Zimbabwean Glen View born Joey Guy Chabata appointment as new SABC weather news anchor
Zimbabwean born Joey Guy Chabata who long served at ETV as Weather news reporter has now clinched another milestone in his career. Mr Chabata was raised in Glen View and today he announced that he will be working with SABC news.
He initially started out as a physics teacher at Churchill Boys’ High School in Zimbabwe where he taught for five years before his life turned around.
“After I finished my physics degree at the University of Zimbabwe, the first job I could get was as a teacher. But in Zim there is a service which you register with after completing your studies. You register with the government and if a job comes up that matches your qualifications, they will contact you.
“When I got the call to become a weather man, I jumped at the opportunity because it came with a bit of travelling,” said Mr Chabata with a grin.
In 2000 Mr Chabata was sent to Melbourne, Australia, to complete a year-long training course to fill the position of weather man for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
He returned and worked for the station for five years before the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe took a turn for the worst.
“It was a wonderful job. Back then it was a government to government arrangement because our government was friends with everyone then,” said Mr Chabata.
“I had a small printing business in Zim but things started going south, my customer base started to dwindle, so it closed down. But now my career has come full circle, from teaching to weather man, back to teaching, and becoming a weather man again in South Africa,” said Mr Chabata.
Seeking greener pastures, Mr Chabata headed for South Africa and got a job as a teacher at a school in Soweto.
He also applied at e.tv and SABC news for vacancies.
Eventually the opportunity opened up at e.tv , Mr Chabata is a familiar face in the homes of many South Africans.
“Time flies; I love every aspect of my job;
“If I’m walking down the road and people ask me what the weather is, I know it, the maps you see on screen are just for the benefit of the viewer, I already know what’s going on,” said Mr Chabata with a wink.
He explained that weather patterns are digitally produced by weather stations across South Africa, and shows weather which has already happened, but the information gained from these weather readings is used to create charts which are used to predict the weather.