If you love good conversation, a little heart-to-heart chat, or robust debate then Sundays, 10pm to midnight is where you want to be for OFM Talk with Laila Nnyane, Margaret Whitfield, Margo Fargo, Pierce van Heerden and Olebogeng Motse when we talk love, life, and other stuff. Only on OFM – The Sound of Your Life!
Olebogeng Motse’s Bio
Well-known to OFM listeners as the journalist with the golden voice, Olebogeng Victoria Motse, or Lebo or Ole for short, was born in the North West capital of Mafikeng, and also raised in a small rural town called Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape, where after she eventually matriculated St Joseph's Christian Brother's College in Bloemfontein.
Olebogeng returned to the Eastern Cape, specifically Grahamstown and later Port Elizabeth, to further her studies.
Throughout student life she dabbled with different forms of storytelling before settling on audio as an OFM News journalist, a place she has called home since 2017.
With family being of utmost importance, Olebogeng lives with her elderly mother and aunt, who are her support system and best friends.
When she’s not chasing stories or behind the mic, Olebogeng likes to listen to podcasts with Serial, Code Switch, Trump inc, the New Yorker Radio Hour, and Black Girl in Om, marked as some of her favourites. She also enjoys cooking, playing piano and watching movies.
Olebogeng loves the immediacy of radio and its ability to reach people of different backgrounds and cultures. One of her passions include the African continent and betterment thereof as well as what she calls a ‘naive’ belief in storytelling's ability to change the world
Labelling herself as an oddball and nerd, and something which she believes could inform some of her strange views, Olebogeng’s favourite quote comes from her favourite author, Toni Morrison: “Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
She believes that this can be applied beyond the scope of just storytelling.
“All of our dreams are valid and we all can bring something to the table, so we shouldn’t be scared to go after that bold dream or bring that business idea you’ve always had to fruition. It’s a wonderful quote, by an even more amazing woman.”
Margaret Whitfield’s Bio
Born and raised on a farm near Viljoenskroon in the Free State, Margaret attended Eunice high school and went on to complete an LLB at the University of the Free State. Her journey through several legal avenues led her to specialise in Liquor Law.
During her varsity and article years, DM Magpie did some club DJing and spinning the decks stuck. Now you’ll find her setting the mood for parties and heating up the dance floor at weddings of which she does 25 to 30 a year!
Lockdown didn’t have her resting on her laurels though, her love for English compelled her to complete a TEFL course to keep busy.
One would not guess that Margaret is a newbie when it comes to radio, maybe proof that all the pretend shows she used to record in her room as a child paid off.
She loves how the medium connects people and hopes to bring across a fresh and honest perspective coupled with some good humour.
When she’s not on the ones and tows, dotting i’s, crossing t’s, or learning new skills, Margaret loves spending time with her Dachshund/Yorkie named ‘Guiness’. She adores finding and listening to new music, hanging out with friends, meeting interesting people and observing society, good wine and coffee in hand.
Small wonder then her favourite quote is from Abraham Lincoln, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Pierce van Heerden’s Bio
There’s nothing small-town about this mover and shaker born and raised in the Eastern Cape town of Burgersdorp. Pierce moved around with his parents between Bloemfontein and Welkom and attended MSC Business College after matric to pursue a diploma in Human Resource Management.
He joined, the Central Media Group family in 2017 as photographer and later journalist. In 2020, he was approached to do a voice test and now graces the Central SA airwaves.
Humble and hardworking, Pierce’s hobbies include discovering new music and artists, jogging, hiking and cycling, as well as all forms of art and fashion. To say he has a passion for fashion is an understatement and one would often find him donning the latest trends or even pre-empting them.
His favourite quote is from creative and writer Alex Elle: “You decide where you place and invest your energy” and he mostly spends his down town taking pictures or cycling around the city.
Pierce’s favourite thing about radio is the music, which allows us to revisit beautiful memories and make new ones. He hopes to build on his journalism and photography background to share his experiences of diverse places, people and perspectives with the audience.
Laila Nnyane’s Bio
A familiar name to the province, especially the campus scene, Laila Nnyane, was born and bred in Thaba Nchu, Free State. She attended Brebner High in Bloemfontein before studying at the University of the Free State where she also started her journey with radio at KovsieFM. Today she manages the radio station at the Central University of Technology.
As a child already, Laila, remembers her fondness for music and entertainment. Something which she still cherishes today. In her down time, she loves collecting things, giving back to the community, and watching movies or books to switch off.
This no-nonsense, what you see is what you get, larger than life crusader’s favourite quote comes from the legendary Rosa Parks who said: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Laila’s favourite thing about radio is that it truly is the theatre of the mind and she hopes to bring her personality and presence to the show.
Margo Fargo’s Bio
Beauty, brains and bravery – the country sat up and took notice of this Bloemfontein rose when she was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in 2018.
Today, she is one of the country’s leading environmentalists, who owns her very own metal straw company, and heads several women empowerment organizations, including the successful and very popular Crown Me Naturally SA initiative.
Despite an increasingly demanding schedule and the challenges that come with it, Margo’s passion remains: to bring positive change to both people and the world they inhabit.
Obtaining her Honours in BSC Consumer Sciences in Sustainability was only the first step for Margo towards her goal of truly making a difference, not only locally but on the world stage as well. The dynamic entrepreneur currently focuses primarily on sustainability within the workplace, offering turnkey solutions for big corporate institutions and their employees on how to lower their carbon footprint.
Known for always sporting her own natural hair, it was no surprise when Margo established Crown Me Naturally SA. This brilliant initiative brings national speakers of diverse backgrounds together to engage on business, health, and natural hair care, and also gives women a safe space to own their true selves and their natural crowns.