Making their mark

2011-04-23 00:00

A YOUNG Durbanite and LLB graduate, Zama Dube, is making her mark as a deejay on Gauteng’s largest youth radio station, YFM, in her new weekday show The Face Off.

Dube matriculated at Ridge Park College and moved to Johannesburg to study law at the University of the Witswatersrand in 2007.

The 22-year-old grew up in KwaMashu in Durban where she first learnt her DJ ropes on Durban Youth Radio (DYR). She stayed there for three years.

Dube said, “When I was on DYR I received a R50 allowance and only bought myself sweets, but I did not mind because I was doing what I loved.”

She said that even though she loves Johannesburg and the sense of freedom there, she still misses Durban.

“Jozi is different. It’s fast-paced and everyone is busy, although the people aren’t very happy unlike in Durban where everyone is happy. It feels like Christmas every day when you’re in Durban. I’m just spreading the happiness,” she laughs.

The talented youngster is juggling a lot of balls. Besides being a YFM DJ, she is studying a postgraduate degree in African literature and tutors at university.

“I think people get scared and they never try things. I love academia and I still go out with friends on the weekends because everyone needs that balance.”

At the age of 16 the outspoken Dube won the title of best impromtu speaker in a KwaZulu-Natal Toastmasters Junior Competition.

“Deejaying makes me smile and it’s exciting to be part of the YFM legacy. It’s not easy like any other job because of its demands, but I love what I do.”

Being an only child, Dube said she draws her strength from the strong women in her family.

Raised by a single parent, she told Weekend Witness that she had to grow up very quickly, but never complained about it.

“I never felt sorry for myself being raised only by my mom because that’s all I knew.

“She’s sacrificed a lot for me. She’s a hard worker and understands the profession that I’m in.”

The sky is no limit for the colourful and talented Dube who only wants great things from life, such as writing academic literature while pursuing her media career.


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