Radio and TV sports journalist, Dikeledi Letsiri, hopes to use her extensive knowledge and experience to continue blazing a trail for young women to fulfil their career dreams.
The 2013 Woman in Media award winner on the gsport stage, is also a voice-over artist with exceptional commentating and presenting skills.
Letsiri boasts over 18 years of experience in the media space and admits that she is still pushing the boundaries to break down more doors along her journey.
As a wife, mother and career woman, Letsiri says winning on the gsport stage motivated her to strive for the best and be a role model to her kids. She advises young women to focus on their goals and not listen to negativity to achieve success.
Speaking with Celine Abrahams, Letsiri chats about the importance of gsport and aspirations.
Dikeledi, good to catch up with you. How are you navigating life during Covid-19 times?
Thank you very much for having me. It hasn’t been easy at all during these hard times of Covid-19, but we are trying to navigate in all ways because like they call it, it’s a “new normal.” And, not having the opportunity to watch our favourite ladies sporting codes live has really disturbed us but, hey, what can we do.
What work are you currently busy with and what are you enjoying about it?
I am still pushing my broadcasting career, like I said, we are now doing everything indoors and that needs a lot to be done for listeners and viewers to still enjoy everything we are giving to them as broadcasters. The good thing is we are learning so much in this new life we are living, regarding how to do our jobs in the midst of this pandemic.
“The gsport brand has been doing so much in the past years and the growth is amazing to a point where as a sport broadcaster I am getting so much content because of gsport.” – Radio and TV sports journalist, Dikeledi Letsiri
We are sure you have seen that nominations have opened for the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards. What do you make of the growth of the awards since you won on the gsport stage?
I don’t even want to just say the awards have grown but the gsport brand has been doing so much in the past years and the growth is amazing to a point where as a sport broadcaster I am getting so much content because of gsport.
10 years ago, when I was a finalist and seven years ago when I won, since then the growth is so huge and that really makes me very proud to be a woman in sport.
What do you remember about owning your success that day when you won Woman in Radio?
I still remember I received the award and went on to the stage at 11am because our ceremony was in the morning – LOL – I remember that day like it was yesterday! To be appreciated in my field of work and being celebrated by other women meant so much to me. Receiving the Award made me want to continue growing and put in more work. To this day I am still pushing my passion!
Tell us about the power of recognition and what it meant to you to win on the gsport awards stage.
Winning the Award indeed motivated me and made me feel valued for the work I am doing. What also makes this Award one of the biggest amongst the other awards I have been recognised for is that gsport recognises and celebrates women in sport, which is rare in Mzansi.
Knowing that I am doing what I love, and someone is watching me makes me want to push even harder.
Who are the people you would like to thank for walking this journey with you?
Oh Lord, too long to mention but my family is the bomb! I think I would have left my job a long time ago if I did not have my parents support (my number 1 supporters).
My husband, I really don’t have enough words to thank him because everytime I am away, which happens often, he is always there to be home with our kids and close that void.
My three kids who love hearing their mommy on air. I do all of this every day even when it’s not easy because I just want them to be proud of me.
Lastly my siblings from both sides, for always helping with my kids when I need some help, for just loving their sister and always reminding me who Dikeledi is before the DK I am known as. My supporters who always ready to criticise me but on the same note, quick to come with solutions. Thank you so much, I respect you all!
“gsport must continue with telling our stories because in the last 15 years, the initiative has been growing rapidly and I still believe it is going to grow even more.” – Letsiri speaks on the importance of the gsport initiative.
Why is an initiative like gsport important and what more can be done to raise the profile of women’s sport?
Oh, talking about the importance of having the initiative like gsport, I would need a microphone and an audience to talk about it, lol.
On a serious note, though, gsport has proven to the world that women can also do what men can do and excel. We were not sure 20 years ago about trusting women in sport in representing us on the world stage, but gsport changed all that. You introduced us to the best of the best and the importance of following these Queens when they fly our flag up all the time.
gsport must continue with telling our stories because in the last 15 years, the initiative has been growing rapidly and I still believe it is going to grow even more. gsport is what the world has been looking for! Now with social media also helping in introducing gsport to other countries, I see it going global very soon as a serious sporting brand in the world.
What is your advice for success?
My advice for success will definitely be hard work, passion and delivering ground-breaking work. When you work and do that all you love, just switch off from listening to all negative things that might disturb your progress. Make sure you focus on your goals.
What more do you want to achieve as a woman in sport?
Just like every other woman, I never achieve enough and always looking for a new challenge.
At the moment I am working on my new venture which is full-time football commentary as I have been doing other sporting codes but not yet football. I am looking at growing my brand as a sportscaster that can tackle anything and everything.
But most of all I am focusing on my path, growing my relationship with my God Almighty and make time for Him.
Photo 1 Caption: Radio and TV sports journalist, Dikeledi Letsiri, hopes to use her extensive knowledge and experience to continue blazing a trail for young women to fulfil their career dreams. Photo: Supplied