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Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Radio personality, TV actor, socialite and businessman Eric Miyeni has been rehired by SABC current affairs station SAfm to host a nightly talk show.

The show, which has still to be named, was flighted on April 1. But Miyeni is no April Fool.

His nightly talk slot, from 7pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday, promises to be as controversial and candid as he is with his strong and sometimes controversial views .

In 2004 Miyeni hosted a talk show for a short time before leaving amid reports of disagreements with the then station management.

He said that at the time he was not ready for radio because they had called him instead of his having approached them.

"My attitude to radio is very different from the first time I was on radio." Miyeni told Sowetan.

"I now appreciate the power that radio has and trust my ability more.

"But when it comes to talk radio it is difficult to listen to radio currently because the level of presenting is not impressive.

" I hope my show will contribute to taking presenting to a higher level."

With the new programming and presenter challenges currently sweeping across all SABC stations, Miyeni is one of the presenters the station turned to in a bid to regain a competitive edge.

Miyeni is perhaps best known to South African audiences for his acting roles in the film Cry, The Beloved Country opposite James Earl Jones, the SABC television series Homecoming and the ground-breaking Molo Fish.

In 2001 Miyeni started an e-zine called O'Mandingo! which he turned into a book, O'Mandingo the only Black at a Dinner Party, which achieved bestseller status.

It encouraged him to publish another book, O'Mandingo! When Mandela was Mandela.

Miyeni graduated with a BA (law) from the University of Natal and until recently he was a partner and creative director at the communications company ChilliBush.


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