On the shopfloor: Smooth Talking

Interviewing Numsa KZN organiser, Bonga Ngwane, makes one realise why he is one of Numsa’s djs – he has a smooth clear voice that is so right for radio.

He hosts one of the 40 labour slots organised on community radio stations around the country on Isipingo-based community radio station – Imbokodo Radio.

Ngwane’s voice is beamed out across Durban to Amanzimtoti to Hammersdale all the way to Tongaat.

“I love doing the show,” he says. “I can communicate with a lot of people in a short space of time and convey my message.”

Now into his second year of radio hosting, Ngwane admits to being nervous the first time.

“But as time went on I gained confidence as the listeners have informed me that this is a wonderful and informative show,” he says.

When asked how it is different from being an organiser, he conceded that there is not much difference.

“When you talk to workers, you see them face to face. With radio you use the air waves and it is much quicker and covers a lot of people in a short space of time.”

Sometimes listeners invite him to come to their companies to see how they are exploited by their employers.

“I have been to some of these companies,” he says “and I give them information as to which union they should join.”

Ngwane believes that this project is “an excellent idea. We have waited too long to have such a programme. This is due to commercial radio not offering us the opportunity to do so for free . And we took too long to popularise the good work that is done by unions.”

Each week a different topic related to workers is discussed from violence against women to HIV/AIDS and so on.

Find the radio stations on:




1. Teemaneng

89.1 FM

Wednesday 9-12 noon

2. Riverside

98.2 FM

Wednesday 9-10pm

3. Bush

89.5 FM

Wednesday 7-8pm

4. Zibonele

98.2 FM

Monday 9-10pm

5. 786

100.4 FM

Alternately Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-9pm

6. Atlantis

107.9 FM

Monday 7-9 pm

7. Valley

88.8 MHZ

Monday –Thursday 6-7 pm

8. KC

107.7 FM

Wednesdays 8-9 pm

9. Eden

90.1 and 103.9 FM

Monday and Tuesday

10. Maputaland

107.6 FM

Tuesday 6.40-7.40 pm

11. Indonsakusa

100.4 MHZ

Monday 7-8 pm

12. Imbokodo

96.8 FM

Tuesday 7-8pm

13. Newcastle

103.7 FM

Tuesday 6-7 pm

14. Maritzburg

107.6 FM

Wednesday 6-7 pm

15. Greater Lebowakgomo

96.0 FM

4 days a week @ 6 pm

16. Greater Tzaneen

100.3 FM

Tuesday 7-8 pm

17. Moletsi

98.6 MHZ

Thursday 7-8 pm

18. Univen

99.8 MHZ

Friday 8-9 pm

19. Moretele

106.6 FM

Monday 7.30-8.30 pm

20. Mafisa

93.4 FM

Thursday 8-9 pm

21. Vaaltar

93.6 FM

Monday 6-7 pm

22. Letlhabile

99.5 FM

Wednesday 8-9 pm

23. Vukani

99.9 FM

Thursday 7-8 pm


98.2 MHZ

Thursday 6-7 pm

25. Khanya

106.1 FM

Thursday 7-8 pm

26. Grahamstown

102.1 FM

Tuesday 6-9 pm

27. Unitra

97.0 MHZ

Monday 7.30-8.30 pm

28. Graaff-Reinet

90.2 FM

Monday 6-7 pm

29. Bushbuckridge

88.4 FM

Wednesday 2-3 pm

30. Moutse

96.3 FM

Wednesday 6-7 pm

31. Barberton

104.1 FM

Thursday 6-7 pm

32. Greater Middelburg

89.7 FM

Tuesday 6.30-7.30 pm

33. Qwa-Qwa

100.3 FM

Wednesday 7-8 pm

34. Naledi

103.9 MHZ

Wednesday 9-10 pm

35. Mosupatsela

107.4 MHZ

Tuesday 7-8 pm

36. TNG

96.2 FM

Tuesday 6-7 pm

37. Soshanguve

93.0 FM

Wednesday 7-8 pm