MUT Radio is constantly looking for ways to reach more audiences in its mission to give the youth a voice. As part of Youth Day, MUT Radio hosted the SABC’s Ukhozi FM, which broadcasted its popular show, Jabulujule, presented by Dudu Khoza. The show was dedicated to a discussion on religious issues featuring MUT students from various religious denominations.
The broadcast was also an opportunity for MUT Radio crew members to learn first-hand from Khoza, who is one of the longest-serving Ukhozi FM presenters. Awethu Kelese said that he learnt as much as he could in the three hours that the “legendary broadcaster” was on campus.
“Her presence at MUT and on MUT Radio was a blessing; June 16 was MUT Radio’s first birthday. I was celebrating my first year as a DJ. I learnt that having a relationship with your listeners on and off-air is very important. I was so inspired to learn that she always invites her listeners who are domestic workers for lunch at various hotels around KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces. I also learnt that a radio broadcaster must be easily accessible to the community because you are literally the voice to the voiceless,” said Kelese.
Afika Mkhahlela, another MUT Radio presenter, said she was impressed by the level of Khoza’s humbleness.
“I learnt that irrespective of status, money and achievements, it’s important to remain humble, respectful and warm to your supporters. Khoza has such a warm and nurturing aura. I found myself in awe of her grace, and the humility she possesses based on her interactions with the people. I am going to do my best to emulate these qualities for my listeners,” said Mkhahlela.
Both Kelese and Mkhahlela are also doing their internships at the Department of Marketing and Communications at MUT.