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I am Pamela Mihle Hlazo, and I am 30 years of age. I was born in the Pondoland side of the former Transkei (Ngqeleni). I am the second born out of four. I am currently a presenter at Unitra Community Radio FM and an LLB student at University of South Africa. I am also a mother of two boys.
How did you get involved with CRF?
In 2014 Mike and the former regional trainer Tabiso approached the station and then they finalised the deal to work together. A suggestion was made to the station manager, Mr Mtshandu to select the mentor and chose me, after he noticed my efforts around the station.
What is the best part of being a facilitator, and your highlight of 2016?
Having to work with the youth and being exposed to the challenges that they face is something that I didn’t care about before. The program has given me maturity and made me a better person and a good mentor. My hightlight for 2016 was winning the award for the ‘Best Story on...
Mr Punch is our facilitator at Mams FM in Mamelodi near Pretoria. He shares his journey from music production into radio, and his highlights of working with the Children’s Radio Foundation.
Location: Mamelodi East, Gauteng, South Africa
Capricorn is my star sign as I was born on the 1st of January at the place called Bushbuckridge, east of Mpumalanga. At the age of five I moved to Mamelodi. I was only 17 when I started a kwaito group called Nice guys and we released our debut album. In 2007 I did my first short film called Karma, which aired on SABC 1, and I also released my first album as a solo artist. In 2012 I joined our local radio station Mams FM.
How did you get involved with the CRF?
I was introduced to the program by my Programs Manager Sipho Malinda, after the previous facilitator retired. My Program Manager chose me because I did work with youth before. Before I came to our radio station I was working at Y.D.O as a...
Phindile Mthombeni currently works at a community radio station Emalahleni FM as a Production Assistant, stand-in presenter and a CRF Youth Mentor/Facilitator. This is her story of being part of the CRF team.
Location: Emalahleni, South Africa
I’m a 28 year old young woman born in the far East Rand of Johannesburg. I have one older sister. I was raised by my late grandparents in a very small town in Nigel until I completed my Matric while my mom was still studying. I later moved to Witbank in 2011 after completing my Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism.
I was approached my Programmes Manager, Mr. Dumisani Matsimbi after Vendaboy, the previous mentor requested to be released from his duties due to his commitments. My name then came up seeing how I related to the youth, and that I would assist them whenever they needed any assistance. At first I was very skeptical about it, was not sure if...
Tracey is a youth facilitator for the ‘Powerful Young Leaders’ young reporters in Mamelodi, South Africa. Here she shares her journey with the Children’s Radio Foundation.
Location: Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa
I am 25 years old, born and bred in Mamelodi. I am currently working for Mams FM which is Mamelodi community radio station, I do a show there from 10 am until 2 pm. I am also a youth mentor/facilitator for a children’s programme and I am also the finance head for the station during the week. And I love channelling my energy towards positive development!
My family is from and still lives in Mamelodi. My dad is from the east and my mom in the west. I have got two beautiful little sisters and an elder sister, so we are just a bunch of girls.
It was around February/March 2014 when I was doing a show called ‘The Navigation Show’ between 9 am and 12 pm. I was told that there will be a...
Lebo Ntlathi is a local lead facilitator from Kurara FM, mentoring the ‘Cracking It’ young reporter team, which she has done since 2012.
Lebo hails from the rural areas of Kuruman in the Northern Cape of South Africa, and she completed her matric in Mahikeng. Her first experience of radio happened to be when she saw an advert for a new community radio station in her area and applied, only to be introduced to the Children’s Radio Foundation and was then given the opportunity to mentor young reporters. She finds the role of lead facilitator enjoyable and fulfilling. When she auditioned something extraordinary happened and she just knew she belonged in radio. She didn’t realise this until she was given the platform to express her thoughts. She first thought she would be a psychologist or a motivational speaker.
“I started mentoring young reporters when CRF realised that I was mature enough and...