Mahreen Chenia

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm,” says an old idiom, “It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

As a journalist, presenter, voice-over artist and master of ceremonies, Mahreen Chenia is anything but mediocre, with a real sense of magic brought to her work.

Motivated by an interest in social upliftment, Mahreen has always kept a finger on the pulse of the community around her. As a learner at Roshnee Islamic School in Vereeniging, Mahreen co-founded and chaired the local Youth Forum, was elected as the chairperson of the Representative Council of Learners and in 2006, received the Good Fellowship Award. In the same year, Mahreen was presented with the Masakhane Joint Venture Award for her contributions to the community.

Mahreen Worked at ITV and Channel Islam International whilst at school. She presented a weekly Legal show and a youth programme and did news reporting at CII. It was this engagement withcurrent affairs and news that inspired Mahreen to choose a career in journalism, completing a Journalism and Media Studies degree from Rhodes University in 2009 with a specialisation in Television Production and Editing.

Mahreen jumped straight into the media industry, working for SuperSport Blitz as a presenter. In a bumper football year, Mahreen was accredited as an official 2010 Fifa World Cup journalist, reporting for Supersport from Nelspruit – one of the host cities of the tournament. A few months later, she was also the officially-accredited journalist at the Caf African Women’s Championship, hosted by South Africa.

In the three years at Blitz she has covered stories in every sporting code. Interviewing many South african and International sports personalities, both current and legends of the game.

Mahreen embarked on a new journey in her career in 2013 joining ANN 7, South Africa’s new 24hr news channel on DSTV channel 405. She anchors a one of a kind sports programme on Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday called Game ON! GAME ON! is the flagship sports show on ANN7.

GAME ON! carries a variety of sports content, from the traditional big three codes to the other so-called Cinderella sports as well.

While we unpack the top stories of the day with relevant analysts the show carries a feature segment showcasing current and up and coming athletes, approaching sporting events and different sporting codes.

Sports like show-jumping, cycling, gymnastics, athletics and shooting with most of the Commonwealth Games codes have been given space on the show.

In this year Mahreen was a finalist in the Gauteng Sports Awards, she also received the Minister’s excellence award at the Women’s Sports Awards.

Articulate, observant and driven by a passion for giving a voice to events that shape and affect the country.

Mahreen represents a new breed of journalists that have managed to break the mould of the profession and explore different avenues in the media and public sphere.

Mahreen is the embodiment of enthusiasm when it comes to her work, and has enjoyed a number of accomplishments in a fledgling career that promises so much more in the future.