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Big reveal on DJ Zeal

Posted by radio On July - 14 - 2014

[By: Helen Phushela]


DJ Zeal born Zandile Dladla from Umlazi near Durban KwaZulu-Natal is one of three kids. She got her ‘aka’ while she was a student and radio DJ at Wits University. The energetic zestful Zeal grew up in a township and says she has seen all sides of South Africa, with her family being her rock motivating her to never give up on her dreams.” This has kept me open minded over the years and I learned at a young age how to address all people from all walks of life appropriately with respect at all times.”

Image by Sunday World

Image by Sunday World


Zandile says she grew up as a clingy child, her tearful days as a child has taught her a lot of life lessons. The bright smiled Zeal is not your average DJ she has a degree in International Relations as well as Anthropology. Like most people in the entertainment industry she can’t see herself doing anything else. “I would be in theatre acting, I could be a Sunday School Teacher, I could be a great house wife to a super wealthy man (for philanthropic purposes of course) lol – gees I just don’t know hey’ she said jokingly. She enjoys working with people, while her weekend radio slots make it hard for her she still tries to work with NGOs and NPOs; she believes that the element of humility is needed especially in radio. DJ Zeal was with Metro FM for 7 years, even though radio was something she stumbled upon after varsity.


Zeal’s exit from the popular public broadcaster radio station Metro FM, she wanted to build her brand and give other room. “I can’t help myself – I cannot hog a spot when I know deep in my soul that a certain platform has served its purpose in my life – that’s when I have to go and live out another adventure of service, hence Gagasi FM – it is a breath of fresh air in KZN …I have so much to do for my own province and this is the time for me to participate-NOW.


It feels so good to allow my brand to blaze at another place it is a true test of my radio capabilities and skills on another level – and this for me translates into growth.” She added. Metro brought her the highlight of her career being the Urban Beat, where she learned unspoken lessons from the likes of Vinny Da Vinci, Christos and DJ Siyanda. The platform got her to meet and interview the who’s who of the industry and grow her brand. “This experience made me RICH in the truest sense of the word.” She added.



The upbeat vocal radio DJ, looks up to Jesus as a spiritual person her inspiration comes from the one above. She lets her imagination for her to ask relevant questions. She views radio as a powerful medium.  In the industry Zandile aka Zeal looks up to Thami Ngubeni, whom in her words seems like a superhuman. “She’s got no point to prove to anyone-“she’s just doing her” in all she finds for her hands to do. She is very purpose driven – and she’s all about the light – this rubs off on those around her too.” She says in order for anyone to have such drive and understanding of their purpose, one has to have a solid foundation. Though she has little recollection of her DJ days, she still listens to music and enjoys the space she is in now. Zandile Zeal Dladla is now not just a radio personality but a motivational speaker.


Plans for her future she lively says “I plan to live more and love more, to prosper more and to share more! And of course I plan to rock the industry more. We all know that prime time is every radio personality’s dream – I will get a taste of that for some years in my life” As a true dancer to her own tunes Zeal adds the zest to life. “Let us choose life and love daily and spread it. May we always look to the spiritual to find true satisfaction and peace in all we are and all we do while we have been allocated time here on earth. And please let’s have FUN! I hope we continue to open our eyes and ears to find more good things to do to ourselves and to others. Let’s keep our “ZEAL4LIFE”!

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