Nikiwe Bikitsha is a leading South African radio and television news personality. She has quite a resume under her belt and has lent her skills to a number of radio and television shows.
She started as a field reported and went on to anchor the news for Talk Radio 702. She is also a former senior news anchor for CNBC Africa. She was further one of the anchors for e.TVs breakfast show, Morning Edition, when it was launched in 2001 and co-anchored the current affairs radio show, AM-Live on SA-FM (SABC) with the respected John Perlman. AM-Live has gone on to build a reputation as one of the most influencial shows in the country. She was also the host of the primetime current affairs television show, Interface, on SABC 3.
She is most notably recognised as a South African journalist, television presenter and radio host social commentator, best known for hosting the current affairs show on SABC 3, Interface, and for anchoring the news on CNBC Africa on DSTV.
In 2009 she joined DSTVs eNews Channel as co-anchor of the channel’s Primetime news bulletin alongside Jeremy Maggs. She’s also studied for her honours degree in journalism from Wits University.
In radio she managed the news team for Talk Radio 702 as well as anchored the news for the station. She co-hosted the current affairs radio show, AM-Live on SA-FM with John Perlman between 2004 and 2007.
She was further awarded with the prestigious Women in Media Award as the rising star in 2006. This award is endowed to women journalists under 30 and who have done outstanding work.
She later left the show to start work at CNBC Africa and joined the eNews channel in 2009 and writes a social commentary column for the Mail & Guardian called High Heels.
In 2009 she joined the SABC 3 business magazine show, Africa Inc. as co-host and co-producer with Siki Mgabadeli. The show investigates the intricate matters that surround and drive South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policies.
Nikiwe has a diverse range of interests, from reading to traveling and running. Nikiwe is also a committed member of the Bethesda Methodist Church, which she calls her spiritual home and was part of the team that launched the church’s website.
Nikiwe is the youngest of three children, has a son and is very close to her family.