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At the end of 2010 Tsepiso stopped several years of broadcasting the SABC 3 prime-time current affairs programme, Interface. Her past experience also includes reading the 7 o’clock news for SABC 3. Beyond anchoring, she also helps produce content for the programmes she present. In her freelance capacity she facilitate and direct programmes and or workshops for various entities, including government departments. Tsepiso also performs these tasks at an International level for international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund in Washington ( to help launch their dialogue at their Annual Summit in 2010); and the International Parliamentary Union at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva Switzerland to facilitate a three hour live television panel discussion on the attainment of MDG goals with more than 100 parliamentarians from all over the world (2008); and moderating at the high-level conference of the African Union on democracy and constitution making, 25-27 November 2013; the International youth conference on Elections in Abuja (2014) where she was both a facilitator and International Speaker. In 2012 Tsepiso joined forces with Oxfam GB to host a series of public Dialogues called “Mind the Gap” which tackles myriad topics with the aim of engaging civil society and government and or political matters on policy issues. She performed a similar task for a local newspaper for what is known as the Sowetan Dialogues. Tsepiso has hosted many events, including recently the premier launch of Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (2013); the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Top 100 Business event during the organisation’s Annual Lecture period and their Aids Dialogues (2013). Tsepiso also does philanthropic work with both the NMF and Breadline Africa – mainly centred around the Mandela Library projects.

She still continues training work which she started while at Primedia in 1999, training interns and or junior journalists, but have in the past years included media training for individuals or companies in better understanding the media or how to effectively use the media space. This training has also encompassed training Ambassadors or Heads of Missions being posted to various countries for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Tseoiso has a keen interest in African politics, which has led her to; over the years cover various issues across the continent, including elections here at home in South Africa and in countries like Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. But she has also covered socio-economic issues in places like the Sudan and Kenya, on Uganda, Mali, and other African countries. Her interviews span the length and breadth of political, business and civil society sectors from the grassroots to Captains of Industry to Heads of States.

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