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The Judges


Maria Pontsho Makhetha, (nee Mahasane) was born in Soweto, on the 7th april 1953

Professional qualification:

Completed her junior secondary teachers’ Diploma in 1973. At Tshiya college of education, in Qwaqwa,

Tertiary education:

Unisa-BA graduate, majoring in Sesotho and Education.
Holds an MDP certificate from the University of the Free State.
Studied Sociology of News at Rhodes University.
Because of her love for the media, she also studied New Media Platforms with the Witwatersrand School of Business.
Studied a number of various Management Courses, because of her work requirements.

Work experience:


Pontsho taught for 14 years in Soweto & Maokeng/Kroonstad in the free state


Has been with the SABC for the last 30 years
She started at the SABC in 1986 as a (Radio Sesotho) now Lesedi fm presenter, Producer and Translator of women, children, youth and educational programmes.
In 2004, she joined the SABC education department as a head of two units namely: – adult and training together with public information and social development.
Loves education, especially outside the classroom, as this is not confining, and targets a wide range of audiences, by the 3 tv channels, being SABC 1, 2, 3 and SABC Africa, together with all 14 public broadcasting service radio stations.
Her role as education editor has opened new doors for her locally and abroad. Has participated in broadcasting conferences and seminars in countries like Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, India, America, Britain, to name but a few.

SABC retiree: 29.02.2016 – was General Manager of SABC TV content hub.

Mrs. Makhetha was responsible for all units/genre that acquire content for SABC 1,2, & 3; viz. Drama, entertainment, religion, education, factual, children, licensed (local and international content) and the repurposing and reversioning unit.


  1. Member of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa Manyano. (Pimville-Soweto)
    2. A member of the Sesotho National Language Board under PANSALB.
    3. A board member of Africomnet, an organisation dealing with hiv-aids
    Communication in Africa. This organisation is based in Kampala, Uganda.
    4. A board member of EWET – Education with Entrepreurship Trust – Harrismith, Free State
Programs Manager

My career in the media sector started as a volunteer in Community Radio where I worked as a presenter for Radio Maritzburg. I was later promoted to the responsibility of a Programs Manager. I engaged with National Community Radio Forum where I served on the KZN PEC. I received training from many fronts but the one that was rather key for my career development was from the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. I was identified to join the Quality Programming Train the Trainers Course. Since than I have done lots of training as a freelancer and employee for organizations such as the Vuleka Productions, the National Electronic Media Institute, Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communications, ABC Ulwazi amongst others.

I have served in different positions such Radio Coordinator for Soul Buddyz and later Project Manager, Commissioning Editor for SABC – Children, Radio, General Manager- ABC Ulwazi. My work still continues as a trainer – in the year 2016, I have been part of the Skills Development Program by NEMISA. My interest in media is broad, I have always had interest in scriptwriting so when the opportunity to train as a scriptwriter and editor came from the National Film and Video Foundation came, I made use of it. Since than I have written stories for SAFM, Ukhozi FM, Motsweding FM, SABC 1, Etv, Mzansi Magic, Soul City and print.

I have served as an adjudicator on the MDDA Community Media Award for a period of three years. My passion and obligation will always lie with Community Radio because it served as a launching ground for my career and it opened my eyes to a wide array of duties and responsibilities.


Born and bred in the Free State, from humble beginnings in QwaQwa and matriculated from Dikwena Secondary School in 2003, a young man got bit by a soccer talent that made him to go through the ranks until lending at the trials for Jomo Cosmos in Gauteng. An early injury abruptly ended his professional soccer ambitions and generated a new interest in Radio.
As they say, the rest of the ‘soccer’ story is history…

Personal Profile 2016

From the early stages of his radio days at the Voice of Tembisa Community Radio, Motseki Mabuya projected a different and ambitious approach. He left Tembisa and headed to the Vaal without contacts no relatives and landed at VUT FM; a local Community Radio Station housed at the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the Vaal University of Technology.

While here he established many linkages across the community and government circles and hosted shows that had a sustained and growing listenership.
He later joined the bigger Thetha FM; an Orange Farms based community radio station where his community outreach expanded and saw the establishment of Motseki Mabuya Foundation; a philanthropic foundation that is biased on youth empowerment and Education. The Motseki Mabuya Foundation also deals with motivational talks.
He runs annual motivation talks for Matriculants with a partnership with the department of education both Sedibeng West & East District
At one stage Motseki Mabuya hosted syndicated shows, simultaneously on in succession on four community Radio Stations, namely; Thetha FM, VUT FM, Karabo FM and QwaQwa Community Radio. This was long the Outside Broadcasts he was hosting for Local Municipalities and other government entities.

As an experienced broadcaster, he transformed community radio through syndicated shows running on four radio stations; a first in community radio history. He is the winner of the MTN RADIO AWARD 2012 Bright Star Award
Motseki now through YB20 host seminars and workshops that are media related and with keen interest on community media through the YB20 Academy. YB20 is a content hub for both community radio and SABC Radio.
Education- He has studied Entrepreneurship & Innovation through Vaal University of Technology, Elements of Broadcasting Management with Rhodes University, Advanced Radio Studies with Wits University and will be doing Honours Degree with Wits University in 2016
Motseki is the chairman of Bahloodi Investment and it has a subsidiary of a media company called Boitumelo Media; a black owned media and communications company established in 2012 and it is a Mass Media company that specializes in Marketing, Advertising and Communications Strategy. The company also offer Outside and Satellite Broadcasting for a wide client base that range from local government to National government and Parastatals.
The company recently launched an internet radio called Pulse Radio http://pulseradio.ndstream.net/
Motseki Mabuya has distinguished himself as an exemplary young leader and has been selected as an outstanding candidate to be One Young World Ambassador (www.oneyoungworld.com) on the basis of his capacity for leadership, concern about global issues, ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and evidenced commitment to volunteering or other extracurricular activities.

At the Summit, the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations are joined by world leaders; the One Young World Counsellors. Previous Counsellors have included President Bill Clinton, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Jamie Oliver, Fatima Bhutto, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins.
He is also the Chief Servant at YB20 A Youth Communication Movement for the youth. (www.yb20.org)
I believe in Radio and its Power to influence.
QUOTE: “Young people are much more collaborative, much more focused on resolving problems than being caught in bureaucracy”- Motseki Mabuya

Managing Director

Franklin Huizies, Managing Director of Audio Monitor, assisting community radio stations with good governance and operational management support. He was trained as a technician by the South African Navy and left in 1995 to pursue his vision to serve his community, with a few friends, established a local community Radio Station for Paarl. He is a strong believer that purpose drives us to serve the generation of our time and is passionate about the effectiveness and purpose of Community Radio, and how it can bring hope to hopeless people and communities.

He co-founded Radio KC 20 years ago. Franklin secured a permanent broadcasting licence for Radio KC in 2001 and relocated the station to new premises in the business centre of Paarl as he believed that Community Radio should be located inside a development ecosystem and should be a catalyst in all spheres of local community development.

In 2005 he accepted an appointment as national Stations Coordinator by the National Community Radio Forum of South Africa and became the CEO of NCRF at the end of 2006. He turned around the fortunes of the NCRF and secured several partners such as World Bank, Common Wealth of Learning, Independent Electoral Commission SA, and a EU funded project through the National Department of Health.

Franklin was co-opted as a board member for Amarc Africa and was elected as Vice President in 2008. At the global congress for the World forum of Community Radio AMARC, in 2010 he was unanimously voted onto the International Board as treasurer. Franklin served a successful term that ended in 2015. In 2008/9 he participated as a judge in the first community Radio Awards hosted by the SABC and again as a judge at the SABC National News Awards. The European Forum for Community Radio (Amarc Europe) appointed Franklin to facilitate their 2013 Annual General Meeting in Dublin in Ireland.

As practitioner Huizies is viewed internationally as an expert on community radio, he participated as an expert panellist on a Unesco Best Practice Guide on the sustainability of Community radio and also contributed with the conceptualisation of the WITS Radio Academy, Community Radio Health Check. As consultant Franklin mentored Radio NFm 98.1 to win the SANLAM/MDDA Community Radio of the year award in 2014.

Franklin rejoined the Radio KC team in 2012 August as Board Member and was appointed Managing Director in July 2013. Under his leadership he successfully improved Radio KC listenership from 60 000 to its highest listenership of 112 000 listeners (SAARF October 2014 Oct). He played critical a role in turning the fortunes of Radio KC from struggling with statutory non compliance and huge debt, into a positive balance of about half a million rand when he resigned in 2015.


born and bred in Limpopo’s rural village Chavani in the late 70’s. At the age of 5 was able to commentate a soccer match for teams in the premier division then, in the early 80’s. He is the founder and CEO of Tear Drop Travel & Tours and Dusty concepts which manages talent in the entertainment industry. He’s 20 years broadcasting experience from community radio, corporate, retail, PBS and commercial radio stations. Since then he’s been a household name as a broadcaster. He is dedicated to contribute to the growth of Broadcasting and Communications sector in South Africa. He’s also a voice over artist and translator currently with SACOZA. He is very confident and fluent in English, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, Northern Sotho, Tswana and IsiZulu which explains the ease in which he was able to work on various radio stations. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and sourcing new talent for the entertainment sector. He’s currently in a process of opening a training academy for media practitioners after realizing the need for nurturing new talent.