Radio host aims for Saba’s post

2015-05-07 06:00

Cape Town’s Zibonele Radio Station’s Ntebaleng Shete from Khayelitsha co-hosted uMhlobo Wenene FM Saba Mbixane’s two shows with Amaza Ntshanga. 

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Cape Town’s Zibonele Radio Station’s Ntebaleng Shete from Khayelitsha co-hosted uMhlobo Wenene FM Saba Mbixane’s two shows with Amaza Ntshanga. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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UMHLOBO Wenene FM bosses are on the hunt to find a new presenter to replace the late Saba “Zaw-Zaw” Mbixane.

The Lavuthibhayi anchorman died in February at the age of 54 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Mbixane had six Satmas to his name.

Six aspiring community radio station presenters are trying out for the post.

Among the six contenders is Ntebaleng Shete (38) of local Cape Townradio station Zibonele.

On Thursday, she had the privilege to co-host two shows with Amaza Ntshanga on the national radio station.

Excited Ntebaleng told SunBuzz she was ready to wear Mbixane’s big shoes.

But first, she has to be voted for by the listeners and beat other five candidates.

“If I get the nod, the first thing people should know is that I’m not Saba Mbixane. They can expect something new that they never got from Saba.

“They will listen to something different and I will bring my own understanding and a variety of the traditional music I know,” she said.

Ntebaleng has been working for radio Zibonele FM since 2001. She was born in Maclear in the Eastern Cape.

“I grew up surrounded by AmaHlubi, Amapondomise, AmaXhosa and Abesuthu people and this is evident in my music selection.

“I’m very proud to be in this position, as it also shows that women know about traditional music.

“I’m happy with the recognition we have been given. This shows that women in general, given a chance, can do well at whatever they put their minds to.

“I’m honoured to be given this chance and I will still be happy if another woman gets the job,” she added.

The five other candidates are Monwabisi Bangi and Sindile Majikija from Unitra community radio station, current breakfast show presenter Wendy Nogwaba and ex-presenter Lumkile “MaLeven” Ngcongo from Alfred Nzo community radio. Mphumzi Ndzuzo is from a Stutterheim-based community radio station.

All the contestants will be given an opportunity to present the show on air before the final candidate is chosen

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