FORMER VOICE of Wits (VOW) reporter Cathy Mohlahlana discusses her six-year-old broadcasting career. She was discovered in her first year at Wits by Radio 702. Mohlahlana is currently an eNCA news anchor, while completing her degree part-time with Unisa. She studied International Relations and Political Sciences at Wits.
How was your schooling Journey?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Do you ever stop missing radio?
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?
This one is a tough one (laughs). I’ll take the safest way out.