Stephen Grootes is a well-known and much-respected TV and radio host. He is the presenter of SAfm’s flagship show, ‘SAfm Sunrise’ and on the television front, he anchors ‘NewsFeed’ from 15:00 to 17:00 on NewzroomAfrika, DStv Channel 405. He has also been writing for Daily Maverick for over a decade.
Stephen is known for his political analysis, and his insight into political events as they happen. He is in daily contact with the country’s newsmakers and those who make the decisions that matter. Because of the trust he has built-up over the years with the men and women in power, he is often able to get the angle that many other journalists can only dream of. His interviews with political leaders are widely-quoted and help to set the country’s news agenda.
Stephen has been reporting and writing about our politics for over fifteen years and was the Senior Political Reporter at Eyewitness News for many years. He has a wealth of experience in news and current affairs radio totaling over twenty years.
He moved to SAfm after a long career at Joburg’s Radio 702, where he hosted both the breakfast and drive programmes, and spent five years at the helm of the current affairs show ‘The Midday Report’. Along the way, he also amassed hours on the ground as a political reporter and was present at all of the major political turning points of the last fifteen years.
He is well-known for his analysis of local events and of the South African political scene and has relationships with most of the major political role-players in the country.
When he’s not working, he’s with his family, or out on a trail on his mountain bike. He’s been part of the political ‘hack-pack’ since before the Polokwane Tsunami, and covers politics in a slightly obsessive manner. Those who love him have recommended he seek help for his political addiction.
Calm under pressure and hugely professional, Grootes is a popular MC at corporate events, where is is also regularly invited to update the assembled delegates – in situ or virtually, about the latest state of play in the world that is South Africa’s political status. He is fully aware of government protocol and is comfortable dealing with any high-profile guest.