NIKIWE BIKITSHA

Non the scene at the Planet Hollywood bombing, Bikitsha covered ikiwe Bikitsha's foray into journalism began in 1997 as junior reporter at a Cape Town radio station. It was a turbulent time and Bikitsha, a quick learner, soon made a name for herself covering an array of news and political stories. As one of the first journalists 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. She covered local, national and international elections and secured an exclusive interview with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. In 2004, she 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. Bikitsha also began presenting SABC3's Interface. Recent highlights have included the Shabir Shaik judgement, an interview with Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and coverage of the Jacob Zuma rape trial. Bikitsha has such a demanding work life that she spends any spare time � a rarity � with her family. She is an avid reader and relishes the opportunity to read for her own enjoyment as opposed to always being swamped with research reading for work purposes. She says that, when you have to wake up at 4am every morning, sleep is a rare commodity, so whenever the chance presents itself she enjoys nothing better than a good snooze

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