Do you have what it takes to be an MTV VJ?


Sizwe Dhlomo. Photo courtesy of MTV Base

MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is throwing down a challenge to the youth of South Africa, as it searches for a brand new VJ to represent the channel.

The new VJ will host shows on MTV Base and MTV as well as interviewing stars, MC-ing events, attending international awards shows such as the VMAs, EMAs and MAMAs, walking the red carpet, and travelling the continent – all while being an ambassador for MTV Base.
Tim Horwood, head of MTV Base said: “We are looking for fresh new faces with sass, style, street smarts who are immersed in music and contemporary culture. We want gals or guys who embody the spirit of youth in South Africa – raw talent that can step up, grab the opportunity with both hands and represent our channel across the continent.”

If you think you have what it takes to be the new face of MTV Base, applications will open in April 2016.

Since launching 11 years ago on February 22, 2005, MTV Base has nurtured a wealth of awesome talent.  The first ever African VJ on MTV Base was Sizwe Dhlomo (now a fixture on the South African entertainment scene with not one but two radio shows to his name: Bloc Party on 947, and 702’s Night Talk with Gugs and Sizwe.

The channel has also provided launch-pads for Fikile “Fix” Moeti (a respected DJ on 5FM), Tanzanian Vanessa “Vee Money” Mdee (a successful radio & TV host, songwriter and recording artist) and – most recently – Sandile Ntshingila, host of MTV Base Roundtable: Hottest Newcomers 2016 and the MTV Base Official SA Top Ten.


Nomuzi Mabena

The news comes as MTV Base announces the departure of popular VJ Nomuzi Mabena, who earned her place on the channel after winning the MTV Base VJ Search in 2012, an initiative designed to find and nurture raw entertainment talent.

The former communications science student went on to host numerous shows on MTV Base, representing the channel at a wide range of entertainment events from the VMAs, to the MAMA and MTV Base Golden Beats, among many others.

“For three years, Nomuzi has lit up our TV screens and enlivened our events with her amazing energy, her beauty, and her ability to connect with youth audiences,” said Horwood.  “We are sorry to say goodbye, but wish Nomuzi the very best in her future endeavours.  Wherever her career may take her, she’ll always remain part of the VIMN Africa and MTV Base families, and we’ll be watching her progress with pride.”

For more information on the MTV Base VJ Search 2016 please go to or or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #vjsearchza.

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