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Pravina Maharaj

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About Pravina: I’ve always dreamt of a career in broadcasting and working for Lotus FM seemed the natural choice for me as I grew up listening to the station.

Radio Experience & Progression: In 2003, I entered the Lotus FM/Daily News Jock Stars competition and was selected as one of the top ten finalists to undergo radio broadcast training. In December 2004, I joined Lotus FM as a presenter and producer.  I presented the early morning weekend show Sights & Sounds before transitioning into radio production full time. I’ve produced the afternoon drive shows, On The Road with Rakesh, The Desi Drive & The Afternoon Take Over.

I’ve also produced the lunch show, The Midday Spice.

I'm currently production assistant on Life & Style with Zakia Ahmed Siddiqi (weekdays 10h00-12h00) and The Lunch Break with Varshan Sookhun (weekdays 12h00-15h00).


Qualifications: I hold a BA Communications Degree&English Honours Degree from UNISA


  • In 2017, received the Woman of Wonder Award
  • A graduate of SA Writers College
  • Have had numerous fiction short stories published in YOU magazine
  • In December 2017, I published my debut romance novel Angel of Ice
  • I have an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Hobbies/Interests: CreativeWriting, Reading, Holistic Health, Travel, Animal Welfare


Facts about Me

  • I was raised in Newcastle and visit my ‘hometown’ whenever possible
  • I’m vegetarian
  • I have two dogs Leo and Jasper and an African Grey parrot Sage
  • I love reading Tarot and Angel cards
  • My star sign is Leo






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