Cool Kid on campus

GHETTO SNOB OF THE AIRWAVES: Swaggered up in DMD, Sista Ntswembu is a colourful and quirky character who has her listeners in stitches from laughter. Photo: Michelle Gumede

GHETTO SNOB OF THE AIRWAVES: Swaggered up in DMD, Sista Ntswembu is a colourful and quirky character who has her listeners in stitches from laughter. Photo: Michelle Gumede

Nolwazi “Sista Ntswembu” Zondo is a radio dj on VoWfm and upcoming comedian. Currently completing her higher certificate in radio studies at the Wits Radio academy, Sista Ntswembu is the host of #ThatLunchShow on VoWfm every Monday to Wednesday at Midday.
Our Cool Kid of the week is a refreshing combination of lokshin culture meets urban street style, without trying too hard.
She dreams of following in the footsteps of radio giants like Yfm’s Khabzela and Dj Fresh and hopes her journey will lead to her being South Africa’s next great radio personality. “I want to bring back the radio personality to South African airwaves, while I’m also trying to find my license to be funny!” She says.
Twitter: @Lwazi_Zond0

The O’week special

O- Week was a blast for first timers and a bittersweet treat for returning students. While many students were still struggling to pay for fees and accommodation; res students moved in, the Flea market rolled into town, clubs and societies were canvasing for members, Vowfm kept students nay naying with awesome jams and the beer garden was a haven for anyone looking to let loose. Witsies did not let the presence of private security from enjoying O-week.

Campus radio station hosts Winter Day Run

Wits Students and staff should get their running shoes ready to participate in the Vowfm Day Run in support of charity.

Wits University’s campus radio station, Vowfm, in collaboration with the Wits Sports Council, is hosting a ‘Winter Day Run’ on main campus today between 1pm- 2pm. The aim of the event is to collect warm winter clothing for needy students and for some charities. The station has launched its fourth annual “Winter Collection Drive,” and the run forms part of this initiative.

“This is a fun way of getting people to give back,” said station marketing manager, Lucky Mdaweni.

The 4km running course starts and ends at the cricket and hockey fields on east campus on a route that passes the Wits Great Hall.

“Any person jogging could take about 20- 30 minutes to finish the course,” said Vow FM DJ and marketing intern Timothy ‘TMO’ Abrahams.

The winner of the race will walk away with a six month gym contract and the runner up will get a three month contract.

The Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO) will be distributing the collected clothes to Wits students and other charities.

Drop boxes have been placed all over campus and at residences for the Wits community to donate clothes at any time.

VowFM scoops five radio awards

Wits campus radio station VowFM  has continued their winning streak by taking five awards at the annual MTN Radio Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday evening.

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: MTN Radio Award winners Felicity Mdhuli and Mpumi Mlambo. Photo: Michelle Gumede

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: MTN Radio Award winners Felicity Mdhuli and Mpumi Mlambo with their award. Photo: Michelle Gumede

Campus radio station VowFM walked away with five MTN Radio awards this part Saturday after being nominated for 14 awards. In the campus radio category K’pop Experience Fridays on Mugging Beats won Best Music Show while Mpumi Mlambo took the award for the Best Breakfast Show presenter. The Best News and Actuality presenter award was won by Paul McNally for The Science Inside. 

McNally, who works with the Wits Justice Project, also scooped the award for Best Radio Documentary for his work on The Story of Farouk Meyer and Oscar Pistorius. In the campus and community category The Science Inside also received the award for Best News and Actuality show.

“Using radio strengths and intimacy with listeners”

McNally, who scooped three out of the five awards that VowFM won was thrilled with his success at the awards. “Using radio’s strengths and intimacy with listeners” is part of his winning formula, acording to McNally. He says that it was a really good moment for the station and credits his own success to his hard working team.

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: Paul McNally holding one of his awards. Photo: provided

HEAR IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT: Paul McNally holding one of his awards. Photo: provided

VowFM station manager Michael Smurthwaite says that the awards show that the station’s standard has improved regardless of  the competition. “Between us and TuksFM and MFM it’s really tough,” Smurthwaite said referring to Vow’s closest campus competitors.

University of Johannesburg’s UJFM won four awards while UCTRadio (of the University of Cape Town), won an award for the their breakfast show Rise and Grind.  While VowFM and the University of Pretoria’s TuksFM took the same number of awards, TuksFM walked away with coveted Campus Radio Station of the Year award for the fourth year in a row.

 

A croissant and coffee for charity

WINTER COLLECTION FOR CHARITY: Vowfm will give a free breakfast to students and staff who donate clothing to the drive.

WINTER COLLECTION FOR CHARITY: Vowfm will give a free breakfast to students and staff who donate clothing to the drive. Photo: Provided

Campus radio station VowFM kicks off its annual Winter Collection drive with a free breakfast next Wednesday.

Lucky Mdaweni, the station’s marketing manager says, “This is our fourth year running the Winter Collection and we want to encourage the Wits community to give to those less fortunate”.

“People are in need out there… some of us take for granted the four pairs of sneakers we have,”

Students are encouraged to bring two or more items of clothes that are in good condition in order to receive a cup of coffee or tea together with a muffin or croissant courtesy of supermarket chain Pick n’ Pay.

“The currency is clothes,” says VowFM DJ and marketing intern Timothy ‘TMO’ Abrahams.

The Free Breakfast morning will be hosted outside the Great Hall on April 22 from 9am- 12pm while an outdoor broadcast of the show, ‘Mugging Beats’, will be airing live from the venue.

“People are in need out there … some of us take for granted the four pairs of sneakers we have,” says TMO. The station realises that not having good gear to wear can cause alienation among students and wants to give back to the Wits community and their listeners this winter.

According to intern Delisiwe Msibi, the winter clothing will be distributed to Wits students first then the rest will be donated to charities in Braamfontein.

The Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO) Food Bank will be responsible for the safe keeping and distribution of the collected clothing items.

Boxes have been placed all over campus so that the Wits community can donate clothes at any time. The boxes will be placed at all Wits residences and at Brammfontein residences.