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More on Bongi Gwala
He made his comeback to SAfm in October 2011 after a 6-year absence. He started by producing and presenting Sport on Weekend AM Live. In June 2012 he took over as Midday Live Anchor. First as a stand in for one month – and many months later he anchored this fast paced, impactful, lunchtime current affairs rush hour
Gwala is not new in the media space. He started off as a student journalist at the independent Capital Radio 604 whilst still at Natal Technikon then. In 1996 he moved to SABC Durban first as a field reporter, then current affairs presenter. He also presented a jazz programme on Ukhozi FM. He joined a newly established P4 Radio in 1998, first as presenter then as Programme manager.
In 1999 Bongi decided to take a break form the mainstream media business. He was appointed spokesperson for the former KZN Transport MEC Sbu Ndebele, who went on to be KZN Premier, National Minister of Transport and now Correctional Services Minister. “I have experienced both worlds – as a journalist probing government service delivery record and as government spin-doctor. It always helps if you understand the two, especially for a Developmental state like ours” says Gwala
In 2001 he joined SAfm first as a producer, then senior producer and Sport Presenter.
Gwala also paid his dues as a television producer and presenter. He produced and presented a Business slot on 60 Minutes in Africa, a Current Affairs programme on SABC Africa. That’s where Gwala teamed up with PM Live presenter Tsepiso Makwetla. He moved on to be the show Producer for Morning Live and eventually the show’s Executive Producer, albeit for a short stint.