Bongani Mtolo (Photo:DRUM)
East Coast Radio’s drive-time presenter Bongani Mtolo has started
an initiative that helps high school kids and varsity students meet local
celebs and other successful people they can look up to.
Bongani left his career as a successful car salesman to
follow his passion for radio and he is now one of the most popular drive-time
hosts in Mzansi – proving you’re never too old to chase your dreams.
“I left my job because I was more passionate about radio
and when I left, like many other people, I was scared and thought, ‘What if it
doesn’t work’.” He told Drum.
The 29-year-old started the initiative because he felt many
children from rural areas don’t dream big enough – that they limit themselves
by thinking being a teacher, nurse or lawyer is all there is.
“I began this organisation with the vision of wanting to
inspire. Whenever I’d go to rural areas I’d meet some of the smartest kids and
find out that most of them have never met a successful person, so what I do is
invite influential people to motivate the learners – both high school and
Bongani tells DRUM he doesn’t receive outside funding for
the initiative. “This programme is funded by myself because a lot of the time
when you are funded by brands, they tend not to communicate your programme the
way you want them to or they tend to taint the image you have for your brand. So
for now, I fund it.
“I want my story to inspire someone, and my long-term goal
for the programme is to have high school tours and just inspire everyone. My
wife is the backbone of what I do, I love her so much and I’d like to thank her
for the support,” he said.