Witsie bags economics slot at live-streamed radio station

A Wits chemical engineering graduate has become the first resident economist for CAPS Radio, the online station that dedicates its programming to basic education.

Zongezile Qeba, 24, joined ‘Lunch on CAPS’, the segment that focuses on the economy, in February. He completed a BSc in 2018 and is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at Wits.

“I have an interest in the economy and how it functions”, he told Wits Vuvuzela. He said that his passion for debating sparked his interest in economics, and that economics and debating are interlinked as “economics is the debate of the state of the country”.

Qeba said he switched from chemical engineering because he was not passionate about it, and decided to pursue economics after completing his degree.

Host of ‘Lunch on CAPS’ Diana Kinyanjul, told Wits Vuvuzela that the radio show had created the position of resident economist for Qeba. “The South African economy is ever-changing and we needed an economist that is young and up-to-date with the happenings of the relevant topics,” Kinyanjul said.

CAPS interviewed Qeba after he won One Day Leader, an SABC television series in which contestants display their leadership skills by analysing South African social, economic and political issues.

The production team was impressed by his “ability to simplify economical concepts,” said producer Matabo Manala.

The station has given Qeba an hour-long slot to educate the audience about the economy, business and financial implications for government decisions. Kinyanjul said that she now knows “the difference between the monetary and fiscal policy, thanks to our resident economist”.

FEATURED IMAGE: Zongezile Qeba (left) with host of Lunch on CAPS, Diana Kinyanjul. Photo: Provided

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