Ab­so­lutely as­sertive


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY - Adri­aan Roets

Sel­dom do talk shows cover top­ics such as the ones on As­sertive­ness.

If you’re un­der the im­pres­sion that re­gional or com­mu­nity TV is the poorer sis­ter of the na­tional broad­caster or pay TV, you’re mis­taken. Last month it was an­nounced heavy­weight TV pre­sen­ter Tim Modise will be join­ing Soweto TV for a new in-depth cur­rent af­fairs show, the same month GauTV was launched.

New kid on the block GauTV is bank­ing on Ni­co­lette Mashile to bring cur­rent af­fairs to the fore­front on one of the chan­nel’s flag­ship shows, As­sertive­ness.

“We need this plat­form. Lo­cal con­tent that is re­lat­able and that goes be­yond mind­less en­ter­tain­ment,” says the pre­sen­ter.

Mashile, at 27, landed the plum job with As­sertive­ness, a show that tack­les dis­cus­sions that would of­ten raise flags on con­ven­tional TV chan­nels.

“It’s an edgy talk show. I see it more like sit­ting in my lounge at home and hav­ing a dis­cus­sion or de­bate about any­thing and ev­ery­thing. If you look at the top­ics we have cov­ered so far, it’s usu­ally ones that con­ven­tional talk shows wouldn’t really like to cover. Th­ese in­clude the likes of gen­er­a­tional curses, black tax, the stigma of be­ing fairer skinned, dis­crim­i­na­tion of Tsonga peo­ple, vo­cal and in­de­pen­dent women and the stereo­types of the mod­ern day man,” Mashile says.

Mashile’s also not scared to get her hands dirty.

“I do my own make up and I also dress my­self. My crew and I work as a team so if I must change bat­ter­ies, I do it. If I need to sweep the stu­dio, I do it,” she says.

Mashile has a de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and So­cial Stud­ies and a Hon­nours de­gree in In­te­grated Com­mu­ni­ca­tion – step­ping stones that made her fit nat­u­rally on As­sertive­ness.

“I al­ways re­fer to my­self as a nat­u­ral-born com­mu­ni­ca­tor due to my talk­a­tive na­ture.

“I re­late to peo­ple and am not afraid to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion.

“Th­ese qual­i­ties, com­bined with my ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, en­sured that I have what it takes to have th­ese con­ver­sa­tions on this plat­form,” she says.

Grow­ing up in Bush­buck­ridge in Mpumalanga, Mashile is now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing how TV can change per­cep­tions.

“When you are from Bush­buck­ridge, ev­ery­thing seems far and in­ac­ces­si­ble. I am proud to say that I have shown some peo­ple that it’s not im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve in your­self.

“I also think As­sertive­ness does bring my peo­ple closer to the hustle and bus­tle of Johannesburg, a place that once seemed far is now closer,” she says.

Ac­cord­ing to her, fans at home also get ex­cited when she speaks Sepu­lana on TV.

I re­late to peo­ple and am not afraid to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion

Ni­co­lette Mashile Pre­sen­ter of the talk show

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