‘The heavy weight’ - newsreader and aspiring pastry chef

2015-10-22 06:00

Nzuzo  ‘The heavy weight’ Khuzwayo at his KZN   Capital 104 FM news-reading desk.

PHOTO: NOKULUNGA NGOBESE Nzuzo ‘The heavy weight’ Khuzwayo at his KZN Capital 104 FM news-reading desk.

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APART from his vast knowledge of his vernacular language, 23-year-old KZN Capital 104 FM newsreader, Nzuzo Khuzwayo, is a man of many talents and he an aspiring pastry chef.

NOKULUNGA NGOBESE spoke to “the heavy weight”, as he is affectionately known by his listeners.

BORN in UMkhambathini to Bheki Khuzwayo and Khona (MaZulu), Khuzwayo attended Asizenzele Primary School and completed his matric at Ngangezwe High.

Growing up listening to Jabulani “Mjay” Sibisi on Ukhozi FM, Khuzwayo fell in love with radio, particularly news reading, when he was young.

After finishing matric, he completed a diploma in journalism at IceSA. While most of his peers cannot speak and read Zulu as fluently as he does, Khuzwayo is unashamed to declare his love for the language and reads it with pride.

He first applied to work at the station when it opened last year, but his application was turned down. However, he did not lose hope and kept on trying until he was finally accepted.

“I believe that if you love something you don’t just give up. I was declined three times before eventually being accepted.

“This is also a lesson to young people to keep pushing harder. I always use DJ Black Coffee as an example. Despite having to use only one hand, he is rated among the best deejays in the country because he believed in his dream, and did not give up.”

Khuzwayo says reading the news is a challenging job as he has to interact with people who have different personalities.

“My job is more than news reading as I have to research and compile news and also leave a gap for any breaking news. Sometimes one has to interact with difficult sources­ who are arrogant.”

Joining the station in June, Khuzwayo says he has a lot to learn before going to bigger radio stations.

Khuzwayo facts

• He loves cooking

• In his spare time he bakes for his family bakery business and is an aspiring pastry chef.

• He is an extrovert, who is also an introvert, when it comes to partying.

• He dislikes disrespectful people.

• He does not hold grudges.

• He would love to be remembered for his originality

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