When we met DJ Fix she hadn’t given birth yet (her baby boy was born in June). On the day we met for the Naked Issue shoot, she was looking radiantly and heavily pregnant. She is married to her best friend’s older brother, Orrock Robertson, an Eastern Cape farmer and writer. ‘Race is such a huge issue in South Africa, but we don’t make it a thing in our lives. We do notice how [our relationship] affects other people, especially in small towns, but it doesn’t affect us. In small towns, we’re sometimes confronted with people who don’t want to serve us, or who don’t want to talk to us,’ Fikile says.
Fikile studied arts entrepreneurship at Columbia College in Chicago. She had previously been a student of film and media at UCT, during which time she got employed at MTV. According to reports in 2006, she won an MTV VJ competition, becoming the first female VJ on MTV Networks Africa.
Fikile was picked up five years ago by 5FM, and that’s when DJ Fix ‘became a thing’.
She runs a scholarship foundation, Fix Scholarship, that offers bursaries to study social entrepreneurship at Gibs Business School. She has been running it for five years, and they have nine graduates. ‘I put all my money I made from gigs into the scholarship, and since then we’ve had amazing collaborations,’ she says.
‘Social entrepreneurship is about regular citizens identifying a problem within their society and community and wanting to fix it. They see unfairness and say, “This is utterly wrong and let’s fix it.”‘ Fikile wanted to find social entrepreneurs and help them formalise their enterprises. ‘I want to contribute to society in a business way,’ she says.
To donate an amount of your choice to the Fix Scholarship, use the Snapscan app to scan the QR code below.
Or if you’re on mobile, click to donate: https://pos.snapscan.io/qr/A70fbZP7
Don’t have snapscan? SMS Fikile to 38049 and donate R10 as many times as you like.
Hair: Saadique Ryklief
Make up: Liz van der Merwe at Red Hot Ops