DJ Sbu Biography: Early Life, Education, Career, Entrepreneurship, Awards, Philanthropy
Early Life and Education
He attended Central Secondary School in Pretoria. After that, he joined African Media University to study sound engineering. He also studied electrical engineering at Technikon Witwatersrand.
DJ Sbu Career
Sbu joined a radio station to be a broadcast presenter. He worked as a volunteer producer and presenter for one and a half years. While at it, he discovered his love for radio and TV. He joined the popular radio station YFM two years later, where he produced and presented a weekend slot called Beauty and the Beast. His popularity grew so much on the station that he was given his primetime slot, Y-Lens. DJ Sbu left YFM in 2007 to host the breakfast show on Ukhozi FM. After a year, he returned to YFM before joining Metro FM in 2010.
DJ Sbu’s radio station career at YFM allowed him to emerge and become famous as a radio host. He has worked as a producer and host for popular weekend shows and filmed a movie called Hang Time. He was also featured in a Toyota Tazz advert and later did a commercial for World Online. He was also featured on Isidingo in 2001 and starred in It Rained Last Night. DJ Sbu co-founded TS Records with businessman TK Nciza, which promotes some of the country’s best musicians, including afro-pop sensations Zahara, Lungelo, and Nhlanhla Nciza. The label was created to represent black people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He’s also dabbled in other aspects of production. He once hosted the reality game show Friends Like These.
Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development
DJ Sbu’s podcast is called The Hustler’s Corner SA, and it is a personal development podcast that hosts “hustlers” from different industries. He talks to some of the world’s best “hustlers” sharing their stories to inspire a new generation. Some of his guests include Dr John Kani, Focalistic, Nota, Theo Baloyi, Rizza Islam and many more. You can listen to his podcast on YouTube, iono.fm and Apple Podcasts.
DJ Sbu Personal Life
DJ Sbu is not married, and he does have a daughter, Waratwa Leope, with his former partner Disebo Makatsa. He was rumoured to have dated actress, Terry Pheto and a University of Johannesburg student, Boitmelo Mahlase.
DJ Sbu Philanthropy
DJ Sbu is also an ambassador for the South African National Blood Service, promoting the importance of donating blood to save lives. He has also been involved in campaigns to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to promote safe sex practices.