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Zone 14's star up for radio award

By Sne Masuku | May 11, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Television actress Sma Mbatha, otherwise known as Madi in the local popular SABC1 drama Zone 14, is in line for a top award.

She is one of the country's content producers vying for the MTN Best Radio Producer of the Year on May 15. Mbatha, who produces programmes at KwaZulu-Natal's iGagasi 99.5 FM, joined the province's fastest-growing radio station last year.

At the time she had no experience at all in the field but now believes that she has what it takes to win. She said the job demands that she stays informed about what is happening around her. As content producer, what the station puts out depends largely on her.

"The station has given me so much room to grow. The province is exciting and its people are amazing. Coming from Johannesburg and having to produce programmes that would fit the lifestyle, values and needs of the people of a foreign province is a challenge on its own," she said.

Mbatha said she loves the province and her job and would not trade these for anything.

"I love KZN. My job as content producer has given me time to interact with the people. I now think I know exactly what people here expect to hear on radio.

"Working behind the scenes is fun and exciting and that is how people should feel about their jobs," she said.

Mbatha is currently juggling her acting career with being a radio producer.

She travels between Johannesburg and Durban to shoot the third series in Zone 14.

"We have just started shooting the third series of Zone 14. My schedule is hectic. I enjoy it. In between I have to make time to spend with my daughter," she said.


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