‘I got fired into my dream job’

‘Got fired into my dream job’

Jet-setting, game shows, vlogs, and beauty products… what does it take to be an online creator these days? 

Naledi Mallela

Everyone wants to become an influencer, but how do you stand out with your content and still make money? 

YouTube star, vlogger, and all-round content creator Naledi Mallela shares her experience with #DontHoldBack podcast host Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba - plus all the tips that took her to a career as a digital entrepreneur.

Listen up (below) as this young Internet starlet takes us on a tour of the good, the bad, the ugly… of a YouTube channel set!

Meanwhile, dating is tricky at the best of times - but can love conquer all, even the complications around a positive HIV status? In the last episode, HIV-AIDS activist and digital creator Saidy Brown shared her story of living with HIV, including navigating love, dating, and how to reveal your status to a lover. Saidy was born with HIV. She found out about her status when she was 14. 

“It was a long journey of denialism and just feeling like, ‘I want to die’ - until I was 18 years old. That was when I wrote the letter [on Facebook titled, ‘An Open Letter to HIV’] I remember writing it crying. I literally was crying the entire time. There's a line where I said, 'Because of you I feel less pretty' - and I stopped, and I read that line and I just broke down in tears," she recalls in a frank discussion with ‘Don’t Hold Back’ host Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba. 

Don't Hold Back with Saidy Brown

Saidy sets the record straight on living with HIV, the myths and truths around HIV, and its impact on life and love. Listen below...


South African presenter Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba is well known for her HIV-AIDS activism and YouTube channel. After her own HIV diagnosis in 2013, Nozibele made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey. Now a published author and respected authority on the subject, the 31-year-old’s work was named as one of the web’s Top 15 HIV YouTube channels. With her direct, engaging, and empathetic hosting style, she's the perfect fit to address taboo topics - and to say: Don't hold back!

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‘Don’t hold back – say it loud’  is a co-production between East Coast Radio, sister station Jacaranda FM and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

Don’t hold back – say it loud’ is both an audio and video production.

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