PRESENTERS M – O
Mzukisi Maketa is one of the newest presenters at FMR, presenting every friday night from 22:00 to 00:00 and NightBeat is the programme.
After serving at Musica for a number of years, Mzukisi Maketa took a leap of faith and quit his regular job and followed his childhood dream which led him to Fine Music Radio. During his early age he was greatly fascinated by the art of radio and the power it has as a medium and he used to dream of doing it one day.
Mzukisi has a varied music taste and listens from Jazz, Rock & Pop, World Music to Classical and finds a great deal of pleasure in watching comedy and drama movies. He loves spending time with nature as way of unwinding and enjoys his traditional food; at the same time he finds delight in Asian and Italian cuisine.
The kind of sound you can expect from his programme is jazzy vibes in between easy listening music.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved language, both the spoken and written word. From about the age of 10, I started compiling and recording my own “news bulletins”, making speeches and conducting interviews with celebrities, all “scripted” and performed by myself, on a battery-operated portable tape recorder which I received as a birthday present.
After graduating from Stellenbosch University, I became an announcer / producer with the SABC in Sea Point in early 1978. Over the next two-and-a-half years, I earned my radio “stripes” as a bilingual radio presenter, interviewer and news reader on the then Radio Good Hope, initially presenting the afternoon drive slot and later switching to the breakfast session. I was privileged to work with and learn live radio from seasoned broadcasters such as Pierre Marais, Percy Sieff, Tony Hatt, Jan Cilliers, Nico de Kock, Hennie Pietersen, Peter Merrill, Patrick Kohler and Nigel Murphy, to name a few.
I left the SABC to pursue a business career in mid-1980, but continued my association with radio as an occasional mid-day and late-night music programme presenter and regional news reader on Springbok Radio and the old English and Afrikaans Services until the end of the 80’s. My business career, which spanned over 25 years, took me into the fields of Human Resources, PR and Events Management, Organisational & Change Management, Executive Recruitment and General Management. During this time, in addition to my managerial roles, I found myself multi-tasking as a functions presenter, workshop facilitator, trainer and MC.
Since 2010, my career as an independent consultant has allowed me to find time for a return to radio, something which had been on my “bucket list” for over 20 years! Thus, in June 2010, just before the start of the Soccer World Cup, I went on air as a bilingual FMR news reader, having the great pleasure of initially working with Rodney Trudgeon for the first year or so of my FMR career, but also, on occasion, teaming up with Karen Blumer, Paul Wise and Michael van Ryneveld. From mid-2011, I teamed up with regular Friday “Champagne Breakfast” presenter, Mark Jennings, reading the 07h00 and 08h00 English and Afrikaans news respectively. Over time, I have added the early Monday and Thursday morning news stints to my FMR duties, pairing up with Rodney once more on those mornings. Since April 2016, I have included the 06h30 “newspaper headlines” segment to my duties, sharing the top news stories of the day from Die Burger in Afrikaans with FMR listeners.
It remains an ongoing delight to experience the exhilaration of live radio. I aim to do as professional a job as I can in presenting the “breaking news” of the day to FMR listeners as they rise and shine on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Rouxnette Meiring discovered her calm in the chaos with FMR in 2008, reading the news and later presenting Kaapse Dagboek and Cape Diary. Growing up in the Little Karoo (town known for the best Port in the world) she played the piano and the concert flute and matriculated with music as subject. After a B.Dram and HED at US, she spent a year in Paris to improve her French (which proved to have been non-existent). Back in Johannesburg, she worked as TV presenter, screen writer for Marula Pictures (Generations) and dubbing translator/actor (French to Afrikaans).
She moved back to Cape Town to raise four children near a mountain and sea and completed a Master’s in Film and Media Studies (UCT), thesis in climate change communication. A PhD in Environmental Education followed in 2018 and as creative outlet, two eco youth novels (cross-overs), the !Hui//Gaeb series, published by NB Books.
I, Rod Miller, have been a presenter at FMR for approximately 13 years, could be more. I have been in corporate business for a number of years doing on-air presenting for the jazz section of FMR during weekends, started off on a Friday midnight till 2am, then moved to Saturday night. I am now presenting on Friday Jazz Lounge 19h00 – 20h00 and more popularly on Sunday Soul Sessions at 22h30 – 00h30.
I also have been working and presenting on retail radio for a number of years and gain enormous on-air radio experience.
My growing interest in music was initiated from listening to radio stations available within the Durban metropolis which is where I grew up. My weekends there were always immersed within the great classics of the 90’s which one could pick up either from public transport modes or from the neighbors sound system. There was not so much of a concern for noise pollution initially when the taxi sound systems came in. They became a natural space where the new music of Kwaito could be experienced as well as the new house. I think the clamping began in the early 2000’s by which stage Kwaito was also begin to make way for resurgence of Afro Soul and Kwaito-House, S.A hip hop etc. and all the music we enjoy post 90’s.
I moved to Cape Town from Durban in 2006 to begin studies in physics and astrophysics UCT and shortly discovered Fine Music after that through a radio stereo I owned in my UCT residence Leo Marquard Hall. I think the Classical Music & Jazz sections got me through a lot of my tutorials and the soul sessions through many the late night study sessions. It is with pleasure and enjoyment that I return to resume a show which I presented briefly in 2015 and soon had to suspend for my postgraduate studies in Astronomy. I have called it “The New Soul”, in an effort to add onto the canon of soul which forms the basis of my music upbringing.
In Cape Town my musical influences have certainly come from an exposure to the fresh and young talent both from the Jazz and Classical music spheres. As a record collector and someone who frequently plays music out within the Cape Town dance music scene https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/za/capetown I have also found myself more and more amassing the new music from some of the finest electronic music producers that this city has to offer.
I sincerely look forward to spending an hour with you, once a week on “The New Soul”.
Keanetse Cheryl Mokhothu
Keanetse was born Kroonstad in 1989 and is one of FMR’s youngest presenters. She graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in B-Tech Consumer Science Food & Nutrition. Her accomplishments include the Role of Honour in UNISA Books (90% aggregate piano practical grade 1, 91% aggregate theory grade 1).
From 2005 to 2006 she worked as a radio DJ at Stellenberg High School and continued her radio career at her university’s station UNI FM. She has been a news presenter at Fine Music Radio since 2013.
Keanetse enjoys all forms of jazz, especially latin and cuban, with her favourite artists being Ella Fitzgerald, Andreas Vollenweider and Jimmy Dludlu.
Sandy presents the “Garden Chat” on Saturday mornings.
Sandy Munro has been involved in all aspects of horticulture during his professional career.
It has encompassed management, propagation, landscape design and construction. The emphasis of which, has always been on the natural way, the core of his philosophy both in and out of business.
He strongly believes and reminds us, that gardening is primarily an environmental exercise involving all living organisms and should be a natural process with far less importance placed on the ornamental value.
He is involved in radio work and also delivers talks to many forums.
He operates from his home ‘out there’ and spends his free time enjoying both plants and animals in their natural habitat.
He practices as an independent consultant offering a service to both the professional and domestic sectors.
There is much to do!