When Tashreeq Truebody speaks on Radio 786 many of his listeners doesn’t know who he is exactly. We hear his voice on radio and most of us do not know his face. Treasure decided to introduce you to Tashreeq to find out how he started his career as a politics presenter on the popular Islamic Radio Station in the Western Cape. Here is Misheck Makora’s (MM) question session with the Radio786 politics presenter Tashreeq Truebody (TT).

MM: How long have you been working in the broadcasting industry?

TT: I started community broadcasting at the age of 13. I came in as a junior trainee producer. I also had a short stint with Bush Radio. I have been at Radio 786 for the past 11 years and have grown through the ranks.

MM: Tell us about your work as a political reporter.

TT: To be a political reporter you must be well versed with what is happening in the political spheres. I always try to be up-to-date with what is going; I have to research and know the context of the issue I would be talking about. I also have strong networks in the field. Being a journalist is not about having a diploma or a degree, it’s about your dedication and skill to your work. It needs one to work hard always; being a journalist is not about regurgitating what is in a press release. You have to dig deeper and analyse the information at your disposal. I was able to reach this stage of my life because of the commitment I have to my job. Besides politics, I also do local stories investigate at length in the Muslim community especially if there are scandals in the Hajj and Halaal sectors while particularly covering the trends of sectarianism.

MM: Achievements so far in the industry?

TT: I was shortlisted in two national awards, while having won the prestigious Vodacom Journalist of the Year award in 2013 for a radio feature on the farm-worker strike.

MM: Highlights of your career as a journalist?

TT: Notable interviews include interviewing President Jacob Zuma and being at the cutting edge of breaking and or developing news.

MM: Tell me about your family.

TT: We are a relatively small family. I have a young brother and my father is the one who encouraged me to get into media. My family is very supportive in everything that I do and I acknowledge them in everything. I am what I am today because of them.

MM: What is your advice to your admirers, I mean young people whom you inspire?

TT: I think people must be able to identify what they love. When you know what you love, it won’t be a job anymore, because you will enjoy it. It’s about you challenging yourself. Whatever field that you are in, there are challenges – but if you love and you have passion for what you do, you will overcome obstacles.

MM: So what do you do in your spare time?

TT: I’m an adventurous person naturally; I’m pretty outgoing. I love travelling in my spare time. I always try to find places to go to. I also have a growing love for photography; I like documenting things whenever I go out.

MM: Do you have some community work or volunteer programme that you do?

TT: Not really, but from time to time we cook food for the homeless during the time of Ramadaan. I think when you live your life you have to try and do something for other people whenever you can. I did volunteer and worked part-time at two community broadcasters during my high school years.