A news junkie, read-a-holic and coffee addict, Maya Jagjivan Kalicharan has been a familiar voice on the airwaves.
This former SABC radio journalist is now a freelance journalism lecturer at Rosebank College in Durban – training and shaping a new generation of journalists. She started her blog a few months ago, fulfilling a childhood dream of writing.
Maya believes was born to write. It’s the many hours she spent reading, and writing prose and poetry while at school, that made journalism a natural career choice.
But, as with the curveballs that life often throws, she stumbled into the world of radio broadcasting at SABC KZN even before she qualified as a journalist. She was bitten by the radio bug. The immediacy, dynamism and versatility of the medium helped her hone her skills and develop as a journalist.
She obtained her B-Tech in Journalism, cum laude from the Durban University and went on to become permanently employed at the SABC in 2005. She has vast experience with on-field reporting, behind the scenes production and live on-air presenting. She worked as a producer for the popular current affairs programme Newsbreak on Lotus FM.
In 2013, she was jointly awarded the MTN Radio Award for Best News and Actuality Show for work she and her colleague produced at the ANC’s Mangaung Conference. During her 12 years of experience at the SABC, she has worked in a wide range of beats – conducting analysis on political developments, economic and social issues as well as compiling human-interest feature stories, the latest business news and presenting sports reports.
In July this year, she pushed herself out of her comfort zone and took a giant leap of faith to become a journalism lecturer. It’s a challenge she has grown to love, more so because it involves moulding budding journalists and helping them become industry ready. She has big plans for the 2018 academic year, so watch this space!
For now, she is enjoying spending time with her re-kindled passion – writing. She hopes to inspire people and make them smile through her varied posts on life in South Africa as she knows and love it!
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