‘Thomas and Skhumba are not leaving’ - Kaya 959 announces final changes to the lineup

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Thomas Msengana and Skumba Hlophe have been moved to the new slot, “Last Call” on Mondays to Thursdays 10pm to midnight, and Fridays 9pm to midnight.
Thomas Msengana and Skumba Hlophe have been moved to the new slot, “Last Call” on Mondays to Thursdays 10pm to midnight, and Fridays 9pm to midnight.

When the changes at Kaya 959 were leaked recently, the question on everyone's mind was what was going to happen to Skhumba Hlophe and Thomas Msengana? It was reported that they were losing the breakfast slot.

But the panic was eased when they heard Dineo Ranaka and podcaster Sol Phenduka would be taking over. Luckily the fan favourites Skhumba and Thomas will not be leaving the station but have been moved to a different time on the “Last Call” on Mondays to Thursdays 10pm to midnight, and Fridays 9pm to midnight.

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In a statement from the station management, the new changes were detailed.

“Topmost among these is the appointment of Dineo Ranaka as anchor of “959 Breakfast”, weekdays from 6am to 5pm. The all-round media personality brings her unmistakable talent into Kaya 959 for a refreshed take on morning radio. Joining her as co-host is the widely admired Sol Phenduka, who is a natural in connecting with audiences. The combination of Dineo Ranaka and Sol Phenduka gives Kaya 959 an edge in the station’s vision of a 360-degree offering both on air and on the street. Kgomotso Meso, who has been with Kaya 959 for 11 years, will start listeners’ weekday mornings with an hour of Early Breakfast from 5am to 6am, which is being established as a seamless prequel into 959 Breakfast, the statement reads.

“Thomas Msengana and Skhumba Hlophe recently announced that Friday 24 June 2022 was their last morning show on Kaya 959. The highly popular duo has given listeners many memorable moments of fun, laughter, great music and inspiring discussion over the last 13 months. The public will be happy to know that Thomas and Skhumba are not leaving the Kaya 959 stable. They have been tasked with turning nighttime radio on its head in their new slot, “Last Call” on Mondays to Thursdays 10pm to midnight, and Fridays 9pm to midnight.”

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Gospel singer Khaya Mthethwa will host a new show from 9am to 12pm on Saturdays. “Audiences must get ready to discover a whole new side to Khaya Mthethwa that showcases his immense capability and versatility. Relationship and marriage coaches Mo and Phindi take the reins on Sunday with their show The Family in the same time slot, while the veteran George Manyosi brings his enthusiasm to Sunday night jazz from 9pm to midnight with 'Jazz it Up'.”

The rest of the Kaya 959 lineup remains the same with Thabo “Tbose” Mokwele retaining his mid-morning weekday show and Sunday afternoon slot.

“Kaya 959 listeners will continue to enjoy the company of our other great talent such as Andy Maqondwana, Sizwe Dhlomo, Gugulethu Mfuphi, Phemelo Motene, Bonolo “Beesting” Molosiwa, Sammy T Mundawarara, Nicky B, DJ Keyez, MaBlerh, Xola Dlwati and Tyroline Franks. The station also thanks Sotho Lenkoe and Collin Kgari for their contribution over the many years of their tenure with Kaya 959.”

The stations managing director, Sibongile Mtyali says radio as a medium continues to remain a strong platform for connecting people, and radio stations the world over have to constantly assess and adjust to changing needs and lifestyles.

“These adjustments to the lineup are proof that 25 years since its founding, Kaya 959 is still alive to market demands to consistently provide quality programming. The addition of established names such as Dineo Ranaka, Sol Phenduka, Khaya Mthethwa, and Mo and Phindi, as well as the realigning of our magnificent existing talent are bold steps that Kaya 959 is undertaking to grow the radio station to even greater heights.”

Get the full line-up:

Early Breakfast: 05-06

Main Anchor – Kgomotso Meso

959 Breakfast: 06-09

Main Anchor – Dineo Ranaka, Co-host and Traffic - Sol Phenduka, Sport – Angie Khumalo

Best T in the City: 09-12

Main Anchor – Tbose Mokwele

Feel Good: 12-15

Main Anchor – Andy Maqondwana 

Kaya Drive: 15-18

Main Anchor – Sizwe Dhlomo

KayaBiz: 18-20 Monday to Thursday

Main Anchor – Gugu Mfuphi 

The Hive 18-21 Friday)  

Main Anchor - Beesting

Point of View: 20-22 Monday to Thursday 

Main Anchor – Phemelo Motene                                     

Last Call 22–00 Monday to Thursday and 21-00 Friday  

Main Anchor – Thomas Msengana, Co-host – Skhumba Hlophe




Weekend Breakfast 06-09                                       

Main Anchor – Sammy T                            

Sport – Sandile Van Heerden                       

News – Keneiloe 

Noted 09-12                                                             

Main Anchor – Khaya Mthethwa  

The Ultimate Kaya 959,Top 30 12-15 

Main Anchor – DJ Keyez


The Weekend Update 15-18

Main Anchor – MaBlerh                                        


The Hive 18–21  

Main Anchor – Beesting 


World Show 18-21

Main Anchor – Beesting 


Saturday Nites 21–00                                            

Main Anchor – Tyroline Franks


Automation 00–03                                     

Kaya Sound 


Training Slot 03–06                                                

Main Anchor –TBC                                     


Weekend Breakfast 06-09

Main Anchor – Sammy T                               

Sport – Sandile Van Heerden                        

News – Keneiloe 


The Family 09-12 

Main Anchors – Mo and Phindi 

Spade of Hearts 12-15

Main Anchor - Xola

Touch of Soul – 15-18

Main Anchor - Tbose

The World Show 18-21

Main Anchor – Nicky B


Jazz it Up – 21-00

Main Anchor – George Manyosi

Automation 00-02

Kaya Sound   


The Gist 02-05

Main Anchor - Xola

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