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3 Sep 2020

Rhulani Baloyi

Rhulani is both a radio and television journalist. She is the talk show presenter of SAFM radio’s Intune, which broadcasts live every Saturday. Intune is a youth programme which includes Takalani Sesame and Soul Buddyz, among others.

Rhulani is co-presenter for SABC talk show Shift and editor for SABC Radio News. She is the first blind person in South
Africa to be a journalist in both radio and television.

Apart from her radio work and TV, Rhulani was Internal Communications Manager at Uthingo (the first South African National Lottery Operator) from 2002 – 2006.

Rhulani herself is blind; she travelled to Australia to cover the World Blind Union Conference in 2000 for both radio and television, and in 2001 she went to the United States to cover an international conference on visual disabilities and emerging developments in broadcasting and information technology.

Rhulani matriculated at Siloe School for the Blind in Limpopo Province in 1990. After obtaining her BA and Higher Education Diploma from the University of the Witwatersrand, she became a journalist at the SABC, specialising in many different areas, including crime reporting.

Rhulani says she gets annoyed by people passing remarks about her blindness who assume that she cannot hear what they are saying.

Rhulani speaks English, Sepedi, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, IsiZulu and Sign Language.