Presenter Rorisang Thandekiso on work, family and faith – 'I am a proud virgin'

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With all that has happened, Rorisang Thandekiso is grateful for the small mercies.
With all that has happened, Rorisang Thandekiso is grateful for the small mercies.
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She's counting her blessings. She still has a job when a number of her friends and colleagues have been retrenched, she and her sister recovered from a bout of Covid-19 and she's on the road to recovery from a knee injury. 

And her faith remains strong. Rorisang Thandekiso makes up one half of the bubbly presenting duo on the SABC 1 show Mzansi Insider, a fresh weekend breakfast show that explores Mzansi’s Pop Culture from a youth perspective.

And while many radio presenters were let go from their duties, Rorisang (30) still has her Saturday radio show, The Lift on Metro FM.

“Man, I have so much to be grateful for,” she says.

“I have been praying for a job on the radio, at Metro FM to be specific, for many years, and being able to keep my job at a time like this is a blessing,” Rorisang says. 

The SABC announced over 621 job losses but Rorisang was not included in that list. 

“It has been difficult watching my friends lose their jobs, while I get to keep mine on radio and television, but I believe they will succeed,” she adds.

The year 2020 was not been easy for many people. It was also tough for Rorisang and her family. Her oldest sister, Bokang (34) almost lost her life while fighting the coronavirus. 

“My sister became incredibly ill with the coronavirus. We thought we would lose her. But by the grace [of God], she recovered.”

Around Christmas time, Rorisang also tested positive for Covid-19. 

“My symptoms were not as bad as my sister, but we were in quarantine together. This was an incredibly difficult time for us and it tested my faith,” she adds.

Around the same time, four of her friends lost their parents.

“I truly questioned my faith and God’s presence,” she says.

But Rorisang has remained positive and is keeping her head up  

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During the lockdown, she recorded Lerato, an Amapiano song where she was featured by DJ Sumbody. In the song, she sings about being a virgin and patiently waiting to find love, something that resonates with her own beliefs.

“I am a proud virgin, and I intend to stay that way until I get married,” Rorisang says confidently.

“I chose to remain a virgin for three reasons. One being my faith, I made a commitment and a covenant to God to have sex when I get married. Two, I did it for myself. Being a virgin has taught me discipline and that no matter what happens in the world, this is the one thing I have been able to control and dictate. And the third reason is for the lucky bugger who will one day marry me. He will reap the fruits of my commitment. Me being a virgin keeps me evaluating myself.” 

With the many teenage pregnancies and high HIV rates, Rorisang encourages young people to wait for as long as they want and not  feel pressured to have sex before they are ready.

“People need to write their narratives on how they want to live their lives. There is nothing wrong with enjoying sex, but there is nothing wrong with waiting and taking your time,” Rorisang says.

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Currently, Rorisang is bedridden and recovering from an agonising knee injury. 

"I had to get an emergency operation after I injured myself during netball practice," she says.

”This has been incredibly tough for me, not being able to walk or move around.”

But luckily, she has had her brother, Ntlafatso (23), sister Bokang and mom taking care of her.

“I am so grateful to have a family that has been so supportive and loving. But most importantly people who follow me on social media have been supportive. They did not know why I was hospitalised, but I receive daily messages of encouragement to never give up” she says. 

Although much has happened that might have brought her spirit down, she's got plans.

"I will start working out and losing weight.” This year she wants to reach her goal weight, launch her Podcast and push her radio presenting to the limit. “This too shall pass,” she says.

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