Females have been making their mark in male dominated industries, but South Africans have mixed feelings about hearing female voices commentating on Bafana Bafana during the AFCON tournament.
Africa Melane and Azania Mosaka spoke to 702 and CapeTalk listeners about female commentary on the weekend breakfast. Vuyelwa in Bedfordview called in on the show and expressed her frustration. She says she prefers the male commentators because they spice up the game and will not give the females a chance.
They really irritate my eardrums— Vuyelwa, Bedfordview
And Roephus in Ga-Rankuwa also did not enjoy female commentary and believes commentating is meant for males only.
I had to switch off the volume of my television and watched only the pictures because these ladies are so boring— Roephus, Ga-Rankuwa
On the other hand Themba in Alexandra has no problem with female commentary
I have listened to other commentators who don’t have the best voices and have come to realize that content is what matters, not a person’s voice— Themba, Alexandra
Kass Naidoo is South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. Contrary to soccer supporters, cricket fans seem satisfied with having a female commentator. Kass Naidoo has been commentating since 2004. She made her cricket broadcasting debut when she anchored the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup for SABC. In December 2004, she made her radio commentary debut and in 2005 she took over commentating on TV. To date, Kass has hosted three World Cup broadcasts for SABC Sport.
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