The Sports Chat is an all-sports YouTube channel that was established in 2020, founded by Tshwane University of Technology Journalism Alumni – who happened to share the same vision as far as sports is concerned. Wonder Khaleswayo, also known as ‘Indoda emfushane’, was born and bred in Tembisa. Khaleswayo is a 24-year-old qualified journalist, sports content producer, and broadcaster for The Voice of Tembisa FM. He says the Sports Chat all started as an idea until he and co-founder, Boitumelo Modutwana, ran with the idea and the rest is history.
Despite establishing the channel during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the founders managed to host the most prominent figures and sporting events. Sports Chat’s first guest happened to be Tembisa football sensation, Xolani ‘Blackberry’ Nkala, who is famously known for entertaining the crowd with his ‘Kasi flava’ and showboating during the local tournaments. They went on to feature the legendary boxer and world champion, Ditau ‘Diarora’ Molefyana, who remains one of the greatest boxers South Africa has ever witnessed from the apartheid era.
The channel was also part of the history-making off-season tournament – 2021 Philly’s Games – which was broadcasted live on television for the first time. The duo got the opportunity to cover the final held at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa. They have recently released an exclusive interview with former Banyana Banyana star and Africa’s all-time leading top goal scorer in international football, Portia Modise. Bashin, as she is also known, netted a total of 101 goals in 124 caps, the only African footballer to reach the 100-goal mark.
In an exclusive interview, the sportcaster told SportsPMA that their brand prides itself in inspiring and uniting society through the storytelling of former and current sports stars: “Many guys in the township involved sports are not getting the exposure and coverage that they deserve, so our platform is there to give everyone an opportunity to tell their story, the aim is to make them well-known,” he said.
According to the 24-year-old, the channel endured many financial challenges, including the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it.
“The first challenge we encountered was the issue of not having a camera, so we had to make means by borrowing one to shoot our first promo of the Sports Chat. So, after the promo and the kind of reception it received, we told ourselves that camera or no camera, we will push up until we get our own proper equipment,” said Khaleswayo.
The Tembisa born said they are looking to make an impact in the industry and society, drawing inspiration from SA’s podcaster – Mac G – who had his fair share of challenges before managing to build a podcast, which currently sits at number 1 in the country.
“We wish to grow, create jobs and make an impact through empowering people who have the voice but don’t have the platform to be heard,” said Khaleswayo. He added by saying that they want to show the world that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, in due course it will materialize.
With the desire to attract a bigger audience in South Africa, the Sports Chat has some interesting interviews lined up, with the likes of Andile Ncube, Arnold Rankoko, and Robert Marawa expected to be part of the next big YouTube Sports channel in South Africa.