SuperSport Sportscaster, Andee Mahamba, is ecstatic to be one of the finalists in the Woman in Television category for the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards which features fellow SuperSport colleague Motshidisi Mohono and SABC’s Natalie Germanos.

Mahamba, who last year was nominated in the Style Star category, has this year bagged another nomination in the Woman in Television category which signifies her years of hard work in the broadcast and sport industry.

She is faced with stiff competition in Mohono and Germanos, however this gives her motivation that the future is bright for her fellow women in sports broadcasting.

Having played and coached netball, the sportscaster knows the intricacies of the game but ensures that she is always prepared for the unexpected and is never the focal point in-front of the camera, rather giving the athlete or sport itself the spotlight.

This ties with her joy of influencing young women off screen and having an impact on their lives.

With her second gsport finalist position in hand, what is she looking to achieve? Kimara Singh finds out!

How did you feel when gsport made the announcement and you were among one of the finalists for the Woman in TV category?

I was quite enthused; this is the second successive year that I’ve been nominated for the Momentum gsport Awards. This category to me speaks not only to involvement in women’s sport, but also recognition of one’s contribution and impact in television broadcasting. One of my greatest joys has been witnessing the real influence that you have on other young ladies and women beyond the screen, being able to relate with them on a personal level.

You are accompanied by some tough competitors in Motshidisi Mohono and Natalie Germanos, how does it make you feel being alongside them?

Being in this category with these accomplished broadcasters and colleagues is truly amazing. I think the fact that the category had so many nominees also gives confidence that the industry is in good hands.

What would winning a gsport award mean to you and your career?I think this would signify the culmination of years of hard work and consistent support of women in sport.

Can you take us through your journey in sport and television, how has your experience been so far?

I ventured into TV after being encouraged to enter a Sport Presenter Search and it has been great so far!” – SuperSport Sportscaster, Andee Mahamba.

I took quite a keen interest in sport from a young age. I was a junior athlete and swimmer and later started playing netball and cricket. I went on to play netball at district level, representing my district at the SA Games.

I decided not to continue playing thereafter, but because I still loved sport, I assisted at the Sport Manager’s office while at varsity and was later roped in to coach the varsity netball team after the coach resigned.

I ventured into TV after being encouraged to enter a Sport Presenter Search and it has been great so far!

What are some of the key lessons you’ve learnt that you would like to encourage other women/girls who aspire to be on television?

Always remember that you are a conduit and not the focal point. Your role is to foster the connection between the viewer and the guest/subject matter. The athletes or sport you are covering should always be the focal point, not you.

Most people tend to be uncomfortable in front of camera. Try to ease them into conversation and speak to things that are familiar to them.

Preparation is key. Do your research.

As you are an inspiration to other young women, who so you draw inspiration from?

My biggest inspirations are Serena Williams and Carol Tshabalala. They are groundbreakers, pioneers who paved the way and showed others that it is possible where the system was not designed to benefit them. To have the tenacity to not only perform but to exceed under those circumstances is truly admirable.

What goals are on your list that you are looking to tick off soon?

From a sports broadcasting perspective, I’m looking forward to covering more sporting codes, more global events and hopefully the Netball World Cup when we host it in 2023. I also think there is a role to play in advocating for inclusion and elevation of women sport in South Africa and telling our athletes’ stories.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: SuperSport Sportscaster, Andee Mahamba, is ecstatic to be one of the finalists in the Woman in Television category for the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards which features fellow SuperSport colleague Motshidisi Mohono and SABC’s Natalie Germanos. Photo: Supplied

Photo 2 Caption: Mahamba, who last year was nominated in the Style Star category, has this year bagged another nomination in the Woman in Television category which signifies her years of hard work in the broadcast and sport industry. Photo: Supplied

Photo 3 Caption: She is faced with stiff competition in Mohono and Germanos, however this gives her motivation that the future is bright for her fellow women in sports broadcasting. Photo: Supplied

Photo 4 Caption: Having played and coached netball, the sportscaster knows the intricacies of the game but ensures that she is always prepared for the unexpected and is never the focal point in-front of the camera, rather giving the athlete or sport itself the spotlight.