Getting to Know Radio Personality & Model Fikile Cele

Fikile Cele, who we did a story on a couple weeks ago, is taking action to help people impacted by the current unrest in South Africa.

When I first interviewed Fikile for her story, I could sense her deep passion for people and her desire to make the world a better place. That wasn’t just talk; she is founding an NGO to provide aid to people who need it the most in South Africa.

Heart of Gold

The past few weeks have been devastating for many South Africans. Due to excessive looting in certain parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, staple food items like bread are in short supply. By last week, retailers had lost an estimated $340 million to store looters, according to Bloomberg.

Fikile felt compelled to do something to help the elderly in particular.

“We are having a problem in getting essential items like bread, milk and so on,” Fikile told The Weight She Carries.

Protests began soon after the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma and quickly escalated into massive rioting, looting and the loss of life. At least 800 stores have reportedly been looted, over 35 trucks destroyed and violent protests have left more than 200 people dead.

“We’re trying to rebuild South Africa so what I am doing is looking for sponsors to help us provide elderly people with rice, flour, sugar, canned items…just the basics to keep a family going – at least a meal for a day.”

If you would like to donate to this cause, reach out to Fikile at +27 607-348-753.

Fun Facts about Fikile Cele

In an effort to get to know more about Fikile, I asked her a few questions about some of her favorite things.

What size shoe do you wear?

Size five.

How tall are you?

I don’t even know.  I think probably about 1.77 cm.

What was the last thing you ate?

The last thing I ate was chips.

If you were running extremely late for a very important meeting and you had to forego a part of your morning routine, what would that be?

I think the eating part of it because normally I’d eat something and run through the door.

What’s your favorite meal?

I like all seafood, but my favourite of all time is sheephead curry.

Favourite movie of all time?

I don’t have a favorite movie. I literally just started watching Harry Potter. I’d never watched it before. I’m not much of a movie person. So I just started watching Harry Potter and have like three left to go, and I think that would be my favorite so far.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to read. I like nature. If I just sit with a book or look at nature, I’m good.

Flats or pumps?

I think flats.

What is your favourite beauty product?

I don’t have a favourite one.

Can you think of a time as a teenager when you had a very embarrassing moment that you’re comfortable sharing?

There was this time. I just made seventh grade and I was about to go to high school. Normally, we would go on the road and the kids would carry cake flour, and eggs and all these things and busted them on each other and write on their school clothes – this whole farewell thing, then we keep those dresses and shirts with Angel’s name on it or Rebecca’s name on it. And then eventually you throw the clothes away. On that day, I got egged. So I’m busy on the road with my friends, then I go to my friend’s house because her mother was like, ‘Why don’t you guys come over and have something to drink?’ We all go there and I sit on the couch to drink water. From there, I come home, take off my dress and leave it on the bed. I go to the kitchen and come back into the room and then look at my dress and it’s red!!

My mom did warn me about having a period one day and that I would get these sudden changes. So I knew this was coming, but I didn’t expect it to come so soon! And not when I’m out there with my friends having the time of my life. None of them told me anything, that was the most embarrassing part! I’m walking all around normally and no one said anything to me.

My parents were not home that day, so I went to my neighbor downstairs and asked her to help me. But that was my most embarrassing moment. To this very day, I dread hearing somebody to tell me, “Remember Grade 7?”

If you were in the middle of the desert and could only have one thing to drink and it couldn’t be water, what would you choose?

I think I would probably settle for fruit juice or something of that sort.

What’s your least favourite house chore?

Washing the dishes.  

What is your biggest pet peeve?

One of my biggest pet peeves is tardiness.

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