Mawande Jara, was born in a small rural town of Qoboqobo (formerly known Keiskammahoek) in Eastern Cape. He is the eldest of five (5) siblings and was mainly raised by his grandmother. He obtain his basic education in various school in western and in Eastern including Ikamva Lethu High school, where he matriculated.
He enrolled for a diploma in Public Management in Cape Peninsula University of Technology, he also completed Advance Diploma in Public Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise consulting and he holds a Post graduate diploma in Project Management.
Mawande Jara started his career in Department of Social development as Social Development worker, a position he held for three years and was promoted to the position of Administrative Officer at the Department of community safety. He was further promoted to the position of Professional Officer in the City of Cape Town municipality, responsible for a unity that consisted of 6 people.
He joined Zibonele FM in 2014 as the Director for corporate services and later promoted to the position of the station manager. Under his stewardship Zibonele FM has achieved the following:
1. Listenership grew from 161 000 to 231 000 in a period of a year.
2. Registered Zibonele FM as accredited training provider/ academy under MICT Seta, Zibonele FM academy is providing NQF level 5 radio production course and certificate in Journalism.
3. Under his leadership Zibonele FM received the following accolades: Best listeners Choice Station of the Year (NCRW 2017) Ingoma awards (Best gospel presenter 2017), Satma Awards (Best Community Radio DJ), Best Station of the Year (NCRW 2017/2018) and Best Children’s show.
Nominee in three different categories (Liberty Awards 2017) and nominee in 4 different categories (Liberty Awards 2018).
4. Developed Zibonele FM mobile application for live streaming which aims to help people who ae unable to reach us within the province and outside.
He led in different community development structures under the auspices of Khayelitsha Development Forum (also known as KDF), where he demonstrated selflessness and dedication in community upliftment and ploughing to the community.
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