Muslim radio station honours black presenter

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: suppLIED Dawud Phungula with his award. He is congratulated by fellow presenter, Haseez Wadi.

PHOTO: suppLIED Dawud Phungula with his award. He is congratulated by fellow presenter, Haseez Wadi.

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BEING the first black Zulu-speaking presenter for Radio Al Ansaar, a Muslim radio station, Dawud Phungula has a bright future after recently being awarded the Young Star Award for Awesome Youth by the station.

Phungula (20) from KwaNyamazane near Buffer joined the Mountain Rise-based radio station in March, and has since made a name for himself with his current affairs programme and Saturday show where he speaks to listeners in Zulu and English.

He was honoured with the award for his contribution to the station as his shows are aimed at young and old listeners which he has managed to attract.

Speaking to Echo, Phungula said: “Growing up I was passionate about radio and although I’m a Muslim I never thought I would work for a Muslim radio station. It was a new experience for me as I’m the first black Zulu- speaking presenter for the station.

“I have a current affairs programme between Thursday and Friday which I call it ZuluEnglish, as I converse with my listeners in both these languages, and at the same time some get the opportunity to learn Zulu.

“On Saturday I host the Dawud Show which focuses on youth issues, teenage pregnancy, procrastination and any issue affecting our youth.”

Phungula said the award is motivation to work harder as he aspires to be a radio producer one day.

“The award means a lot to me. This is just the beginning of many positive things to come.”

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