Student hosts podcasts to combat social challenges

In an effort to make a change and unravel the causes and forms of social challenges in South Africa, a UKZN student has started hosting podcasts to address the ills of society that are being swept under the rug. 

UKZN drama and media studies student, Nokuthula Khwela’s podcast is called Unravel and is broadcast via Spotify and Captive FM. Since being on the airwaves less than three weeks ago, Khwela’s podcasts boast over 2 000 downloads. Topics range from prostitution, feminism, lobola, cheating and pornography to money. 

Speaking about how Unravel came into being, Khwela said she would update her social media statuses on her experiences that have cultivated her character today, while sharing personal observations on humans in society.

“I was literally unravelling these ideas, and the response I got from my friends on Facebook inspired and motivated me to create a platform where people can address day-to-day human struggles in our society.”

Khwela collaborated with Elijah Mahlangu, a psychologist and researcher on masculinity and romantic relationships. 

“This podcast is particularly relevant to young adults as it not only serves as an information awareness tool for people but gets them to think critically about the topics on hand. This, in turn, helps change mindsets and facilitates much-needed change in society. The podcast also brings healing,” Khwela says. 

The young go-getter has many other plans for the near future.