By Anathi Wulushe
Born and bred in a small village called Ngcolorha kuTsolo a few kilometres outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, sees Kumkani FM ‘Afternoon drive 3-6pm’ host Nkosihleli ‘King’ Mfundisi share his journey and the struggles he had to overcome to become the well-known radio and television personality he is today.
Mfundisi matriculated in 2009 (finishing as the second top achiever) at Mangala Senior Secondary in Libode in the Eastern Cape and having received two bursaries, it took Mfundisi nine years of ‘struggle’ to finally be admitted at a tertiary institution. Mfundisi dwelled on the challenges he faced.
“In 2010 I applied at Vaal University of Technology and I was accepted for IT to for the second semester. When it was time for the classes to commence, I was told that “I’m not in the system”. I was shocked because I had received a letter of acceptance from the university. I lost both my bursaries because I didn’t get admission in university in 2010. In 2011, TUT said in January they had changed their requirements for the courses I applied for. In 2012, I applied at WSU, I was rejected. In 2013, I applied for Journalism at CPUT, I was rejected they told me I didn’t meet the requirements to study Journalism. In 2014 and 2015, U.J and WSU both rejected my applications because I didn’t meet their requirements,” he said.
After almost a decade looking for school, Mfundisi shares the day he received the wonderful news that he had been accepted by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in 2018 to further his studies in Journalism and Media Studies.
“I had just finished cooking for my motherwhen I got the call from WSU telling me that I had been accepted, I was so happy, I almost knocked the pots down because of the jubilation I had, my mother was filled with tears of joy, because she knew how I struggled to find school, how determined I was to being the first graduate in the family and break the chain of not having any graduate in my family and also in the village,” he said.
Having appeared on SABC 1 shows such as ‘Shift and Fan Base’ and now working at acommunity radio station, Kumkani FM, as a radio presenter, Mfundisi expressed the love he has always had for television and radio.
“I never saw myself working at any place other than radio or TV, even back in the village, I always recorded myself on my phone, envisioning myself as a radio presenter, even at school, my desk was written ‘DJ Pastor’ my classmates would gather around my desk and listen to me acting like a radio presenter,” he said.
The ‘Afternoon Drive 3-6 pm’ is regarded as one of the best radio shows in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality. Mfundisi praised former programmes manager at Kumkani FM Sithembile Xaso.
Mfundisi said Xaso played a huge role in the introduction of him as a radio personality in 2018 when he joined the station and guided him on the right path to becoming a good presenter.
Mfundisi urges students who are currently struggling to find school at tertiary institutions to keep on applying and to never give up on their dreams.
Being the first graduate from his family and one of a few from his village Mfundisi celebrated his graduation on May 21 this year. He encourages students who come from humble beginnings to study hard so that they can accomplish their dreams and break the chain of poverty