Presenter

Relebogile Mabotja

Relebogile Mabotja is a presenter on 702 every weekday morning. She has extensive experience in the media industry as an actress, singer, writer, composer, producer and TV and radio host.

She started in TV on youth show CrazE in 2004 and has had roles in SA’s biggest soapie, Generations, and Rhythm City, as well as hosted Gospel Grooves and the first two seasons of Dance your Butt Off. She has also acted in feature films and theatre productions for local and international audiences.

Her musical talents extend from composing the theme tunes to shows including Afro Café, to being the musical director on a number of TV shows including eTV’s I Love South Africa. She has won numerous awards for her work and was recently appointed the youngest boardmember ever of SAMRO, the South African Music Rights Organisation.

Even broader than her talents is her interest in what’s happening around her, and Relebogile has been honing her craft on a talk radio platform since 2012 when she joined 702.

Follow Relebogile on Twitter @RelebogileM.

The producer for Early Breakfast with Relebogile Mabotja is Tshegofatso Morule. Email Tshegofatsom@702.co.za

She started in TV on youth show CrazE in 2004 and has had roles in SA’s biggest soapie, Generations, and Rhythm City, as well as hosted Gospel Grooves and the first two seasons of Dance Your Butt Off. She has also acted in feature films and theatre productions for local and international audiences.

Her musical talents extend from composing the theme tunes to shows including Afro Café, to being the musical director on a number of TV shows including eTV’s I Love South Africa. She has won numerous awards for her work and was recently appointed the youngest board member ever of SAMRO, the South African Music Rights Organisation.

Even broader than her talents is her interest in what’s happening around her, and Relebogile has been honing her craft on a talk radio platform since 2012 when she joined 702.

Learn more about Relebogile...

Q: How do you prepare for your show? Well, how I prepare for an early breakfast show is really making sure I wake up on time, that is number one. Number two, I’m constantly consuming information from so many different sources from your social media to magazines to newspapers and I talk to people and I think that’s what helps me interacts with other people as well. You can never be prepared enough, but also that helps you be on your feet.

Q: What is your dream interview? One of the most recent ones I’ve done, which was with the legendary Jerry Mofokeng and he shared some lovely memories with the late Joe Mafela, but he also was just speaking such great inspiration into the idea of young people trying to make it in the industry and when we say the industry we mean media, radio, television, everything…. And it was very inspiring for me, just reinvigorate me for the kind of work that I’m doing.

Q: What are the perks of being on radio? I think some of the unspoken perks thus far of being on radio has been an extra piece of chicken at KFC! Well, people recognise me also from my television work, it is only quite recently that people are like in the changing rooms: “Is that Relebogile Mabotja? I know that voice!” So I have very awkward moments in the underwear aisle with people coming to talk to me.

People want to give you stuff so that they hope that you possibly speak about it and obviously if the experience is great, I’m quite an authentic person, I will speak about it. So the perks have also been helping people, I think that is a blessing in itself, not everybody has the platform to give back.

Q: Where would you like to travel, locally and internationally? If I could travel more… Locally, I feel like there are a lot of small times that are just undiscovered. Internationally, I’ve been wanting to go to Thailand and experience just the culture – the massages, the food – I love Thai food. So definitely Thailand, Bali, Jamaica, Brazil… Oh! Can I just… Take me everywhere!

Q: Which website do you visit the most? The website I visit the most, I would have to say is EWN, because I’m always trying to catch up on news. MSN, ‘cause it is quite consolidated of all the news websites… Getting into Huffington Post… Then I visit my own website relebogile.co.za – check it out! And my company’s website, ‘cause I need to check that people are doing their jobs, but for you it is just for fun. Oh and YouTube! YouTube! YouTube! YouTube!

Q: What irritates you? The things that really upset me - and these are really little things, really little things. You know when you come out of an elevator and the people are already in… and this happens (elevator door opens) and you are like whoa the people are already standing there, trying to walk in and you are like “Back up! Can I get out the elevator or are we riding this thing together or what’s happening?”. That’s what happens to me when somebody stands right at the elevator and you don’t leave room for people to walk out. The other thing that annoys me is people who call on the radio station and say some really far out there things that I can’t even reason with, but apparently I’m quite patient.

The other one that is annoying is, you know, when you’re standing in a queue to pay for stuff at a supermarket and then the person behind you, usually a gross man never a George Clooney type of man, is breathing down your neck like (heavy breathing)… and you’re like… take a step forward and he’s still in your personal space literally breathing down your neck and he never looks like George Clooney. Why is that the case?!

Q: What is your etiquette at the dinner table? At the dinner table, I’m the one in the corner sipping my wine, quietly listening. That is more my personality, I’m an introvert.

Q: What is your favourite possession? Something I‘m super grateful to have is definitely my mom. She is a cheerleader, she is everything to me. I don’t think I would be able to have the tough skin I have if it weren’t for mommy. We recently lost gran, gran was like a mom, so I’m holding on to my mommy like nobody’s business. So to my brothers – back off!

Q: Which is your favourite social media platform? Instagram is the choice if I have to choose between Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram… I feel like there is so much you can share there and now that they have updated the App I’m loving the stories and I can see who is stalking me, which is so fun. I check every single day who is stalking me and to see if they look like George Clooney!

Q: What is your favourite soul food? My soul food, cause I’m such a great cook and I really am and this is not an invitation for people to come to my house. But there has to be hearty roast vegetables, there has to be some kind of stew, there has to be some kind of roast meat – I recently did roast duck and I was quite good at that, so I’m gonna do roast duck and the meat would probably be like a…mmm… roasted beef stew. And then we need the veggies like your pumpkin, your spinach – everything is just hearty and homely. In honour of my grandmother, some dumpling.

Q: How would you describe the Early Breakfast listener? During the Early Breakfast show, I feel like, obviously we are speaking to insomniacs and the question is what do insomniacs do? And I think insomniacs open the fridge and look for answers. That’s what they do! And I think obviously people who are working, people that are studying, people who are lonely and need to talk someone. So I really, in my mind, there isn’t a face for that, it could be anybody, it could even be the CEO of a big company who is stressed by budget and just needs to listen to something different.

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