Dorothy Mokoena Aims for Greater Heights in Sport Media

Sport blogger and freelancer, Dorothy Mokoena, is passionate about telling positive sport stories and hopes to further develop her craft. Photo: Supplied

Sport blogger and freelancer, Dorothy Mokoena, is passionate about telling positive sport stories and hopes to further develop her craft.

Hailing from Sekhukhune in Limpopo, Mokoena’s love for sport began in primary school as she played netball and was involved in indigenous games.

In 2018, her direction changed to not only playing, but speaking about sport as she joined Moletsi Community Media.

During the Morning Drive Show, Mokoena headlined the sport updates and as her confidence grew, she ventured into writing.

Her blog, BunnyNews, is a platform she hopes will assist in closing the visibility gap to provide equal publicity opportunities for both women and men in the sport industry.

Speaking with Tlamelo Kganakga, Mokoena chats about facing challenges in the media space and shares advice to aspiring women in sport media.

 

Dorothy thank you for chatting to us. Please tell us about yourself.

I’m Dorothy Pebetse Mokoena commonly known as Ginger Pepsi Queen of Bunny Ears BunnyNews lady from Limpopo deep down in Sekhukhune. A lover of kids and a charismatic person. I really love to laugh and talk a lot with people, a person who is outgoing and loves to have fun with everyone. I dislike people who discourages others and love people who live their lives to the fullest and who know what they want in life. I really enjoy helping where I can, and it gives me joy when those you have helped are prospering with their life endeavors.

Also, I’m very ambitious.

 

When and where did your love for sport begin?

My love for sport started back in the day when I used to play netball in primary and indigenous games (wayfarer and mmapadi). Even high school I played sport.

 

You are a blogger for BunnyNews. How did that come about for you?

I’m a freelancer and blogger in the sport space. I worked at Moletsi Community Media 2018/19 as an all rounder. When I started doing sport updates during the Morning Drive show, I was nervous and scared thinking what will the listeners say when they hear a lady doing sport updates. Eventually, as days went by, I gained more confidence doing my job.

I would also write about sport on my social media – all sporting codes – and got positive feedback from followers, so I continued with it and now I’m loving writing.

 

If you were not in media, where would one likely find you?

A lawyer or life coach, maybe even a mediator because I enjoy conversations where I would have to listen to both sides of the story and then make a final decision.

 

As a woman in the media space, what challenges do you face?

I have faced a lot of challenges and most of the time it’s situations where people undermine me because I am a woman in the sport industry. It is only when they see my work then they start to take me seriously and trust what I do.

 

What are some of your career highlights to date?

Meeting wonderful, joyful community journalists and freelancers. Also interacting with coaches and  media liaisons that know what they want and the aggressive ones too, who just shove you because they lost the game! It can be very interesting in this industry.

 

Who are some of the sportswomen you admire and why?

Caster Mokgadi Semenya Limpopo’s fastest sprinter is one lady who is very determined about what she wants and doesn’t care what people say. After all, the end results will show.

Kgothatso Montjane Seshego’s finest international tennis player, she doesn’t oppress herself because of her disability but plays for what she wants.

Raider the Venda boxer who always fights for the most anticipating moments and believes in doing better in her sport.

 

What are some of the lessons you have learned in your career?

You have to be consistent, considerate and authentic at all times.

 

What’s your greatest ambition?

I want to achieve a lot of things and would love to further my career to greater heights. Also, learn new things from both legends and new people in the industry.

 

What is your advice to aspiring women in sport media?

Do what you’re requested to do when you’re working and always make sure to give authentic and true stories. Always reveal the truth and share your thoughts when something is not working out for you and be realistic.

 

What do you think we as media can do to amplify women’s sport?

We should not only go for the big guns, we must also go deeper to shine the light on those who are playing in the rural areas and bring them forth.

 

What do you look forward to in 2022?

Bigger things, more blessings from the Almighty, support from my family and extreme love from everyone who is following my craft. Lastly, I look forward to more interesting deals that will help me grow.

You can follow me on my following platforms:

Facebook: Dorothy Pebetse Mokoena

Twitter: @GingerPepsi_Dee

Instagram: @ginger_pepsi_

Link: bunnynews.co.za

 

Photo 1 Caption: Sport blogger and freelancer, Dorothy Mokoena, is passionate about telling positive sport stories and hopes to further develop her craft. Photo: Supplied

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