Tebogo Motebejane Levels Up in The Year of Women’s Sport

2023 has been dubbed the Year of Women’s Sport and this is the year to find your gap, not just on the sports field, in the plethora of World Cups, but also as a media practitioner. 

This is the year to look for those previously closed doors and break them down if they refuse to open. Tebogo Motebejane has done just that. 

The Sports Analyst, Blogger and Freelance Writer has secured a job as a Sports and Business Writer for Sekgosese Voice. “One of my goals this year was to get to write for a print publication and I’ve just achieved that by joining Sekgosese Voice.” 

The beauty of this move by Tebogo is that she gets to write for a publication based in her home province. She also highlights the importance of local newspapers because generally national media will often focus on the so called “bigger” Provinces and stories of national interest. 

Where Sekgosese Voice comes in, they cover local news for local people. A crucial component and portal of information to keep locals abreast with what’s happening around them. 

Lonwabo Nkohla had a brief catch up with Tebogo Motebejane.  

Congratulations on your new gig joining Sekgosese Voice as a Sports and Business Writer. What does this opportunity mean to you?

Thank you very much. This opportunity really means a lot to me. I get to go from obtaining online writing experience to obtaining print experience. One of my goals this year was to get to write for a print publication and I’ve just achieved that by joining Sekgosese Voice. It makes it even greater that it is a newspaper based in my home province, Limpopo and I get to serve my people. 

With 2023 being such an exciting and busy year for women’s sport. What should your readers expect from your pieces?

What makes it even more great is that I joined the publication right at the beginning of August, which is Women’s Month. As a Sports and Business Writer, our readers can expect more profiles on women achieving big things in their respective industries. In fact, my first two articles where on women and will continue bringing and shinning the light on them. 

With the year over halfway through do you think the media has done enough in covering women’s sport particularly this year?

Yes, I believe they have covered women’s sport enough. We’ve had a lot of women’s sporting events taking place this year and the media has really done its part in ensuring that we were kept up to date with what was happening. For instance, the media were in the forefront when Banyana Banyana had their fight with SAFA before heading to the FIFA Women’s World Cup and they played a crucial part in ensuring the case was solved. 

What would you say is the role of local publications such as Sekgosese Voice?

The role of local publications like Sekgosese Voice is to keep local communities informed on what’s going on around them. Residents tend to be more updated about what’s going on in other places and provinces, but not about the very same places they reside in. It is through publications like this, that local communities get exposed to the business and leisure sides of their surroundings as well, making it even much better to support and keep their interests going. 

As the Year of Women’s Sport slowly draws to an end, what boxes are you still hoping to tick in your career?

As a Writer, Analyst and Coordinator, one main box I’m hoping to tick in my career is to get involved in women’s sporting events that may take place. Connecting with more phenomenal women in sports and getting to work with them would really mean of great importance to me. It will be through this, that I’d get to tick the other boxes like features and collaborations. 

The amplified coverage of women’s sport should go beyond 2023, what advice would you give to your fellow colleagues in the sport media space as we hope to continue closing the visibility gap?

We can work towards closing the visibility gap if we work as a collective in this sport media space, regardless of who you work for. What I mean with this, is creating our own platforms, featuring and uplifting each other, learning from each other and not try single others as we continue to hold one interest of closing the visibility gap altogether. We can only achieve this if we work together and collaborate with many different segments the sport media space has to offer.

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