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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


(Faradh Patel - Station Manager of Radio Al-Ansaar)

Radio Al-Ansaar has announced that Faradh Patel has been appointed Station Manager of the busy, caring and proactive Durban Overport-based community radio station. Radio Al-Ansaar is KZN’s only Islamic Community Radio Station which can be tuned into permanently on 90.4fm. Listeners, irrespective of their religion and beliefs, are encouraged to tune into this vibrant community station. Radio Al-Ansaar may be enjoyed by listeners all over the world through the Al-Ansaar website

“I am thrilled with the new challenges and responsibilities which this title affords me and I look forward to being part of the wonderful team which is working so hard at growing and developing this important radio station which aims to enlighten and uplift the community,” says Patel. “We live in such a multicultural society that it is helpful to be aware of what is happening in our extended community and beyond and in so-doing contributing positively towards social cohesion in our multi-cultural society.”

He is already bristling with ideas for the station, getting involved in community activities and partnering and initiating appropriate projects and events which support the Al-Ansaar ethos. He will continue to be morning drive show anchor – sharing the mic and studio with fellow presenter Nichal Sarawan, and the team: Sakina Essop, Faraaz Buz and Yaseerah Amod.

Pietermaritzburg-born Patel attended Woodlands Secondary School, matriculating in the mid-1990’s. While still at school he auditioned for a position on Lotus fm, joined Lotus fm whilst reading for a BA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Lotus was excellent grounding as there is such an excellent balance between commercial ethos and community involvement, and it gave me a taste of the world of media.”

Patel then moved to Gauteng, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor, appearing in the M-Net soap Egoli, as the character Naveen Moodley. He also appeared in various ads on TV, radio and in print as well as in a Russian television series, before joining the marketing team at Sun International. In an illustrious career within the marketing and communications and media sphere, Patel has worked on high profile events such as the launch of Saffron TV, the Sunday Times Food Show and the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

He has compèred various events, including beauty pageants, Miss India for some years, Face of India, Mr India SA and regional Miss SA contests. Well-travelled, he balances his media life against of television, radio compèring against the challenging task of steering his own media and marketing company. He also has columns in various print media – including Dubai News.

Follow Patel on / Twitter: @FaradhPatel. For more information, call Faradh Patel on 072 711 8338.