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One of the SABC’s success stories, Motswako, returns to our screens with a fresh look.
With the exit of the much-loved presenter Penny Lebyane, the show has maintained its reputation by bringing in the equally talented Mapaseka Mokwele (pictured) as her replacement.
Mokwele, who has a wealth of experience in TV and radio, is the perfect fit for one of the most sought-after jobs in local TV.
“I was attracted by the ‘girlishness’ of the show. After having done talk on radio on issues to do with women, it was only a natural progression that TV would follow and Motswako is the best place to start,” said Mokwele who is also to be heard on Khaya FM.
With Lebyane leaving and certain standards of the show already set, fans have obvious expectations of the new host. Mokwele was aware of this when she took the job and has a plan to tackle it.
“I think Penny was brilliant and I love her style of presenting. However, that said, I am not Penny and could never do the things she did and that’s not my intention. I am Mapaseka and will bring what Mapaseka is capable of,” she said.
“Take, for instance, the issue of language. Penny is Pedi and I am Sotho so when I am on screen I will speak in a language I’m most comfortable with,” she explained.
Viewers who love the show are aware that it is a multilingual offering that comes with English subtitles to assist those who may not understand the vernacular languages used.
“We personalise and mix it up a bit. We want even our guests to be comfortable in whatever language they are comfortable with. For example, we had Bongile Khumalo on the other day and I spoke to her in Sotho and she replied in Zulu and we both had subtitles for our conversation and it worked pretty well,” she explained.
Any man who has watched Motswako knows the show deals primarily with issues that affect women. This might discourage the men from tuning in as they might feel they won’t relate to the content. Mokwele has a different take on this line of thought.
“I want to urge all the men out there to watch the show with their woman. I can promise you that you will pick up a thing a two that will make you understand your lady. There are lot of subjects that are demystified on Motswako that will simplify men’s navigation around their lady loves’ interests. So it’s educational to all,” she said.
As for the women, Mokwele said the show takes all women in South Africa into account as they all face the same situations, irrespective of where they come from.
“Our issues do not select us via race, age or religion. We all face almost the same problems so Motswako is for every woman out there,” she said.
Motswako airs on Wednesdays at 6pm on SABC2.