Rosie Motene is an award-winning actress, TV and radio presenter and TV and film producer. She has excelled as an author, voice-over artist, media trainer, emcee and activist.
Rosie is an accredited international laughter coach.
She holds a a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand.
Rosie Motene – Celebrity Speaker MC‘s keynotes include:
The Rise of the Afro-Yiddish Princess; Inter-Racial, Inter-Faith Adoption
Rosie’s mother was a domestic worker for a white Jewish family who raised her as their own. This talk looks at the dynamics of a black child growing up in a white family during the apartheid era, dealing with a major identity crises at an early age then finding her African identity and merging it with her faith.
In 2011, Rosie officially converted to Judaism. In 2013, she made the brave decision to move to Phokeng in Rustenburg to live with her biological family and to work on their relationship.
Keeping Your Inner Flame Alight: Know Your Rights
Whilst in University, Rosie dated a boy who abused her emotionally, financially and then physically.
Her story is one of courage, education and learning what our rights are and making sure that no one ever takes away our inner strength or shine. She received her training through POWA, and she is the Vice-Chair of the organisation.
In 2013, Rosie was assaulted in Botswana. Her story and anguish which has followed, including intimidating Rosie and her witnesses, to bribe and the lack of support from the Botswana police.
In 2015, she made the choice to resign from her acting job on Zabalaza due to sexual harassment and refusing to perform sexual acts and semi-nude on camera.
This has created a dialogue with channels and the SA Guild of Actors working on sexual harassment clauses on set.
My Kili Experience: Pole, Pole, Slowly
Rosie was appointed the ambassador for UN Women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Africa Unite campaign; to stop violence against women and girls in Africa.
Rosie climbed Mount Kilimanjaro again in 2014 to raise awareness for The Tomorrow Trust and The Kilimanjaro Initiative. On her second attempt, she reached Uhuru Summit, despite falling ill an hour and a half behind her group.