South Africa’s most-listened to radio station Ukhozi FM, which currently commands 7, 5 million listeners, is set for an exciting new line-up effective from 1 April 2019.
The 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday line-up, sees the most changes. Tshatha Ngobe now joins Nongcebo McKenzie on the breakfast show ‘Vuka Mzansi’ from 06h30-09h00, while the mid-morning show ‘Jabul’Ujule’ from 09h00-12h00, remains unchanged with Dudu Khoza still driving the show.
The 12h00-15h00 slot ‘Ndiza Nathi’ promises a new radio vibe and energy with Selbeyonce and Siya Mhlongo. The afternoon drive show ‘Woza Nabangani Bakho’ which broadcasts at 15h00-18h00 and the station, welcomes Mzokhona “Mzokoloko” Gumede who will join Nonhlanhla “Mroza” Buthelezi in presenting the show.
In addition to Mzokoloko, the station is bringing on board new on-air talent that cut their teeth at various KZN stations. “King Sifiso” Sibiya takes the reins for the weekend dance shows, ‘Bhampa 2 Bhampa’ from 20h00-23h00 on Friday nights and ‘Chillas’ on Saturday afternoons from 15h00-18h00. Phindile Phewa will anchor the show ‘Ulibo Lokuqala’ from Tuesdays to Fridays from 04h00-05h00.
Khathide “Tshatha” Ngobe returns to the popular maskandi show, ‘Sigiya Ngengoma’ on Saturday mornings which he will co-host with Zimiphi Biyela from 09h00-12h00. Sbu Buthelezi returns to present the programme ‘Indumiso’ on Sunday mornings from 08h00-11h30.
Mandla “Njinji” Magwaza crosses over to present the ‘Ukhozi Top 20’ show on Saturdays from 12h00-15h00, while Zandile “Zeal” Dladla takes over ‘Fakumoya’ on Saturdays from 22h00-02h00.
Bheka ‘Beekay’ Mchunu will now present the shows ‘Cothoza Mfana’ on Saturdays from 05h00-06h00 and ‘Ikhethelo’ from 07h00-09h00. Mdonso Ngcobo will present ‘Kwasa Olungaliyo’ on Sundays between 02h00-04h00.
Boniswa Moto will present ‘Youth ke Yona’ on Sundays between 14h30 – 15h00 as well as co-present the show ‘UNkulunkulu Nomuntu Omusha’ with Thembeka Zondo on Sundays from 20h00-21h00. Lindani ‘Lee’ Hlophe will present the new programme ‘Uju Lomphefumulo’ on Sundays from 23h00-02h00, as well ‘Namba Namba’ on Fridays between 23h00-02h00.
Ukhozi FM’s acting Station Manager Ms Sbongi Ngcobo stated: “The station has held intense deliberations, leading to the biggest changes in recent years for the station. The objective of the line-up changes was to ensure strategic brand positioning of our on-air personalities for maximum audience appeal and marketability, for Ukhozi FM to retain its position as the leading radio station in the country.”