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Munadia Keraan - up until the early 2000s

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"Munadia,?" queried Aunty Rugaya Allie of Sherwood Park, pleasantly. "Oe Munadia. ja, ek likes vir haar. Munadia is 'n woman duisend; one way! As ek, depress voel dan skakel ek in. Waa kry Munadia aal die dinge om oor te lag en praat? ", she beamed, jutting her chin out in smug authority, being privy to the most insightful and profound acquaintance of the Voice of the Cape's Week-end Breakfast Show Co-host presenter. "Oe, ek sal lyk om vir  haar te ontmoet, man". "Show me",says Aunty Gaya and Boeta Maatjie from Hanover Park, "wie kan vir hulle twee klaar maak?" They are of course referring to


Munadia and Boeta Mailie ( aragam) in the popular weekend Breakfast Show. Need we say more?

The Breakfast Show is warm, inviting, cosy and so gregarious! Let them hear it! Voice of the Cape, here's a masculine note of warning - dare to scrap that Breakfast Show and there'll be trouble on the Cape Hats and Mitchells Plain! Operation Good Hope will have no power to withstand it(• combined fury of the Cape Flats and Mitchells Plain Voice of the Cape fans! Munadia is a hit. She and Boeta Mailie, can chat, chatter, twaddle and yap for as long as the hour would last. They joke and poke fun at each other and others. Boeta Mailie, always the object of her jesting. One can listen to them for hours. They enjoy each other's company so much  their fans would not like to have anyone else's company anyway.

Of the two career paths Munadia could choose, journalism was her first choice, since she had "a love affair with words". The journalist knows how to manipulate words into pictures and tapestries that not only brings hard news but would sculpt the Muslim landscape as she would know and understand it. Yes, to become a psychologist is also a yearning but, Munadia felt that she lacked the scientific training for that discipline. But more so, Munadia who always likes to be close to people, knows that she wants to be too close and will always be "involved". Community work is this B.Tech Degreed Journalist's great love. "Dit is in ons se assal, soos 'n mens sal se, but it must be on my own terms. if the community should pay me it would remove the love of the job for me."

To be so well mothered, fathered and bothered, "one can be nothing else but a committed community worker" says the daughter of Maulana Yusuf and Zuleikha Kaman of the Strand. Apart from her two brothers: Tauha, a maulana too, Abdus Salaam, an agricultural economist at the University of Stellenbosch, she also has more of them but of tender ages. Azizul Rahmaan (niatric), Abdullah (Std 6) and tier sister, Fatima (Std 5), the children of tier father's other wife, Shaheda. "Munadia was a firm child", says her mother Zuleikha."Never did she compromise her identity as a Muslim. As a young girl when C R Rhoda Senior Secondary School refused her to wear a scarf and cover herself". Munadia revolted. Is it surprising that she protested against the school authorities, called their bluff, did not return to school and completed her matric through correspondence? Maulana daddy says, "she's always pleasant and goes out of her way to help others, even with housework (psst! don't let on to Maulana but, she confessed to me that she's not "domesticated"!).

"Munadia", says the MJC marriage counsellor, "did the administrative work for two years in Mitchells Plain. She would even take on marriage counselling cases and write it up". But the rebellion found a healthy outlet. "Doing my internship during the dark Apartheid years at the SABC while completing my National Diploma in Journalism at Peninsula Technikon, was no joy ride", says the presenter. "I was first asked if I was Indian, for if so, I would then have been offered internship at Radio Lotus meant for Indians. But I was interested in Radio". "Let's try the glamour of the Radio", thought Munadia "arid what a hard slog it was! How misconceived the notion is" she cried with great passion . "if only people know what a real hard slog it is to do radio work.

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Hours and hours of research, preparation and finally presentation". It is by no means easy.

Yet, at Voice of the Cape "it was wonderful, when in 1995 I was approached to be part of the news team. The love affair with the radio was renewed". "I tried magazine journalism, newspaper journalism. In the four years I have been at Sanlarn I developed immensely as a professional. I started off with the Internal Publications for Sanlam. Later it developed into external communication, liaising with the media, writing speeches for people, doing damage control, sponsorships and advertising. "External Communications Practitioner is my present task; surfing the internet, dealing with advertising, and is responsible for all external messages since 1998. It's fascinating, exciting but very different!"

Munadia was frustrated in the way news was presented and perceived by the SABC while on internship. That news was definitely not what she could identify with. The journalist wanted to bring to life our struggling communities so that we may understand ourselves. Jobs were not easy for journalists to get. In this way the MJCs AD DAWA newsletter was the first training ground for Munadia's creative vigour. She designed, did the layout, edited and sub-edited, wrote the stories and even campaigned for the advertising. It was a hodge-podge.Later, the Muslim Women's Federation boasted a glossy-covered magazine, once again designed and laid out by the bubbly, energetic Munadia. "This was a wonderful opportunity for all to write features. I always loved feature writing. Arid it was now my chance to do so. I always like the opportunity to get to know the subject closely, to do the research and to understand the psyche of the person".

What about Munadia's psyche? "I'm a very private person and value it greatly, but there's one thing I cannot be: that is to pretend. My parents are people with their feet firmly on the ground and so am I. How else? What with a talented and energetic Madrassa teacher and principal for a mother, a father who is a spiritual leader of the community engaged with community problems and so with brother Tauha, also a spiritual leader in the Strand, and brother Abdul Salaam, an agricultural economist. Munadia has two passions - photography and an extra hour of sleep! Her hectic life stretches from Sanlam to IQRA Learning Centre and community life that springs from there and then of course, Voice of the Cape!

But what says her airwave mate? What is his impression of her? "Oh hell", jetted that ducking response from Boeta Mailie's lips, almost as fast as the missiles that come from Munadia's frank mouth. "She is so candid, so uninhibited arid so strong-willed! joking, die vrou is veeleisend om mee to werk. Sy staan terug vir niks en niemand nie. Sy verkoop loader "profit" But beyond that says Munadia's co-presenter that "she is a highly energetic woman 'met boots en all and most certainly ruled by time". She has excellent time management. Never does a minute stray into the trash can.

How does Munadia chill out? Hiding away from the spotlight and the buzzing activity of community life to rejuvenate and "an extra hour of sleep!".

Munadiawith her parents

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