Xaba, Louw and Kgasoe Up for the SuperSport Woman in Television Award

TV producer Nono Cele Xaba and seasoned broadcasters Cato Louw and Tumi Kgasoe are finalists in the SuperSport Woman in Television category at the 2022 Momentum gsport Awards.

Xaba, who has been working behind the scenes delivering excellent projects for SuperSport TV, expressed how she is deeply humbled by the news of making it as a finalist for the Woman in Television category.

“I am deeply humbled, and grateful to be recognized. I think a lot of us who work behind the scenes made peace with the fact that we are unseen so this recognition for me means a lot and I hope it means a lot to my parents as well because they sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am. There was a time when they did not believe in the path that I chose for myself because they had never seen someone thrive behind the scenes in this industry.

“This also means a lot because there are so many of us behind the scenes who often feel unseen, and this just validates the work that we do, and our contribution matters even when we are not on screen.”

Xaba has had so many highlights in her career and she struggled to only choose one.

“There have been so many highlights, FIFA World cups, AFCON, Olympics, Netball and starting projects from the ground up such as the Multichoice Disk Challenge which is now known as the DSTV Disk Challenge and working on the DSTV Premiership, oh my goodness there has been so many amazing opportunities that I have been granted.

“But nothing comes close to the privilege of helping other people realize their dreams, I am so big on that because at heart I am a leader, that’s how I see myself and that’s how I live on a day to day basis and I get that from my father who led day in and day out and for me to have had a hand in shaping people’s careers behind the scenes and on camera means a great deal to me.”

gsport Founder Kass Naidoo always emphasizes the importance of changing lives and bringing others up as you rise and Xaba shares the same sentiments.

“For someone to say I am living the life of my dream, thank you Nono, for teaching me and taking the time to mentor me for shaping me and telling me the truth when I needed it. For me, that is the biggest highlight. That is what I live for, I live to improve people and leave them better than how I found them.”

Xaba also shares her vision for women in sport going forward, saying: “My vision for women in sport is simple, Own the space, stop apologizing for being where you are, stop downplaying your contribution, stop belittling your brilliance, because we are all here to here to make an impact to serve. We are all here to contribute so own that and don’t downplay it.”

#gsport16 Woman in Radio winner, Louw, has made the cut yet again at the #gsport17 as a double finalist, more proof of her growth in the industry.

“I am a finalist in two categories for this year’s Momentum gsport Awards, Woman in Television which for me is massive because I have looked at how many women before me helped me get in the industry. It’s such an honour to be with my fellow finalists,” she revealed.

“It would mean so much to win it just because of how many glass ceilings were broken before me and I hope to continue opening space especially in rugby, it’s really an honour and I am humbled. I am excited at the same time to be in this category because it’s really the one for me in the industry.”

Kgasoe finds herself back in the running for this prestigious award for a second consecutive year. Having started her career on campus radio, Kgasoe has worked her way up to our television screens on Newzroom Afrika.

“This feels absolutely great, to be a finalist for the second consecutive year in the same category at not any awards but the women in sport awards.

“I feel very honoured, speechless and also encouraged to continue doing what I am doing. Not that I am doing what I am doing for accolades, but it is great to know that someone is seeing the hard work that you are putting in, in this industry,” she added.

“I am really excited and thankful for a platform like gsport to continue sharing the light and giving us a platform to continue to do what we love. Being nominated is more than enough for me,” Kgasoe concluded.


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