Zonke took over as SABC1 Head of Channel at the beginning of September.

For those who see a familiar face, he was a continuity presenter in 2003 back when the channel’s tag line was Yamampela.

Four years later, he became a radio presenter on Umhlobo Wenene FM and presented the weekend entertainment shows on Fridays and Saturdays between 10pm and 1am. He held this position for 10 years.

His career at the SABC continued to grow within the television ranks and he’s held various positions, including on-air promo producer and director, specialist on-air producer, acting network: on-air presentation manager (SABC1) and manager of the on-air SABC TV network for four TV channels – the latter position held since 2015.

“Being appointed to the new role is an exciting opportunity that comes with great responsibility. It is an honour and a privilege that I don’t take for granted. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m ready to serve the public and contribute meaningfully to the journey of making sure that SABC1 remains at the top and continue to dominate the market through quality content and exciting youthful programming,”  said Zonke.

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“Phumzile is passionate about broadcasting. He has shown exceptional talent and has proven to be a dynamic and highly capable all-round broadcasting executive. I have no doubt that he will take SABC1 to even greater heights, strategically positioning it within the media and entertainment industry to win over more loyal viewers to the channel. We are proud of what Phumzile has achieved and we look forward to his contribution in his new role as Head of Bouquet: 1,” said SABC GM: TV Channels, David Makubyane.

Zonke’s mandate includes ensuring the channels retains its market leader position and continues to deliver a compelling public broadcast service that attracts a a major share of audiences and revenue.

He holds an MBA, a BA in Media, Communications and Culture, Certificate in Copywriting and an Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism Studies and is currently studying towards a Master of Philosophy in International Business degree.