Nothing stands in the way of talent

31-year-old Tokelo Moeketsi from Phase 9 demonstrates how he uses his equipment for Tswelopele FM. PHOTO: GYPSEENIA LION

A local radio station aims to serve the broader community, not only on the airwaves but from the heart because there is more to it than meets the ear.

Founded and produced by Tokelo Moeketsi (31), Tswelopele FM serves as a beacon for the Phase 9 community in Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein Courant met up with the very confident wheelchair-bound Moeketsi, who lives with Cerebral Palsy (CP), to find out more about his passion for radio.

He explained that the disorder that appears in infancy or early childhood permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination. “I use to it [to inspire people] so nothing is stopping me to do what I want to do in life,” he said.

Moeketsi highlighted that he drew inspiration by listening to radio stations like CUT-FM where he heard the saying, “when God gives you talent use it”. That is when he decided to take a chance and build his own radio station.

“Tswelopele FM was performing well from October 2023 to February 2024,” he expressed.


As a community radio station, Moeketsi mentioned that the platform aims to serve their listeners with the best music and content while accommodating local artists. “We aim to build trust and give reliable information to the community. While showing people of our community that they are not alone and there are others who feel the same,” he said.

With all these efforts to drive for change, Moeketsi mentioned that he has challenges moving around in the community as the road conditions are too bad for him to move around easily. An electric wheelchair would make it easier for him to do his work.

In addition, some other challenges include data costs to run the online radio station, space, a lack of presenters and some equipment in order to operate. Despite that, he would like to encourage young differently abled and abled youth to follow their dreams.

“Believe in yourself and make sure you do your research,” he concluded. Moeketsi dreams of having a frequency for his station.

If you would like him realise that dream by lending a helping hand, send a Whatsapp message to 078-643-2118 to find out how. Tune in:

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