Broadcasting journalist Graig-Lee Smith attributes his determined spirit to the challenges he has overcome. “Growing up on the Cape Flats will prepare you for almost anything in life,” he says. Smith had to deregister while studying journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology due to a busy work schedule and the death of a loved one. Eventually, he managed to return and complete his studies — his proudest moment. While studying, Smith hosted multiple national radio shows at the SABC and was then headhunted by e.tv. Next, Smith was a reporter for Eyewitness News, where he was able to practise his love of storytelling every day. Smith has recently joined Radio Sonder Grense as the station’s programme manager. Through his work and personal success, he hopes to help change negative stereotypes about the Cape Flats and highlight the potential of its people.
Trust in yourself and your ability to grow and change spaces and I promise you can achieve anything.