Persistence is key for truTalent Search hopeful

PASSION FOR RADIO: Mongezi Ntsebezo has made it through to the next round of the annual truTalent Search by SABC radio station TruFM. Picture: AMANDA NANO

A quiet persistence and passion have paid off for Mongezi Ntsebezo, after he was selected for the next round of the annual truTalent Search.

The talent search’s , during in its Mdantsane leg was held at Mdantsane City Shopping Centre on August 10.

It consists of , has four categories: that one can audition in, namely: radio presenting, music, comedy and DJs.

Ntsebezo had previously entered the competition in 2015 and again in 2016, when he made it to the top five.

“I was at the gym when I got a call from Drive 326 EC presenter Luks Gidane to tell me that I had gone through to the next round. I’m very happy about this,” Ntsebezo said.

Waiting from 8am until his audition without any food didn’t deter this 25-year-old from following his dream.

For his audition, he came up with an angle centered around Women’s Day, to keep his content current and interesting.

“My love for radio started from a young age. I used to listen and love how the newsreaders introduced themselves,” he said.

Born in Flagstaff, he previously worked at the Inkonjani Community Radio Station before moving onto Madibaz Radio at Nelson Mandela University where he was a student.

“I also worked at Eyewitness News while I was doing my versatile broadcasting certificate.

“I’m currently working at Community Action Africa and have also just started at Wild Coast FM.”

All this Ntsebezo does while still maintaining a cum laude performance while pursuing his journalism diploma at Walter Sisulu University.

He commends his grandmother for being as someone who has been his constant support.

“I lost my parents at a young age and have had to step in to be a good example to my sisters and community.

“The first person I tell about anything is my 84-year-old grandmother and my wish is for her to stay alive long enough for her to see my breakthrough.” Ntsebezo said.

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