The success story of Pule Leeuw, a young language practitioner from Botshabelo, is an inspiration to all young people in his area.
Leeuw fell in love with soccer commentating during his high school years at Setjhaba Se Maketse Combined School in H-Section Botshabelo where he matriculated in 2005.
After matric he went to study Language Practice at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT). During his studies at CUT from 2006 to 2008, he pursued his dream of becoming a sports presenter at Mosupatsela FM on a part-time basis.
During his studies at CUT he went on a trip to Germany, sponsored by CUT, to study business, where he gained five distinctions. At the moment he is preparing to study towards a post-graduate degree in education next year.
Shortly after Leeuw’s graduation in 2009 he joined Jozi FM and Motheo FM. It was during this period that his voice was noticed as he kept sports lovers glued to their radio sets. His work at Jozi and Motheo landed him a chance to join the Lesedi FM soccer commentary team for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, where he worked alongside one of his idols, Thabo Kofa.
Because of Leeuw’s impressive work in the 2010 Soccer World Cup, he was invited to join the commentary team of the Women’s Soccer World Cup in September 2012.
“It was a dream come true when I made it into the commentary teams for the 2010 and 2012 soccer tournaments. It was an amazing, lifetime experience and achievement for me. I have always dreamed about it and it came true at the right time,” said Leeuw.
Apart from his commentary work, Leeuw has also worked as a language teacher at Leratong High School. These days he is working as an independent translator from Sesotho to English for local business people and companies. He is also a grassroots soccer developer in Botshabelo. – Lebakeng Nkabi