Gina enters Winnie Mahlangu Competition on UKhoziFM
The Winnie Mahlangu Presenter Search on Ukhozi FM aims to give aspirant female presenters an opportunity to become radio presenters on the station.
The search coincides with women’s month in commemoration of Winnie Mahlangu, who was the first woman to be permanently employed on the station in 1962.
Samkelisiwe “Sammy” Gina ,23, from KwaNongoma, Emahhashini who has secured a spot to go to the next round of the competition, said this competition means a lot to her, because broadcasting has been a childhood dream for her. This competition has opened a door of opportunity for her, since she comes from a rural community.
“These competitions gives us an opportunity to show case our talent. Because of where I come from it is often not easy to get enough information about great opportunities in big cities. Women are facing the challenges of being raped and killed, so asking someone to help you find such opportunities is often dangerous, and puts our lives at risk because you can never know if a person is really helping or whether they have ulterior motives,” explained Gina.
Gina, is currently studying towards a Public Relations qualification at the University of South Africa (UNISA), she also works for Nongoma Community Radio as a presenter and news anchor.
Speaking to Iziko, Gina, said, “Community radio stations are there to groom us in the industry, nobody wants to stay in community radio station forever. We all have wishes to be work in big, commercial stations like Ukhozi and Gagasi.”
She said that women should embrace their talents, move out of their comfort zone, believe in their selves and work hard to get what they want.