGod-fearing.

andgt;andgt; She loves cooking more than eating out.

andgt;andgt; She hates people who have too much pride.

andgt;andgt; She believes South Africa has the best policies, but the problem is with the implementation thereof.

andgt;andgt;

She wants to be remembered as a truthful person whoempowers others

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