Stephen Grootes is the presenter of SAfm’s flagship show, ‘SAfm Sunrise’ and ‘NewsFeed’ from 15:00 to 17:00 on NewzroomAfrika, Dstv Channel 405.
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.
With regular access to the top political newsmakers in the country, and is known to just about all of them, he is often able to get the angle that many other journalists can only dream of. It also enables him to give audiences an up-to-the-minute understanding of politics, and an in-depth explanation of the country’s legal issues.
As the former Political Editor at Primedia Broadcasting, Stephen also writes his take of the day’s political events for The Daily Maverick.
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. He’s also likely to know them quite well.