It is not every day that you find a beautiful face with brains, but for Setshwano Moaisi, Letlhabile presenter is one of the rare brainy television personalities.
Although she didn’t realize her dream of becoming a Lawyer, she has found something that she loves to do and that is being a television Presenter.
The only daughter of Mr and Mrs Moaisi from Boatle, was driven by her passion to do what she loves most and became a television star.
KGOMOTSO TSHWENYEGO finds more about this beautiful young woman who graces our television screens every Wednesday on Botswana Television.
Q. What are your chief responsibilities in your current job?
I am currently a freelance presenter at Dee-zone production, for a show called Letlhabile which is a Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture initiative where we showcase what the ministry is all about.
We talk about issues relating to youth development fund among others.
Q. What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I definitely would love to have a permanent job for starters.
I think I have done enough job shadowing through interning and am now in a perfect place to move forward.
Q. What strongest assets did you bring to your job?
Ambition and drive; to succeed in anything that you do you need to love what you do and everything follows and I love what I do.
Q. What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in your new media career?
Seeing Letlhabile air for the first time, after all the work we put in it, although we were a bit skeptical about the outcome, it was a wow moment for the whole Letlhabile team.
Q. What has been the biggest influence on your career?
At first it was the idea of being on television and it grew to being fascinated by how it is all done behind the scenes, and generally growing up was into arts.
I did drama at school and that I think influenced my choice of studying film and television. To be honest I prefer being behind the camera than in front.
Q. From your perspective, what do you like least about the media industry at present?
It doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It is seen as a fly by night, maybe it’s because it’s all new compared to being an accountant.
I remember when I said I was going to study Mass Communication the question I got was “wa go bereka kae?” The people in it also need to take it seriously and the rest of the country will follow.
Q. And how should they take themselves seriously?
The problem with people in the media especially film and television is that you see them today and tomorrow they are gone. Some actually produce good stuff then “poof”, its hard yes there is no profitable market, but the trick is to keep going.
Q. Who is the one person in media that you admire the most?
Hehehe, I don’t have anyone I can pin point, I generally don’t believe in role models, it’s heartbreaking when they don’t live up to expectations but kudos to all those media pioneers like Thabiso Maretlwaneng.
Q. What is one thing that would surprise many people to know about you?
That I can speak Setswana so fluently, beats me why. When I auditioned for Letlhabile jaws were dropped am telling you
Q. If you could, what changes would you bring about BTV?
More local programming I’m sure it’s every Motswana’s dream, privatise then place, clutter programmes, good or bad, that way there is competition and people will better their work with something to benchmark on.
Q. Your favourite episode you on Letlhabile
My favorite episode? Mmh, all of them of course.
Q. Where did you school?
I did my primary at Ben Thema, then went on the Bonnington CJSS and then to Ledumang Senior Secondary School. It was then that I was aspiring to be a beauty queen, got a couple of tittles up my sleeve. I had wanted to study Law but I was short of three points and couldn’t enroll. I then went on to Limkokwing Unversity in Malaysia and studied Mass Communications..
Q. Where are you from?
I am from Boatle.
Q. Family background
I am the only daughter in my family, I have two brothers. I have a grandmother who lives in Nswazwi whom I love to bits, and big family that is just a bunch of love and fun.
Q. Any children?
I have no children
Q. Are you in a relationship and any wedding bells?
No, am single. I just got off a long term relationship, so no wedding bells anytime soon.
Q. How do you handle the fame
What fame? Hahaha. I live a very private life simple life, me being Letlhabile presenter is just doing what I love.
Q. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I wouldn’t mind being a lawyer, I think secretly there is a lawyer in me.
Q. And Why didn’t you do law?
I was short of three points to qualify to study law.
Q. What profession would you not like to participate in?
Accounting, numbers are not my forte unless we are looking at my bank account and want to put more zeroes than I could count, hahaha!
Q. If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I’m going to forget all the horrible things you did on earth so go inside and be a good girl.
Q. What do you wish you had invented?
An instant weight loss machine, where you go inside for just a minute and you punch in the desired kilos you want to shed off and you walk out the way you want to look. Then I could eat as much as I want.
Q. What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I am just getting started and I don’t think I have reached a point where I can say “well done Setshwano” yet, there are more amazing things I want to achieve. It is only when I get there that I can say I have achieved.
Q. If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be running my mother’s guest house, which is something I’ve been doing whenever I had free time like during school holidays. I don’t like doing nothing so I always find ways to keep myself occupied.
Q. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would that be?
Mfundi Vundla, the brains behind Generations, just maybe I will slip him a script and ideas who knows what could happen.
Q. If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?
Can I just be president already haha. Seriously though I wouldn’t make it an aspiration to acquire a certain job but I would rather have my own media house, there I could drive my dreams the way I want.
Q. Worst feeling in the world?
FEAR, it robs one of life. If you don’t take risks in life or chance at something you know could possibly blow up in your face, you limit yourself and somehow never get to reach your true potential.
Q. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Thank God I’m alive to see another day.
Q. Take us through your day as Letlhabile Presenter?
First its picking outfits from our sponsors, go on location get dressed, do make up while going through my lines.
Sometimes it’s a long day with wanting to perfect all my lines. I have been presenting Letlhabile for almost a year now so its fewer takes nowdays as I’m more comfortable on set.
The team I work with is just awesome not forgetting my great co- hosts previously Tshepiso Moloi and now Joseph Sebina.
Q. Life before Letlhabile?
I used to be at Dee-zone, the production company that does letlhabile, fulltime so a day at Letlhabile was a bit different as I did write scripts and a bit of producing as well as sitting with the editor for the final piece.
I’m a mass communication graduate so I’m fully aware of my environment .
NAME: Setshwano Moaisi
DATE OF BIRTH: 22 May 1988
FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK: Red wine
WHAT’S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
YOUR FAVOURITE DISH: Anything with chicken, sweet and sour flavor, I eat anything, chocolate cake for dessert please
YOUR HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Beach sand, airy breeze, far away and the ocean
DREAM CAR: A jeep
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