VowFM presenter switches frequencies

Award-winning ‘Kgosigadi’ is grateful for the four-year nurturing she got at the Wits radio station.  

VowFM presenter Boipelo Hlapane has joined the recently launched North-West-based commercial radio station, YouFM. Hlapane, also known as Kgosigadi, will co-host a breakfast show, starting on Monday, April 3.  

YouFM made the announcement on their Twitter page on Friday, March 24, along with that of other additions to the station’s team.  

Hlapane (28) said that the appointment came as no surprise to her. “The work I did at VowFM speaks for itself.” As a recipient of the station’s people’s person choice award in 2020, she believes that the technical skills she acquired at the Academy of Sound Engineering are what separate her from the typical radio host.  

She joined Vow in 2018 as a stand-in presenter, after resigning from the International Hotel School in Sandton as a student representative. She went on to get a stable slot on Area Code as a co-host with Boipelo Mooketsi, and by the time she left, had also been presenter for That Lunch Show, VowFM Drive and Breakfast Punch

She heads to YouFM with intentions to repeat what earned her the South African Radio Award for best daytime show in 2021. “I took over That Lunch Show, and a year later it won an award. The style and voice I introduced earned me recognition,” Hlapane says. 

Boipelo ‘Kgosigadi’ Hlapane (front) poses with her then co-host, Ayanda Ntuli, during VowFM Drive in 2022. Photo: VowFM Twitter page (@vowfm)

In 2022, she was nominated again for the best daytime show and for the best daytime show presenter on VowFM Drive. Although she walked away empty-handed that time, she was not discouraged. “I had to remember that sometimes you must let what you love be your killer.” 

She leaves VowFM after a short introduction to the listeners of Breakfast Punch. Hlapane is filled with a lot of gratitude towards the station: “[VowFM] will forever be home.” 

VowFM programme manager Junior Malinga told Wits Vuvuzela that the radio station is a door opener for anyone with a passion for radio. “[VowFM] gives inexperienced interns necessary skills and trains their brain to start treating working in radio as an actual job.” 

The show she will be co-hosting alongside Dj Ankletap, YOUR Mornings with Malume Tap will air Monday to Friday, from 5am to 9am, on FM 89.8 to FM 103.9, youfm.co.za, DStv channel 842 or the YouFM app. 

FEATURED IMAGE: Boipelo Hlapane in front of a poster announcing her imminent arrival at YouFM. Photo: YouFM Twitter page (@YOUFM89)


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.