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Sechaba Gqeba host of season 20 of SABC 2’s Motswako.

Motswako, an established pillar programme and SABC 2’s flagship women’s talk show, returns to the small screen this August every Thursday at 20h30 with Sechaba Gqeba as its host.

The show, which in 2020 celebrates its twentieth season on air, is a celebration of two decades of women supporting women: championing challenging conversations, changing lives, as well as educating and empowering women from all walks of life. “Inclusivity and representation best describe each of the 26 episodes in season 20.” says Gqeba.The show represents all kinds of women and particularly drives the stories of women who have often been marginalised.”

A seasoned radio personality, emcee, and voice-over artist, Sechaba Gqeba joined Motswako as its new presenter for the show’s nineteenth season in 2018. “This year, hosting the milestone season of Motswako is a privilege I don’t take for granted,” she adds. “Looking back at the list of incredible women who have taken on the responsibility before me, I feel inspired to be at the helm of such a fundamental season and to add my voice to the weekly conversations.”

A host-driven show, Motswako provides a platform for women to engage in conversation with each other; empowering, inspiring, and informing them whilst also giving them a platform to connect, learn and share. Gqeba, who made her television debut on the show, feels she has grown in leaps and bounds as a presenter. “My primary objective is to ensure that I assist guests in telling their personal stories,” she says.

With guests such as The Lazy Makoti, Amanda Dambuza, Lamiez Holworthy, and Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, to name but a few, season 20 will be deliberate in being a platform that represents all types of women in society, regardless of race, sexuality or gender identity.

Filming, which took place during the COVID-19 lockdown, was challenging, however, all involved – from production to guests – pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable season. “It was hard not to be able to embrace guests or sit right next to them but that didn’t stop the conversation from flowing; quite the contrary!”

“Motswako is an essential tool to stay connected to a constituency of women who have been the most marginalised for the longest time. Our society thrives when we enable women to lead unhindered by the myriad of challenges that have retarded our growth over the last 25 years. So, through this platform, we provide a loudhailer to African women and declare boldly that they will not be ignored,” concludes Carol Bouwer. Executive Producer of Motswako on SABC 2.

Catch season 20 of Motswako presented by Sechaba Gqeba Thursdays at 20h30 on SABC 2.

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