FNational radio station 5FM kicks the year off by welcoming new management to the team as of January.
JD Mostert joins as the new Station Manager while Siyanda Fikelephi takes on the role of Programme Manager.
JD, an award-winning media executive with more than 12 years’ radio industry experience, is optimistic about his departure from a regional station to the national youth powerhouse. He comes from a strong radio background having started at TUKS FM in 2008 as a production manager before moving on to a lecturing role at Boston Media House in 2009. Other roles he held at various regional radio stations included executive producing two breakfast shows before taking on the job as Executive and Content Programme Manager at a Johannesburg radio station for the past 5 years.
“5FM has always been an exciting brand, with a rich and proud history, not only for the audience but also for the industry, and being afforded the opportunity to be part of the team is an incredible honour. The bar has been set high with the audience appropriately only demanding the best, and while it is a seemingly daunting challenge, it is a challenge which the team is eagerly willing to take on,” JD says on his new role.
JD holds several certifications which include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a Post Graduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip) and Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management (BComm).
Siyanda Fikelephi is equally pleased as he joins the station in the Programme Manager role. No stranger to the SABC family, Siya worked as the Station Producer and Music Compiler at Radio 2000 in 2010 before taking on a management role as the stations’ Programme Manager two years later. Moving to Umhlobo Wenene FM in 2016 – leading a team for three years – winning 15 Liberty Radio Awards and 2 Station of the Year awards between 2016 – 2019.
“It is always exciting to join an iconic brand such as 5FM. We have an amazing team with immense talents,” he says.
Siya possesses over 15 years’ experience within the radio and media Industry and holds a Journalism and Sound Engineering Diploma, Management Development Program (MDP) from the University of Stellenbosch, an Advanced Certificate in Radio from Wits University and Essentials in Broadcast Management from Rhodes University.
5FM’s Marketing Manager, Liesl Hefkie, who acted as Station Manager since May 2018, says she is excited to welcome new talent to the management team and eager for their fresh ideas and plans for the station. “Both JD and Siya come highly recommended and enjoy a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry and I’m looking forward to seeing some of their great ideas come to life on 5FM as we continue to engage with listeners and live loud,” Liesl says.