5 Minutes with Tshepi Mabulana


Who is Tshepi Mabulana and what does she do.

Tshepiso Mabulana is well on her way to making her mark in her chosen field. She co-hosts the popular 3-6pm drive-time slot on YFM, called The Best Drive, with Sabelo Mtshali. Before getting this coveted gig, the two hosted the lunch-time slot, The Best Thing Ever. Tshepi also hosts the specialised show, The Game Changer, which airs on YFM on Mondays from 10pm to midnight. Its theme is woman empowerment. In addition, Tshepi is a budding voice-over artist. All this, after she kicked off her career in 2013 as part of YFM’s six-month radio internship programme, Y-Academy.

And to add to her rising star, in April, she was named the brand ambassador for a new wine label, Delush. “I love it as it’s young, relatable and vibrant like me. They wanted a young person to represent them. They’re also passionate about empowering women, which is something right up my alley,” says the bubbly radio host. 

What made her fall in love with radio.

Tshepi initially wanted to be an actress and to this end, enrolled for a degree in media and performance studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. While in third year, a friend, who liked her voice, told her that Gagasi FM was hosting auditions and suggested she go for it. After waiting all day to audition until they closed, Tshepi had to go home. Despite that, the experience solidified her love for radio. Although she’d never been on a radio station, Tshepi began sending out her CV to SABC radio stations and YFM. After her second attempt to work at YFM, she made it into the Y-Academy in 2013 after one of its chosen 13 participants cancelled. Management called Tshepi to fill the spot and that’s where it all began. 

Her background

Born in Tembisa, Tshepi is the youngest of three children, two girls and a boy. She was raised by her technician father and her mother, who worked at the local municipality. She was 13 when her mother passed away, aged 43, from a blood clot in the brain. “She had high blood pressure, even though she was fit and exercised a lot. She ran marathons. Then one day, she suddenly didn’t want to go to work, saying she needed to paint the house. A week before she died, her face turned red and she looked odd. On the day she fell ill, she was on her way to the gym, but her car wouldn’t start. When she asked her friend for help, she collapsed. At the hospital, doctors told us about the clot in her brain. A week later, she was supposed to be operated on, but she passed away.”  

Her passion for women empowerment

Besides her radio work, Tshepi is passionate about empowering the community. For the past three years, on 15 October – her birthday – the 27-year-old has hosted an initiative called Slumber with Tshepi, hosting young girls for a sleepover. She’s partnered with Premier Hotels to host the girls, Avis South Africa for transportation and Mangwanani African Spa to pamper them. “We’re raising complacent girls, giving them handouts rather than skills to improve themselves. I want a home where the women will know that they have a place to sleep, but have to prioritise getting work skills to gain independence. There’s a recruitment agency I’m speaking to about my shelter. I want the women to come to my shelter where they’ll learn to write a CV and more. You can lose everything in the world, but no one can take your independence and education from you.”

Catch more of her story in the December 2018 issue of True Lovemagazine.

Picture credit: Photogeniustats



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