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Entertainment - Date: 22 June 2019
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 1467
The sounds of a radio presenter or news anchor wafting through the air from a passing car or a nearby stationary bus at a busy bus terminal had always fascinated Mulalo Muvhango-Mathoma so much that he decided to see himself as having a future in radio.
This young man from Tshamutilikwa village is currently a reputable newsreader at the Louis Trichardt-based community radio station, Makhado FM.
“One of the distinctive voices of newsreaders that reached my ears and made an impact on me was that of the late Mbulungeni Mafenya Mphaphuli,” he said. “My love for news reading had developed in me just after I had listened to him read news on Phalaphala FM in the early 2000s. He had a rare skill and talent that I had not seen anywhere before. To sum it up, his talent was unique.”
In the same vein, Mulalo's talent is one of a kind and remains the best quality that sets him apart from his colleagues and contemporaries. As he reads news, his abilities keep radio listeners' ears glued to their radios.
“I had chiselled my talent at Kingdom FM where I had a stint, reading news and presenting current social affairs,” he said. “I was also leading a talk show until I had found greener pastures at Makhado FM.”
A graduate of media studies from Intec College, Mulalo said that he found more meaning and joy in presenting his news bulletins in Tshivenda since it added more value to his mother tongue. “I live radio, I breathe radio and I walk radio,” he said. "I bring peace with my voice."
He said he was worried about shoddy work that many newsreaders presented to listeners in this age rife with social media messages. “As newsreaders, we are journalists first and we always need to bear in mind that fact, or else we will tend to skip some serious ethics and rules that govern journalism,” he said. “We need to put more energy into researching and double-checking the veracity of the news we report.”
He appreciates the fact that the community station's management have afforded him the opportunity to interact with the public. “The encouragement I receive from listeners who like my voice, style and energy is awesome,” he said. “I had a rough journey to eventually get where I am today and that encouragement from listeners is all that gives me joy.”
Mulalo urges the youth to take education seriously because it forms the foundation on which they can build a good future.
Mulalo Muvhango-Mathoma is a young radio voice worth listening to.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.