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Karabo Kgoleng
Literary Journalism Award
 Karabo currently works as an arts, literature and lifestyle journalist in print and radio broadcast media. Most will know her as a presenter on SAfm Literature (Sundays 1pm to 4pm), which she has been hosting for the past three years and more recently on SAfm’s Afternoon Talk (weekdays 2pm to 4pm). She also hosted Art Matters on the same radio station for six months.Karabo’s professional background includes written articles for Afropolitan Magazine, YMag and The Weekender. She has also worked in publishing (Jacana Media) as a marketing and events co-ordinator. Her radio career spans 6 years, having started her career at Radio Islam (Southern Gauteng on MW 1548), Channel Islam International (Worldspace & DSTV) and SAfm (FM 104 – 107). She has been featured on websites (, among others), magazines and newspapers, most recently in The Guardian (

Having interviewed locally and internationally sought-after artists, Ms Kgoleng is ready to take her career to the next level. Hugh Masekela, Prof Wole Soyinka, Ronnie Kasrils, Jay Naidoo, Sibongile Khumalo, Sarah Brightman, Patrizio Buanne, Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Andrew Zuckerman, Roger Ballen, Allister Sparks, Dr John de Maritini, Antjie Krog, Andre Brink and Zapiro are just a few artistic luminaries that she has interviewed over the years.

Karabo is highly sought-after as a speaker on literary issues in SA and Africa, with a particular focus on popularizing books and entrenching a culture of reading in South Africa. She is also Board Member of Alliance Francaise Johannesburg where she contributes to art development in the city. Recently Karabo engaged the French media on the role that art plays in South African society. She has been published in the Languedoc region in the south of France and has also made television appearances in that country. In 2010, Karabo was profiled by Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka on BBC Radio 4 discussing literature in South Africa and was invited to the London Book Fair as a guest speaker. She has been published in the UK Publishers’ Digest and has been interviewed by The Guardian UK on her views on arts and culture in South Africa.

A young, passionate and rather philosophical South African, Karabo’s interests (apart from reading compulsively) include a vast music collection, art and anything to do with fostering a world-class SA lifestyle. Through the media, Karabo is seriously committed to building a country in which all its inhabitants can find pleasure in learning, fully appreciate the value of the arts in society and realize their potential. Ms Kgoleng is featured in the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2009 for her contribution to Arts and Culture in South Africa and is one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans to take to lunch. She is the 2009 South Africa