Sizwe Dhlomo (born on June 21st, 1983) is a 40-year-old media personality and farmer who works as an MTV Base VJ and hosts Kaya drive on Kaya FM. His grandfather is Isaac Dhlomo, a wealthy South African farmer.
After giving up a career as a computer programmer to work as the first MTV Base VJ in 2005, Sizwe Dhlomo has never looked back in his career pursuit as a radio and TV presenter. Consequently, he has worked for multiple radio and TV stations. And his career, which spans over a decade and a half, has gained him recognition, including the 2021 SA Radio Award nomination.
What is Sizwe Dhlomo’s Age?
His stars started shining brightly on world stages in his early 20s after he became the first MTV Base VJ. Amazingly, Sizwe Dhlomo has established himself as one of the most sought-after radio and TV presenters in South Africa.
Who are Sizwe Dhlomo’s Parents?
While on MacG‘s Podcast and Chill in November 2022, Sizwe Dhlomo revealed that he was raised in a strict household. However, he has kept the names of his parents secret but sometimes posts about them on social media. While his mother worked in a school, Sizwe’s dad took charge of his father’s farming business.
In one of his IG posts, the Kaya FM presenter disclosed that his parents had their civil wedding in the year 1982. They are presently still together and have been married for over 40 years.
Sizwe Dhlomo’s Grandfather
Sizwe Dhlomo’s grandfather is Isaac Dhlomo, a native of KwaZulu-Natal. He was a wealthy farmer who acquired a farm in KwaZulu-Natal during the apartheid era. Cattle ranching, cropping, forestry, and horse breeding are among the farm’s four notable divisions. Although he was famous for his lucrative farming business, Sizwe’s grandpa came from a very poor family.
After Isaac Dhlomo’s father died, he had to drop out of school in grade 4 and started hustling to take care of his mother and younger brothers. He eventually ended up in the farming business and was very successful in it. Also, Isaac Dhlomo is reportedly an avid supporter of the African National Congress (ANC).
He was said to have helped the first ANC Youth League president, Anton Lembede, to become a partner at Pixley ka Seme law firm. With Sizwe Dhlomo’s grandfather giving Lambede a loan close to R100,000, the ANCYL’s first president made a partner at the law firm in 1946. Furthermore, Isaac Dhlomo had a close relationship with the apartheid struggle icon Olivier Tambo and the late former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda.
Following the death of Kaunda in 2021, the media personality paid tribute to him by sharing a picture his grandfather took with him and Tambo.
Does Sizwe Dhlomo Have Siblings?
Sizwe Dhlomo allegedly has two sisters, and one goes by the name of Thobeka Dhlomo. Surprisingly, the siblings of the prominent radio host lead a private life, and thus, there is no information available regarding their personal and professional lives. Nevertheless, Sizwe is known to be the cousin of the media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo.
Born on December 17th, 1972, Khanyi Dhlomo is a 50-year-old journalist and magazine editor. She is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, where she bagged a BA in Communications and Industrial Psychology. In 2007, she also acquired an MBA from Harvard Business School. Then in 1995, Sizwe Dhlomo’s cousin emerged as the first black news anchor at SABC.
For eight years, she worked as the editor of True Love Magazine and then moved on to launch a media company called Ndalo Media together with Naspers in the year 2007. She further launched Destiny Magazine and its online extensions. Khanyi Dhlomo opened a boutique store by the name of Luminance in 2015.
Sadly, four years later, her media company, Ndalo Media, was shut down. It’s worth noting that Khanyi’s successful efforts landed her the recognition of the Most Influential Woman in South African Media in 2003.
Sizwe Dhlomo Studied at the Durban Institute of Technology
Sizwe Dhlomo is an alumnus of the Durban Institute of Technology, where he studied Computer Programming. Prior to joining the higher institution of learning, he had his high school education at Kingsway High School, located in Amanzimtoti. He graduated from high school in 2000.
Sizwe Dhlomo Landed His First TV Hosting Gig at the Age of 22
Dhlomo had to quit working as a computer programmer to kickstart a broadcasting career in 2005 when he was 22 years old. He participated in MTV Base’s talent contest at the time and won. Consequently, he became the first video jockey on the music station. He had his first VJ role in the debut season of MTV Base World Chart Express.
He worked with music stations for several years and interviewed big names in pop culture, such as John Legend, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Akon, 2-Face, and Sean Paul. In 2014, Sizwe Dhlomo, as part of the MTV Base contingency from across the world, traveled to the VMAs hosted in Scotland. Meanwhile, in 2010, he was the digital host of the 16th edition of the South African Music Awards held in Suncity.
He then began co-hosting SABC1 Live with Bonang Matheba that same year. However, his stint was brief, as he left the role in 2011. Afterward, Sizwe Dhlomo had a presenting gig on SuperSport. He additionally formed part of the Newzroom Afrika team.
Dhlomo’s Career in Radio Took Off in the Early 2010s
After leaving SABC1, Sizwe Dhlomo put to start a radio career, joining YFM. He subsequently left the radio station to become a member of the staff of 947 in 2013.
While there, he took up the duty of a presenter at 702 FM as well as Cape Talk radio. Obviously, his charm and insight into youth culture have enabled him to become one of SA’s most familiar voices in both the radio and TV domains.
With his career still on the rise, Sizwe Dhlomo was announced as the new afternoon drive show host on Kaya FM in June 2020. He took up the role the next month, replacing Ndumiso Ngcobo and Kgomotse Matsunyane as the show’s presenters. As of this writing, he still serves as the host of the Kaya drive show and has made the afternoon-drive show quite popular in the country.
Sizwe Dhlomo’s Farming Activities
With his family owning hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal, Sizwe Dhlomo has been managing the farming business for some years now. Though the farm has different divisions, including forestry, horse breeding, cropping, and cattle ranching, the 40-year-old is said to mostly focus on the forestry and horse breeding divisions.
Dhlomo’s family farmland consists of hundreds of hectares of timber. They also grow Smithii leaves on the farm, which is used for diverse pharmaceutical purposes.
In 2021 alone, Sizwe harvested more than hundred and fifty tonnes of Smithii leaves. He also rears the Bonsmara breed of cattle on the farm. Despite having tight media engagements, the Durban-born is very hands-on with farming activities.