‘Pregnancy is the scariest and most beautiful thing I've gone through' – Relebogile Mabotja

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Relebogile Mabotja is the host of new talk show on S3, Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja.
Relebogile Mabotja is the host of new talk show on S3, Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja.

She's in such a positive space right now that it feels like nothing could go wrong.

She's about to become a mother for the first time, has bagged her own television talk show and to top it off, she's just been nominated for a SAFTA.

Presenter and producer, Relebogile Mabotja (35) says there is so much goodness that surrounds her right now and it feels amazing. She's growing in her journey and she's been in the industry for 17 years. 

This season feels good, she tells us.


In Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja, newly revamped S3 is bringing back a platform that allows for real, hard, and awkward conversations to happen in a safe space and especially without any judgment.

“That old school Oprah style talk where she took taboo subjects and had conversations with people.

“How do we talk about this hard thing that people are scared to ask? We are living in a politically correct time where there are so many things happening and things we are becoming woke about.

“For those who do not know, there isn’t a platform to ask. Things like, is it okay to call you gay? Or can I ask about your disability?,” she says.

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Among other difficult and intense conversations, in one episode that will be aired on the show, a homosexual man comes out as gay in his marriage and then a conversation about identity and how taboo being gay in many families still is gets him to open up. 

Relebogile says she is looking forward to conversations that will take us forward as a collective.

“We know we have inherited some serious trauma as South Africans.

“We should be having conversations that are going to help us relate better to one another. We need to move from tolerance to acceptance,” she explains.

The premiere of her new show on 11 May on weekdays is not the only thing she awaits. Relebogile is about to give birth.


Over the weekend, she shared images of her beautiful baby shower. 

Relebogile tells us that she is looking forward to being a sponge and letting her child teach her. “That is how I am going to be approaching motherhood. God just sent me a teacher,” she says.

She admits that it has not been an easy pregnancy and a truly difficult journey for her and family. But through the difficulty she felt her heart grow a little bigger.

"It has been a hard pregnancy. We have had many scares along the way that we thought baby was not going to make it. This is the scariest thing I have had to go through, and it is also the most beautiful thing I have gone through."

“It has been a hard pregnancy. We have had many scares along the way that we thought baby was not going to make it. This is the scariest thing I have had to go through, and it is also the most beautiful thing I have gone through,” Relebogile says.

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Her media company, Black Swan recently got a SAFTA nomination under the category Best International Format Show for The Single Wives SA.

Although excited for it, she had not yet had time to take it all in.

“I have not had time to even feel [anything]about the nomination because so much is happening and time is ticking before baby arrives and work is still happening. 

"It is great to have your work recognised. We never go into projects thinking we want awards,” Relebogile says.


Her special brand of relatability has kicked down doors for her. It has been 17 years in the industry and counting. She has come from from the days of being a presenter on etv's Craz-e when she was just a teenager. She is consistently climbing up and that is because of the attitude she has engrained about any space she goes into.

“I have always walked into a situation with a sense of I don’t know anything so I am here to learn.

“Obviously, I have experience and I know things but I walk into any situation like I am a beginner. I don’t rely on my experience, I have a part of myself that is open to learning and to another perspective,” Relebogile says.

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