Meisie Motaung who is a Sports presenter at Soshanguve Community Radio station walked away with the Sports Presenter of the Year award at the Mabopane Square awards recently.
Born in Limpopo then moved to Pretoria earlier in 1975, Motaung has gone on to be a force to be reckoned in the sports media fraternity.
In an interview with Tshwane Bulletin, Meisie Motaung talked us through on her journey and how she got involved into sports presenting.
“2009 there was a game where abantwana junior national team was playing against Tanzania then I was called by Mahlomola Morake former Sabc employer, he called Rebecca Morotjo to be the announcer Rebecca then called me to be the announcer.
“It was my first game Mahlomola Morake prepared me and showed me what to do, what not to do and I did it perfectly so, after that’s where I realised that I have a talent,” she revealed.
SAFA was impressed with Motaung’s talent and recommended her as the national team announcer for women’s football.
“SAFA started to recommend me when the national teams of female are playing I will be the one to be called to come and be the match announcer for those international games”.
Motaung joined Soshanguve community radio station in 2017 as a Sports presenter and has since never looked back.
She said, “I joined Sosha FM in 2017 where I was a sports presenter working with Eric , he taught me so much then he left moving to another station, I was left alone as the sports presenter and that’s where I have developed a lot of love and getting to interact with the important people and bringing the best into the studio and yeah that’s where my love as a sports presenter developed”.
Reflecting on winning the award, Motaung appreciated the recognition and said the award meant a lot to her .
“As I have won this award Sports presenter of the year award it means a lot to me cause I felt so much motivated and I was not aware that there are people out who recognise the talent I am having and I was not aware that people are monitoring what I am doing, ” she said.
She further revealed that the award has pushed her to work hard, “ The award has motivated me to work harder than before, I want to be the best sports presenter not ending up at Sosha FM but going to the bigger stations where I will be fully known but not forgetting where I will be coming from Sosha FM”.
Motaung thanked Mabopane Square awards organisers for the recognition and family for the support throughout her journey.
“Thanking Footballing for girls because those are the ones who have started this awards thanking them for acknowleding me, thanking them for seeing the talent that I am having and thanking God for the talent I have lastly my mom and younger sister those are my rocks and Queen,” added Motaung.
She also had some words of encouragement to youngsters out there who dreams of becoming sports presenters.
“When I motivate the young ones I always say follow your dreams and if you doing what you like you need to go beyond the working call so I prefer to be the change I want to see, I don’t want to mislead the people who look up to me,” she concluded.