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Joe Manciya

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What’s your favourite day of the week and why?

It definitely has to be Monday, because I don’t have business with the weekend blues

Your favourite weekend hang out?

Going out to a theatre for a comedy show or just walking in the bushreconnecting with nature.

What is your favourite way to relax?

Visiting friends and chowing a lot.

What makes you laugh/smile?

Achieving something and of course a good joke.

What is you favourite tourism destination?

The African forests; to explore the wonders of fauna and flora and also to dig up some traditional herbs and medicines .

What or who inspires you?

I am inspired by the ordinary people I meet everyday.  

What does it mean to you to be a part of Channel Africa?

For me to be part of Channel Africa the realization of SABC’s vision of total citizen empowerment, because I joined Channel Africa as activists determined to bring the best content on HIV-AIDS and heath programmes, that one day the whole programme’s success would rest on my shoulders - I am loving it.

How do you describe your on-air personality?

I have learnt to take my on-air personality very seriously because I present a programme that impact positively on people’s lives. Talking about HIV-AIDS and other social issues affecting the lives of young people demands a dignified approach that is supported by honesty and integrity.  

The last second before you go on air?

I spoil myself with a big scoop of free oxygen from the atmosphere and a small break of calmness that helps me to start every show better than the previous one.

Your most memorable radio moment?

Interviewing Dr. Basil Goulding, a South African-American activist affectionately known as the doctor of doctors who tells it like it is as far as health issues are concerned. The series of shows were done in his garden with a background of singing birds and the scent of herbs and vegetables. 

Briefly describe your background.

Born and bred in remote outskirts of South Africa, but raised to be a continental icon with integrity and interpersonal skills. I am a ground-breaker who is trustworthy, versatile, multi-talented and innovative. I am the only son of my father, who is Umzulu, and my mother - who is Umxhosa, amongst 5 half-sisters  I heeded to my calling of my ancestors and became a traditional healing practitioner. I find it very exciting to integrate my life as a sangoma, the healer and the professional radio personnel. What more could I ask for in life?

Any other passions besides Radio?

I love mentoring others especially the youngsters.

Do you have any phobias?

I am love-phobi. Since I was a teenager I have found it extremely difficult to express my feelings to those to whom I am attracted. I tend to have long relationships so to at least my ex-girlfriends, know me better than anyone else.

Message you would like to share with your listeners?

You are never too small to make a positive impact on someone’s life for good, even if it comes at a cost to you, the returns far outweigh the loses .



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