JUST like the name of her show, radio presenter Lungiswa “Lulu” Haarmans loves to highlight the achievements of women. Umhlobo Wenene FM’s Haarmans broadcasts her Khanya Gqiyazana (Shine, women) show between 9am and noon and it’s geared towards women of all ages.
After her shift at the station’s headquarters in Port Elizabeth, she joined La Femme at Finnezz restaurant and cocktail cafe in Humerail, enjoying a lunch of roast baby chicken stuffed with pork sausage.
A strawberry and peach smoothie kept her energy levels up – much-needed as she in her sixth month of her pregnancy with baby number three – she has a busy life with two sons, aged four and 11.
She has been keen on broadcasting since her school days in Grahamstown and Haarmans has been a broadcaster with the popular Xhosa-language station for close to 10 years. Although she did not win anything in her category, Haarmans was thrilled to be one of several nominations for the MTN Radio Awards last weekend in Johannesburg.
I love radio because … at the push of one button you are able to talk to and influence a lot of people – about 800000 currently – and just because of its immediacy and intimacy with my listeners.
I’ll know I’ve made it when … I win an award at the MTN radio awards (joking!) but having grown listenership to where it is at the moment, I know I have made it. However, I am still aiming for the one million mark and when I have changed so many lives using my brains and voice.
The person who has taught me the most is … my late father.
I have a soft spot for … my boys.
I should have studied … psychology, just to understand the human mind. At times I just don’t get how other people do things!
I’d love to party with … Thabo Mbeki, the late Steve Biko and Khanyi Mbau.
I’m listening to … a lot of different music at the moment but I am just fascinated by Bongeziwe Mabandla’s Isizathu. This album is worth having in your collection.
When I was 16, I wish I knew … how to spend wisely and the value of money, and not trust easily.
My music weakness is … Ringo Madlingozi, Jonathan Butler, Thandiswa and Judith Sephuma – every morning when I wake up – one of their songs is undoubtedly my “pick-me-up” song.
Nothing makes me happier than … a genuine smile from the people I love, and having a great show – one with no glitches.
My favourite item of clothing is … my Chuck Taylors All Star sneakers.
I absolutely hate … frogs, selfish people, hypocrites. I am also not too fond of cats.
I am saving to buy … a comfortable house.
I share my life with … my boys and my family which extends to the Khanya Gqiyazana family.
I can’t go a day without … my phones, earrings, my diary and a (bit of cartoons) – they are my therapy.
In 10 years I see myself as … a cabinet minister, a gender activist and a radio talk show host for an international radio channel like Voice of America’s Africa Bureau.
Umhlobo Wenene morning show presenter Lulu Haarmans lunched with La Femme at Finnezz in Humerail
Lulu’s favourite things
LULU Haarmans spent her childhood and school years in Grahamstown before going on to study and work in East London but now calls Port Elizabeth home. She has several favourite places in the metro:
I love the serene view of Port Elizabeth beaches, but Blue Horizon is still my favourite place when I want to enjoy me-time.
I love Coachman’s in Cape Road, Angelo’s for its never-changing great chicken pasta dish, and Finnezz for its succulent chicken, inviting ambience and cocktails.
I am still a kasi chick, so whenever I want to chill the General Jazz club in Nhose Street in Zwide provides the atmosphere for me and my friends.