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More on Tsepiso Makwetla
I am currently employed as a News and Current Affairs anchor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at SAfm and I also host special current affairs broadcasts for the corporation. At the end of 2010 I stopped several years of broadcasting the SABC 3 prime-time current affairs programme, Interface. My past experience also includes reading the 7 o’clock news for SABC 3. Beyond anchoring, I also help produce content for the programmes I present.
In my freelance capacity I facilitate and direct programmes and or workshops for various entities, including government departments. I also perform these tasks at in International level for international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund in Washington ( to help launch their your dialogue at their Annual Summit in 2010); and the International Parliamentary Union at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva Switzerland to facilitate a three hour live television panel discussion on the attainment of MDG goals with more than 100 parliamentarians from all over the world (2008); and moderating at the high-level conference of the African Union on democracy and constitution making, 25-27 November 2013; the International youth conference on Elections in Abuja (2014) where I was both a facilitator and International Speaker. In 2012 I joined forces with Oxfam GB to host a series of public Dialogues called “Mind the Gap” which tackles myriad topics with the aim of engaging civil society and government and or political matters on policy issues. I performed a similar task for a local newspaper for what is known as the Sowetan Dialogues. I have hosted many events, including recently the premier launch of Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (2013); the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Top 100 Business event during the organisation’s Annual Lecture period and their Aids Dialogues (2013). I also do philanthropic work with both the NMF and Breadline Africa – mainly centred around the Mandela Library projects.
I still continue training work which I started while at Primedia in 1999, training interns and or junior journalists, but have in the past years included media training for individuals or companies in better understanding the media or how to effectively use the media space. This training has also encompassed training Ambassadors or Heads of Missions being posted to various countries for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
I have a keen interest in African politics, which has led me to; over the years cover various issues across the continent, including elections here at home in South Africa and in countries like Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. But I have also covered socio-economic issues in places like the Sudan and Kenya, on Uganda, Mali, and other African countries. My interviews span the length and breadth of political, business and civil society sectors from the grassroots to Captains of Industry to Heads of States.
I produced and co-presented a one-hour prime time Current Affairs programme, which featured News, Current Affairs, Business and Sport. I was involved in all levels of production from initiating news stories, identifying and finding newsmakers, copy tasting, to the interviewing of newsmakers and post production of the program material.
During this period I worked for the SABC's SAfm radio station as a news bulletin presenter and writer, as well as desk editor. My duties included:
- news presenting
- writing regular news updates for news bulletins
- copy tasting
- interviewing news sources and editing interviews for use on news bulletins, and re-angling news items
- initiating news stories
SABC TV News
I worked as a television bulletin writer during this period. This entailed:
- Writing, editing and selecting visuals for news articles.
- Writing and producing news headlines.
- Voicing news articles
- Editing scripts from journalists for news articles that would be aired on the SABC's prime time television news show at 8pm.
94.7 Highveld Stereo
I have worked as a newsreader/writer, presenter and producer for 94.7 Highveld Stereo, which is an adult contemporary radio station.
- I worked as a news presenter, reading and writing news bulletins on prime time shows, morning and afternoon. This required identifying news articles, writing and editing them. Conducting interviews with newsmakers, selecting and editing audio clips, were also part of my responsibilities. I was also required to edit the work of reporters working under me, as well as give guidance on news articles they were working on.
- I also produced the station's then popular Saturday music show, the Super-Quick Super Saturday Show. This required interviewing and researching the music of international artists and compiling music.