Sakina Kamwendo Biography
Sakina Kamwendo is an award winning South African radio presenter. She is the host of SAfm’s flagship show AMlive which airs between 6 to 9am weekdays. Prior to SAfm, Sakina also had stints at Metro FM where she hosted Metro Fm Talk with Sakina which was voted the Best News & Actuality Show at the MTN Radio Awards 2013 and 2014.
She started her radio journey at Radio Eldos, a community station in Eldorado Park. Her big break came when Talk Radio 702 allowed her to screen calls for the overnight show but soon progressed to producing weekend & then early breakfast shows while still holding down a full time job at the Maths Centre. When she was offered the position Traffic Reporter on the David O’Sullivan Show, she decided to quit Maths Centre to concentrate on broadcasting full time.
Sakina Kamwendo Education Background
- Undergraduate student at the University of the Witwatersrand
- Secondary school student at Stanwest Secondary School.
Sakina Kamwendo Age
Information about her age is being updated.
Sakina Kamwendo Husband – Sakina Kamwendo Married
Sakina has been married for almost 20 years and has four children. Details about her husband will be updated soon.
Sakina Kamwendo Daughter
After the passing on of her daughter, AM Live together with management and staff at SAfm and SABC took to twitter saying, “Our deepest sympathies to AM Live anchor Sakina Kamwendo who has lost her daughter. The production team of AM Live together with management and staff at SAfm and SABC radio News convey our deepest sympathies to Sakina Kamwendo on the passing of her daughter.
Our prayers are with Sakina and her family during this difficult time. We would like to acknowledge our listeners messages of condolences which will be passed to the family.
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SABC clears the air on Sakina Kamwendo incident
Sakina Kamwendo Interview
What advice do you have for a young woman who would like to have a child when her partner is not interested?
Sakina Kamwendo: If a woman decides she wants to have a child, it does not have to come with a husband. Times have changed. It is possible to have a child on your own, as long as you are ready for the responsibility that comes with it. You should also be fair and let your partner know that you want to have a child with him but are happy to raise the child on your own if necessary.
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You were very young when you got married. How have you experienced the past two decades?
Sakina Kamwendo: I got married in my early twenties. It’s amazing what you learn along the way because you grow up in the marriage, which is really difficult. You have the responsibility of raising your children and at the same time you are getting to know yourself. I have only really gotten to know myself now and I would never advise my own children to get married at a young age.
I am 30 years old and I am not married, nor are my friends and their peers. It seems women are waiting longer to get married, unlike our parents did. What has changed?
Sakina Kamwendo: Everything has changed because society has changed and so have our norms. Women are more independent.
Is there a right age to become a mother?
Sakina Kamwendo: It’s hard to say if there’s a right age to have a child. It’s just something that happens. I was young and in love and wanted to be a wife and mother. I didn’t dwell on all the uncertainties. In hindsight there are a few things I would have done differently, but there is a lot that I do not regret and I would not trade that for anything.
What kind of parenting style do you use?
Sakina Kamwendo: I am a dictator. My children know that I am not their friend, I am their parent, and that all the decisions I make are in their best interests. Three of my children are teenagers: the eldest is 18 and my youngest child is 11. I believe in the saying “little children, little problems, big children, big problems”, so I have to be stern with them because they will always push the boundaries.
How do you deal with sibling rivalry?
Sakina Kamwendo: As my late grandmother said, “If you hear them crying, open the door and see if there is any blood; if there’s no blood, just close the door, otherwise you will have a stroke before you turn 40.” It is true because you tend to stress about all the fights but sometimes they just do it for attention.
Would you say married fathers are more involved in a child’s life and upbringing?
Sakina Kamwendo: Even if a father is active in a child’s life, he still has to wait for you to tell him exactly what needs to done. For example you tell him, “You need to pick up this, you need to drop off that, you need to take care of this.” As a mom, you still need to drive the process.
The fact that you married does not mean you have an extra pair of hands. Men are busy a lot of the time so they may not always be free to help. However mothers do not have the luxury of abdicating their responsibility.
Do you think mothers take on all the responsibility of raising a child and leave very little for fathers?
Sakina Kamwendo: Having been married for so long, I have come to the realisation that, as women, we tend to emasculate our men. Most of us are control freaks and we are a lot more efficient at running a home. However, when we ask a man to do something, if he delays just a little, we tend to step in and not give him a chance to get the job done.
Did you change after having children and did your children change your marriage?
Sakina Kamwendo: You might not even be feeling attractive and sexy at the time he wants to have sex. Every women changes. I don’t see how a child can’t change you.
I find that when your children are older you have more time on your hands to start coming into your own and embracing the new person you have become through motherhood.
How do you know you are doing a great job as a mom?
Sakina Kamwendo: You never really know you are doing a great job, especially if they are teenagers, because you are not popular in their lives. The other day I saw my son’s Whatsapp status was a picture of the globe and it read “My world, and my mom is at the centre”. It brought to tears to my eyes because it reminded me that I am doing something right.
What is the biggest myth about being a mother?
Sakina Kamwendo: Every mother goes through that. It’s part of growing and understanding that it’s normal. I’m so over what the world expects me to do. I do what I do to the best of my ability and that is all that counts.
What mistakes do you think mothers tend to make?
Sakina Kamwendo: I am always right (laughs) and we are super-moms; we know everything (laughs).
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Sakina Kamwendo knew her time was up – SABC clarifies spat
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) rubbished claims that veteran radio talk show host Sakina Kamwendo was kept in the dark about her future at the public broadcaster.
This comes after Kamwendo’s Forum at Eight programme on SAfm was shut down by station management halfway through the allotted hour.
Producers of the show were instructed to cut her final show immediately and fill the remainder of the time with music, according to the twitter page of the South African National Editors’ Forum SANEF.
SABC spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago said that it would investigate the matter before commenting to the media.
Chris Moroleng, SABC chief operations officer, clarified on twitter that the decision to cut Kamwendo’s show was made by SAfm management and not executive management.
We, as the executive management, of the SABC have allowed management at different levels to make decisions in line with their delegated authority. Yesterday's decision concerning @SakinaKamwendo was made by station management @SAfmRadio not by executive management or myself.
— Chris Maroleng (@ChrisMaroleng) March 31, 2018
Kamwendo claimed she had been kept in the dark on her future at the public broadcaster following the end of her contract.
However, Kganyago said she was aware of the direction the station was going and had signed a new contract for a new show.
“She knows that this time of the year stations make changes in their lineup. She signed a new contract and she knew that she would be going to another show,” he said.
Kamwendo gained a reputation for her hard hitting style of interviews. Her show is also one of the most popular talk shows on talk radio.
SANEF said the incident was poorly handled by the SABC.
“Kamwendo should have been given the space to explain to her listeners what had transpired with her show and with the termination of her time as the show’s host,” the organisation tweeted.
Limiting @SakinaKamwendo freedom of speech & expression in this blatant manner is a serious issue and Sanef would not want to see a return to the SABC’s days of censorship.
— SANEF (@SAEditorsForum) March 31, 2018
I've seen abusive, toxic, incompetent anchors being treated better than this. Whose ego had to be accomodated at Sakina's expense? Not even a dignified exit after 10 years' servive? Pulled off air in middle of show? Never heard of it. https://t.co/Bi0yARoXdO
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) March 31, 2018