Sech­aba G makes the move to TV be­fore turn­ing 30

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‘I am at a point

SHE de­fines her­self as a broad­caster, mother and a wife. But there is more to KFM mid­day show host Sech­aba Gqeba.

“I am am­bi­tious, strong and ready to push bound­aries,” she said.

Widely known as Sech­aba G on ra­dio, the Gaut­eng-born 29-year-old is mak­ing her mark in what she calls a “male-dom­i­nated cut-throat” in­dus­try.

She has re­cently been an­nounced as pre­sen­ter of the new sea­son of Motswako, an evening talk show on SABC 2.

This will be her first tele­vi­sion break and al­ready she has a vi­sion of a ca­reer in­cor­po­rat­ing ra­dio and tele­vi­sion.

“I want to be that per­son who is on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, and nail­ing both,” she said.

With 10 years of ra­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, start­ing as a news reader at a com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion in the Vaal, Sech­aba G said the TV op­por­tu­nity had come at the per­fect time.

“I am at a point where I am ex­pand­ing my ca­reer in line with the shift that is hap­pen­ing in­side,” she said.

Turn­ing 30 in June, Sech­aba G said she was learn­ing things about her­self she had not been aware of and em­brac­ing all her as­pects.

“This is what I tell the girls I in­ter­act with: be con­fi­dent in who you are,” she said.

“Con­fi­dence is a state of mind. Tell your­self ‘ I will over­come, I am not my cir­cum­stances’,” she said, adding that women have twice the dif­fi­culty in mak­ing it in life com­pared to men be­cause of gen­der im­bal­ances in so­ci­ety.

The 19th sea­son of Motswako will tackle such is­sues when it airs next week.

“This is not to say men can­not be part of the show,” she cau­tioned. In­stead men should lis­ten, em­pathise and call each other out on bad be­hav­iour and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Sech­aba G is not with­out fears. A few years ago, her fam­ily was robbed at gun­point near Khayelit­sha while stop­ping to change a burst tyre. The car they were trav­el­ling in hit an ob­ject, ap­par­ently placed on the road by their at­tack­ers.

“We were not phys­i­cally hurt but that ex­pe­ri­ence trau­ma­tised me. To this day, I am para­noid when driv­ing around,”she said.

Her eyes mist when she talks about her son, 5, and her hus­band.

“I am very pro­tec­tive of my fam­ily,” she says.

She be­lieves mak­ing it in broad­cast­ing re­quires the un­der­stand­ing that noth­ing is per­ma­nent and the abil­ity to con­stantly rein­vent one­self.

She looks up to women such as me­dia moguls Carol Bouwer and Khanyi Dhlomo, ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Masech­aba Ndlovu and her grand­mother, Salam­ina Kaphioa.

While she de­lights in re­ceiv­ing feed­back from her ra­dio fans, Sech­aba G is ex­cited to join the world of tele­vi­sion and to help give a voice to the voice­less.


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