Millicent Ndiweni

Age: 28

What is your  hometown? Taung, North West

What university /college did you go to? University of Witwatersrand

What did you study?  Honours in Education, LLB, BA

What show are you currently doing? Law Focus, VOW FM 88.1

What time? Every Tuesday at 7pm

What inspired you to join radio? I wanted to engage in serious conversations (across the board), raise societal issues, share experiences across diverse groupings in a pluralistic society, to ensure that we are all equipped with knowledge and can reach our best potential in a safe space where our personal wellbeing is prioritized – from the perspective of someone who looks like me.

Who is your favourite all time broadcaster? Yoh, this is hard… Tbo Touch, Eusebius Mckaiser, Redi Thlabi, Dineo Ranaka, Joanne Joseph – they have all played an influential role in my love and practice of broadcasting.

What’s the one quote you live by? When you know better, you do better! Maya Angelou

What’s been your best and worst moment on air? Best moment:

It’s difficult for me to pinpoint one particular moment, but whenever my producers are happy after a show, especially my technical producer – I always feel that I have done well. I also feel fulfilled when we put a spotlight on issues close to my heart; like gender issues and human rights; and when we engage in conversations that have a strong emotional connection with the interviewee and the listener. Some of the shows we have had that have done that well include Gender-Based Violence, Forced Sterilization of Women and Police Brutality – those are my best moments.

Worst moment:

Like the listener, I am also constantly learning on air.. for instance when we did a show putting a spotlight on various sexualities, I found that it’s easy to mistakenly use the incorrect pronouns when talking about transgender – it can be embarrassing because I need to master these concepts. I also struggled with polygyny, polygamy, polyandry – concepts can be very tricky; and I think getting it wrong as a presenter can make for bad radio!

Silly mistakes on air, forgetting a name, introducing a feature or guest when they are not available on the line.. with Law Focus, filling in gaps by needing to have a conversation about a topic whilst waiting for a guest can be very difficult – because of the technical nature of the topics we have; that’s hard, because it’s so easy to ramble.

What’s the funniest thing you have ever heard?Of late, probably Clement Manyathela singing on air

Game night or movie night? Game Night for sure.

What’s the most played song on your music playlist? How it Feels to Fly, Alicia Keys.

What was the last lie you told? Eish… to probably say that I’m ok when I knew that I’m not

If you had to pick an age that you would be for the rest of your life, which age would that be and why?Mhmmm.. probably 35, I think it borders between youth and middle class – so I can play in both fields; and I think at that age, I am mature, have a relatively acceptable amount of life experiences and wisdom, I hope to be relatively healthy and have hopefully amassed an appropriate and respectable quality of life. Ya, I hope by then, I have somewhat figured myself out –  I think..

Name your favourite equipment /tool you use on air? Cellphone – it’s a lifesaver

Who is your go to person for anything and everything in life?In life… eh – my mom and my sister.

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