Cathy Mohlahlana Biography
Cathy Mohlahlana is a South African journalist. She is a news anchor at eNCA. She is a former reporter for eNCA for four years and later joined eNews Prime Time as an anchor. She was discovered in her first year at Wits by Radio 702.
Cathy Mohlahlana Education Background
- Secondary school student at Capricorn High School
- Wits University where she studied International Relations and Political Sciences
Cathy Mohlahlana Career
She began her career as an online copy writer and radio anchor. At the end of her year she was offered to work in radio, the campus radio at Wits University Talk Radio 702.
She says her previous job helped prepare her for her career move, “Being here has really helped me grow as a journalist and as an individual. Being given the space to be able to report and cover the kind of stories I have, has been a huge opportunity. I’ve really learnt a lot because eNCA has gone out of their way to develop me.
One of the greatest experiences I had was when I was taken on a fellowship to the States. There I got to meet all the anchors of CNN and see how it is at such a large-scale operation. That was one of the most beneficial experiences I’ve had in my life,”
She’s been a reporter for eNCA for four years and now enters the studio as the new news anchor.
Cathy Mohlahlana Award
- 2009: National Press Club Radio Journalist of the Year Award
An Interview With Cathy Mohlahlana
Source: Wits Vuvuzela
How was your schooling Journey?
Cathy Mohlahlana: My journey has been rather interesting because I was at the end of my first year when I was offered an opportunity to work in radio. I guess since then, trying to balance work and school has been demanding. It’s a work in progress.
Why did you decide to study International Relations and Political Sciences?
In my high school years I was involved in public speaking and debating. Being part of Model United Nations exposed me to the world of diplomacy and international relations. Every time we had to debate, I left with a greater conviction about the fact that it’s what I wanted to do.
What do you dislike about your job?
Cathy Mohlahlana: There are frustrations that come with what I do. Often they include not being able to cover all the stories I want to because of limited time resources. Of course working in the public space means you must also be open to feedback. Whether solicited or not, everyone has an opinion on what you do and how you’re doing it. After a while you learn to develop a thick skin, appreciate the views of others and grow from it.
How has journalism affected your personal life?
Cathy Mohlahlana: Well I try to separate who I am from what I do. Once the boundaries are clear, it’s easier, I think.
What is the highlight of your career so far?
Cathy Mohlahlana: I’ve been fortunate enough to cover some incredible stories locally and abroad. Working with people who believe in your talent and are willing to help create room for it really is a blessing. While a lot has happened in my career so far, when I look back I realise that there’s still so much more to do. And learn. Right now I think just the opportunity of being a journalist is the highlight of my life.
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Do you ever stop missing radio?
Cathy Mohlahlana: Is that even possible? (Giggles) TV is complex, you are on screen and people see you and what you are wearing, you are based on how you look, with radio it takes everything away, it’s you and the microphones.
If you can break the law just once and get away with it, which law would you break?
Cathy Mohlahlana: This one is a tough one (laughs). I’ll take the safest way out.
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