Monday, July 18, 2011

Aaron Moloisi - Shifting on SABC1

Aaron Moloisi, co-presenter of Shift screened on SABC1 Mondays to Wednesdays from 13h30 to 14h30 shares a little about himself. Born in Ga-Dikgale near Polokwane in Limpopo he grew up with his cousins under the guidance and love of their grandmother.

“I was raised by my grandmother Phefi who taught us independence at a very young age. It was a busy household with healthy competition between siblings which made me a natural competitor. My late grandmother is my inspiration; she instilled a leadership spirit in her kids and grandkids. She always reminded us to strive for the best in life” says Aaron.

When little, Aaron wanted to be a medical doctor and everyone in the family believed he would be the first doctor in the village. From grade one to grade ten; he always came first in class. The last two years of school was tough but Aaron wasn’t far behind.

After completing matric, Aaron left Limpopo for the Eastern Cape to attend the University of Fort Hare, “better known as the University of Leaders because of graduates like Nelson Mandela and Tim Modise who studied there.”

At the age of 21 Aaron successfully completed a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. He was hoping to study medicine afterwards but in his final year of study he got a job at an IT company through a graduate placement programme. “I came in the top 15 of South Africa’s best IT students in 2000 and made headlines in the IT industry for being the first black student at Computer Configurations Holdings with a chemical background to be employed in IT.”

He worked there for two years and then got bored. He felt he wanted something more challenging and thought of television. In 2002 Aaron signed up with an agent and after a couple of months, was called to audition as a presenter for the youth show Take 5. “This was my first TV audition so you can imagine my surprise when I was called back after a couple of weeks to start the job! The excitement was overwhelming and then, just three months into being on Take 5 on SABC1 I was asked to join the team of The Big Question, a talk show on SABC2 as a field reporter dealing with morality issues.”

The rest, as they say is History. Aaron has maintained a name for himself in the industry. His role as one of the anchors on Shift is one of the best choices he has made. “Shift is the only television show I know of with the ability to reach multicultural audiences live and interactive in almost all official languages.”

Aaron’s music preference is soul, classical and gospel. He doesn’t have a favourite song but anything by Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle or Brenda Fassie would make the top of his charts. He enjoys musicals and true-life dramas. His favourite movie stars are Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Kgoroge and his cousin Putla Sehlapelo. He listens to Talk Radio 702.

People who undermine others and are judgmental make Aaron angry. He is inclined to cry when humbled or when he is too happy. What he doesn’t like about himself is that he is inclined to procrastinate a lot and that drives him mad. The three things he knows are ‘for sure’ in life are “taxes, disappointments and death.”

One of his unfulfilled ambitions is “to have my own television channel that will focus on celebrating us as a people and telling authentic African stories with loads and loads of entertainment.”

In his leisure time Aaron spends time with friends and family that are important in his life. He doesn’t have regrets, “I move on very quickly from the not so good experiences, regrets harbour negative energy” and if granted one wish it would be “happiness for everyone.”

Aaron considers himself a leader in the Industry because “leaders are those who inspire, influence and contribute to improvement and change, I consider myself one of them.”

Aaron speaks many SA languages and is proud to be able to represent a huge majority of our nation’s people. “I’m Pedi but I speak Sesotho, Setswana, IsiZulu, isiXhosa, a bit of Xitsonga and Tshivenda.”

See more of Aaron on SABC1 Mondays to Wednesdays at 13h30 on Shift, an SABC Education programme that informs, inspires and entertains. Shift provides a forum for discussions on various subjects; finance, self-esteem, entrepreneurship, empowerment, health, success stories, parenting, gender, education, tourism, environment, technology, arts, culture and social issues. Shift gets viewers thinking and talking about shifting mindsets and changing attitudes.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My little sister wants to study at the university of fort hare as well but we're can't assist her financially. You're a very privileged person Aaron, no financial crisis could deprive you of education. Wish I could say the same for me & my siblings. We all passed our matric but without any success when it comes to education finances.