Relebogile Mabotja is a dynamic media personality who’s managed to put various aspects of her talent to the test while staying at the top of her game, throughout her career. The executive producer was introduced to South African screens as an actress; she is now also a presenter, musician, radio host, writer and musical director.
The levels her excellence reaches surprise not only her audiences but sometimes even her: “I have achieved goals and dreams I never even imagined for myself. I wanted to sing but never knew I would be making a living as a composer and a publisher. I wanted to speak to people but didn’t know it would be on the radio, and that I would win an award for it. I wanted to be creative, but never imagined I would see my name in the credits of many different types of shows as a producer.”
Mabotja also attributes her wins to her attitude. Her road to success is a testament to what is achievable through love, effort, patience and discipline. These are lessons she was taught at home.
“I love that my parents and the people who raised me are bearing witness to the fruits of their labour. Every award and mind-blowing experience is exponentially greater having them — who came from far less with fewer opportunities, support and resources — getting to enjoy the achievements of the woman they shaped,” she says.
Ultimately, she wants to be a part of putting South Africa and Africa on more global stages and being a voice that helps create an inclusive entertainment industry. “There are still not enough people who look like me sitting at the tables of influence and decision-making, especially in the worlds of music, media and broadcasting. More people from minority groups need to have a say and be included in business and policies,” she adds.