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Meet our Damelinaires – educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, creatives and business leaders – Damelin graduates who Switched Up their futures with a qualification from the leader in tertiary education.

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Lindelani MbathaJournalist on Gagasi FM

Lindelani is from the deep rural area of Nkandla, he studied Journalism and Media Studies. He believes journalism is his calling and that’s why he did not hesitate to seek out a course that would help him reach his goals.

“I was interested in politics but did not want to be a politician, I was interested in sports but didn’t want to be an athlete, so I thought, why not be a journalist and have the opportunity to report on these topics?”

He kickstarted his career during his Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Highway Radio, his hard work soon earned him a full-time position. He then received permanent employment with Gagasi FM where he currently works as a journalist and has a slot as a newsreader from 9 am-12 pm on the mid-morning show.

Charles DlaminiFounder of Charlie D Media

For the first 6 months of his studies at Damelin, Charles took a train from Stanger to Durban, he would wake up at 4am and get home at 6pm every day.

After managing to get himself affordable accommodation, he moved to the city and began the hustle, growing a career in modeling, photography and Djing.

“Through my hustle, I was able to help my mom by paying for my own accommodation.”

Charles quickly gained popularity at Damelin and earned the title Mr. Damelin after winning the campus competition in 2012. He later became the face of Markham where his fellow Damelinaires helped him score the gig by voting for him.

Ndumiso MnguniRadio DJ, Content and Technical Producer

“Growing up I used to like writing a lot, I wrote everything from keeping diaries to writing poems for my crushes.”

When I got to Damelin, I was welcomed by a student advisor who asked me about my interests and strengths and helped me channel this towards the career of my choice. She told me about Journalism and Media Studies, and I thought this is perfect because I knew I wanted to write.

I did my first two years in Durban and finished off my third year in JHB Braamfontein campus. There I started my side hustles to help my mom with bills. I moved to Damelin PMB for the remainder of my third year.

Ndumiso kickstarted his career at Ugu Youth Radio and is now a content producer, technical producer and presenter for two shows. Ndumiso says if he changes at least one life through the topics he talks about and the content he produces, his goal will be reached.


Phila DumaRadio News Anchor at Vuma FM

Phila Duma is a journalist currently working at Vuma103 FM as a news anchor. Some of Duma’s accolades include award winning photographer, SABC radio drama actor, author, MC, motivational speaker and recognised as a Hustler of the Year by the City Awards. He graduated with a Journalism & Media Studies Diploma at Damelin Durban City campus and has since embarked on various activities in the media industry. Phila also hosted a midday and later drive time radio show at Megazone Hit Radio where he ultimately became a fan favorite.

“It took a while for my mom to warm up to my choice of pursuing a career in journalism instead of being a doctor, but when she saw me overachieving at Damelin, she gave me her full support.”

“I never realized how much of a huge task running a household is until my mom’s passing, I now try my best to step into her shoes and use my hustle to help run the household.”

Phila has graced the airwaves of Ukhozi FM & SAFM as an activist for the LGBTQI community and is lauded for his revealing debut memoir “Morning After Dark.”