Midday-Joy With Unathi

KAYA FM  |  Podcast , ±8 min episodes every 2 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Midday Joy with Unathi is an intersection for the dynamic forces of lifestyle, arts and culture, travel, personal development and the best selection of soul, jazz, kwaito and hip hop from the continent and the diaspora punctuated by meaningful, fun and forward-thinking conversations.

As a reflection of the station’s commitment to the African continent and leading new trends in broadcasting, the show will facilitate an intergenerational exchange between Afropolitans aged 25 to 45 years.

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27 years into South Africa’s democracy 2 million of it’s citizens are still fighting for a basic human right. Unathi sat down with CODA [Child of Deaf a Adult] and Sign Language Interpreter Andiswa Gebashe on Midday Joy for a conversation on the fact that her home language, South African Sign Language is not recognized as one of South Africa’s Official Languages and what needs to happen for this basic language right to be promulgated by South African Government.

The NFVF CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile

NFVF And Netflix Sign Partnership To Fund Local Filmmakers Joint Fund Valued At R28 Million To Provide 100% Funding To 6 Micro-budget Films To Boost Recovery for South Africa’s Creative Industry The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is proud to announce its latest partnership. Netflix, the world’s leading streaming service with 204 million subscribers globally is joining forces with the NFVF in a partnership valued at R28 million to produce six South African feature films. The agreement will see both partners contributing R14 million each in support of the production of local films, which will include exclusive debuts on Netflix. The NFVF, mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the audio-visual industry in South Africa, is excited to form this partnership, as it looks to create new opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the local film industry after many productions locally and internationally had to be halted/postponed due to Covid-19 global lockdowns. The partnership will see 6 local films funded, categorised into 2 streams: 4 feature films with a budget of R4 million each and two feature films with a budget of R6 million each.


On Day 22 of the artist sit in at the National Arts Council Offices in Newtown, Kgomotso Meso spoke to Ms. Sibongile Mngoma, an independent artist who is at the forefront of the protest action. Ms Mngoma shares insights into what got the artists to this point as well as the fact that there are currently plans underfoot by the NAC and the DAC to have the artists forcibly removed.

Catching up with the incomparable and talented Moshidi Motshegwa

As one of the country’s most sought after actors, Moshidi Motshegwa has captured our hearts and imagination over the nearly three decade she spent on stage and in front of the camera bringing to life all manner of characters.
In this conversation on Midday Joy she chats to Kgomotso Meso about her latest role as Sarah on the hit daily drama ISONO. She shares the inspiration for and process of finding Sarah [the name of her Character on ISONO] as well as her excitement at offering viewers “… an interpretation to an African female character who could easily be lost in the cracks of society.” Moshidi hopes that the character opens a conversation that is often difficult to have around the experience of women, violence and the results of trauma.


Best known as a dentist to the stars, Alexander Faizi Rawhani is a multi-talented individual who juggles a lot of things. Popularly known as Dr Smile, he is not only a dentist but also a jeweller, a fashion model, a community builder and a musician.

The Centre For The Less Good Idea presents: FOR ONCE - Mtwan o'Mntu

Kgomotso Meso had a riveting conversation with Choreographer and Dancer Thulisile Binda about the upcoming once off dance performance For ONCE: Mtwan”oMntu presented by the Centre For the Less Good Idea. Thulisile shares that "Using rhythmic and cyclical movement we attempt to connect to the #oth-er. In it we often encounter the clash - a fight for space, attention, time and recognition, within these processes we are able to discover structure, development and growth and with them the ability to re-create new forms and ideas, again and again

Mtwan!oMntu is an exploration of a deep yearning for connectedness. It mines life’s com-plex, highly dynamic and non-linear expressions in seeking a belonging and building relation-ships- be it self, love or spiritual connections. Mtwan!oMntu is a journey that evokes the awareness of a mongoose and is premised on the idea that the energy flows to where your attention goes



Cycle Cradle And Beyond together with Tour De Libraries invite you to join on this amazing excursion through parts of Soweto delivering books to libraries as well as stationery to pupils in a school in Daveyton. Due to the unrealistic distance for some of us on our last posted event we have come up with a shorter route and have cancelled the 150km one. Our last tour proved a great success. Tour De Libraries - Enjoy the health benefits of being on a bicycle and help educate a child. Once again, we are coming together to make a positive impact at our community libraries This #TourDeLibraries is focusing on collecting books & stationery which will be donated to community libraries in Soweto. Therefore: We are cycling 25km ish around Soweto donating books & stationery to 3 community libraries.



Lalla, who has a Japanese Mom and a South African Dad, is hosting a new web series called Sharing the Sun, which airs every Thursday on the Embassy of Japan in South Africa’s YouTube channel. The series highlights the strong ties between Japan and South Africa, the cultural affinity between the two nations, and the way in which they work together on a range of matters such as skills transfer and development support. Since 2013, Japanese companies have invested USD5 billion in South Africa, creating 150 000 jobs, and the country has provided important development assistance.


Story’s are at the heart of all art forms. In another instalment of the ongoing conversation on the art of story-telling, Unathi spoke to Multi Award winning scriptwriter Bonga Percy Vilakazi about the process and art of telling stories through the medium if television. Percy’s biggest piece of advice to aspirant writers is that you have to be a reader to be a writer.

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