Our Team of Volunteers

 These are some of the part-time volunteers whose services are so vital to Radio Veritas

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Fr Chris Townsend

Fr Chris is the former press officer at the SA Catholic Bishops' Conference and presents 'Teach Catholic' on Tuesdays at 10am. He is the parish priest at Christ The King

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Colin Yorke

He studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal School of Church Music in London and later joined the staff there as Headquarter's Choirmaster. he conducted his own choral society and orchestra in addItion to fulL time secondary school teaching.
After returning to SA in 1989 he was appointed to the music staff of the University of Witwatersrand and as a senior music presenter/producer and newsreader at the SABC. He was appointed conductor of the Johannesburg Bach choir in 1990 and conducted many choral/orchestral concerts together with the SABC Symphony Orchestra. He joined Radio Veritas in 2004 and enjoys the privilege of presenting his daily programme of classical music and his three-hour live programme every Sunday, Sunday Matins from 06h00 - 09h00 - a good preparation for your Sunday mass.

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Fr S'Milo Mngadi

Fr S'milo Mngadi was ordained a priest in 2002 for the diocese of Mariannhill. He started media ministry on the Catholic radio in Lesotho as a seminarian. He continued as a priest on Ukhozi FM, Vuma FM, KNI Radio and Umafrika newspaper. Occasionally, he writes features on the Zulu newspapers, Ilanga and Isolezwe. In 2009, he was appointed the media liaison officer for the diocese of Mariannhill before taking up the responsibility as the information officer at the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference in 2013. He hosts two shows in Radio Veritas: "Conference Talk" and "Ho Tseba Wena Morena".

Fr Thabo Motshegoa 

Fr Thabo Motshegoa

Fr Thabo Motshegoa was born in Meadowlands, Soweto on the 17 December 1969. He went to school at St Matthew in Rockville, Soweto. Did his priestly formation beginning at St Paul, Hammanskraal in 1992, philosophy in St Peters 1993-1994, theology at St John Vianney 1995-1999. Ordained to the sacred priesthood by Bishop Reginald Orsmond on the 11-12-1999 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Appointed Secretary and Chancellor of the Archdiocese in January 2000 and parish of St Angela, Dobsonville 16 August 2002-2006, St Peters Kagiso 2004-2006, St Albert Vosloorus 2009 August-2011, Administrator of the Cathedral of Christ the King 2012 to present. Received a Lincense in Canon Law from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. Episcopal Vicar for Vocations, Judge in the marriage tribunal, chairperson of the Interdiocesan professional conduct of Johannesburg, Member of the college of Consultors, member of the Council of Priests.


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"Catholic Culture Vulture" is presented by Oriela van der Walt and Taryn Lazarus. This light hearted magazine programme is a mix of stories with a message, trivia questions, poetry and a bit of humour and fun. At its centre is prayer where presenters and listeners alike have the opportunity to learn well-loved Catholic Prayers in Sotho under the patient and enthusiastic tutelage of Fr. Patrick Maselwane. Taryn and Ori were drawn to serve God and the Catholic Community through love of music and as a way to spread a message of joy and hope.


Jose Luis da Silva

Jose Luis da Silva is a veteran Portuguese broadcaster in South Africa. He broadcast for many years on Radio Cidade and is well known in the journalism world. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our programming schedule. Listen to him on 'Boa Noite Afrika', every Saturday evening from 18h00 to 19h00

Toni Roland

Toni Rowland

Toni, together with her late husband Chris, was involved in marriage and family ministry for many years. As coordinator of the SACBC Family Life Desk and MARFAM she continued her passion for building strong families and promoting “the Good News of Family Life” through the media apostolate with MARFAM publications, the 'Family Matters' programme on Radio Veritas and more. She is an educator and musician by profession, has 4 married children and 7 grandchildren and the listeners have heard her say for many years, “FAMILY MATTERS! Where would you be without your mom, dad, brothers and sisters and even your granny!”


Anne Taylor

Anne lives in Edenvale and teaches drama and speech. We are happy to have her amongst our presenters. She also teaches from time to time at St John Vianney Seminary in Pretoria. She presents a weekly programme 'Reflections' at 10h00 on Tuesdays and repeated at 10h00 on Sundays.


Brian Letellier

Brian is a businessman and family man with a keen interest and knowledge of sport. He comes in once a week for his programme 'Time to Share' on Mondays from 18h30. In it he chats to various sports experts about results and upcoming games, gets updates on Catholic weekly newspaper with Southern Cross editor, discusses travel, books and food.


Michael Mahony

Michael Mahony joined Radio Veritas as a Volunteer Presenter in March this year. His programme "Living the Scriptures" airs every Thursfay at 10am and is one hour long. He is a retired banking IT executive, and is a member of St Charles Parish, Linden. He and his wife, Mary, have three sons and three daughters and 14 grandchildren! Mike has recently completed the publication of his seven volume "One of Us" collection, a work he felt he was challenged by God to undertake on his return to the Catholic fold after a sojourn as a member of the Vineyard, an Evangelical church.

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John Lee

John was born on 24 September 1941 at Sabie. He was raised in the gold-mining communtiy in Gauteng and educated at the Springs Dominican Convent school and CBC Boksburg. A “cradle” Catholic, he received exposure to music, particularly classical and lighter music from an early age due primarily to the influence of his musically gifted mother. He has had a 40 year long career in commercial banking and accounting. He is very active in local Catholic church life and is the co-author of a series of Catholic tracts for Catholics for Truth, defending Catholic teachings. He is currently the cantor at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg. He says: “My Catholic Christianity is for me, the pearl of great price”. John is the father of four married sons and has six grandchildren

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Peter James-Smith

Peter James-Smith has been eating and drinking for longer than he can remember. He studied theology at King’s College London and then saw the light and subsequently became a journalist and spent several years in advertising and public relations. He was a stringer for the BBC World Service in the bad old days and then worked for the SABC. He won an Artes for Investigative Journalism in 1990 and has investigated nothing since. He established the Food & Booze Programme on SAfm, the first food & wine programme on radio, and presented it for 14 years and he also presented on Carlton Food Network. He has won numerous awards for his radio documentaries including several on the Anglo-Boer War as he headed up the Centenary Coverage Committee but miraculously ended up heading religious broadcasting on SAfm when he was awarded a Media Award by a Muslim organisation for his work in promoting inter-religious dialogue. He’s been making sausages for fun for a number of years and when he retired from the SABC in January 2009 established an artisan sausage & bacon business. It was originally called Sausages you can Trust but as the Spam Controller considered it to be porn he changed the name to PJS Food. He was involved in the Scout Movement for more than 30 years and has been a Rotarian for over 20 years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and also a qualified Championship Boerewors Judge.


Most Rev Archbishop William Slattery, Archbishop of Pretoria

Bishop William Slattery OFM was born in Tipperary , Ireland, 6 Sept 1943. He Studied secondary school with the Franciscans and then joined that Order in 1962 and made final vows in 1966. Studied for a B.A. at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Studied theology and got licence in S Th in Rome 1970. Came to South Africa in 1971. He worked in Sebokeng, Sharpeville, Boipatong in the Vaal Triangle of Johanessburg diocese. Appointed novice master of the Franciscans and parish priest Besters 1975- 1983, in the diocese of Dundee. Set up formation program in Malawi. Superior of the Franciscans in the Transvaal and then appointed by the Bishops’ Conference as Rector of St John Vianney Seminary 1984-1991. General visitator of the Franciscans in East Africa. Postulant Master and parish priest in Amatikhulu\Gingindlovu in the diocese of Eshowe. Returned to Besters 1993 and appointed Bishop of Kokstad Nov 1993, consecrated bishop Feb 19, 1994. On the Board of the SACBC 1997-2006 as Chair of the department of Seminaries and now 2006-2009 Head of Department of Evangelisation. He has published religious and spiritual books in Sotho, Zulu, Xhosa and Sepedi. His Grace Archbishop Slattery presents "Changing Gear" every Thursday at 16:00.

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Fr Arnaldo is a parish priest in Orange Farm and says mass in Portuguese every Saturday between 12h00 - 13h00.

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Fr Kabelo Mahemo

Fr Kabelo is a priest of the Diocese of Kimberley and is the Dean of Molopo deanery.  He is graced with a natural ability on radio and presents "Dira Pharologanyo" on Sundays at 16h00. This is a programme in Setswana. He is so gifted that even if one does not speak Setswana, he is a pleasure to listen to.



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