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Jo-Dee getting you home safe and sound

For many motorists, the commute home every afternoon are often made easy thanks to regular traffic updates.

On Heart FM these updates are communicated with a smile by Burgundy Estate resident and mother, Jo-Dee Butler.

Butler joined the Heart FM team in 2013.

It is said that the 33-year-old who holds a degree in communication, had quit her day job to pursue her passion – broadcasting – and that she had accomplished much in this industry since joining the radio station. Every day she happily provides traffic updates during rush hour on the station’s afternoon drive show hosted by Rochelle “Suga” Scheepers.

Butler, sister of the well-known actress Kim Engelbrecht, grew up in Belhar and attended school in Elsies River.

After completing her degree at the University of the Western Cape she entered the job market.

“She soon realised that the nine to five job just was not going to cut it, and went with her gut and quit her job,” says Heart FM spokesperson, Michelle Barnard.

At the start of her broadcasting career, she was given the so-called graveyard shift from 01:00 until 04:00. She soon became a popular presenter and filled in as a filler on a daytime radio show.

“Her break came after she was offered the afternoon drive traffic, as co-host to Suga, along with sports anchor, Jeremy Harris,” says Barnard.

Butler also hosts the weekend breakfast show on Saturday mornings between 06:00 and 09:00.

“I love how we can sit in a studio and reach so many people, and so many can relate to our daily anecdotes,” Butler says.

Butler, mother to 14-month-old baby Boston, says she hopes she can inspire many young aspiring broadcasters and advises them to never give up, despite any setbacks or unfortunate circumstances.

“Hold on to your dreams and work hard to achieve them,” she encourages.

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