Former Yo-TV child-star Lwando Mbelu is the morning drive-time host of Rise Up Egoli, the scintillating breakfast show on Joburg Pulse, the City’s newly launched digital radio station.
The virtual TV and radio intern is the first person to grab the coveted spot and to broadcast on air as the City expands its communication platforms in light of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Dubbed Joburg Pulse, the City’s digital radio station covers service delivery issues and shares information about influential personalities, including councillors, the Executive Mayor and MMCs. It also highlights the successes of and promotes small business enterprises from local communities.
Mbelu says Joburg Pulse has given him a window into the media industry and is affording him a platform to be versatile as he is now not only doing TV presenting but radio too.
“Everything is well orchestrated. I’ve always wanted to work for the City. To be part of this establishment and what it represents is truly amazing,” he says, highlighting the transition from mainstream media to public service.
He believes the recent launch of Joburg Pulse will help bridge the information and technology gap underlined by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’ve always been extremely fascinated by the world of media and performance art,” says Mbelu, speaking of his other aspirations.
Before making his way to CoJ, Mbelu was a TV presenter on Craz-e on e.tv and Yo-TV on SABC 1. He studied for a BCom accounting at the University of Johannesburg, but later took a detour into theatre production, majoring in sociology and marketing at Wits University. When he’s not on the airwaves, Mbelu plays Neo the photographer on SABC 1’s newest sitcom, Ubettina Wethu. It is a South African adaptation of the international hit series Ugly Betty and airs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
The actor, MC, voiceover artist and TV presenter cum radio host began his 18 months internship with the City in February 2021. He hails from Lusikisiki, a small town in the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape.
“I don’t speak from a point of privilege. I come from a place of lack. I’ve always been extremely hardworking and ambitious. I am unapologetic and radical about my dreams because I want them to outlive me,” he says.
Mbelu urges everyone to live a life of purpose. “Live your life consciously and with intention and make it meaningful.”
He asserts that Joburg Pulse is interactive and encourages everyone to tune in to the Rise Up Egoli Breakfast-Show on Joburg Pulse – The heartbeat of the City https://www.joburg.org.za/media_/Pages/Radio-pulse.aspx every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to noon.
Written by Gontse ‘Gee’ Hlophe