DJ Fresh (South African DJ)

DJ Fresh
DJ Fresh during a photoshoot
Thato Sikwane

(1972-10-15) 15 October 1972 (age 49)
Other names
  • DJ Fresh
  • The Big Dawg
  • DJ
  • producer
  • entrepreneur
  • performer
Years active1992–present
Thabiso Sikwane
(m. 2002; sep. 2020)

Thato Sikwane (born 15 October 1972),[1] better known by his stage name DJ Fresh, is a Motswana disk jockey, producer and entrepreneur based in South Africa. He is most well-known for his career on 5FM and Metro FM.

Sikwane previously worked for YFM in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the 1990s, he released a series of South African house music records, mostly named Fresh House Flava. Different volumes of the compilations were released.

Life and career

Sikwane developed interest on deejaying while he was in Botswana before relocating to South Africa, in 1994 to pursue his studies and obtained a Media Studies diploma at Johannesburg's Boston Media House.

Sikwane obtained the opportunity to work at YFM while he was completing his third year and spent 8 years at the station before moving to 5FM's popular "Drive Time" slot.

He was a radio presenter at 5FM for more than 10 years before moving to Metro FM in 2017, where the "Fresh Breakfast Show" became one of the station's most-loved slots.

In August 2019, Metro FM fired him after a listener complained to the BCCSA about the strong language he used during a live broadcast.[2] Fresh took over 947's Drive Time show, from which he was also fired after being accused of rape.[3]

He has also stepped on television shows such as Idols SA, SA's Got Talent and Tropika Island of Treasure SA as a guest judge.

In 2002, Sikwane married Thabiso Sikwane. They have three children together. In 2020, the couple separated and began the divorce process.[4]


  • Definition of House
  • Mzansi House
  • Fresh House Flava
  • DJ Ski VS Big Dawg

International tour

Aside from South Africa, DJ Fresh has toured in these cities worldwide: