Thato Moeng is a beautiful South African sports broadcaster, presenter, journalist, voice-over artist, and host. As a woman, she is making it big in the world of sports – which is a male-dominated industry. She has hosted major football events like the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The sports presenter is an inspiration to other ladies out there who are having second thoughts regarding the possibility of venturing and succeeding in a career path that is dominated by men, especially in sports and even politics. She is a perfect example to show that even though some of these careers are male-dominated, there is still room for women. Coupled with her successful career, she is also happily married and is a proud mother.
Thato Moeng Was Born In Pretoria
On the 25th of April 1986, Thato Moeng was born in Pretoria North, South Africa. Not much is known about her parents and siblings, as well as what her childhood days looked like. What is known is that right from her childhood, she always had an interest in sports.
Her passion for sports was inspired by her dad, who may have been a huge fan of sports. However, Thato never really wanted a career in sports journalism and even after getting a job, she was still unsure of the career path. But the doubt did not last for so long as she soon started getting results on the job, which convinced her to stay on the career path.
She Is A Graduate Of The Tshwane University of Technology
Thato Moeng attended both primary and secondary school in Pretoria, but the names of the institutions she attended and matriculated from are not available to the public. In 2005, she gained admission into the Tshwane University of Technology to study film and television technology.
After one year of being a student of the Film and Television Technology department, she switched to Journalism. Four years later, she bagged her degree and successfully graduated in 2010. Her interest in studying journalism may have been inspired by her desire to become a political analyst, but little did she know that life has other plans in store for her.
Thato Moeng Started Her Career At YFM
The talented and elegant sports broadcaster started her career at YFM as an intern. In 2010, she auditioned at Super Sports and was fortunate to get the job of a host on ‘Thursday Night Life’ with Robert Marawa, a position she held until 2011. She is also 5FM’s first black female sports broadcaster and worked there from 2011 to 2014.
As her career continued to grow, Moeng came up with the initiative of hosting her own sports show called Thato Moeng YO-TV Sports Show. In 2018, she sealed a hosting gig with Vision View Sports Radio to host two of their shows which include; NFD and Morning Flow. As you would expect, she is doing a great job. The seasoned presenter who admires Cynthia Chaka also dreams of having her own sports club one day.
Thato Moeng Is A Brand Ambassador
In recent times, it is common for celebrities to have a large number of social media followers, and this makes them a target for brands who believe that these celebrities can convince a good part of their followers to trust and patronize their brands. For someone like Thato Moeng, who has made a name for herself as a lady excelling in the sports industry, she has attracted over 45,000 followers on Instagram and is now also making money from brand endorsement deals.
She is currently the brand ambassador of Slack Alicia South Africa, a clothing and lifestyle brand that deals on male and female clothing. Aside from her amazing work on screen, in order to keep her social media page active, she regularly uploads stunning pictures of herself.
Being a voice-over artist is one of the occupations listed in her Instagram bio. From her voice, while presenting, you can easily tell that she will be good at creating professional voiceovers. At the Momentum GSport Awards in 2019, she did a voice-over and kept the audience entertained with just her voice.
Thato Moeng Runs A Foundation
In an interview with GSport, Thato was asked to give her view on the current state of female involvement in sports and she responded by pointing out the fact that female involvement has improved. However, she maintained that there was room for more improvement, as ladies need to explore some of the opportunities that are available for them in the world of sports.
As her own contribution to inspiring young ladies who have an interest in sports, she runs a foundation that was established in 2019 – Thato Moeng Foundation. The aim of this foundation is to improve the interest of women in sports.
Her Career Has Not Been Without Challenges
Taking up the challenge of conquering an industry that is dominated by men is certainly not an easy task, and Thato Moeng’s career has not been an exception. She has had to face several challenges to get to where she is today. In her interview with GSport, she spoke about this but was careful enough not to cite an example or call out the names of people who have made her career challenging.
According to her, she has been through days where situations made her cry, she has had to bring down doors while leaving some closed, but in all, she has remained victorious. She hopes to attain even greater heights in the industry. Thato also believes that any other woman who is determined to be successful in sports can be, as such, she calls on big platforms to advertise and push female sports, in order to spur the interest of other ladies.
Is Thato Moeng Married?
Aside from being blessed with a successful career, Thato Moeng is also happily married to Dumisani Sibiya. There are reports that the two tied the knot on the 22nd of December 2016, after dating for a while. Nothing much is known about what their marriage ceremony looked like and how long they dated before getting married. However, it was in December 2016 (and the first few months of 2017) that she shared pictures of her white wedding on social media.
Thato Moeng and her husband are blessed with a daughter called Thando, who was born on the 26th of June 2014. As a result of the nature of her job, Thato is not always able to spend quality time with her family. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, she was forced to stay at home and she appreciated the time.