A people’s journalist doing his dream job

2010-11-22 00:00

GINISILE Ndovela, a journalist at the South Coast Fever newspaper, is extremely switched on when it comes to current affairs and knows pretty much everybody worth knowing on the Hibiscus Coast.

The Witness spoke to Gini, who took time away from his notepad and pen to give us his views.

What keeps you on the South Coast?

Ndovela: My journalism job has kept me on the South Coast since 2004 and my home is here, which makes my life even better because I stay with my family members.

What is it about your job that makes you want to go to work every day?

Ndovela: This is my dream job. I love it as it puts the community first and is a job that changes the lives of the people for the better by disseminating information that enlightens them and solves their collective or individual problems.

Every day I go to work, I know that what I do will help the people.

What is it that you would like to see happen most in South Africa?

Ndovela: Strengthening of democratic government and the strengthening of opposition parties in the country. I would like to see more government accountability to the people and better service delivery.

Where were you when the Simphiwe Tshabalala goal went in against Mexico on June 11?

Ndovela: Oh, I was with my family and we were all glued to the TV. As the goal hit the back of the net, we all stood up in the hope that it would herald Bafana Bafana going to win the World Cup.

How do you feel about our local government?

Ndovela: As a municipal or political reporter, I feel that local government needs skilled politicians and administrators who will effectively respond to the needs of the local residents and meet all the promises of service delivery.

Right now, I feel that the local government is unable to deliver on its mandate because the right skills are not deployed to key management positions.

I feel that bringing in retired parliamentarians or municipal administrators to volunteer in local government or give some lectures to both local government administrators and councillors would work.

Where is your favourite place to go on the South Coast?

Ndovela: Margate is the best tourism destination and a vibrant town on the coast, with great scenery and entertainment around it, so yes, it’s my favourite place. I have known this ever since I worked in its sugar and banana plantations as a labourer in 1995.

Which song best defines you?

Ndovela: That song by the maskandi musician, Phuzekhemise, which warns amakhansela (councillors) that they need to deliver their promised services to the people because if they don’t “we will not vote them in again”. I like the message as it says that you need to honour your promises to retain the trust of the people.

What do you look for in a partner?

Ndovela: Honesty and integrity, because I believe that where there are hidden agendas, there is a danger to the other partner, which will emerge one day.

What is the biggest problem facing the world today?

Ndovela: Today the world faces global warming and challenges to counteract its effects, such as climate change, that results in the loss of lives during disasters. Poverty is also a challenge for people on the African continent, which calls for the First World economies to invest in the African countries.

Sharks or Bulls?

Ndovela: Sharks — local is lekker.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Ndovela: In five years’ time I want to see myself as a well learned journalist and businessman.

Who is your local hero and why?

Ndovela: Brian Dube, a former spokesperson for Ugu District Municipality. I have seen him growing in the communication industry with his sound background of education and work-related skills being deployed correctly.

How do you make the most of this beautiful area?

Ndovela: I become part of the environmentally caring members of the Coast and do not litter, so in that way I sustain the beauty of the area.

I visit as many beautiful spots in the area as possible with my friends.

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