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Journalism Graduate Turns Producer

Journalism Graduate Turns Producer

Meet Qiniso Mbili, a 25-year-old Journalism graduate who refuses to be limited by anything to achieve his career goals.

“We are exposed to so much information on the internet to guide us in what we can do in this digital age, so anything is possible,” said Mbili.

Born and bred in Umgababa, South of Durban, Mbili fell in love with journalism shortly after he had matriculated. As an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Arts and Design studying towards a National Diploma in Journalism, he worked for the department’s online publication called JournalismIziko. From working for JournalismIziko, Mbili later worked for the Daily Vox, it is then that he decided to start his own photography and videography company called Perception.

In 2015, Mbili interned at the SABC where he won the Nat Nakasa National Writing competition. Little did he know that winning the competition will give him so much exposure, such as being introduced to media giants such as Mathatha Tsedu and Makhosazane Zwane-Siguqa.

“Meeting the two media giants have to be the most memorable highlights of my career and they have left long lasting effects in my journey as a young professional,” said Mbili.

He completed his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Journalism in 2016. Currently, a freelance producer at Ukhozi Fm’s current affairs show, Mbili also produces for a show called The Consumer Slot, a show that seeks to help inform consumers on how to address their disputes with suppliers and businesses.

“Working at Ukhozi Fm has made me have so much respect and appreciation for my mother tongue (IsiZulu) and now I strongly believe it should be preserved and kept precious. My sense of news and current affairs has also immensely developed over time and the exposure is great,” he said.

Although this might seem to be great achievements for Mbili, he is still striving to extend to all facets of journalism and wants to focus more on film and television.


Pictured: Jovial Qiniso Mbili, DUT Journalism graduate turned Producer.

Sthabile Gwala

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