As we continue to celebrate our 20th birthday, Koketso Sachane reflects on the fees protests that began in earnest in 2015.
Koketso has spent close to two decades’ in the media working as a journalist, spokesperson, radio host and editor.
This dedicated father-of-two is always questioning the impact of public policy on ordinary citizens’ lives.
To find out more about him, we sat down for a Q&A session:
Q: Presenting radio isn’t easy! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? A: “Be yourself, don’t take on a character and treat your audience with respect” – Zain Ibrahim, BushRadio 1998.
Q: What is your routine before the show/ how do you prep for your show? A: Prep happens in discussion with the show’s executive producer Lindiwe Mlandu. A routine I have is that 10 minutes before the show, I walk around or sit on a couch while listening to music. The song/genre is dependent on the mood at the time.
Q: Your favourite interview to date? A: Only one? I can do two if I HAVE to choose. Former Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Dikgang Moseneke and Zimbabwean economist Dr Nkosana Moyo.
Q: If you could time travel, which era would you go back to? Why? or what would you do? A: I would travel to the 70s where I could meet a young Thomas Sankara and warn him that Blaise Compaore is not to be trusted. I believe that had Sankara fully succeeded in what he was looking to do in Burkina Faso, it would have had ripple effects on the rest of the continent.
Q: Share one of the items on your bucket list… A: Walk the coastline of Ghana with my wife and daughters.
Q: What REALLY irritates you? A: I have misophonia - sensitivity to certain sounds like people chewing in my ear.
Q: What would you consider as your soulfood? A: My father’s famous chicken mushroom dish.
Q: Are there any perks to being an on-air personality – quicker response to complaints? Better service? A: I don’t believe so. If there are, I am yet to find out. Using or benefiting from being on air for me feels too much like a “do you know who I am moment” and that is most annoying.
Q: What is your greatest weakness? A: I’ve been told I trust too much. Is that a weakness?
Q: Your favourite possession right now? A: I don’t place much value on possessions but if I were to choose I would say my passport.
Q: Your all-time favourite movie? A: Meet Joe Black. _“_love is passion. Obsession. Someone you can't live without. I say fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy, and who'll love you the same way back. How do you find 'em? Well, you forget your head and you listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Because the truth is, honey, there's no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven't lived a life at all. But you have to _try, because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived” – Will Parish
Q: When was the last time you were surprised (by something or someone)? A: My daughters surprise me almost every day with the questions and statements they make. My little one has a deep sense of empathy while the older sister has a strong sense of curiosity around history.
Q: Are you a big talker around the braai/dinner table or is talk something you save for the radio? A: What you “see/hear” is what you get. I believe I am consistent whatever the setting.
Q: Twitter or Facebook or Instagram – which do you prefer? A: I sometimes forget I have an Insta profile which I must attend to. I am primarily on Twitter which is linked to my Facebook.
Q: Your favourite kind of gig beyond radio presenting? A: Telling stories and tracing history through video is an area I have “stumbled upon” completely unplanned and I would want to do more of it.
Q: How do you juggle being a man with an amazing career and being a dad? A: “Man with an amazing career”? Ah.. my wife can hear me now saying “I don’t know about that part”. But there is no juggle. I have always managed, as best as I could, to have what I do fit into what my family needs.
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