Teen keeps youth talking

2015-05-05 07:15
Zeke Warely is following his dream on Radio Kaapse Punt.

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Zeke Warely is following his dream on Radio Kaapse Punt. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Zeke Warely is a young man using the air waves to improve life in his community.

Since the beginning of the year the 13-year-old Grade 9 Rhodes High learner from Charlesville in Montana has been the driving force, and voice, of the Voice of the youth show on Radio Kaapse Punt (Saturdays from noon to 15:00).

He sees this programme as a stepping stone to his dream of a career in media and has proven himself capable of handling a wide variety of topics on his show.

“Even while at primary school at De Waveren in Ruyterwacht I was interested in the news and magazine shows on TV and radio,” he says.

“My big break came when I wrote an article about Nelson Mandela for Mandela Day and was asked to come and read it on the radio.

“I thought: ‘Zeke, this is an opportunity of a lifetime,’ and asked them about presenting a youth show. They invited me to start the Voice of the youth show.”

Looking at some of the topics he has taken on during April, it is obvious that this teen wants to empower other young people and make them aware of the problems they face in their communities.

Earlier this month he hosted the Life Changers organisation on his programme to discuss the plague of drug abuse on the Cape Flats.

He also wants to use music as a means to inspire young people to live positive lives.

“We featured members of a community band from Strandfontein and discussed how they go about making their music in the community and use it to empower youth,” he says.

“During April we discussed various relationships among youth. Friends, friends with benefits (the FWB phenomenon) and long-term romantic relationships.

“We looked at how factors such as looks, money, cars and sex play a role in relationships among young people at school, university and those just starting out to work.”

Child pornography and paedophilia also came under the spotlight.

“This has become a major problem since the spread of the internet. Sometimes youths are not aware of how they can be manipulated.

“Men who lure underage girls into their clutches and use them as sex objects, make pornographic videos and photograph them. They in turn spread those images and videos on the internet where anyone can freely view them.”

Zeke knows some may feel these topics are too “heavy”, but it is important to make young people aware of reality.

While this programme is part of his dream in life he still has his sights set higher.

“I eventually want to get on television doing presenting but there’s also an acting career that I want to follow,” he says.

Radio Kaapse Punt broadcasts on 99.0 to 102.7FM and streams on www.rkpfm.co.za. If you’re interested in becoming a presenter call 021 762 0244

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