Things You Didn’t Know About Xoli Mngambi
We’ll be talking about things you didn’t know about Xoli Mngambi in this article. For those that might have not heard his name or know about Xoli Mngambi even after hearing about him, he is a broadcaster who is seen daily on eNCA NOW. His broadcasting career began at business channel Summit TV (under the then BDfm stable). He then took up an invitation to move across to CNBC Africa in 2007, helping to establish the bed the channel in the combines roles of both a business and current affairs reporter. In order to know about Xoli Mngambi, you need to read through this article.
Xoli Mngambi has won awards in recognition of his work. Some of his career highlights include winning an award for his compelling coverage of the infamous Marikana massacre as it unfolded on our TV screens on 16 August 2012. He also covered the recall of two presidents from office, Thabo Mbeki in 2008, and Jacob Zuma in 2018. Xoli has built a solid brand as a respected political journalist whose opinion matters where current affairs are concerned. Even as at now, Xoli now hosts his own show on the country’s leading news channel, eNCA, between 09h00-11h00 weekdays. Now let’s started by reading further so as to still know about Xoli Mngambi.
Key Facts to Know About Xoli Mngambi
- Xoli Mngambi is a broadcaster on eNCA.
- His broadcasting career began at business channel Summit TV (under the then BDfm stable).
- He took up an invitation to move across to CNBC Africa in 2007, helping to establish the bed the channel in the combines roles of both a business and current affairs reporter.
- in 2011, Xoli was appointed by the Gauteng Provincial Government as the liaison and spokesperson for Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
- Xoli also hosts his own show on the country’s leading news channel, eNCA, between 09h00-11h00 weekdays.
- Xoli Mngambi has won awards in recognition of his work.
- His career highlights are based on winning an award for his compelling coverage of the infamous Marikana massacre as it unfolded on our TV screens on 16 August 2012.
- Xoli Mngambi has also covered the recall of two presidents from office, Thabo Mbeki in 2008, and Jacob Zuma in 2018.
- The anchors said the president and minister have “duped” the public” and that South Africa was becoming “a police state under the renegade ministers”.
- Xoli Mngambi opined that “There are fears we are becoming a police state under the control of the renegade ministers and our security forces – bullying at the top and bullying at the bottom. The president now needs to take back that power.”
- He is often seen on corporate South African stages where he moderates panel discussion for the likes of Standard Bank, Aluwani Capital Partners, and the Mail and Guardian’s critical thinking on the youth vote ahead of the elections.
- eNCA anchors, Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton were reportedly suspended after they took to the airwaves, due to criticizing the ban on cigarettes and singling out Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
- As reported by The South African, Mngambi and Dutton said that President Cyril Ramaphosa – who had earlier announced that the ban on cigarette sales would be lifted under Level 4 restrictions – had been emasculated by Dlamini-Zuma, who declared the opposite a day before the restrictions were set to be eased slightly.
- “As it is the practice here at eNCA, news anchors are allowed to make commentary on any matter of national importance and this is done purely to encourage debate. It is not done out of malice or personalized attacks on a particular leader.”
- eNCA forced Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton to make an on-air apology after their FOX News-like speculative on-air commentary when they opened their TV news slot and slammed the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who was called “publicly emasculated” and minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
- According to the publication, the presenters (Xoli and Jane) later issued an apology.
- Xoli Mngambi chimed in, saying: “As is the practice here at eNCA we as news anchors are allowed to make commentary on any matter of national importance and this is done purely to encourage debate. It is not done out of malice or to personalize attacks on a particular leader.”
- “We’ve earned your trust and we’re not about to disappoint you now at a time when the president and his team are leading us through one of the most difficult times of our country. Again, we apologize unreservedly to you, Mister President, you minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and indeed the nation,” Xoli Mngambi told viewers.
- On Thursday, May 7, 2020, eNCA says missing Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton were not suspended, pulls a veil over behind-the-scenes newsroom drama after anchors’ incendiary commentary and apology ignite a damaging brand firestorm.
Bonus Tip – About eNCA Broadcasting Service
eNCA (also referred to as eNews Channel Africa) is a 24-hour television news broadcaster, owned by e.tv, focusing on South African and African stories. The broadcaster became South Africa’s first & most watched 24-hour news service when it launched in June 2008.
The channel’s earliest signs of birth was when the newly formed e. Sat-TV applied for a pay-TV licence during the Pay TV Regulation period in 2007. Later in the year, they have awarded the licence along with the already operating Multichoice Africa as well as Telkom SA’s media branch Telkom Media, Christian channel Walk On Water and On Digital Media. However, e.Sat TV was the first to throw in the towel and said the South African market was only big enough for two operators.
They then later announced that they would instead work as a channel supplier to the already operating Multichoice DSTV platform. On 1 June 2008, the channel took to the airwaves at 19:00 for a special edition of its flagship program News Night. Over time the channel continued expanding the number of shows, presenters, and format to be more appealing to more viewers.
In August 2012, the channel began testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite, where it is free-to-air across Europe. eNCA officially launched in the region when it was added to Sky in the UK and Ireland on 20 August 2012, although it was closed down on 31 October 2014.
- While covering a service delivery protest at Wesselton, outside Ermelo, Mpumalanga reporter (now News Operations Manager) Jody Jacobs and cameraman Linge Ndabambi were attacked by an angry mob. Live television footage on the channel showed a group stoning a police vehicle, which sped away and then rushing toward the cameraman and journalist, who sought cover in their satellite van. The van and equipment were damaged during the attack. Jacobs kept reporting and Ndabambi filming throughout the incident.
- East Africa bureau chief Robyn Kriel reported extensively on the 2011 East Africa drought.
- In 2012 Kriel and her cameraman Orto Sori came under air bombardment while traveling with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
- Also in 2012 eNCA cameras, alongside former eNCA Anchor Iman Rappetti, caught defacers as they vandalized a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma called The Spear. The channel covered the controversy over the picture from start to finish.
- The 2012 Summer Olympics saw a two-man team, reporter Peter Stemmet and cameraman Neil Raath covering South Africa’s achievements at the games in London, including interviews with country’s Olympic champions Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos, and the gold medal-winning South African rowing team.
- The Marikana miners’ strike culminated in clashes with the police in which 34 miners were shot dead, more than 70 injured. A crew from eNCA captured the graphic incident on camera and reported on what became one of South Africa’s most violent post-apartheid clashes.
- On 22 November 2015, eNCA published South Africa’s first virtual reality news story, reported by Yusuf Omar and produced in conjunction with South African virtual reality firm, Deep VR. The 360° video debuted on eNCA’s Facebook page and has received more views than any other eNCA video.
- Following its success, eNCA produced a follow-up virtual reality report on the #ZumaMustFall marches in Johannesburg, which debuted on the eNCA Facebook page on 18 December 2015.
- Weather reports are provided every half hour by forecasters from eNCA’s Weather Center situated in Cape Town.
- Former Chief Meteorologist Derek van Dam became the first broadcaster in South Africa to earn the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. All forecasts and graphics are created in house.
- After Van Dam left, eNCA Meteorologist, Candice McKechnie, became the new Head of the eNCA Weather Department. Other meteorologists on the channel include Joel Guy, Luis Fernandes and Afrikaans/English weather anchors Lynette van Schalkwyk, Annette Venter, and most recently Anika De Beer. Weather on eNCA is live but mostly recorded.
- On 19 August 2012, the eNews Channel was re-branded as eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) ahead of their launch in the UK, because they did not want to clash with existing global brands such as E! Entertainment Television and wanted a short and simple domain name as they prepared to go online.
- The channel also received a new mosaic logo depicting the continent of Africa.
- On 1 June 2018, the channel celebrated its 10th anniversary. The channel celebrated the milestone by unveiling new studios, a new look, and new line-ups on 16 July 2018.
- The channel also introduced a new weekend lineup on 1 December 2018.
- On 29 July 2019, eNCA introduced a brand new line-up.
- eNCA is available on DStv channel 403.