We get to know Sechaba Gqeba the new host of SABC 2’s Motswako

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She’s been on radio, from SA FM to 94.7 and 702, to Kaya FM and most recently,as lunchtime host on Cape Town’s KFM. 

She opens up about her new gig and her journey as a broadcaster:

Did you always want to be in broadcasting?

Not really, I was shy growing up. I was opened up to the world of broadcasting when I attended the Grahamstown Arts Festival in my matric year as part of a school excursion. I ended up attending a radio workshop and that’s when the bug bit.

What are you bringing to Motswako?

I get asked this a lot and all I can say is I am bringing me. All the hosts that have graced the Motswako couch, we’re all very different. I bring Sechaba. Her view, her beliefs, her compassion and that’s what makes it all so exciting.

What’s special about Motswako that made you take up TV?

The focus is on women’s issues. Presently, young women out there are making their voices heard. Taking on patriarchy and societal issues by the horns and owning their rightful places in society. I love the focus on these women and the stories behind them.

What lesson did you learn from your parents that you still hold dear today?

That nothing comes easy, and if it does, it probably isn’t the real deal. My career is a testament to that. It took me ten years of experience in radio before my first TV opportunity came along.

What do you love most about your career?

I love that you can truly be a voice for the voiceless, the influence you have and the opportunity you have to put that to good use. I also love the storytelling element. I’ve always been inquisitive and on many occasions (I’ve been) told I ask a lot of questions and really genuinely enjoy finding out about the workings of the human mind and how different people think. I guess it was meant to be.

What’s your advice to younger women looking to get into broadcasting?

It comes with a massive responsibility and one that you should be ready to possess. It is NOT all glitz and glam. It entails a lot of hard work, with many people working behind the scenes as well, so it’s incredibly important to respect the profession and the process of it.

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