The 10th annual SA Radio Awards took place yesterday, running for the first time online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was a much-needed celebration amidst all the award cancellations that have been announced for different industry sectors such as the PRISMS and the SAMAS.
Off the back of the awards yesterday, we decided to check in with media personality and businesswoman, Relebogile Mabotja, who won in the category Commercial News Bulletin Reader for her contribution to The Kings Suite on Metro FM.
Moziak Magazine: How are you social distancing during this period?
Relebogile Mabotja: I am staying home completely, and I have no interaction with people that isn’t digital. My neighbours and I have a buddy system to support and help one another with shop runs etc. I have only stepped out to work and follow all precautionary measures when I have to go to the shops for essentials.
MM: Where do you wish you were right now?
RM: Interestingly enough, exactly where I wish to be. My life has been so busy I barely get to truly enjoy my home and tend to things I have been putting on hold. I’m taking care of my veggies and animals and making the most of these interesting times. And I have everything I need with me… except maybe a beach view…
MM: Name 3 positive things about the world almost coming to a standstill
RM: Our leaders and government have had to find solutions for issues that were lingering, like shelters for the homeless, additional support for victims of domestic violence and as a society we have been given an opportunity to truly appreciate and value our essential workers. From security, to health care and petrol attendants. It has brought perspective in places needed and most importantly, mother nature is responding beautifully with the limited human interference.
MM: Name 5 things you plan to achieve whilst in “quarantine”
RM: Rest, clean bill of health, audit of my life, self-care and new ways of doing business and achieving my goals.
MM: What surprising item made your shopping list?
RM: Flour… I never need it and never bake. But figured spending more time in my kitchen would give me an opportunity to play a bit more.
MM: Did you stock up on additional toilet paper?
RM: Yes. Not to panic buy but to limit me having to leave the house because my immune system is compromised being an asthmatic.
MM: Have any important plans or activities of yours been cancelled/postponed because of the coronavirus?
RM: Yes, some work projects for myself, my companies and my foundation, family time and travel.
MM: In a year’s time when you look back, what do you think you will be saying about this period?
RM: I will be saying it was one of the greatest blessings in my life. While some have suffered and lost their lives, for me personally the timing was good and was needed because I doubt much would have stopped my busy life to truly take stock.
MM: What advice do you have for people who are struggling with the idea of social distancing?
RM: It’s easier to focus on what one doesn’t have and what has been taken away. While these issues are valid, we can only deal with what is in our control. I would advise that we focus on the positives, what we do have and finding things to be grateful for, no matter how small. We still have a long way to go and beyond taking care of our physical health, we need to pay attention to our state of mind. This being compromised will also affect our immune system and leave us suffering where it’s not necessary to do so. Find a daily maintenance plan to keep positive and rely on your support structures for guidance and help where needed.
MM: What are you looking forward to the most when the coronavirus pandemic is over?
RM: Appreciating all the things I have taken for granted and the comfort that fewer people will be suffering. I am excited to begin to rebuild when all of this is over.