Siki Mgabadeli

Siki Mgabadeli has achieved much in her nine years of being a professional and award-winning journalist in the fields of economics and finance. Anchoring at major television and radio stations, she has become well known in the Journalistic and Media industry. Mgabadeli graduated from Rhodes University in 2000 where she majored in Journalism, English and Economic Journalism.

Personal information Siki Mgabadeli is an award-winning journalist that has become accomplished since acquiring her degree in 2000. She says that she feels strongly about economics, as she believes that every single thing we do has an economic component, and it’s only when we can understand how economics impacts on us as individuals, that we can be free in every sense of the word (SABC shows: http://www.sabc3.co.za/shows/3066). She is currently living in Johannesburg, working for SABC 3.

Career information Siki Mgabadeli is currently a South African financial journalist, television presenter and producer. She is best known, however, for her anchoring on numerous television and radio news stations. These include: SABC (as well as Business@10 on SABC 3); Market Update and Morning Talk on SAFM; the current affairs show Morning Edition on etv. Up until 2009, Mgabadeli was the senior business news anchor at CNBC Africa. This television station is aired in South Africa on DStv. During her time there, she was involved in the World Economic Forum on Africa, the IBSA Editor’s Conference in India and the African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo, Norway. She also gained coverage on major African Markets. Previous to this, Siki Mgabadeli was Executive Producer – Economics Desk at the SABC. Mgabadeli studied towards her honours in Journalism and Media studies at Rhodes University in South Africa until 2000 when she started her career in January 2001 at the satellite business channel, Summit TV. Mgabadeli worked as a reporter covering business and economic stories while at the same time being a part-time presenter on the same channel. While at Summit TV, she anchored African Business Tonight, a programme dedicated to business and markets in Africa, which aired across Africa sold by TV Africa and Summit TV. When she left Summit TV, Mgabadeli joined SABC as a producer and anchor on Business Beat which is a public broadcaster’s programme. Along with this, for a few months she anchored and produced SABC’s Morning Live the premier morning news programme. She then joined etv after leaving SABC to on the 2-hour show, Morning Edition, as their morning news anchor. This programme covers current affairs, entertainment and business news. Mgabadeli was then given the opportunity to sub-anchor the financial slots on Business Update. This programme was the only show that aired during the stock exchange was trading opened up. Based at the JSE, she spoke with fund managers on issues the affect investors and possible investors. During August of 2004, Mgabadeli was anchor of Business Update which was renamed to News@1 which added African news to the hour. Mgabadeli also worked as a stand-in presenter on the 10 pm News on SABC 3 in the business slot as well as starting her career in radio as a stand in presenter for Micheal Coulson on SAFM’s market update in 2004. From 2006 she worked as a full-time presenter on SAFM’s market update as well as SAFM’s Saturday morning current affairs program. Currently, Siki Mgabadeli is a sought after MC and can be booked for events at http://www.bookcelebs.co.za/radio_siki.htm. She is also a successful panel discussion facilitator and has facilitated panel discussions such as the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town in June 2008. She is also currently the co-host and co-producer of the SABC3 business magazine show Africa Inc., which investigates the complex issues that surround and drive the country's Black Economic Empowerment policies.
Recognitions and awards Mgabadeli was awarded the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year award – TV News Category in April 2006. She won this from her series of interviews that she did which focused on how Africa and South Africa can bridge the digital divide. In May of the same year she was awarded the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year: TV Category, for her regular broadcasts on the Reserve Bank MPC that included inserts on car prices and a piece on South Africa’s pension fund industry.

External Links
SABC 3 - http://www.sabc3.co.za/shows/3066 Book Celebs - http://www.bookcelebs.co.za/radio_siki.htm RhodesUniversity - http://www.ru.ac.za etv - http://www.etv.co.za CNBC - http://www.cnbcafrica.com
SAFM - http://www.safm.co.za

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