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I'm seldom there; I spend maybe 10 days per month in South Africa so I really do see it as my sanctuary. Since then, the service has covered historic milestones across the world, including the genocide in Rwanda, the inauguration of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings and the peace process in Angola after the killing of Unita leader Dr Jonas Savimbi. Are you a technophobe or a technophile? On the 1st of January many babies were born and other significant incidents happened. What are you working on right now? I'm lucky enough to work with a team that sees the value of working ahead of schedule, so while we were doing the live feeds in Kenya during US President Obama's visit, we produced other stories during the lulls. At the end of the day, it's all about that open mind, basic general knowledge and keen interest in the state the world is in. For me, it's my Master's degree in development studies, which I use daily, as it broadened my already keen interest in current affairs, politics, the business of capital markets and economic issues. We also have a special edition coming up about the lucrative game-hunting side of tourism, challenging the conservation side. I've also recently started running - everyday on the treadmill and 5km every weekend.

It's a tolerant and open-minded industry, with the BBC even more so - all views are accepted. Mbele: The BBC, of course! Lerato Mbele is a journalist and broadcaster from South Africa.

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Ha ha, I'm still working on it! Describe your average workday if such a thing exists. Mbele: 'Quirky! She launched her media career with the creation of her own talk show, Moments With Mo, the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional television. Mbele: It's simple - journalism's no rocket science. What are the tools of your trade? It's often a hour work day where you don't have time to stop and catch your breath, and means you have to make lots of compromises. Lerato Mbele is a journalist and broadcaster from South Africa. What do you love about your industry?

Are you a technophobe or a technophile? A selfie with cameraman Jason Boswell 1. The show has been on air for almost two years and we want to keep things fresh and prevent it from getting stale, which is why we now focus on the news makers and shape shifters, or youth making an impact on the industry.

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This happened when the inaugural New African Woman Awards nominated women in 11 categories including media, science, arts and culture, business, politics, sport, and finance. We've seen many organisations have to rationalise pay cuts since the recession, but the demand for news has increased - feeds on TV, radio and online.

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That links to my love of music; my iPod is always close by. Working in the media, anything goes, whether you're homosexual, you've been married eight times, or you're not planning on having any children. Susan Kigula studied while in Ugandan maximum security prison and successfully challenged her conviction for murder, and more stories. Her career began as an intern at the SA Broadcasting Corporation, where she quickly rose through the ranks of the radio current affairs, to eventually host a diplomatic Programme titled the Ambassadors at SABC Africa. It's often a hour work day where you don't have time to stop and catch your breath, and means you have to make lots of compromises. Who is getting it right in your industry? What do you love about your industry? Other catchphrases we keep hearing at the moment are 'African Renaissance' and 'African revival', as it's definitely Africa's time to shine. It's a tolerant and open-minded industry, with the BBC even more so - all views are accepted. Where do you live, work and play? Tell us a few of your favourite things. What do you love about your industry? At the time I felt that if she could accept an interview from little old me, I must be doing something right. What advice would you give to newbies hoping to crack into the industry? I love doing yoga in Design Quarter, Fourways; playing with my family on the beaches in KZN; and when I have more money to spend, going further afield to Mauritius, Paris and Senegal, with a trip to Thailand coming up soon.

It's often a hour work day where you don't have time to stop and catch your breath, and means you have to make lots of compromises. It's about learning to meet the demands of hour live broadcasts as was the case, and accurately and succinctly covering issues of world affairs.

We've seen many organisations have to rationalise pay cuts since the recession, but the demand for news has increased - feeds on TV, radio and online.

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