Our national broadcaster has finally decided to open up the industry and hire new fresh faces on their various popular TV shows. Mulisa Mudau made the cut as the new field presenter on The Real Goboza (RGB).
Mulisa may seem like the new kid on the block, but don’t underestimate this tshiVenda powerhouse in the making.
After waiting almost over half an hour for Mulisa, I almost cancelled the interview and couldn’t help but think she was just another newbie celeb flexing her drama queen status on me. Now my patience levels are very low, so it came as a surprise to me when I decided to give Mulisa the benefit of the doubt and wait for her.
Finally she arrived, apologising profusely and trying to explain how she got lost as a newly relocated Johannesburg dweller. Yes, after wanting to be so mad, I couldn’t help but forgive Mulisa almost immediately. Once we’d settled into our chairs, it was easy to understand why she is so likable. I couldn’t help but be attracted to her energy.
Coming from the humble beginnings of Sasolburg in the Free State, Mudau born April 22, 1995, has become a force to be reckoned with. Mulisa hit the ground running early, putting in the hours from a young age. “I’m a lover of things since I was a little girl, I would practice in front of my aunts,” says Mulisa.
Mulisa then moved on from the comfort of performing for family to community radio during her undergrad years, where she really honed her skill and love for the mic. “I was trained by one of the best Ashifa Mashaba at Energy FM.”
However, not all was smooth sailing for Mulisa. She says some of her hardest and challenging times in her professional career were when she was retrenched from the community station. Although she felt lost and disheartened, she said she never lost hope that she was meant for this business. After putting her big girl panty on and bossing up, Mulisa switched up strategy and decided to stop playing it small and go straight for the major leagues.
After moving from Polokwane to Johannesburg for her the RGB gig four-months ago, Mulisa is quickly showing the rest of Mzansi (South Africa) why she deserves her spot on the national platform. She tried out for the Mzansi Insider presenter search and fumbled during the final rounds of auditions.
“That day was not mine. I broke down on set and cried. I got another chance when I got called for the RGB auditions. I had a serious self-talk and told myself that I am talented and have everything it takes. There were two of us up for the gig. When I saw her, I told myself I’m going to snatch it [the RGB job] from her. The following week I got the call that I got it. I cried tears of joy and fell into prayer.”
She remains humble by always remembering where she comes from in the quaint dwellings of Venda. “I am living my dream,” said Mulisa.
Mulisa said since starting her new path in Johannesburg, gracing us on our local small screen’s, the journey hasn’t been easy. Mulisa said that what you hear about the harsh mean girl invite only club, that the entertainment industry has become infamously known for is true. “You can feel that you’re the newbie and there is a you can’t sit with us vibe. But some people are genuinely nice.” Mulisa said she tries to not let the negativity bother her too much and is more focused on improving her skills, growing in within the industry and building a strong Mulisa Mudau fan base.
The young aspirant presenter said she has learnt a lot from working on RGB these past few months. “They [Sinazo and Goliath, RGB presenters] also make mistakes. It was cool to see them fluff too. People I look up to like Kgomotso Christopher are human too. I like to challenge myself to get better and use my God-given talent. This is my purpose.”
“Success for me is not being liked or being a celebrity. It’s about fulfilling your purpose and able to touch lives. I believe I have found my purpose and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
As our lunch interview comes to an end, I couldn’t help but feel inspired by Mulisa. Not only is she a fellow millennial, black woman, smart and a hustler succeeding, but a matured boss lady slowly making heatwaves in the media industry. I was most struck by how mature, independent, ambitious and put together she seemed. I was touched when she was raised along with her younger brother, by her maternal family, after the passing of her mother at 15. “I was raised by a Queen. It was tough not having her around especially being a girl child. Even today, I wish she was here.”
As we end off, I ask Mulisa if she could spend one last hour with her mother, what she’d say to her. With tears in her ears and a bittersweet smile on her face as she remembered her late mother, Mulisa answers, “I’d tell Mama I’m making you so proud. Thank you for raising me the way you did. I would tell her how well she well she has done and she is the reason why I am where I am today.”