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Brett Wilkinson

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Briefly describe you/your background?

I was born in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, went to school at Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo, then got a Journalism Degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.  I have worked as a Complex Manager for Ster Kinekor theatres under the marketing trainingship of Sol Kerzner.  I then joined a publishing house and became editor of two trade magazines – Transport and Traffic, Production Management and Manufacturing News.  I then joined SABC Radio in the External Actuality division which then changed to Global News Services (GNS). In the 1990’s GNS was joined to Radio RSA and Channel Africa was created.

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

Friday - The success of covering the week is joined by the pleasure of weekend prospects.

Your favourite weekend hang out?

At home or at a friend watching sport – Soccer, Rugby, Formula one racing, Cricket, any sport .

What is your favourite form of relaxing?

Watching a good film, or reading a good book while listening to the radio.

What makes you laugh/smile?

My own stupidity and a good, clever use of language.

What is your favourite tourism destination?

Madagascar – the beauty and strangeness of an Island of magic.

What or who inspires you?

Men and women who, despite adversity show a spirit of strength, also of love and kindness

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

Having been part of the founding fathers and now celebrating my 26th year with the service – it is my family.

How do you describe your on-air personality?

I wish I had more time and training to be a good presenter, but I call myself a part time presenter and a full time broadcaster.

Your most memorable radio moment?

When Channel Africa broadcasted that a plane had crashed in remote Zambia only to be told later that a man got on his bike and rode 20 kilometers to inform the authorities that he heard the broadcast and could show them where the plane is – all were rescued.

Any other passions besides Radio?

I am a radio, television, film junkie and collect shirts and coins from different African countries.

Cooking, scrapbooking, reading, socializing...

I love cooking and socializing.

Do you have any phobias?

I’m scared of heights - that’s what stopped me from becoming a pilot.

Message you would like to share with your listeners?

Channel Africa is there to inform, entertain and, if possible educate the continent about itself. Be proud to be an African and be excited to be a Channel African.


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