Award-winning news anchor Cathy Mohlahlana on #MyTop10At10
16 Aug 2019 AFROPOLITAN WOMEN
By Zuko Komisa
South African journalist, Cathy Mohlahlana, recently joined Tbose on #MyTop10At10. Cathy is a former reporter of eNCA where she worked for four years before joining eNews Prime Time as an anchor. She was discovered in her first year at WITS University by Radio 702.
Cathy moved to the city of Polokwane when she was six years old to attend boarding school. She would later be one of the country’s most recognisable news anchors. In 2009, she won the National Press Club Radio Journalist of the Year Award and in 2012 was selected to take part in the CNN Journalism Fellowship.
Reunited after 11 years with Tbose
Cathy used to read the news on Tbose’s show on Kaya FM. She reflected on her time at the station, reminiscing on what a great time it was.
“It’s been 11 years since I did news on your show and since then a lot has happened. When I look back at my time at Kaya FM, I always say that it was the best time in the world, because we had so much fun. Being in this space, being in this environment, I think I’ve really been fortunate.”
A Passion for News and Information
Her career has been driven by her passion for news and information. She shared with Tbose what kept her going all these years.
“We are always growing, we are always evolving, if I am not intentional about growing myself and what I have to offer, it won’t happen on its own. It’s hard, it’s not an easy thing to do. I think ultimately if you are committed, for me I just want to be the best at what I do. I strive for excellence in what I do, anything that is going to help me get there, I have all the time in the world for.”
In 2018 she was part of a group of people who joined the Trek for Mandela initiative to Mount Kilimanjaro. She was also recently part of the Obama Foundation Fellowship.
“At the time the fellowship happened, Michelle Obama had a story that resonated with me incredibly, because I used to watch a lot of the stuff they were doing, even at the primaries, I’d listen to her speak, I was like this woman is incredible, and how she was able to change the image of the American press, from how they first received her, as the potential first lady, to what it was when she left office. You have to have some kind of will power to stand against a tide like that and say, you will recognize me for who I am.”
Listen to the full conversation here:
On the Advancement of Women by Women
Cathy believes that the advancement of women begins with women, and urged women in position of leadership to pave the way for the rest of the coming generation.
“It starts with women, absolutely, we have to be at the forefront of that, what we know from the state of affairs in our country is that no one is going to be at the forefront of the advancement of women but ourselves. If we want equal pay for equal work, guess what that’s not going to happen tomorrow if we are the ones when we are in positions of leadership who are deliberate.”