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Are you all about empowering women and tackling hot topics? The team behind Bernini - SA’s only real Natural Sparkling Grape Frízzante - is back with The Squadcast which will now be presented as engaging video content, reaching millions of women across SA – and for the first-time audiences will have a view of guests and the infectious energy they bring to each conversation while they’re talking the talk.
Following the success of the popular podcast which launched in Women’s Month in 2020, The Squadcast is now accessible on YouTube – for those who like to be fully immersed in the conversation and the proverbial tea. *sips Bernini*
The series is set to continue inspiring women to embrace all that they are – mothers, sisters, wives, friends, career professionals and so much more – and to have the courage to stand up to a world that tends to stereotype women into one-dimensional roles.
More about the fab new show
The Squadcast is a space where women can find strength and support in a network of women connected across SA. Where they can go to find inspiration to succeed in the workplace and in their personal lives.
The team behind Bernini provide a platform for open, honest conversation with phenomenal women to share their professional journeys and their personal experiences on the road to success, along with insight and advice regarding topics that affect women and their lives.
The guest line-up for the Women’s Month episode which is now accessible on YouTube are popular television presenter and entertainment personality Roxy Burger, entrepreneur Nomndeni Mdakhi – a passionate proponent of female empowerment, and founder of Agenda Women - an online platform that brings women together to learn from each other and grow, and glamorous entrepreneur and digital creator Melody Molale.
Radio broadcaster, TV presenter and all-round media legend Penny Lebyane is the new host of The Squadcast. She is one of Mzansi’s favourite radio broadcasters and television presenters, having worked as a DJ at Metro FM and as an anchor for the e.tv morning show during her celebrated career. We asked her about her career in media, how she juggles the many roles she takes on and her role as new host of The Squadcast.
Penny, you are a passionate proponent of female empowerment, and a legend in the broadcasting industry. How do you measure your success as a woman?
When I was younger, I committed myself to having an impactful media career that l envisioned would be my life’s work. I was told that, as a woman in broadcasting, I would have to make a career change when I reached the age of 30. Fortunately, I’m a woman who follows her own counsel, so I just worked even harder to achieve my goals. l made many mistakes along the way, and I always knew that I needed to constantly improve my skills.
Tell us about your journey – how did your career begin and what do you love about being a woman in the spotlight – I’m sure it does come with its challenges?
I started out working in community radio whilst still attending High School. My first real broadcasting position was as a trainee radio presenter t Soweto Community radio. After that I made a move to the now defunct The Voice of Soweto in downtown Joburg, where I presented the News. Since then I’ve hosted e.tv’s Morning Sunrise, women’s talk show Motswako on SABC 2, and the daily breakfast show on Massiv Metro, among others. I love being a catalyst for important and difficult conversations as we evolve as a people. I love having the opportunity to meet and possibly inspire people from all walks of life. When it comes to challenges, it's no secret that l was marginalized and that definitely had an impact on my mental health. Ultimately though, it has made me the woman l am today.
As a successful and glamorous woman in the spotlight, you wear many hats – mother, sister, wife friend, broadcaster, TV presenter and so much more. How have you managed to stand up to a world that tends to stereotype women into one dimensional roles – and to show the world all that you are?
I wear all my hats with grace and humility, and I always aim to add value, in whatever capacity l am working. Glamour is of course part of the package. I believe I am a good friend, but the role I enjoy most is that of being a mother. It’s the greatest blessing that God has given me. I have yet to be a wife, and am looking forward to that, one day. I think I will be a good marriage partner.
The 1st episode of The Squadcast is now ‘live’ on YouTube. What is the theme for this one, and what are the topics of conversation?
I am so excited about it! The role of host of The Squadcast is very important to me. I see The Squadcast as a space where women can find strength and support in a network of women connected across SA, and where they can find inspiration to succeed in their own lives. The theme is Feminism and Women’s Rights and the conversations will inspire our female viewers to show the world all that they can be. We touch on topics like ‘‘Is the GBV situation in South Africa improving’ and ‘What does success look like for a modern woman’.
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