Single mom of three Portia Hlazo, aka DJ Tia, 44, from Parow Valley wants to inspire the older generation to follow their dreams, no matter how late they begin.
Portia came to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape in 1994 for a better life and to study, but ended up being homeless and pregnant soon after her arrival.
Portia says after she fell pregnant her berk dumped her, and she sought help at the St. Anne’s Home.
“I would like to call myself a success story of St. Anne’s Home.
“I ended up in a dark space in my life, but they found me and they helped me gain my confidence again.”
After her daughter was born in 1997, Portia secured her first job at the then P4 Radio as a receptionist.
She worked closely with the present- ers and her love for music was ignited.
“I then joined Fine Music Radio (2000-2004), but found love and got married, so I decided to raise a family being a stay-at-home mom.”
She has since gotten divorced and Portia says the time at home made her miss out on the ever evolving radio technology.
She then decided to sign up for a course at the Kue DJ Academy where she got clued up again.
“I studied a DJ course at Kue Acad- emy and graduated the same year.”
Now more than 20 years later, Portia is back on radio, at Mutha FM, where she hosts her own show called Afro Lounge every Saturday from noon to 3pm.
“It doesn't matter how long it takes or how your path goes unplanned, you need to keep reaching for your dream and it will come true,” she say.