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Prince Kaybee Scores Big

Prince Kaybee has joined Ukhozi FM in a surprise move as SABC continues to ring changes.

South Africa’s most-listened-to radio station Ukhozi FM, which currently commands 7.5 million listeners announced their new weekday line-up, much to the delight of its listeners.

Tshatha Ngobe joins Nongcebo McKenzie on the 06:30 – 09:00 breakfast show ‘Vuka Mzansi’, while the mid-morning show ‘Jabul’Ujule’ (09:00-12:00) remains unchanged with Dudu Khoza still driving the show.

The 12:00-15:00 slot ‘Ndiza Nathi’ sees a new radio vibe and energy, pairing Selbeyonce with Siya Mhlongo.

The big surprise was the announcement of Prince Kaybee forming part of the team. The ‘Fetch Your Life’ hitmaker will bring joy to the listeners’ ears every Friday mornings.

Excited by the announcement, Kaybee took to social media and announced that he has secured a one-year residency on uKhozi FM, meaning he will be playing his mixes on the national radio station every Friday.

The producer mentioned that this is something he has always wanted.

“As you guys heard this morning on Ukhozi FM, I’ve secured a one-year residency at the biggest radio station in the country. #NewChapter in my life wanted this for the longest time. I’m honoured to be part of the family at Ukhozi FM. Let’s meet every Friday morning on your radio,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mzokhona “Mzokoloko” Gumede has also joined the station on the afternoon drive show ‘Woza Nabangani Bakho’ (15:00-18:00) as he co-presents with Nonhlanhla “Mroza” Buthelezi.

Other new arrivals at Ukhozi FM include ‘King Sifiso’ Sibiya, who takes the reins for the weekend dance shows, ‘Bhampa 2 Bhampa’ (Friday nights, 20:00-23:00) and ‘Chillas’ (Saturday afternoons, 15:00-18:00), and Phindile Phewa who will anchor the ‘Ulibo Lokuqala’ show (Tuesdays to Fridays, 04:00-05:00).

Weekend changes

Khathide “Tshatha” Ngobe returns to the popular maskandi show, ‘Sigiya Ngengoma’ (Saturday mornings, 09:00-12:00) to co-host with Zimiphi Biyela, and Sbu Buthelezi returns to present the ‘Indumiso’ programme (Sunday mornings, 08:00-11:30).

Mandla “Njinji” Magwaza crosses over to present the ‘Ukhozi Top 20’ show (Saturday, 12:00-15:00), while Zandile “Zeal” Dladla takes over ‘Fakumoya’ (Saturday, 22:00-02:00).

Bheka ‘Beekay’ Mchunu will now present the ‘Cothoza Mfana’ show (Saturday, 05:00-06:00) and ‘Ikhethelo’ (Saturday, 07:00-09:00) and Mdonso Ngcobo will present ‘Kwasa Olungaliyo’ (Sunday, 02:00-04:00).

Boniswa Moto will present ‘Youth ke Yona’ (Sunday, 14:30 – 15:00) as well as co-present the ‘UNkulunkulu Nomuntu Omusha’ show (Sunday, 20:00-21:00) with Thembeka Zondo.

Lindani ‘Lee’ Hlophe will present a new programme, ‘Uju Lomphefumulo’ (Sunday, 23:00-02:00) as well as ‘Namba Namba’ (Friday, 23:00-02:00).

Commenting on the reasons for the presenter shifts, Ukhozi FM’s acting station manager Sbongi Ngcobo says, “The station has held intense deliberations, leading to the biggest changes in recent years. The objective of the line-up changes is 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.”

By: Thapelo Molebatsi