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Thursday, October 25, 2012


(Zookey pictured by Val Adamson)

Durban’s high-profile Gagasi 99.5FM radio personality, Zookey, has moved into top gear. She can now be heard on air every weekday, Mondays to Fridays from 09h00 to 12h00, hosting one of the popular station’s prime-time listenership slots.

This newly streamlined programme, entitled Teatime to Lunchtime, features a central theme each day of the week, with Monday’s theme being Health, Fit and Fabulous. i-Job, i-Job rules the airwaves on Tuesdays, while Law & Order is Wednesday’s theatrically presented topic, which sees “Judge Gqwethakazi” (Zookey in alter ego mode) fielding social commentary around listeners’ calls about personal issues, home and family affairs.

Also sharing the chair with her in the Gagasi studio for these Wednesday sessions is a bona fide legal expert, Gugu Buthelezi of Dass & Associates Attorneys, who helps dispense advice about legal matters across the spectrum from civil law to family law.

Thursdays are given over to issues about Finance and Asset Management, while Friday’s theme, entitled KZN Kalsha, illuminates social entertainment and lifestyle trends, in which Zookey shares the chair with Sunday Tribune journalist, Buhle Mbonambi.

“We have also included in the mix, a daily link-up with taxi drivers at 11h10am,” says Zookey. “This is aimed at inculcating good driving manners among our taxi fraternity, also encouraging passengers and drivers alike to observe an active anti-littering ethic in the interests of helping citizens to uphold an image of self-respect, tidiness and civic pride in our environment. Rounding off each day’s programme, our closing slot, called ungathi uzwengami (‘It didn’t come from me, but…’) deals with hot topics of the day.”

“Exams start next week and I have done a call out to churches, community based NGO's and 2011 high aggregate passing matrics to assist 2012 matriculants with their exams,” explains Zookey. “I will be hosting them at The Valley Trust library from this Saturday until end November. Tea, coffee and warm comfortable environments are being offered for Zarlings who don't have comfortable study environments at home such as no electricity or crying young babies, etc. The Valley Trust invites Zarlings from: Kloof, Hillcrest, Shongweni, kwaNyuswa, Mhlambathini, KwaNcolosi and other areas to take on this offer. Ngo's and other Zarlings willing to make tea, coffee and offer up their spaces can email me on”.

For more about Gagasi 99.5FM programmes, visit – and be sure to make a date with Zookey live on air weekdays from 09h00 to 12h00 for Teatime to Lunchtime. She can also still be heard on Thursday evenings, hosting Gagasi’s Arts programme, Art Attack, until a new presenter for this show takes over.