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Maya Jagjivan Kalicharan

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About Maya: I believe I was born to write. It’s the many hours that I spent reading, and writing my prose and poetry while at school, that made journalism a natural career choice. But, as with the curveballs that life often throws, I stumbled into the world of broadcasting at SABC KZN even before I qualified as a journalist.

I must admit, I was bitten by the radio bug. The immediacy, dynamism, and versatility of the medium helped me hone my skills and 
develop as a journalist.

After working in the radio news environment for the past 15 years, in 2017, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith. I become a freelancer journalism lecturer at Rosebank College in Durban – training and shaping a new generation of 
journalists. It’s a challenge I have grown to love, more so because it involves moulding budding journalists and helping them become industry-ready.

And my biggest blessing is my blog, which I started in 2017. Drawing inspiration from Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, 
“I write what I like”. I am thrilled that my passion for writing has been re-kindled and I hope to inspire people and make them smile through my varied posts on life in South Africa as I know and love it! I also regularly write columns for the POST newspaper.

And little did I know that in 2018, I would be rekindling my passion for radio. So I found myself back at the SABC, this time as 
the producer of Walk the Talk on Lotus FM. What can I say – once you’re bitten by the radio bug, there’s no turning back!

This year, I’m super excited to be on prime–time radio, paired with the dynamic Lloyd Paul on The Official Drive 3 to 6 pm. 
I’m enjoying my roles as producer and traffic presenter and look forward to keeping you company Monday to Friday!



Radio Experience & Progression:  I started my radio journey as an intern at the SABC KZN newsroom in 2001, during my first year of studying journalism at the then Technikon Natal, which later became the Durban University of Technology. I was in awe of the power of radio to reach the masses and truly speak to the nation. It motivated me to work at the SABC voluntarily, while I was studying. I completed my in-service training at the SABC in 2003, and worked in several freelance positions, including reading news bulletins on Lotus FM and working as an election reporter for the SABC KZN – that was my baptism into the world of politics – a passion I hold dearly still. I reported on various beats - from crime to economics, environmental and entertainment.

In 2005, I was employed as a permanent reporter for the KZN newsroom – travelling the length and breadth of the province, covering breaking news and feature stories. I loved the adrenaline of coming to work every day and not knowing what to expect. The best part, always, was meeting ordinary people and being in a position to tell their unique stories through the power of radio. In 2006, I moved to the current affairs team Newsbreak as a producer, where I spent most of my radio career, working on the field, behind the scenes, and on-air. It was there that I had the opportunity to take my love for politics further – reporting on elections, the ANC conferences and being chosen to report live from Parliament during the period of mourning for our former President Nelson Mandela.



Accomplishments: 
 

B-Tech in Journalism, cum laude, Durban University of Technology, 2005

National Diploma in Journalism, cum laude, Durban University of Technology, 2004

Received the Dean’s Merit Award for Academic Excellence, 2004

Finalist Best News and Actuality Programme for Newsbreak Coverage of Mandela mourning in Parliament at MTNRadio Awards - 2014

Joint Winner Best News and Actuality Programme for Newsbreak Coverage of ANC Mangaung Conference at MTN Radio Awards– 2013



Hobbies:  My hobbies are an extension of my passion as a journalist – writing is at the top of that list, followed by reading! My favourite place is the beach - walking on the beach and swimming brings me great relaxation. And I love Bollywood music, movies, and concerts!

I have been actively involved with the 1860 Heritage Centre – which is a treasure trove of history, commemorating the journey of Indian indentured labourers to South African and how the community, today, is intricately woven into the fabric of South African society.

 


General Facts: I live breathe, eat, sleep news and infotainment – always keeping abreast of developments through different print media, television channels, online platforms and of course, radio – which is the most effective medium of communication in South Africa!

 

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