With nearly 20 years in broadcast journalism, in South Africa and abroad, Xolani Gwala has earned the respect of newsmakers and audiences across the country.
His experience as a reporter, news anchor, producer, talk show host, news editor and current affairs programme presenter in both English and Zulu, on radio and television, make Xolani an exceptionally versatile media professional.
Xolani’s ability to summarise a discussion and identify the critical questions to pose to his interviewees enables him to get to the crux of the matter in minutes, a skill which is invaluable to a fast-paced daily afternoon drive show.
A self-confessed current affairs junkie, Xolani has interviewed world leaders on the big topics but maintains that the best stories don’t always come from the big guys. He believes it is often the regular people in the street who make for the best interviews.
One of his most memorable recent interviews was with the mine union leaders immediately ahead of the Marikana tragedy. During that interview, union leaders were urged to go to Marikana to speak to their members and that interview was subsequently submitted as evidence to the Farlam Commission.
Xolani confesses that his fanaticism for current affairs means that even in his free time, he can usually be found reading up on news or issues that interest him. He does enjoy travelling and is a keen football fan, particularly if his team, the Kaizer Chiefs are playing.
As an MC, facilitator or moderator, Xolani is able to draw on a depth and breadth of current affairs to inform the discussion and is able to pull together a discussion as seamlessly live, as he does on air.