Nikiwe Bikitsha

Journalist

Nikiwe’s foray into journalism began in 1997 as a junior reporter at a Cape Town radio station.

It was turbulent time and and she soon made a name for herself covering an array of news and political stories. As one of the first journalists on the scene at the Planet Hollywood bombing, Nikiwe covered the story for international networks such as BBC and CNN. In 2000, she arrived in Johannesburg and worked her way through the ranks at a commercial radio station, becoming a news editor and hosting talk and current affairs shows. Nikiwe covered local, national and international elections and secured an exclusive interview with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. In 2004, Nikiwe followed President Thabo Mbeki around the country during the South African elections.

In the same year, she joined SAfm as co-anchor with John Perlman of the highly regarded current affairs programme AM Live, broadcast from 5.30am to 9am. Nikiwe also began work on TV as a presenter of SABC3’s Interface. Recent highlights include the Shabir Shaik judgement, an interview with Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and coverage of the Jacob Zuma rape trial.

When she has spare time she spends it with her familY: She is an avid reader and relishes the opportunity to read for her own enjoyment. Sleep is a very rare commodity, so whenever the chance presents itself she enjoys nothing better than a good snooze.

Lunch Spot: Allora, Sandton