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Amor Vittone

Amor was born March 16, 1972 in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province of South Africa. [1]Amor was her high school's head girl where she excelled in sport and academically. She completed her Honours degree in Communication (cum laude) at the Rand Afrikaans University and is a former Miss Johannesburg. Amor won the South African Modern and Tap Dance championships for seven consecutive years. This talent of hers was put to good use in “West Side Story”, cast in the State Theatre in Pretoria, as well as Richard Loring's production “Girl Talk”.

Amor presented or hosted the following programmes on national television:

  • "Legkaart Bonanza",
  • "Junior Topsport",
  • "M-Net's "Spot-on",
  • "Mainly for Men" on E.tv,
  • "Road to Riches" and the National Lotery draw on SABC 2,
  • “Top Billing”,
  • "In die kryt met Joost en Amor" on KykNET and M-Net,
  • "ABSA game show" on SABC 3 and
  • "Verimark Quiz show" on M-Net.
Amor is married to former Springbok scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen, who currently is suffering a battle against motor neuron disease. Currently Amor is a choreographer, MC, motivational speaker and singer. Amor acts tremendously positively and has the ability to inspire people in her audiences, the capacity to motivate and surrect people with her subtle charm and elegancy.
 
As a well known and cherished personality, Amor pictured on almost every magazine's front page in South Africa. This included: "Fair Lady", "Keur", Huisgenoot, "You", Sarie, "Finesse", FHM, "Insig", "Vroue Keur", "De Kat", "Tydskrif Rapport", "Sunday Times Magazine", "Personality", "Directions", "Longevity", Rooi Rose, "Die Lig", “Baba en Kleuter” and “Marie Claire”.

Musical achievements

Her debut album, “Wild Cherry Kisses” was released in 1998 through EMI. It was followed up with “Dance in Colours” and “Young Forever”. In February 2005 her fourth album, “Amor” was released by Gallo Music Record Company. Amor's first Afrikaans album, “Voluit” was released in September 2006 by Select Music.
 
This album reached gold status within 6 months (more than 20,000 units sold) and Amor was nominated for a SAMA award in the category Beste Afrikaanse Popalbum. She was the only female artist to get nominated in this category. The video of “Voluit Lewe” also received an accolade for the best Afrikaans DVD in May 2007 during the Afrikaans music awards ceremony in South Africa. Amor was also nominated for a “Crystal” award in the category "Hottest S.A. Artist" during June 2007.
 
At the "Huisgenoot Tempo-toekennings" Amor was nominated in the category favourite female artist and “Voluit Lewe” was nominated as favourite song of the year. Also at the Vonk Afrikaans music awards Amor got nominated as best female artist of 2007.
 
“Glo altyd aan more” was released during September 2009. This album contains exciting, brilliant soul lyrics and refreshing melodies. Amor is imaged as full of energy, joyfull and victorious and the album is founded on hope, positive energy and a tranquil lifestyle. Amor is currently busy recording her seventh album with Maroela Music
 
Amor Vitone

Ashley Hayden

television presenter, actress, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and MC. She has travelled the globe to shoot in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, while her appearances on M-Net have ensured that she is an instantly recognizable and glamorous addition to any function.
 
Having taken away from the cameras to raise a young family for the last few years, 2006 saw her make a welcome return to showbiz with a role in the BBC production “Coup”, as well as finding time to travel the country to host launches, conferences and MC Gala evenings.
 
Recent highlights include the 100th episode of “The Weakest Link”, where she won the show and donated the money to the SPCA. Dance fans were delighted to discover that she has never been one to back away from a challenge. Early 2008 saw her taking to the floor for a new series of “Strictly Come Dancing”, where despite breaking her toe early in the series, she and her partner Muntu Ngobane continued to the quarter finals. And 2010 sees her back on the small screen as one of the contestants in M-Net’s Survivor: Santa Carolina, a grueling challenge calling on all her resources to try and win the title of Ultimate Survivor.
 
A versatile and talented performer, Ashley has spent the last decade presenting on television, acting for both the big and small screen, hosting numerous events in the corporate sector, and delivering talks to selected audiences. She has been sharing the fruits of her experience with business executives, training them to face audiences and cameras via her Present Like a Pro Development Programme. She also speaks to female audiences with her Women Mean Business series of seminars, and to mixed audiences with her Corporate Survivor presentation which extrapolates lessons learned on a desert island about teamwork, leadership, and individual goals.
 
 
Ashley Hayden

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Bongani Bingwa 

Bongani Bingwa has been a television presenter and voice-over artist for the last 15 years beginning in his teens. His experience includes a variety of shows, both serious and frivolous entertainment. He has worked on Channel O, SABC English News, Your Own Business to mention a few, and of course, he is currently a presenter-journalist on Carte Blanche.
 
His background as a journalist includes a stint on Talk Radio 702 where he began as a News Anchor and progressed to hosting his own show - Talk at Nine. He has interviewed ordinary folks as well as international stars and leading politicians. Highlights include Luther Van Dross, George Benson, Spike Lee, government ministers, opposition political leaders, authors and other high profile individuals - too many to mention!
 
Bongani Bingwa was educated at Wits University where he studied for a B.A. degree majoring in History and English. Bongani has also completed various courses on Youth Development and has a strong passion for mentorship programmes that involve young people. 
 
Bongani Bingwa

Biography Bonnie Henna was born in Soweto, South Africa. Attended Belgravia Convent and then Greenside High School in Johannesburg.

The eldest of three children, she was discovered at a bus stop on her way home from school by an actor's agent who cast her in her first job on a television series titled Viva Families. It was 1992 and Henna was just thirteen.

This was followed with cameo roles in the international productions Born Free 2 and Cave Girls.

Henna went on to present various magazine programs for television including Teleschool, Zapmag, Technics Heart of the Beat and Limits Unlimited.

In 2001, she landed a lead role in the hit television soap Backstage aimed at the South African youth. She was later cast in the role of Portia, an AIDS victim, in the series Gazlam. This was followed by a role in the detective series, Zero Tolerance.

Over the past few years, she has hosted a talk show in South Africa on SABC 1 entitled True-Life, won a role in the mini-series Homecoming, and appeared in two Canadian television series, Charlie Jade, a sci-fi epic and Scouts Safari - an adventure series set in the African wild. She also completed a major role on Home Affairs for Penguin Films, a popular thirteen part series that interlinked the lives of five very different women. Her most recent television series are Soul City and Hillside in which she played the lead on both, for Sabc 1 and Sabc 2. She was then cast in ground breaking series, The Philanthropist for NBC (later also on Sabc 3) – a prime time American Action drama TV series.

In film, she has played the role of singer Dolly Radebe, in Drum, the lead role in the Danish film, Blinded Angels, directed by the acclaimed Jon Bang Carlsen and, starred opposite Tim Robbins and Derek Luke in the Phillip Noyce Universal Pictures blockbuster, Catch a Fire. Most recently she plays Zindzi Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s rugby picture, Invictus about Nelson Mandela, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

Bonnie Henna is more than just a house hold name in South Africa,she was the child- star that won the hearts of South Africans and continues to blaze the torch as an inspiring role model for young professionals, her influence spans across our shores and has been said to have a talent reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn by the New York Times. Well travelled and extremely well-spoken, Bonnie carries herself with a classic elegance that cannot go unnoticed. She has and continues to grace the covers of our glossiest magazines and is featured on our most current and popular radio and Television shows .This multitalented performer is also skilled in MC work for high profile events and her sultry, sophisticated voice makes her a favoured voice-over artist. Henna is undoubtedly amongst the most beautiful, experienced and loved South African stars and is preceded by a solid and professional reputation in the entertainment industry .Recently , Henna has been seen on Mnet’s popular Television show ,Survivor Maldives-“Celebs vs Plebs”. On survivor, this international film star , was seen as the nurturing type ,who is mentally ,spiritually and physically strong with a positive outlook.

Bonnie can currently be seen on Etv’s Rhythm City in a recurring role ,playing the intriguing ,powerful and sometimes crazy Nozipho. Community and social development is a theme that remains very close to Bonnie’s heart ,her work with abandoned children and orphanages has been influential in her adopting a baby and becoming spokesperson for Adoption Voice S.A

Very recently ,Bonnie has added “published Author to her list of accomplishments ,an Autobiography titled Eyebags and Dimples hits the shelves of all major bookstores nationwide.

Bonnie Henna

An effervescent mix of beauty, brains, personality and star quality!   

Bridget Masinga, the Durban born beauty has been a sought after face since she first burst onto our screens as ‘the pit-bull in the skirt’ in the Miss SA in 2002. She went on to nab the title of Miss SA runner up 2002/3 at the competition, a move that catapulted her to lucrative modeling contracts in both electronic and print campaigns for a number of top brands including Levi’s, MTN and Edgars. 
 
2005 saw the birth of a brand new generation in Gauteng with 24- year-old Bridget Masinga right at the helm of the revolution. Her brand of bubbly radio chatter has earned her a huge following as the host of The Elevator, the pre-breakfast slot on YFM 99.2 GP’s hottest frequency. By 2006 Bridget was hitting the small screen in a new role, as an actress on South Africa’s most watched and longest running soap Generations, as Zoë, the hard-hitting controversial and challenging character. Hardened critics said she handled the role with tenacity and passion, a Bridget quality. 
 
Bridget was also a long running presenter for music programmes Selekta and Beatlab on GO TV! Before moving to the popular new quiz show Temptations that launched in MNET Open Time in September 2006 and in 2008 Bridget went on to present The MNET Movie Show on MM2 on which she added her signature to the role of movie guru. Television viewers can catch Bridget on the highly rated MNET’s lifestyle magazine show All Access, which airs every Thursday at 7:30PM.
  
Most famous modeling shot is a naked Bridget covered by a python, which was featured in an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign by a mainstream magazine.
In her 10-year-long modeling career Bridget has showcased designs for the likes of Gideon, Marc and Michael and Tom Ford etc. 2007 saw the bubbly Ms Masinga take on a lead role as the conservative thinker, Theresa in the country’s most anticipated beach drama aired on SABC 1, Bay of Plenty. This went on to win Best Ensemble cast at the 2008 SAFTAS. But as with all pageant queens Bridget’s beauty does not come without a purpose, she is the celebrity patron of charities like Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Reach for a Dream Foundation. 
 
Her brand of big sisterly advice and trendy dress sense has endeared her to thousand’s of young women as a media role model for the new generation. Thousands tune in every week-end between 12-3pm on GP’s hottest frequency 99.2 Y FM to get their weekly fix of Bridget on Y, the Sunday edition of the show includes the super popular interview segment called ‘Young Black & Fabulous’ that finds Bridget conversing with some of the world’s most influential, accomplished and fabulous under 40s. The list is long and includes people like Hollywood actresses Rachel True, Lela Arcieri, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Afro-Soul sensation Simphiwe Dana, business man Given Mkhari and many more. 
 
So don’t be surprised if you hear little girls all over GP signing off their phone calls with Bridget Masinga’s signature “ Have a Gucci day now”!
 
Bridget Masinga

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Biography:

Voted the world’s 3rd sexiest magician, by his very own mother, TV personality and celebrity magician Charles Tertiens has graced the silver screen with movies such as "Disgrace", "I Now Pronounce You Black and White" and "Visa Vie" and beamed into our homes in programs such as "Hip2b2"," Known Gods", "Montana" and "7de laan".
 
Now, who could ever forget the classy king of spandex, the Cash Crusader, where Charles was nominated for the "Atomik Pictures Super Heroes" Award.
 
Headliner for the Madame Zingara Love Magic Tour and star in the Drama series "Montana", Charles is ready to keep your next event running smoothly and classily, charming and entertaining your guests with his sharp, edgy, unique blend of magic and comedy.

Corporate Shows

Charles specialises in "Platform magic", but can also be booked for "close up" performances. Stand-up comedy and humour is combined into the show, giving everyone present an unforgettable experience, thus making your event engraved in your guests' minds. Charles will make the perfect MC or guest appearance for your next event.
Spectators money fly through the air above their heads and land in unexplained places, minds are read in a mystifying and down right comical performance.
Contact us today for a free consultation regarding performances and customisation of his acts for your group.
 
Charles Tertiens

COLIN MOSS

Actor – Stage and Screen.   

Comedian.  Presenter.  Corporate MC.  Executive Producer  

Way of the Warrior 2010 (MNet Action Channel) Executive Producer and Presenter.

Idols Presenter 2003,  2005 and 2007

Colin Moss is a seasoned entertainer, well known in South African film and comedy 
circles. He’s a producer, stage and screen actor, voice artist, popular television presenter and a prestigious corporate MC. 
 
After a few years on the live stage, Colin’s television career took off with the role of Stewart Buller in the popular SATV3 soap Isidingo. After two years on the soap, he moved to Cape Town where he took up the role of presenter on City Life, followed soon after as Presenter of MNet’s successful Fear Factor series. He was the SA Idols presenter series 2003 – 2007.
 
Colin departed his Idols job when he and partner Tamarin Kaplan established Gathered Moss Productions, focusing on documentaries, format development, quirky ads and company corporate histories and videos. The Way of the Warrior was their first television series and was nominated as a finalist for a SAFTA 2011.  Way of the Warrior screened in prime time on  MNet’s Action Channel, with Colin as Presenter of the series.
 
Colin started his career as a stand up comic. It was when he was living on fruit in the garden of his commune in Johannesburg, that he moved in to comedy -  just to make enough money for toothpaste, beer and petrol.
 
Comedy remains a lifelong passion, and he continually goes back to his roots, working the comedy circuit - both locally and in the UK and Ireland. He appeared at Stand Up New York in 2010. His observations about being a stranger in New York, subway experiences and the melting pot of cultures drawing similarities to SA, had the audience breaking into tumultuous applause and resulted in an open invitation from the club’s management to join the line up on any future visits to New York. 
 
Colin is also a popular MC on the corporate circuit. His interviewing skills and interest in a diverse range of subjects from future trends in technology to love of wine to perfume production make him a good choice for interactive events. 

Television:

Way of the Warrior 2010 (Action Channel) Executive Producer and Presenter.
Idols Presenter 2003,  2005 and 2007
Presenter MNet Fear Factor 2002. 
Presenter City Life ETV.
Stuart Buller on Isidingo for two years.
 

Movies: 

 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1412503/
Surviving Evil –Focus Films  (UK and USA) 
Ex –Italian International Film  (Italian)
The World Unseen   (UK) Do Productions 
Big Fellas –Roguestar Productions 
Crazy Monkey - Straight out of Benoni  – DV8 productions 
Number 10 –Gold Studios 
 

Comedy:

Regular club gigs around SA 
Murphies Laughter Lounge - Ireland
The International – Dublin - Ireland
The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn - Ireland
The Comedy Store- UK
Jongleurs – Battersea - UK
Hammersmith - UK        
 

Charity Ambassador to: 

Amy Biehl Foundation 
Reach for a Dream 
Cansa Foundation 
Sunflower Fund
 

Client Feedback

“Colin was fabulous, so relaxed and such a charming manner. The whole evening was a huge hit. It’s such a pleasure working with the both you, Ronnie, and Colin – truly high calibre people! Thank you for all the extra effort in researching the topics for the script.”
Keith Gonneau. Event Horizon. Visa International fine dining garden party.
 
“EXCELLENT & STILL RAVING! I have received more comments & praise for this launch than for any other this year. Colin certainly fulfilled the role given to him for the launch of Dunhill. He added to the hype of the launch and took it onto a level that only someone as well known, loved, & popular as he is, could do!”  Angie Corder, Brand Manager, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics SA. Dunhill new fragrance roadshow 
 
Colin was an absolute star and a pleasure to have as MC for the evening. He handled last minute changes with aplomb - PG Gold Club Awards Evening 
 
“He followed two very popular Irish comics but he rocked” Jane Kennedy, Director WDYTYA, on Colin’s comedy act at the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Ireland. 
 
 “I really enjoyed working with Colin. He’s an immensely talented and wonderful actor.”  Hollywood actor Billy Zane talking about the horror movie Surviving Evil. (Media Update)
 
“Ronnie, thank you firstly for being one of the most organised managers we have worked with. You did a great job briefing Colin and took the time and trouble to keep us posted.  It is always good to work with professionals who know the business and the stresses and strains involved. Please pass on my thanks to Colin, a most relaxed and professional guy to work with, who goes with the flow. The whole evening was a spectacular success and the client was “blown away. A big thank you to you both.”
Allister & Peter – Magic Moments
 
“My professional impression of Colin’s performance on the night was that he immediately: infused a Celebrity Status to the event; assumed total Control
communicated fluently with the delegates; impressed the importance of the evening’s events and enthusiastically accommodated the individual’s apprehensions and most of all….  conveyed that he was having fun too.”  Deborah Corner.. The Business / Linden Design/Cornerhouse Productions. Fear Factor conference at Caledon Spa
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for sourcing the Mopani worms, which were a complete hit!!  - and of course what can one say about Colin?  A true professional, a pleasure to deal with and he really shone at our Fear Factor gig!  We will definitely book him again!” Jenni van der Linden. The Business
“Excellent! Still raving! Great overall experience. I have been booking speakers for the last 5 years at least and have NEVER once, before now, had the opportunity to meet with the representing agent to go through the details and write the script as you did Ronnie.  Thank you for taking away the pressure…” Robyn Hogeweg. Betterbond – for Independent Initiatives. Gala dinner and awards evening. 
 
“Thank you. Colin was a delight as always.” Trudy Mofutsanyana. Producer. Blue Moon.
 
“Colin was a darling - very professional - and we will definitely use him again in the future.”  Delmarie Seaward  Blue Moon. Discovery Health Conference
 
“Everybody loved it. The script went down very well. Colin and Nicole Fox worked fantastically together and had to spend time at every table. They were a hit and Colin was fabulous.”  Pam Brimiah; Idea Lab
 
Colin Moss

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Biography

Actor, producer, Singer, comedian and social activist are titles that have been linked with the name Desmond Dube who in his words would prefer to just be called an "Artist".
 
Desmond has had the honour of showing his talents as an Actor to many across the globe Performing in musical THEATRE shows like "YOU FOOL HOW CAN THE SKY FALL, STREET SISTERS, SCRIBBLE, WHO REALLY FREED NELSON, THE FANTASTICS and JOZI JOZI winning a number of awards in the process. Theatre is my first love,says Desmond who also have been seen in mainstream theatre shows like JULIUS CEASAR, SURVIVAL and MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS.
 
He burst into the Television world playing the smooth and dubious youngster in the ever popular sitcom SUBURBAN BLISS and soon was casted as the highly energetic taxi driver in the SASOL "AMA GLUG-GLUG" advert. Many tv shows like FRIENDS INDEED, SOUL CITY, JOBURG BLUES ( which won 2 best actor in a comedy role awards). Desmond went and produced his own tv comedy show DUBE ON MONDAY which ran for 3 seasons before its name change to DUBE ON 2( 3 seasons) and then DUBE RELOADED( 1 season). He also gave a stunning performance in the recent award winning drama turned feature HOPEVILLE. He then took on a rule which was loosely based on the most controversial political youth league leader Julius Malema in the 5th season of JACOB'S CROSS.
 
Dube's role in the NO 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY alongside Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose and Lucian Msamati directed by the late Anthony Minghella exposed his visibility in the comedy genre. Desmond has also been seen in international movies like HOTEL RWANDA with Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix, THE LONG RUN alongside Armin Mueller- Stahl, INSIDE with Louis Gossett junior and THE ADVENTURES OF TARZAN with Joe Lara.
 
Dube's passion for people has seen him organise the Million Man March against crime in 2008 the first of its kind in South Africa.
 
Desmond has over the years attracted and represented big brand products on the main stream media. He is currently the brand ambassador for the IFA Business opportunity.
 
Desmond Dube

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ED JORDAN

S.A.M.A. award winning artist Ed Jordan has been at the forefront of the South African Entertainment scene for more than 15 years. He's energetic, dynamic and passionate about what he does, be it Music, T.V. or Radio. 
 
Ed has been a recording artists since 1991, and has been unstoppable ever since supporting internationals acts including CROWDED HOUSE, BRYAN FERRY, HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH and RONAN KEATING, releasing 4 albums, hosting TV and radio shows and being a proud affiliate to children’s edutainment.
 
His second studio album "HEAR ME HOWLING" was released in 1996 winning him a S.A.M.A. It featured the smash hit "ALWAYS". His third CD "CRAZY" featured the hits "CRAZY", "YOUR MAN", "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD" and "WHERE DID I GO WRONG". 
 
In the late 90's he joined M-net's hugely popular "SUPER SATURDAY". The show subsequently had a spin-off in the form of Super Saturday-the album, released through David Gresham Records.
 
Among other achievements, Ed Jordan has presented The Wedding Show, been a judge on 2002’s Popstars, presented the Live And Switched On Breakfast Show on Kaya FM, and more recently, the hit game show, “Deal Or No Deal”
 
Ed has performed all over the world from London to Hong Kong, touring Taiwan and Southern Africa. One of his highlights was performing in front of a crowd of 35 000 people for NELSON MANDELA and PRINCE CHARLES for the PRINCES TRUST.
 
With 4 albums already under his belt, 2007 sees Ed back in the studio and releasing a new album, “Tonight” to be launched in October 2007.
 
 
Ed Jordan

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Elana Afrika

Blessed with a bubbly personality and tons of charisma, Elana Afrika has been wowing South Africans with her presenting and MC talents for over a decade. Oozing confidence wherever she goes – whether it be radio and TV presenting, her successful and in-demand skills as an MC and public speaker, an ambassador for corporate social responsibility programmes or on the golf course, Elana’s passion always shines through. 
 
2010 was a bumper year for the multi-talented star, who partnered with official Soccer World Cup sponsors Hyundai and Kia, helping launch cars for both brands. The World Cup might be a happy, proud memory for South Africa but Elana’s association with Kia is far from over and she continues to drive Kia as her vehicle of choice. A major WC2010 highlight was being the first presenter to host a live 3D show and working with sporting legend Gary Player at the Gary Player Invitational 2010 at Fancourt. During the World Cup Elana also fed the nation’s soccer fever as a presenter on SuperSport’s Woza Lunchtime show. 
 
As well as her extensive radio experience, first on Jacaranda FM, then 5FM and now Kfm, Elana, who speaks English, Afrikaans and reads Hebrew fluently, has graced on screens on a number of topical and entertaining TV shows. From being a continuity presenter on M-Net she quickly graduated to presenting on youth show JIP, Topcar on SuperSport, the feel-good M-Net Show, innovative interactive programme B on M-Net, kykNET’s flagship lifestyle show Kwêla and inspirational reality show I Wanna Be. 
 
When she’s not in front of the cameras, Elana runs her own creative agency, EA Works, which specialises in developing creative marketing solutions and events across a variety of platforms to maximise brand exposure. She has built a strong career behind the scenes as producer of a variety of innovative mobile-oriented shows on M-Net’s youth channel VUZU and in 2011, launched an innovative new online show which is broadcast to her extensive network of social media contacts and adoring fans. This cutting-edge online entertainment experience is an interactive display of a product, celebrity or an experience that can be seen by her extensive online community, as well as other online users in South Africa and around the world. The inserts are normally 2-3 minutes long and, when sponsored, the product or company earns their logos in the insert as well as a mention by the presenter. The show is intentionally shot on handheld devises, which helps make events more personal and facilitates comment-driven functionality. Like Elana says, “It’s an interactive alternative to blogging.” 
 
A recent passion of Elana’s is playing golf and she is the only celebrity professional in South Africa. Cutter and Buck believes in her passion for the game and sponsors her golfing needs. She recently became an honorary member of Randpark Golf club, and, as a specialist presenter for M-Net and SuperSport, Elana often hosts major golf events as a field and lifestyle presenter. 
 
Not only does Elana have the gift of the gab, but she’s also blessed with the gift of the garb. The style icon, who has been recognised by GQ Magazine for her flair for fashion and is also a Style Award winner, is bringing out her own hair range in 2011 for fashion-forward black women. After sporting a few different hairstyles over the years, Elana is familiar with the haircare needs of the modern African women. 
 
Keen to give back to the less-fortunate when and where she can, Elana’s ongoing CSI projects include being an M-Net Cares Ambassador, vice-chair for the SHOUT Foundation, as well as being a patron for Afrika Tikkun and the Chrysalis Foundation. Elana also enjoys helping to empower those she meets through her inspirational talks. She particularly enjoys working with schools and woman, and her talks include topics like "Why a journey is not just enough" and "The star in you." 

 

And if anyone knows about stars, it’s Elana.

 
Elana Afrika

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Fezile “Fuzzy” Mpela 

A rare blend of talent, intellectualism, humility and humour.

Africa news

Fezile Mpela was contracted to facilitate the Africa Green Revolution Forum 2010, 1-4 September, in Ghana. AGRA was launched in 2006 when Mr Kofi A. Annan, former UN Secretary General, called for a uniquely African green revolution to help Africa achieve food security.
 
Chaired by Mr. Annan, Chairman of the  AGRA Board, and hosted by H.E. John Atta Mills, President of Ghana, the Forum brings together African heads of state, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and scientists, to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving a green revolution in Africa. 
 

Profile:

The roar of Simba the lion in Walt Disney’s “The Lion King”
He speaks All South African languages and English like a Lord!
 
One of South Africa’s most industrious personalities, Fezile is renowned as both a Screen and Stage Actor. He has starred in more dramas and daily soaps than any other South African actor, including  Soul City,  Generations,  Sewende laan,  Song vir for Katryn, Molofish, Isidingo, Mzansi, Friends indeed, The Hidden City, Kelebone, Sleurstroom,  Secret in my Bosom and more. 
 
He was the South African presenter of the BBBC show “Ready Steady Cook” which received rave reviews.  Previous presenting jobs include  the popular home ownership show “On Site” on TV2. the MNet Book Awards,  the “Rock Down Africa music show,” The All Africa Film Awards, the SAMAS and the Loerie Awards. 
 
He’s a speaker on HIV/AIDS and hosted the 2005 Khomanani HIV/ AIDS Day, anchoring a five hour television show and proving his ability to relate to people across all barriers. 
 
His love of  the stage has him returning at least once a year to perform in  live theatre and  starred as  Lord MacBeki in the Pieter Dirk Uys farce MacBeki. 2008
 
One of the most popular voice overs, Fezile is the voice behind the South African series of “Who  do you think you are?”, which has also been broadcast on BBC. He was contracted as the exclusive voice of Standard Bank for a year.
 
Fezile is a popular MC for prestigious events and conferences. His talent for languages and studies in business science and economics give him the edge over most show business personalities. He was Conference MC for Africa Green Revolution Forum 2010 and for Kofi Annan’s Conference gala Dinner. He hosted the inaugural Old Mutual Soul Sessions road shows in 2008. Prestigious MC events include the Microsoft Chairman awards, Department of Communications Awards, SA Music Awards, Africa Music Awards and the Liberty Life Challenge.
 

Speaker Topics:

Self Motivation

You can achieve your dreams –  just look at me!
HIV/AIDS – it hit my family too!
 

Client feedback:

“Fezile was  great and extremely professional, despite many last minute program alterations.” Program Director. African Green Revolution Forum 2010. Ghana
 
“You have expanded on the goodwill created by the World Cup. You made me proud to be a South African.” Standard Bank representative at the Africa Green Revolution Forum 2010. Ghana.
 
“Fezile was great and was well received by all employees.  His ability to communicate in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa got the audience involved and interested.  He did not preach/lecture to the audience but rather opened dialogue with them.”    
Ayanda Mantshongo.  Transnet Port Terminals
 
“We’re loving Fezile as the host of Soul Sessions. He brings so much to the event. He’s just fabulous!” Old Mutual Soul Sessions 2008.
 
“Fezile really fits the personality. The fact that he’s a really good actor as well is very helpful with this particular job as he has to MC as the apparent owner of a Chicago speakeasy.” Penny Turner. Mad Hatter – Slate whiskey nights.
 
“Fezile was an excellent MC for the event.”
Noeline – Brand Activation. 
South Africa World Tourism Month Launch in Qunu
 
“Fezile is great! And he’s so multi lingual, that was a huge plus. We will definitely use him again.”
Martin Swart. Maverick – Liberty Life Challenge. 
 
“Our function was successful, Fez was wonderful, they really enjoyed his presence, wit and charm. Thank you for the great professional service, that you provided. I hope you join us again in Bloemfontein in the future.”
Tsholo Tlhomelang. Managers Awards. Eskom Bloemfontein. 
 
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you both on this project, especially under last minute arrangements – you both made the process so must easier by being so accommodating.  Fezile is truly a super guy and a delight to work with ! He kept us entertained backstage ”   
Penny Turner. The Mad Hatter. Launch of Jet for J&B. 
 
“Fezile was such a gentleman.  The highlight for me was seeing the reaction of the staff.  They will probably be talking about this function and meeting Fezile Mpela for years to come.  He graciously signed autographs and posed for photographs.” Debbie Bird; New World Productions. CTE Milestones 
 
“It was a rare privilege working with Fezile on our World HIV/AIDS day. He was mobbed by fans for autographs and it was a bit scary at times, but he was so patient, so warm, so approachable and absolutely charming. His talk in the evening, giving a personal account of the effect of HIV/AIDS on the family, when his sister and brother-in-law died of AIDS, had the crowd of over 1200 riveted. It had the desired  effect. I am sure our communities totally get the message now – if a celebrity like the Fez is personally affected by this pandemic, anyone can be. From myself and the team, thank you so much for all the work and the awesome script.” 
Antoinette Fouche. Manager  Matzikamma HIV/AIDS initiative. Vredendal and districts.
 
 
Fezile Mpela

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  • Gail was born in Kimberley in the Northern Cape region of South Africa.
  • She is fluent in the Afrikaans language as well as speaks, reads and writes in both English & Setswana.
  • She has a poise and continental look as an Actress and Leading Influencer that appeals to a local and International market.
  • Gail was a Top 5 Finalist for “Miss South Africa Teen” in 2001 and later that year was crowned “Miss Kaizer Chiefs Africa”.
  • Her success continued when she entered “South African IDOLS 2010” and was placed in the Top 10, serving notice to South Africa that a new talent was born.
  • In the months following, Gail was cast in her first Feature Film for the African Dance movie “ZION”.
  • Success and credibility positioned Gail in the spotlight for a leading role in “THE WILD”,a Soap Production for S.A’s Subscription-Funded Channel’
  • M-NET. Gail became a household name and brand with acclaimed equity and sought after by a multitude of industry players.
  • Gail’s diversity and ability to adapt to any role, saw Gail offered a new character profile for the 2013 production, “ROCKVILLE”, broadcast on Mzansi Magic.
  • In March 2012 Gail was proudly announced as the first official South-African Face-Of International Beauty Brand “OLAY”.
  • In August 2013, Gail was announced as the Face-of Global Hair Care Brand “”Godrej” for their “INECTO Plus” premium hair colourants range.
  • Gail was married in February 2013 to leading S.A. Performer & Influencer, “Kabelo Mabalane” and they are respected for being recognised and applauded as one of S.A.’s Star Power Couples.
  • Gail is currently an Ambassador to “KIA Motors South Africa”, “Luxottica South Africa”, “Tiger of Sweden” and “Mima Kids”.
  • Gail has demanded attention from Production Houses to Radio Stations and with both the country and Industry acknowledging and admiring her talent, coupled with a personality and aura, Gail is able to celebrate her career through multiple mediums and platforms within the entertainment industry.
  • Gail has graced the Covers of leading publications, with features and interviews on-line and through all extended mediums which speak of her career and relevancy. Her talent, adorned and respected within South Africa, has given Gail the experience to now extend to and share her diversity and appeal, with an International audience, through various mediums.
  • Gail has also been the Cover Feature for leading publications, such as “Women’s Health”, “Bona Magazine”, “True Love”” to name a few and was recently asked to feature as one of the leading Cover Ladies in celebration of “Women’s Health” 5th Birthday during November 2014.
  • Her most recent Cover Feature seen on shelves in February 2015, was for DESTINY Magazine, where Gail was celebrated, acknowledged and applauded, for her recent success as an Entrepreneur with the launch of her Personal Body Care Range, “Body Language”. This is her proudly South African range of Beauty and personal care products and were developed by Gail and her dedicated team of specialists, aimed at sparking awareness around the importance of a positive Body Language. Through the business and the products, her aim is to constantly remind one of the importance of having a positive sense of self and become aware of how you think and feel towards yourself, as both a Female and Male.
  • Gail is a passionate advocate of Entrepreneurship for women and has worked with her C.S.I to support and create awareness around woman and children in disadvantaged communities, to give back and motivate them and ”Body Language” enforced this principle and passion of Gail’s with the business model being one to see the Product being sold through ladies in the provinces that met with and went on to be guided by Gail, whilst she mentored them on the product and general business skills to provide a them with a route to becoming financially independent and business-savvy.
Gail
  • 2015 presented for even greater heights for Gail, when in March 2015, she proudly became the new Mom to a beautiful Baby Girl, whom they named “Zoe Leano Mabalane” and Gail now shares in the joys and success of not only being a Leading Actress & Influencer, but a devoted Mother, whose career is soaring.
  • Gail has been working ongoing with various Producers which will see her deliver for diversity as a leading Actress once again, and will be seen on our screens as from mid July 2015 in “GENERATIONS” and is currently filming in the Lead role for a new Prime Time M-Net Soap.
  • Gail “The Brand”, whose equity increases year on year, due to her diversity and appeal, continues to captivate audiences and brands, in all markets and Industries, whom recognize Gail’s versatility, professionalism, positioning and of course, her on-screen magic and success in reaching the masses, crossing over to various markets as both a mentor and influencer, but still just your humble “girl-next-door.
Gail Mabalane

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Gail Nkoane

I AM

At a very young age, I learned the importance of self-love, self appreciation and self-motivation! That where I was going and how the world was going to see me was solely dependent on how I see myself! I learned that ‘people treat us the way we allow them to’ and that ‘we are only as happy/successful/beautiful/kind as we make up our minds to be’. I also noticed that ‘no-one can make you feel inadequate or inferior unless you allow it’.
 
As I became older, I came to see many people around me, within my circles, have a negative image and view of themselves. People I love don’t know the power of the spoken word! We often hear people utter things like: ‘I AM ugly’; ‘I AM fat’; ‘I AMbroke’; ‘I AM stupid’; ‘I AM tired’; ‘I AM sick’ … very few people say ‘I AM beautiful; I AM successful; I AM rich; ‘I AM blessed’ … we forget that whatever we feed, grows.
Looking back at my own life, I realize that everything I have achieved was a result of my thoughts, which became my spoken word…so there is power in the tongue, I want to share with everyone I know!!!
 
I AM… presents for the power in discovering who and what each of us are able to become ... and who we truly are. This CSI initiative will encourage all persons and communities reached out to, to watch what they say of themselves...because as Margaret Thatcher said, our thoughts, ultimately become our destiny...what we think, we become!
I AM aspires to be the foundation responsible for giving individuals the power to realise that they can become whatever they make up their minds to become! I do this because I AM blessed to be a blessing; I AM woman; yes I AM flawed and scarred; but I AM strong and brave and whole; I AM alive, I AM worth it; I AM smart and free; I AM love...I AM GAIL
 
 
Gail Nkoane

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Gerry Elsdon

At the beginning of 1991, Gerry Elsdon moved to Johannesburg and fell in love with the speed and hype of the big city.  Gerry Elsdon worked with the ANC’s International Affairs Department doing mainly conference coordinating and taking care of foreign dignitaries visiting the country as part of the international department’s protocol team.  Gerry later moved to the Department of Local and Regional Government and Housing as an administrator.  It was while working in this department that Gerry Elsdon was approached by the Executive Producer of ARTWORKS, later called THE WORKS, which was broadcast on SABC3 and before long it had snowballed in such a way that she had to decide between politics and television.
 
By late 1993, Gerry was working with the Transitional Executive Council in Pretoria, with a team who were responsible for negotiating with officials in the homeland with regards to them being merged into the new South African Government.  When the elections came in 1994, Gerry realised she couldn’t burn the candle at both ends.  Her responsibilities at the SABC were escalating with Gerry being appointed as a member of the SABC3 continuity team.  Gerry then chose to become a full time freelancer and knew that if TV didn’t work out, she could fall back on the Civil Service.
 
In 1995, Gerry worked on many of the station’s RDP programmes including adult educational programmes and children’s programmes.  Gerry also did work as a Master of Ceremonies and Compère.  In 1996 she signed up to write for Cosmo South Africa, worked as Public Relations Officer for Revlon.  After resigning from the SABC she started a fresh career with the M Net Continuity Team.
 
Gerry Elsdon now focuses on Motivational Speeches, Corporate Videos and Master of Ceremonies work on a more selective scale.  
 
 
Gerry Elsdon

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim

From Blockbusters to the primetime small screen Hakeem Kae-Kazim has made his impact in the world of entertainment and has worked alongside many industry greats.  This talented actor gained international notoriety for his wonderful portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar nominated filmHotel Rwanda, which led to leading roles in the TNT movie Librarian 2; opposite Noah Wyle, and The Triangle opposite Eric Stoltz and Sam Neill.Enjoying playing feisty and exciting characters, Hakeem’s list of impressive credits include Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Cane with Jimmy Smits, Law & Order: SVU with Mariska Hargitay, The Triangle with Sam Neill, The Librarian with Gabrielle Anwar, X-Men: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman, The 4th Kind alongside Milla Jovovich and Darfur with Billy Zane.
 
Hakeem is often recognized for his recurring role as Colonel Dubaku, through which he wowed audiences with his stunning performance in24’s’ Season 7, and in the prequel movie Redemption. Hakeem both produced and starred in Black November with MIckey Rourke and Kim Bassinger, as well as the award winning film Man on Ground and Last Flight to Abuja.
 
His distinctive voice has also been shared in many popular video games including Halo, Call of Duty and The Bourne Conspiracy. Hakeem is well loved for his TV work, which recently has included many primetime shows including Human Target, Criminal Minds, NAVY NCIS, Law and Order, Cobert Affairs and Strike Back.
Hakeem’s latest films Half of a Yellow Sun and A Chance of Rain, are set to be released soon and his role as Mr Scott in Michael Bay’s exciting and much awaited new series Black Sails with be premiering in January.  The second series has already been commissioned for this exciting series.

Film Television Hosting  Theater Voice-Over Skills

Film

 

THE FOURTH KIND

LEAD

OLUTUNDE OSUNSAMI

 

WOLVERINE

SUPPORT

GAVIN HOOD

 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBEAN

SUPPORTING

GORE VERBINSKY

 

HOTEL RWANDA

LEAD

TERRY GEORGE

 

MAN ON GROUND

LEAD

AKIN OMOTOSO

 

LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA

LEAD

OBI EMELONYE

 

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

LEAD

Biyi BANDELE

 

A CHANCE OF RAIN

SUPPORT

CINDY GUSTAFSSON

 

BLACK NOVEMBER

LEAD

JETA AMATA

 

THE FRONT LINE

LEAD

DAVID GLEESON

 

OUT ON A LIMB

LEAD

ROBERT HEATH

 

GOD IS AFRICAN

LEAD

AKIN OMOTOSO

 

OTHELLO

LEAD

EUBULUS TIMOTHY

Television

 

BLACK SAILS

lead

STARZ

 

NCIS LA

lead

Director

 

STRIKE BACK

RECURRING

CINEMMAX

 

24

RECURRING

FOX

 

CANE

GUEST STAR

CBS

 

LAW AND ORDER SVU

LEAD

NBC

 

LOST

LEAD

ABC

 

THE LIBRARIAN

LEAD

TNT

 

THE TRIANGLE

SUPPORT

SC-FI CHANNEL

 

KING SOLOMON'S MINES

LEAD

HBO

 

TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION

LEAD

BBC TV

 

HUMAN CARGO

LEAD

CANADIAN TV

 

FISHY FASHIONS

GUEST STAR

PENGUIN FILMS

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL

GUEST STAR

SOUTHERN STREAMS

 

MADAM AND EVE

GUEST STAR

PENGUINE FILMS

 

SOUL CITY

LEAD

CLINIC TV

 

S.O.S

GUEST STAR

PENGUIN FILMS

 

GENERATIONS

LEAD

SABC

 

JULIUS CEASAR

JULIUS CEASAR

BBC TV

 

GRANGE HILL

MR.MANAGERE

BBC TV

 

ELLINGTON

TOMMY KNIGHT

YORKSHIRE TV

 

THE ROVER

DON PEDRO

BBC TV

 

ADVENTURE OF SINBAD

ALI RASHID

CANADIAN TV

Hosting

 

FIVE WEDDINGS AND A COUPLE OF FUNERALS

PRESENTER

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

 

ANOTHER FIVE WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL

PRESENTER

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL)

 

THE RITE STUFF

PRESENTER

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL)

 

GUINESS TV

PRESENTER

ALL AFRICA CHANNEL

 

MAINLY FOR MEN

PRESENTER

PAUL ZWICK(ETV)

 

SHELL ROAD TO FAME

PRESENTER

SABC

Theater

 

KING LEAR

EDMUND

DEBORA WARNER(ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE)

 

RICHARDIII

TYRELL

RICHARD EYRE(ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE)

 

OTHELLO

OTHELLO

KEITH GRENVILLE (MAYNARDVILLE)

 

ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE

LEAD

TIM ALBERY (ROYAL COURT)

 

THE LIGHTS

LEAD

IAN RICKSON (ROYAL COURT)

 

MACBETH

MACBETH

STEPHAN RAYNE (US TOUR)

 

MERCHANT OF VENICE

PRINCE MOROCCO

BILL ALEXANDER(ROYAL SHAKESPERE COMPANY)

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

CLAUDIUS

NICK HYTNER(ROYAL SHAKESPERE COMPANY)

 

JULIUS CEASAR

CINNA THE POET

TERRY HANDS(ROYAL SHAKESPERE COMPANY)

 

INDIGO

LEAD

SARAH PIA ANDERSON(ROYAL SHAKESPERE COMPANY)

Voice-Over

 

GUILD WARS -NIGHTFALL

VIDEO GAME

Director

 

SAINTS ROW THE 3RD

VIDEO GAME

Director

 

CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE 3

VDEO GAME

Director

 

UNIT 13

VIDEO GAME

Director

 

HALO 2

VIDEO GAME

Director

 

HALO

VIDEO GAME

Director

 

 

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

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Based in Johannesburg 

Hlubi Mboya

She has the numbers, the influence, the love and the husky voice!

Hlubi Mboya has international street cred now, having shot a movie “Hector’s Search for Happiness” with UK comic Simon Pegg. 
 
Before her role in Jacob’s Cross, Hlubi was famous as  Nandipha in SABC 3’s popular daily soap, Isidingo.  Hlubi has taken her high profile to the next level, travelling as far afield as Tanzania and Zambia in HIV/AIDS education. It’s uncanny that a fictional character battling HIV/AIDS in a soapie should lead to the actress becoming a leading ambassador on the epidemic. Hlubi has presented  papers on  the future global impact of HIV on the youth and is in demand as a spokesperson on radio across the board. Embracing her new role as an advocate is typical of this diminutive dynamo, passionate about her work, South Africa, its people and life in general.
 
Hlubi spent most of her childhood in the States but studied 3rd world politics and world labour law at UCT before discovering the Thespian gene. Her studies were not wasted, however. As an advocate, a speaker and popular celebrity she takes her responsibilities seriously. The subject matter of her studies and well travelled general knowledge add to her ability as a corporate MC.
 
She has played cover girl on most of the top SA magazines and made history as the first black non-model woman to feature on the cover of Elle.  
Her acting talents landed her a role in the Kung Fu “Shogun Khumalo Is Dying”,  produced by DC Studios and she was the Presenter on  the 2nd series of “It’s For Life.”  
 
Referring to herself as a “student of life” she says she’s creating her own reality and there’s no doubt there will be a huge fan base with her every step of the way.  She has extended this gift of enthusiasm to her motivational speaking to women and young people, with the favourite topics being “Dream Big” and “Women of Value.”

Client feedback:

“She was the perfect choice for this event and she’s delightful to work with. Nothing is too much trouble and she was so charming to everybody lining up for autographs or photographs.” Penny Turner. Tiger Brands Awards 2011
 
“They loved her. She’s gorgeous!” 
Brand Activation – SA World Tourism Day in Qunu.
 
“Bubbly, Vivacious and the perfect muse.” Jan Malan.
 
“She was fabulous. Best choice for this huge event. My client was over the moon. Thank you for superb service and brilliant script.”
Beatrix Events. Eskom SHEQ Day 2011.
 
 
Hlubi Mboya

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Jack Devnarain

South Africa’s charming household name

As Rajesh Kumar on SABC 3's flagship daily soap Isidingo, he’s a household name but there’s a depth to Jack Devnarain that is rare in people who make it to the big time. Perhaps it’s life experience one can read in the subtle smile and soulful eyes of this cop turned actor, speaker, celebrity, MC.
Unable to suppress his talent, Jack started his acting career while working as a cop in Durban and was soon touring the Indian community theatre circuit with colorful musical comedies. 
 
Television was a natural progression and, in 1998,  he swapped his badge and gun for the small screen  and acting  roles in drama and comedy productions until the day he landed the role of Rajesh Kumar in Isidingo. In film, he has worked with Hollywood names like Val Kilmer and Stephen Hopkins and iconic Indian art film director Shyam Benegal.
 Even as a cop, his talent for the stage led to his becoming the preferred host for prestigious civic events, like the Mayor's Awards for Bravery, the Batho Pele Service Excellence Awards and the Durban City Stars Awards. Corporate events with Jack as MC now include the best of the best, including the Standard Bank Blue Star Awards, the ABSA Prestige Awards and SABS Awards, Deloitte, BHP Billiton and Business Connexion.   
 
Jack is committed to community based initiatives and is involved in various cultural, youth and charity events.  He supports fundraising events around South Africa and is an ambassador for CHOC (Children’s Cancer Association) and the Add Hope Campaign for KFC. His largest audience to date has been at the Newtown Diwali Festival in Johannesburg, which he MC'd three years in succession since its inception in 2005, and has entertained a record breaking crowd of fifty thousand people.
 
 His popularity has expanded beyond the African continent and his work on TV and film has been viewed in Canada, India, Europe and Argentina. He enjoys a high media profile as a personality and was awarded the People Magazine Crystal Award for Best Soapie Actor and Favorite Actor award at the You Magazine Spectacular in 2006. He also won the South African Film and TV Awards (SAFTA) for 2008 in the People’s Choice category of ‘Best Hero’ and another SAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 2009. 
 
Apart from acting and working as an MC, Jack also delivers motivational talks for corporate groups and, drawing on his experiences in the Police Department, presents demonstrations on crime awareness.  He is closely involved with event staging and live entertainment around the country and promotes the hugely popular SA Strongman National Series.  

Client Feedback

Jack really was great. Frankly, what I liked most about him is that he really tried to connect with everyone at the event. He wasn’t one of those MC’s or paid speakers that arrive 10 minutes before, and leaves 10 minutes afterwards. I think he was one of the last to leave, and it looked like he mingled with everyone. I will definitely recommend you and him to anyone.  Kirsten van Jaarsveld. Brands Rock. Harley Davidson launch 2011
 
Jack handled the huge crowd really well. He was one of the best MCs I have worked with, especially for this type of hands on interactive events. Client was very happy. Bee Chapman. Production Hub. Cell C Team Challenge 2011
 
We were thrilled with Jack as the MC for this event. He’s so on the ball and I didn’t know he’s quite witty too. Deanna Verlis. Standard Bank Awards 2010
 
Jack Devnarain

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Jason Greer

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Jeannie D and your brand

Jeannie De Gouveia is one of the most high profile and  popular female presenters on South African television. The Jeannie D brand is synonymous with glitz, glamour, exuberance and style. 
 
As the launch of her popular clothing range in Foschini Stores proves, Jeannie D is a premium brand in the young, hip, funky, trendsetter category. 
 
That said, Jeannie  appeals to a wide fan base because of her brand presence over a broad spectrum. In the small pool of South African celebrity stardom, Jeannie D is a brand that’s truly arrived.
 
As a DJ, prior to joining the Top Billing team, Jeannie consistently scored top DJ in reader and listener polls, and even won the FHM Hottest DJ two years after having departed from the radio! 
 
In moving from top DJ to presenter on the prestigious and sophisticated lifestyle magazine show Top Billing, Jeannie achieved a crossover following, appealing to all age groups. Her fan base has grown, with the popular Top Travel Show, a TB brand extension, on SABC 3. With Top Travel now flighting on the BBC Travel Channel and Wealth TV in the USA, the Jeannie D brand has gone international!
 
Jeannie D’s brand received wider spread in South Africa during the Soccer World Cup, when she co presented with football legends George Weah and JJ Okocha on SABC 1’s Mambo 2010.
 
Jeannie D is the obvious choice as a brand ambassador for top brands aimed at a stylish, fun or fashion conscious target market.  She’s in the Who’s Who of South Africa and has close on 27 000 followers on Twitter.
 
She’s one of the most popular corporate MCs for prestigious functions and is constantly featured in magazines like YOU, Shape, Heat, People, Cosmo and Glamour. 
 
Magnetic presence and an ability to converse off the cuff, especially with a sense of fun and laughter, are integral to personal endorsement campaigns and there are few who would match Jeannie D as a brand ambassador. 
 
Through Jeannie’s personal endorsement, your product line will be identified with a well known, respected, believable and extremely popular celebrity, thereby adding impetus to your campaign. 
 
With Jeannie’s brand identified with the product, advertising will gain a strong emotional buy-in. 

Advertising Campaigns

Any endorsement campaign dilutes a personality brand and affects future earning potential.  To ensure that the Jeannie D brand is not diluted, only one or two advertising campaigns a year are considered for South African media, which is why we demand premium fees for a premium brand like Jeannie D. Furthermore, the advertising campaign has to fit the prestigious nature of the Jeannie D brand.

Accolades

YOU Spectacular Favourite female celebrity  2011 (3 years in a row)
YOU Spectacular  Sexiest Woman on Television  2011
YOU Spectacular Favourite TV Presenter 2011
YOU spectacular – Most Popular Female Celebrity 2010
YOU magazine – Sexiest Woman 2009
YOU magazine – Most Popular Female Celebrity 2008 
YOU magazine – Most Popular Female Celebrity 2007
FHM – Voted by readers as one of the 100 Sexiest
Best DJ nomination 2 years in a row and sexiest DJ by FHM readers
Heat magazine Hot 100 2006, 2007, 2008
 
Jeannie D

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Jeremy Maggs

Jeremy Maggs is a South African journalist, radio host and television presenter, best known for hosting the game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
 
Jeremy Maggs also co-hosts the quiz show “Test The Nation”.
 
In the radio industry Jeremy Maggs co-presents SAfm's weekday afternoon current affairs programme, PM Live, as well as being the host of the Sunday morning media and advertising show, Media@SAfm.
 
Although Jeremy Maggs has an established and successful radio career, most South Africans know Maggs as the host of “Millionaire” - he is still subjected to jokes about whether something is his final answer or if he wants to phone a friend.
 
He also hosted SABC3's weekly media and advertising show, Media Focus.
 
Having studied Journalism at the then Natal Technikon, Jeremy Maggs began a career in journalism writing for such publications as the Eastern Province Herald and Durban's Sunday Tribune.
 
His first radio job was at 702 where he stayed for 10 years, becoming the station's news editor and a regular current affairs anchor - at one point in a spicily memorable breakfast show partnership with 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams – with a reputation as a tough interviewer.
 
During his time there, amongst other things, he broke the story of Chris Hani's assassination and co-hosted a live rolling news programme on the day that Princess Diana died.
 
He left 702 to present the new SABC2 morning breakfast show (precursor to the present Morning Live), which he co-hosted with Nothemba Madumo.
 
This led to an invitation to present Media@SAfm and then to PM Live - a show he refers to as his "great joy".
 
Jeremy Maggs

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Justin Cohen

EMCEE

In addition to being an international speaker and author, Justin regularly emcees events. He thoroughly researches your organization and objectives. As an experienced television talk show host, where applicable, he will interview key people so that they don’t need to do presentations. 
 
At award ceremonies Justin frequently interviews the winners to find out their success strategies. As the author of “The Astonishing Power of Story”, if relevant, Justin will script powerful stories about each of the winners, giving the audience an opportunity to find out how they achieved what they did and ultimately model their success. This turns the event into an opportunity for inspiration and learning. 
 
Justin brings his extensive experience as a motivational speaker, interspersing the presentations with entertaining and inspiring snippets of insight.
 
“We could not have asked for a more professional emcee for the evening to host our gala dinner and awards ceremony. You successfully made each of the winners feel like stars!”

Senior Manager Sales & Distribution, HSBC Bank, Middle East
 
“You are without a doubt the best Master of Ceremonies I have seen in action anywhere in my life. Your research done on the background and history of our company and attention to the detail of the specific function is highly commendable.  You ‘acted’ as if you were part of RealNet Holdings for many years.”

Tjaart van der Walt, CEO, REALNET HOLDINGS
 
“It was the best award ceremony I have ever been to! Justin researched each of the nominees making it personal and very funny.”

Charles Fairweather, CEO, DAWN WING COURIERS
 
Justin Cohen

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Kenneth Nkosi is a South African actor best known for his roles as The Pastor in the television drama Gaz'lam and as Aap in the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi.
 
He also appeared in the 2007 mini-series Society.
 
Nkosi had his first taste of acting in community theatre. In 1993 he enrolled at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg. He made his stage debut two years later in the comedy Afrodizzia at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.
 
He has worked on stage at The Civic and at The Market Theatre in a variety of productions and is a member of the South African Sports Company and a field worker for the Market Theatre Laboratory.
 
He is well known on television for his performances in the soap opera Isidingo and in Saints, Sinners and Settlers and for his appearances on e.tv's The Toasty Show.
 
His film credits include Fela's TV, Tsotsi, Jerusalema, Mafrika, White Wedding and the international box office hit District 9.
 
He also co-produced the sitcom Mzee wa Two Six, with Endemol.
 
In 2010 he was the host of the SABC2 World Cup show Siyaya 2010.
 
He is the host of the the SABC1 reality competition television series Class Act, since 2010.
 
In 2011 he was one of the featured celebrities interviewed by Nicky Greenwall in The Close Up, which aired on e.tv and DStv's eNews channel.
 
In June 2012, Kenneth plays Beast in Leon Schuster's Mad Buddies movie.
 
 
Kenneth Nkosi

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Khanyi Magubane is a talented, energetic, broadcaster, writer, poet, journalist, event MC and documentary producer. Her diverse experience in the media industry spans across Radio, Print, TV and online media.
 
At just age 31, she hosts a successful gospel and spirituality show on SAfm, Living Sounds, whose purpose she says, is to “heal, inspire and motivate.” 
Magubane is also an experienced MC and panel facilitator, with experience with both corporate and entertainment events. Magubane has been the MC at events including: the Cape Town International Jazz festival, Arts Alive Jazz on the Lake, Opening of 1st Annual National book week, the Intra-Africa Business Network, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Publishing book launch at Xarra books, Newtown-Johannesburg, Alliance Francaise.  
 
As a spoken word artist Magubane has performed extensively at various venues around Johannesburg. As a published poet, She’s has contributed to a number of crucial anthologies. 
 
In 2008, she was published by veteran “Guerrilla” publishers Botsotso publishing in a poetry anthology that infused together the works of street poets, reflective poets, hard poets, soft poets.
 
In 2006, She was invited to be part of the “Words gone two soon” poetry and prose tribute collection to late writers Phaswane Mpye and K. Sello Duiker. 
In October 2006, “Basadzi Voices” (UKZN press) was launched at the prestigious Poetry Africa Festival in Durban. Magubane was one of the black female poets chosen to be part of that anthology. In Johannesburg, the book was launched at Xarra books to raving reviews. She has also shared the stage with literary giants such Ngugi WA Thiong’o and African American poet Sonia Sanchez. 
 
Khanyi has also performed internationally.  In 2008, She was part of the South African delegation invited to perform at the 12th Havana international poetry Festival in Cuba, along side poet Laureate Professor Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile, Cape writer James Matthews and poets Lebo Mashile as well as Phillipa Yaa De Villiers. These just some of Magubane’s achievements as a poet.  In November 2010, she also performed a spoken word/jazz set in Harlem, New York at the legendary Jazz Club, “St. Nicks Pub”. 
Academically, Magubane is an English literature and communication studies graduate BA (Communication). She also has an Honours degree in Journalism, both degrees from RAU (now the University of Johannesburg). She has contributed for Magazines including the literary Journal Words etc and O Magazine. She has also been a radio journalist for the past 11 years.
 
Her illustrious career started at Talk Radio 702 in 2000. After almost four years, she moved to YFM, where she was a news anchor and senior reporter. She also wrote for the YFM’s magazine Ymag, where she was a film features writer. 
 
After an exciting tenure, she left YFM in April 2006 to pursue a full time writing career. She’s currently a presenter of a highly successful Gospel radio programme on SAFM “living Sounds” and a producer at the station.
 
Having a passion for film, Magubane is also a scriptwriter, who also has a desire to one day direct her own work. She continues to freelance as a media practitioner, she lives in Randburg, Johannesburg.
 
 
 
Khanyi Magubane

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“The ambitious and vivacious Kia Johnson is clearly a woman who has it all. Energetic, fun and oozing an engaging manner that can involve the most shy person in conversation she continues to grace our TV screens and Radio Airwaves. ”

Kia has interviewed the likes of International Chef Gordon Ramsay, Pastry Extraordinare Eric Lanlard, Funnyman John Cleese, WWE’s Justin Gabriel, many SA Government and other Local and International media persona’s Kia encompasses an all rounder with a “go for it” attitude.
 
Needing a wake up? Check in with Kia on Radio 2000’s Planet Haaibo show weekday mornings 6-9am. Inclusive she produces and presents Saturday Night Live on 2000from 9pm-12 showcasing a strong music element with DJ beats and Local/International musician interviews.
 
As our traffic superhero, Kia is the eye in the sky and your right hand on the roads.  Tune into MetroFM and SAFM to make sure you arrive at your destination safely with the most soothing voice in town broadcasting to millions on these platforms.
 
Excuding grace and love for what she does Kia has formerly presented on Expresso on SABC 3. When the show initially commenced Kia was head hunted and hired for her strong radio background being able to already work in a high paced Live Environment. She brought her personality to our TV screens and used her English/Afrikaans bilingualism to entertain audiences each day.  Add a down to earth personality, infectious laughter and positive attitude and her fans were only left wanting more.
 
2011 was a big year for Cape Town.  Kia took on the Vote for Table Mountain Campaign and subsequently became the only Celebrity who assisted by organising visits to various Cape schools educating students and encouraging them to vote.  The final results?  Table Mountain was chosen as one of the seven wonders of the world.  A huge achievement for the province and South Africa.
 
Recently MC’d for the Sekunjalo Investment Group’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, City of Cape Town’s Safety & Security Awards Ceremony, The Good Housekeeping Mag, The Bridal Fair 2014, The International Jazz Fest and the Mama Magic Baby Expo.
 
 
Kia Johnson

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KRIJAY GOVENDER

Host/ MC/Comedian: 

International Events:

Fifa World Cup Preliminary draw – Scored (12/10 on performance rating)
Ebandla Homecoming Revolution (in London) for the Premier
Comedy4Tune (one of four comedian performers onboard Starlight Cruise Liner 2008)
Launched the ICC World Cricket Cup 2003 with Shaun Pollock & PJ Powers
International Poetry Festival
International Science &Technology Conference 1999
Miss India Worldwide for Soni Television Dec 2002 (2 billion viewership)
Anant Singh’s Now or Never Concert Dinner 2002

National Events/ Awards/ Corporate : 

South African Film and Television Awards (First Ever 2007)
South African Economy Growers Awards 
IDC 
IDC - Official Farewell Dinner for CEO Wendy Luhabe
South African Design Achiever Awards 2008
Liberty Life, Standard Bank and Stanlib – Suncity Superbowl 2008 (Jacob Zuma - Keynote address)
Eskom (2008 awards for various divisions from Stations/ Distributions to Women’s Day) 
Bpesa National Awards 2008
Banking Ombudsman Awards 2008
FNB Lifestart Host 2006/7/8
Absa Awards
Standbank Blue Star Awards (Regional and National)
MTN Yello breakfast – cities throughout SA
Microsoft Partner Summit Awards  2008
HP Preferred Suppliers Awards
SA Breweries National Conference 
People Magazine Crystal Awards
Compztek, 
Multichoice Africa conference
Mulitichoice conference
SABC Enterprise/Sales Conference
SABC Sports Conference
SABC TV License Awards.  
Sappi Awards
RCI Awards 2006
KZN Ebandla in CT and JHB 2007
Red Bull Box Cart 2003 and 2004 for SABC3
Loeries 2003 (for Mnet) 
Peter Stuyvesant PLANET Launch 2003
Launch of South African Women’s Forte 1999
Cisco Govtech Function 2008

Awards / Nominations and Accolades  

Voted “Funniest woman in SA” by media: Star/Top Billing
Comedian of the Year Mzansi Star Awards 2008 (nominee)
One of top three MCs for 2007/8 (Sunday Times, Gwen Gill’s Column)
Best comedy actress 2008 -  South African comedy awards(nominee)
Cosmo Awesome women of year 2007
Reader’s Digest: Funny People
Regular comedian on Blacks Only; Heavyweight Kingsize Comedy; Arts Alive
Coke Africa in Nambia 2011 (conference faciliator)
Coke International Public affairs and communication conference Dehli INDIA 2012
Coke Conference Maurituis 2012 (was asked / could not due to clash with The wild)
FNB India launch 2012
RMB conference Sun City 2011
BESCA/ TOPCO/ DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR/ LIBERTY
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Krijay Govender

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LAWRENCE DUBE – BRIEF RESUME

Lawrence Dube has spent the last 22 years in the broadcasting and media industry. During this time he has held various positions ranging from Talk Show Host, Television Presenter, Voice Over Artist, Producer, Director, Creative Design and Communications Director, Events Compere and Businessman. These positions were held in organisations ranging from the Bop Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, advertising agencies including other private institutions like the present day Radio Kaya FM.
 
Lawrence currently serves as Director on the Board of Radio Kaya FM. In this capacity, Lawrence is part of a team of Directors who give strategic direction to the overall running and management of the station. A founding member of the radio station in August 1997, Lawrence currently hosts the Afternoon Drive show. Apart from his involvement at Kaya FM, Lawrence is the CEO of the Music Union of South Africa (MUSA) Investment Trust and further serves as Director of Real Productions since 2001. 
 
Lawrence has extensive experience in the field of entertainment, advertising, communication and radio and has interviewed the likes of Bishop Tutu, Walter Sisulu, Stevie Wonder, Kenneth Kaunda, Chinua Achebe and many other dignitaries including Government Bigwigs. In terms of television, Lawrence has been associated with programmes like, Toyota Top 20, Our Common Ancestor, Science Lab, Edutel and 50/50, an Environmental Documentary Programme. Prior to 1997, Lawrence served in the following capacities:
 
1983 – 1986: Radio Broadcaster  – Afternoon Drive show, Radio BOP
1985 – 1986: Television Presenter – Music, Sports and Continuity, TV Bop
1986 – 1996: Radio Broadcaster – PM Drive Show, Breakfast Show, Evening Talk Show, Radio Metro.
1996 – 1997: Co Founding Member/Director, Planet Earth Productions(Designed President Mandela Children’s Fund Logo)
1989 – 1995: Television Presenter – Toyota Top 20, SABC
2000: Co Founding Member, Twins Communications company
2001: Tourism Ambassador, North West Parks Board
 
Lawrence is well traveled and has been exposed to radio broadcasting in the United States. Lawrence matriculated in 1979, and obtained a Certificate in recognition of his attendance on the Management Advanced Programme (MAP) at the Business School at Wits University.
 
 
 
Lawrence Dube

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Leanne Manas is the popular face of SABC’s flagship breakfast program – Morning Live on SABC 2. Prior to this she was the host of two Business programs on SABC 3 – Business update and Business Focus. Leanne was also chosen as the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration. 
She started off her television career as the main news anchor for South Africa’s essential Business Channel - Summit Television. Leanne has also done extensive work for radio stations across South Africa including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio. 
 
She is a qualified Speech and Drama teacher which she completed through London Trinity College and also has an Honours degree in English. Leanne started her career as a news anchor at Radio 702 and then moved to Johnnic Publishing's African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm. She then took a keen interest in Finance journalism and completed a postgraduate certificate in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University. In her spare time she teaches Television skills to students at On Cue Communications.  
 
Leanne has interviewed hundreds of Top Businessmen and women, Politicians and entertainers in South Africa and from abroad. Her most notable achievements thus far – is her one on one exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela. Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Sir Richard Branson, Joan Armatrading, John Legend, Jane Seymour, Ronan Keating, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Archbishop of Canterbury are just some of the people Leanne has had the opportunity to interview.
  
Leanne was one of the nominees for Sanlam’s Business Journalist of the year awards in 2002. She was voted as one of Cosmopolitans most awesome woman of 2004.  Leanne also walked off with the Sunday Times/Elle most stylish news/actuality/continuity presenter award for 2004. 
She is also a three time recipient of the “Best South African Female Television Presenter” at People magazines “Crystal Awards” (2005-2007).
Leanne won the “best dressed presenter” for 2005 and 2006. She also walked away with “You” Magazines most as Stylish television presenter for 2006.
 
Leanne is as an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign. She is the only Television anchor in the world to join the elite list of Ambassadors handpicked by Madiba. 
 
Leanne Manas

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Leeanda Reddy

Stage and screen actress,Leeanda Reddy has a varied stage and screen career.She studied at UKZN for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama.On the small screen she currently stars on ‘Isidingo’ as Detective Priyanka Naicker.Last year she played the female lead opposite Leon Schuster in the blockbuster  ‘Mr Bones 2’ .Other screen credits include a lead on etv's Scandal,Sabc 2’s Zero Tolerance, etv’s Backstage ,Sabc 2’s ‘The Res’ and the presenter of trendy magazine programmes:’Big City and Citylife’.
 
Leeanda began her stage career in Durban performing leading roles in theatre productions at the Playhouse and went on to perform in major arenas in the country including the Market and Civic theatres.In 2000 she was invited with acclaimed playwright and director Ronnie Govender,by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to tour India with the one woman play’At the the Edge’.The tour was highly successful with Leeanda receiving wide acclaim for her performances, including at the International theatre festival in New Delhi.Other theatrical highlights include playing ‘Viola/Cesario’ in Ralph Lawsons award winning ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Lady Macbeth’ in Stephen Gurneys Macbeth, a leading role in Toni award winning director, Michael McAloney’s “Shaken not Stirred Sir”.
 Her most recent theatre productions are Buckled and Queens of Comedy,both produced by Mustard Seed Productions,a production company she co -owns with friend and colleague Krijay Govender.The pair also co wrote these and other theatre projects.  
 
She is the recipient of a Mababongwe award for performance excellence and was twice nominated for the  FNB vita award for best Lead Actress in ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Beyond Calvary’. 
 
As a compere she has hosted events such Mr South Africa,Absa Golf Day,Shoprite Checkers Gala Awards,Eskom amongst others.
 
Leeanda Reddy

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 Liezel van der Westhuizen

 “Commitment. Passion. Action.”

 
Voted Number 56 in FHM HOT 100 Sexiest Women in the World – 2008
Voted Number 98 in HEAT HOT 100 – 2008
Voted Number 4 in SIMON RADEMAN’S best dressed women in SA – 2008
Nominated Best New Comer – YOU MAGAZINE Stars of 2008
Nominated for Best New Comer – PEOPLE MAGAZINE Crystal Awards 2008
Nominated for Best Dressed Presenter – PEOPLE MAGAZINE Crystal Awards 2008
Nominated for Best TV Presenter – PEOPLE MAGAZINE Crystal Awards 2008
Top 8 Finalist in  Shape Magazine Cover Girl Search -  2007.
Voted Best Team Player – Shape Magazine Cover Girl Search – 2007
12 years School Attendance without Absence (Northridge Primary School & PTA Girls High)
 
She may be have been a new face for Season 5 of MNET Idols and only the second woman in the world to present Idols, but Liezel van der Westhuizen has only been working in the home-grown entertainment industry for 2years, starting out on TV as an SABC 3 continuity presenter as well as the presenter of SABC 3’s live lunchtime talk show – Lunchbox.
 
Liezel is also a presenter on Jacaranda 94.2. It was on the latter station that Liezel’s ability to reach audiences, with her finely tuned, warm and hugely likeable presenting skills, earned her a strong following amongst the province’s radio listeners. “I began my radio life at Tuks FM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,” she says. 
 
Those early days as music manager at Tuks FM whilst still studying led to a job offer at EMI Music South Africa, where Liezel held the position of International PR Manager working with an impressive array of global music stars, including Lenny Kravitz, Atomic Kitten and Blue 
 
It’s no surprise that Liezel is so at ease when talking to an audience: this Pretoria raised-girl has a Masters Degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmasters International, having received her Advanced Toastmaster Bronze certificate in 2005.
 
“I’ve always loved speaking in public and conveying my point of view to a broad audience,” Liezel says of her Toastmaster experience. In fact so committed is she to the benefits of this form of communication that last year she taught public speaking and communication at Abraham Kriel Childrens Home as a volunteer. “I’m passionate about young South Africans being able to stand up and speak, confidently and with knowledge, about the issues that move them,” Liezel says simply. And in addition to her Toastmasters experience, Liezel is a recognised voiceover artist, having done an array of television and radio voiceover work.
 
That Liezel is so focused on her own passions is entirely consistent with her personality: after all, this is a woman who, as a learner at Pretoria Girls never once missed a day of school, in her entire 12 years spent in the education system! 
 
In fact, Liezel is no slouch when it comes to the other pursuits that she can’t live without: sport and health. “I train five days a week and follow a very healthy lifestyle.  And I’m crazy about golf!” That - and swimming, running, cycling, spinning and scuba-diving! It’s a head-spinning array of physical passions that, when combined with Liezel’s model-looks make it easy to see why she was a Top 8 finalist in the 2007 Shape magazine Sanex Cover Girl competition. 
 
In 2008, Liezel received best new comer nominations for both PEOPLE MAGAZINES CRYSTAL AWARDS as well as for YOU MAGAZINES STARS OF THE YEAR. Liezel was also received a series of recognitions in 2008 by being voted in at 56 in the FHM HOT 100 Sexiest Women in the World , as well as voted Number 98 in HEAT HOT 100 and showed off her style by being voted Number 4 in SIMON RADEMAN’S best dressed women in SA. 
 
But, for Liezel, what drives her to push on each day are new challenges and over the years she’s earned a reputation as an MC of note. That said, with her heavyweight media background, keen intelligence, easy manner with audiences and cover-girl looks, it’s surely not going to be long before Liezel becomes a household name. 
 
 
Liezel van der Westhuizen

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LITHULI DLAMINI

EDUCATION

‘O’ Levels: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English, and Accounting
‘A’ Levels: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
‘H’ Tech:    Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement.                                  Diploma:    Business Management, Human Resource Mgt, Restaurant Mgt.          Diploma:    Performing Arts.
Degree:      Coventry University: Manufacturing systems Engineering and Financial
                    Mgt.

THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

“The Baobab Tree” Bulawayo National Theatre Zimbabwe (Televised for ZBC)
Role: Wise Owl and Chief Chimp.
“South Pacific” Bulawayo National Theatre Zimbabwe (Televised for ZBC)
Role: Sailor; Chorus.
“Dick Whittington” Woolwich Theatre
Role: Fairy Godmother/Father
“2000 BC” Cabaret, Woolwich Theatre
Role: Various and Chorus
“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” UCL Drama School Production
Role: Evil Uncle Mustapha
“Romeo and Juliet” Richmond Theatrical Society London
Role: Benvolio, daggers, rapiers and dance.
“Romeo and Juliet” Ealing Broadway Theatrical Society London
Role: Mercutio, daggers, rapiers and dance.
“River Boat” Ealing Broadway Theatrical Society London
Role: Head Slave, chorus, and dance
“The Rape of the Belt” The Harare Repertory Theatre, Zimbabwe
Role: Hercules, Lead (Best Newcomer Award)
“The Cherry Orchard” Alliance Francais Zimbabwe
Role: Jeremy Birch, student tutor
“Miss Julie” Alliance Francais Zimbabwe
Role: Jean, Lead 
“Henry & Charlie” West End Play, developed black character for play about sex and drugs within aristocratic fraternity in UK.
Role: Leroy, (Principle Character).

FILMS/ TV

“As Good as it Gets” Filmed for director school
Role: Gay neighbour
“Mickey Two Guns” Short Films, developed  gangster character for short story set within West Indian and African community in London
Role: Dexter (Principle Character)
“The Res” Drama, SABC2
Role: Dr. Baloyi (1st Call Basis)
“Scout in Africa” American drama series set in South Africa
Role: Coach
“Justice for All II” Legal drama for SABC
Role: Ebrima shoots wife and himself, after unfavourable court decision.

FILMS/ TV cont…

“Generations” Drama SABC
Role: Customer (single call)
Ned bank Commercial Peter Gird Productions, Cape Town
Role: Aging sculptor (lead)
Pastel Accounting, corporate video
Role: company executive

VOICE OVERS

High-rise Media (Pty) Ltd London
Narration for corporate training video. English accent.
Voice over for sales campaign for introduction of new margarine. Cockney accent.
Voice over for Jamaican Rum. West Indian accent.
Junior Mellow Recording Studios Zimbabwe 
Television voice over for Telly Access. English accent.
Sonovision SA
Toyota, radio voice over. English Accent
Astral Studios SA
Waltons Stationary TV commercial

HOBBIES SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Horse riding, stage fights (daggers and rapiers) Use of hand gun, backing vocals, (2nd tenor, bass, baritone), some dance. Creative writing, amateur photography. Being a dad. 
Play: basketball, rugby, football and tennis.
Acting is a labour of love for me and I am constantly looking for new challenges from which I can learn and develop as an actor. I will almost always try anything once, as long as it does not leave me with any lasting scars. 
 
Luthuli Dlamini

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Name:                                 Macfarlane Moleli
Nickname:                          Mac 
Formal work:                      Radio Presenter/TV Presenter/Mc  
Year started:                      1999
Professional Profile:        1999-2007
 
         2008
       Working as prime time news anchor at the e News Channel on dstv
       2007
         Currently working as morning news anchor at SABC Africa 
       2006 
       Produced and co-hosted the YFM breakfast show (Y’d awake)
       Also worked as breakfast news reader
       2005-2006
       Compiled and produced all weekend sports Bulletins at 5FM 
       2006
                      Worked as a TV sports Journalist for Super Sport Update
       Also presented for Supersport Update 
       2005
                      Yfm midday News anchor 
       Compiled and edited News for the desk
       Researched news as well as field reporting for the Newsroom 
       2006
                      Presented the midday report on Channel Africa (SABC)
       Conducted interviews as well as live crossings all across the continent
                         Editing and compilation of all midday report content
Presented English lessons on the learning channel for grade 10 ,11 and 12 students
 
Other work:    Macfarlane or Mac as he is popularly known has extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry. He not only has experience in the urban mass-market entertainment industry but he has also struck a balance between entertainment and Current affairs. As a Current affairs person he has covered various ceremonies i.e. the elections and the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki including many press conferences. Mac is a balanced journalist having great experience in the sports industry through Radio and television presentation. He is also Joburgs favourite Mc when it comes to the hosting of events as he is relevant and appeals to all markets.
 
Macfarlane Molel

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Mahendra Raghunath 

I enjoy the distinction of being one of South African television’s most recognisable faces and voices, an enduring brand that has been long established in the landscape of the media industry.
In my expansive career, I have straddled the realms of Communications; Media; Radio and Television Broadcasting; News and Current Affairs; Film and Theatre; Writing and Production; Education, Training and Academia.
 
Being the face of SABC News for almost a decade, has endowed me with a powerful sense of credibility in the eyes and ears of the South African consumer. Aside from my distinctive role as Prime-time Television News Anchor, for which I have received numerous accolades and awards, it is as brand ambassador of SABC News and Corporate SABC that I have particularly excelled. As a consummate communicator, I have become a valuable part of the SABC’s stakeholder communications and issue management strategies. 
 
Currently completing an MA in Journalism, I have a strong academic background, and have lectured at a number of tertiary educational institutions, including Universities and Technikons. These were at the departments of English (Vista University), Communication (M L Sultan Technikon), Cultural & Media Studies (Natal University), and Drama (University of Durban-Westville). One of my areas of specialization is Mass Communication. As an academic, I’ve written and presented papers at national and international conferences, facilitated training workshops, convened a museum exhibition and a conference, and authored a series of academic publications.
 
If you are considering a cutting-edge, highly spirited, self-motivated, and pioneering individual, then look no further!
 
 
Mahendra Raghunath

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Mara Louw

BIOGRAPHY

Mara Louw
MARA LOUW was born in Soweto and started singing at the age of 10yrs with the Wilba Music Group Choir under the baton of Mr Wilby Baqwa. In 1970 she joined a traditional musical called “MEROPA” which was conceived at Dorkay House and toured Japan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, South Africa and London where Mara performed for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance on October 15, 1975.
 
In 1976, Mara was featured in the DOBIE GRAY and MAIN INGREDIENT Show . and in 1977 she toured with JOHNNY MATHIS and his big band, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine and Jimmy Cliff.
 
Major plays and musicals in which Mara featured are AFRICAN ODYSSEY by Victor Ntoni at the Market Theatre “ THE CRUCIBLE (Tituba) , SHOWBOAT (Queenie) BARNUM (Joyce Hearth - the oldest woman in the world)BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, A’ MY NAME IS ALICE, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, BABY COME DUZE, EKHAYA - MUSEUM OVER SOWETO and NKOSI THE HEALING SONG which celebrated the 95th anniversary of NKOSI SIKELELI ‘ AFRIKA - and its writer Enoch Sontonga.
 
In 1984 Mara was named best female vocalist by Radio Sotho and Zulu, she was also nominated for an Artes Award for her album ‘MARA ‘ other awards were in 1992 when she performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in the JO’BURG POPS Concerts for which she won an Artes Award for best performance.
 
In 1987 Mara was Elected President of the Musicians Union Of South Africa with Johny Clegg as Vice President. She is also served as Treasurer for PAWE ( Performing Arts Workers Equity) under the umbrella of COSATU .Its now called CWUSA ( Creative Workers
Union of South Africa ).
 
During 1991 and 1992 she sang with the Durban Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.
She was also featured in the first Miss World Pageant at Sun City.
 
In 1990 she performed at the MANDELA CONCERT in London at Wembley Stadium.
In 1991 she sang for Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk at the Newsmaker of the year where they were joint recipients, she was again asked
in 1994 to perform at the Newsmaker of the year in honour of the late Chris Hani. In 1993 Mara appeared with Nelson Mandela during his visit to Glasgow where she sang at George Square and the Royal Concert Hall and they received Freedom Of Britain.
 
1n 1994 she was invited by the Scotish Anti – Apartheid Movement in the UK to do a month long tour of Scotland, England and Wales. Mara performed at the Inauguration of President Mandela and the Freedom Day Celebrations at the Union Buildings.she also performed at the Inauguration of Thabo Mbeki.
 
In 1995 Mara performed in Paris at La Grande Hall De La Villette with Hugh Masekela for a month later that year she was invited by the Egyptian Government to perform at the Cairo International Song Festival as a Guest Artiste .In 1996 she performed for the Queen of Denmark and in 1998, the Prime Minister of Denmark. In November 1998 she performed
at the arts festival, in Switzerland.
 
Mara played a Lead role in ‘ MUVHANGO ‘ 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5,6,7 ,8. a VENDA/SOTHO series on SABC 2. She also featured in a movie called ‘TAXI TO SOWETO ‘ which was a local box office hit. Mara also sang the song “ CIRCLE OF LIFE ” in the Zulu Version of the Movie THE LION KING.
 
In 2000 she was Executive Producer for “ THE SOPHIATOWN EXPERIENCE PRODUCTION “ at the Sandton Convention Centre , the show was sold out for five days running.
 
In 2001 she was Executive Producer for a musical concert “Surf ‘ Miriam Makeba Tribute To Dolly Rathebe” at the Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Civic, which featured top artiste including Hugh Masekela ,The show was a great success. Mara is the founder of the Miriam Makeba / Dolly Rathebe – Charitable Trust. Mara owns a company called SECHABA EVENTS PRODUCTIONS cc
 
She also played one of the leading roles Miss SHERMAN -in the musical FAME, at the State Theatre in 2003 and in Cape Town Convention Centre fromDec 2003 until February ,2004. In 2007 to 2008 she played one of the leading roles as Ms. Motormouth Maybelle in the Musical HAIRSPRAY at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City produced by Richard Loring
 
On the 19th, to 27th of April 2004 - Mara performed in Scotland as part of S.A. 10thyear Democracy Celebrations which was organised by STUC(Scotish Trade Union of which Mara is an Honourary member and ACSA which used to be known as The Anti Apartheid Organisation Mara has one Daughter Charlotte Moratuwa (Ratu) Louw Mara has been a Judge for Mnet Pop Idols Seasons - 2,3,4, 5 and lastly 6 .
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Mara had her own Talk Show - which was screened 2007 - called – “ MARA & FRIENDS - on SABC - TV 2”, that was an exciting new challenge for her.
In 2008 Mara was commissioned to Produce her own TV Series .
Mara is a respected Senior Member of the Methodist Church Women Manyano, She has her own 26 Members Choir called “Hymns of Africa “ which has released a CD Internationaly . The CD can be purchased through the Internet . She will be releasing her own latest CD on Good Friday which features her favourite hymns from the church. The CD will be available for sale at most Methodist Churches during Good Friday, and also at retail stores.
 
Mara is the Ambassador for Child Welfare South Africa . She also has a Rose named after her by Ludwig Roses “ The Mara Louw Rose ” which is presently on sale in most Garden Nursery around South Africa, it’s a beautiful Peach and Apricot Hybrid Tea Rose.
 
Mara received Two Life Time Achievements Awards on the 29th August 2010 from the DAC ( Department Of Arts and Culture and another award on the same day from the South African Concert Promoters Organisation .

Book Marah for -

  • Corporate Function performances
  • Festivals & Events
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Cape Town

Mark Bayly

Stream in to The Mark Bayly Show:

2oceansviberadio.com - Mondays and Tuesdays 15h00-17h00

Following the success of the glitz and glamour SAFTA nominated magazine show, All Access, on MNet, the Mark Bayly Show on the revolutionary new internet radio station 2 Oceans Vibe already gained thousands of listeners. 
 
Tthe   SA Survivor series  launched Mark Bayly’s career on the small screen and as a speaker, corporate video presenter and celebrity. His versatility, sense of humor and lightening quick repartee has turned Mark into hot property on the corporate circuit as a professional and classy MC and facilitator of  themed conferences and team building challenges. He’s also in high demand for celebrity appearances and involvement in various charity causes.
 
As a businessman with experience in IT, marketing, tourism and running small hotels,  Mark understands marketing and the bottom line,  an unusual strength among most showbiz personalities.  His speaker topic “The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Loyalty Programmes” is based on personal experience.
 
Mark’s love of the outdoors is well known. Sports hobbies include sailing, surf skiing and running up and down mountains. He has facilitated  two “Mens Health look” challenge finals and he, Sam Allerton and Doug Bird were the first three man kayak team to complete the Hansa Powerade Dusi.  
 
He’s a wine connoisseur and knows how to make Port in the traditional Portuguese way! Many people have been surprised to see him manning the “Bayly’s Port” stall at Cape Town’s organic market on Saturdays!
 
Mark is ambassador to the Sunflower Foundation and Water Wise and advocate for the prevention of breast cancer.

As a facilitator and speaker:

Hosted Neil Armstrong for three day VW lecture tour  SA 2010
Rainbow conference and challenges with Snazzi Events 
Mens Health Challenges 2006 and 2007
Nu Metro Reel Deal Quiz road-show and press junkets.
Daimler Chrysler Conference 
Kimberly Clark Survival of the Fittest team building 
Foschini Cosmetics Road Show 
SPAR Western Cape AGM
Oracle Airtime Sales conference

As an MC:

Momentum Health Road shows 2010
Nu Metro Oscars 2010
VW Launches 2010
VW Dealer Awards 2010
Hosted Neil Armstrong in South Africa for 3 days 2009
Cosmo Sexiest Man Calender Launch 2008
MNet Promax Awards 
SA Style Awards 
Anglo Platinum’s Kumba Iron Ore Laurel Awards 
Nu Metro Premiere Golden Compass
FNB Innovator Awards 
Mens Health look Awards evenings 
MIH Leadership Conference 
FHM Menswear Awards 
The Ruins Music Festival St Francis Bay 
Oracle Airtime Sales media day
Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments 
African Sales road show 
Heat Top 100 Extravaganza 
Heat Media Shop 
Pam Golding conference Seychelles 

Client Feedback:

“We loved working with Mark. He did a superb job as MC and we were very proud to align his brand with ours for the Summit launches.” Denise Pillay. Momentum Health. 
 
“I have worked with Mark on 3 occasions at formal events where I have used 2 hosts and every time I have felt that he has outshone his fellow presenters.” Jonathan Laing. 02 Productions.
 
“We had awesome feedback from our Members that mark was a superb Speaker and wonderful guy!” Michelle Brown. Brown’s PE 
 
“They LOVED Mark - and want to do more with him.”
Pick ‘n Pay Directors farewell. 2009
 
“Survivor host Mark Bayly went way beyond the normal duties of a conference MC by hosting a Survivor-style challenge that encouraged team participation, through physical and mental abilities” Pam Golding Seychelles Conference 2008
 
“Mark made the evening, not only through his enthusiasm but also the extensive research that he had done on the hedge fund industry. It is not often that I have come across an Event Host who actually carries out research on the audience and is thereby able to bring them on side as well as Mark did for this particular event.”
Ian Hamilton.  Chairman, AIMA South Africa 
 
“You were great!  I've had so much feedback and everyone loved your talk.”
Amy Northam. Runner’s World and Bicycling
 
“Mark was amazing! I knew he was just what we needed for the conference and team challenges but we never realised just how much fun he is. He could be a stand up comic. He really mucked in, diving into the sea and swimming from boat to boat. He was absolutely amazing. Our client was blown away.”
Linda van der Veen. Snazzi Events – Rainbow conference 2008
 
“Mark was the best MC ever!!! And what a pleasure to work with him.” 
SPAR AGM Western Cape.
 
“Thank  you SO much for being the MC at our Sexy Man Calendar launch. 
It was such a pleasure to meet and work with you and we look forward to working with you in the future. You guys really made this event something special – not only for us at Cosmo, but also for our sponsors and most of all the readers. Congratulations on a job well-done! 
Cosmo Events Team
 
“It was the best product launch road-show we’ve had. Mark was absolutely fantastic. In Durban, the audience was actually chanting for him to come back on stage. We loved working with him. Once again, it has been an absolute pleasure working with Quirky House.”  Philippa Viljoen. Crimson Room – event manager African Sales Roadshow. Jan/Feb 2007
 
“He was great. They loved him. Feedback is that it was the most successful conference so far.”  Out the Box Productions for Kimberly Clark “Survival of the Fittest” Team building conference. 
 
“Mark was a HUGE hit and we really enjoyed having him share our evening with us.  It was a truly successful event and Mark certainly added to that.  As celebs go, he was one of the best we have ever dealt with.  His relaxed, unaffected manner made him a pleasure to deal with. Thanks for all your help.”
Anthea Petersen, Head of Marketing – Oracle Airtime sales.
 
“The entire Men's Health team and our finalists loved Mark. He was such a pleasure to work with - so professional, always enthusiastic and a fantastic sense of humour that kept our spirits at an all-time high. With these qualities; there's no doubt in my mind that Mark is going to go far in this industry and we will definitely book him for future events and promotions.” 
Lisa Judson •  Promotions Manager  •  Men's Health & Men's Health Living  
 
“Mark was fantastic! The clients  were thrilled with his performance. He was a pleasure to work with, he was able to adapt quickly and easily to any changes thrown at him, and hit all the critical points of our brief spot on. Not only would we use him again but, we would not hesitate to recommend him to others in this role.” Jonathan Lang. for FNB Innovators Awards 2007
 
 
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Born 16-02-1962 in Meadowlands 

Marks Maponyane was a professional footballer for 17 years. In 1984 he was nominated as South African Sports Hero of the Year. In 1983, 1987 and 1994 Maponyane was awarded the SA Footballer of the year Award - the only South African to receive this award more than once. He was the Captain of Kaizer Chiefs between 1985 and 1988 and played for Bafana Bafana from 1992 to 1995. Maponyane has been involved with motivational speaking for most of his footballing career and also works as a Sales Executive with Adidas and Reebok. He is a successful businessman and runs his own business.
 
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Mark Pilgrim

MEDIA PORTFOLIO

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With his distinctive bald head, charismatic personality and easy-going demeanor, Mark is one of South Africa's most recognisable radio and tv personalities.

He has spent over 16 years entertaining millions of listeners on radio. He started his career on 5fm, and now broadcasts simultaneously on 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg and 94.5 Kfm all across the Cape.

Mark has also hosted many television shows over the years, including the country’s first ever reality show, Big Brother SA and South Africa’s biggest ever game show The Power of 10.

Mark is a well-polished master of ceremonies, corporate deejay, as well as motivational speaker. In addition, he is a professional voice artist, having done countless radio and television commercials and audio-visual narrations.

Mark is happily married and lives in Sandton Johannesburg with his wife Nicole and daughter, Tayla-Jean. He is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at the age of 18 with stage 4 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. In 2008, at the age of 38, he survived a severe and sudden heart attack, caused by a genetic condition. Despite narrowly cheating death twice, his positive and genuinely happy attitude towards life is infectious and motivates others to achieve their own personal goals in life.

TELEVISION EXPERIENCE

RADIO EXPERIENCE

MASTER  OF CEREMONIES / CONFERENCE FACILITATION

Mark has been a professional MC for over 12 years. His warm and friendly delivery style has endeared him to thousands of delegates. Whether your function is a 2-day conference or a gala awards evening, Mark Pilgrim is there to make sure the evening goes according to plan!

Satisfied clients

Some of the many clients Mark has worked with over the years include:
 
Accenture, Africa Rail, Amadeus Southern Africa, Amalgamated Motor Holdings, Altech Autpage Cellular, Audi Sandton, Boston Scientific, BP Africa,
Brand House, Bridgelink, British American Tobacco, Canon, Cell C, Ciro Beverage Solutions, Columbus Stainless, Cresta Shopping Centre, Damelin,
Discovery Health, Emmanuels Staffing, Emperors Palace, Fiat Group SA, Flight Centre, GlaxoSmithKline, Honda, Hugo Boss, Indwe Risk Services,
Johnson & Johnson, Kia Motors, K-Line Shipping (South Africa), KPMG, Monte Casino, Netcare, News Cafe, Nokia, NOSA, Osiris, Pam Golding,
Prominent Paints, SA Breweries (Egoli Division), Sasol Polymers, SatCom Africa (Terrapinn), Shoden Data Systems, Shop SA, Silverstar Casino, Simeka Business Group, Sony Corporation (Japan), Spar, Standard Bank, Sun International, Toyota, USN, VISA, Vodacom and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

What some event companies have said

“We categorically rate Mark as the best MC in SA at the moment! We do lots of events and he is head and shoulders above the rest. He is such a pro and it was an absolute pleasure working him”
Belinda Chapman, The Production Hub
 
“Mark was absolutely brilliant. He read the crowd in the first five minutes and they lapped up every word he said!”
Hayley Harberer, Harberer Events
 
"Mark is truly a great MC. He gave my client and I exactly what we were expecting and more."
Albert Kruger, Contemporary Events
 
“Mark is a phenomenal master of ceremonies... one that truly holds the crowds interest!”
Lloyd Wild, Monster Parties

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

Mark is a polished motivational speaker. His 20-30 minute talk entitled Living your Dream is well suited to conferences and functions which are themed around reaching your goals, whether it be at work or in your personal life.
At the age of 18 Mark was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. Mark’s inspirational story is anecdotal and humorous and reveals how cancer persuaded him to give up his training as a chartered accountant and follow his dream of being on radio. His story is a personal and poignant account of his journey, motivating anyone listening to follow their dreams, whether it is in the workplace or in their personal lives. He also uses the public platform to educate both young and old on the importance of checking themselves for any physical abnormalities and well as, should the disease affect you, how to find the strength to overcome it.

What some clients have said

"I just wanted to write and thank you so much for the fantastic talk at our business breakfast. Our clients were absolutely thrilled to be able to hear your
story" Lara Rosmarin, ICAS SA
 
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the true inspiration you left with us yesterday, you definitely have the whole office buzzing about it this morning."
Emsie Bico, Standard Bank
 
"I'm sure you get this all the time, but thank you so much for an awesome motivational talk at the Table Bay Hotel. Keep up with all the great work you're doing in the Cancer field. I think the personal account really meant so much more than an average motivational talk." Deidré Foster, Department of Environmental
Affairs and Development Planning
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Michelle & Riaan Venter 

BASED IN MOSSEL BAY

The original 'Top-Billing' presenter, Michelle is an award-winning conservation journalist and a household name in South Africa. She is well-known for pioneering educational TV productions and newsprint articles that bring sustainable living, wildlife and conservation issues to the fore.
 
Her husband, Riaan, is the celebrated DIY Guru, TV personality and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Champion, better known as ‘Die Nutsman’ - and he is synonymous with creative ideas, DIY and beautiful homes.
 
 
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Monique Strydom

Introducing Monique Strydom

one of the Sipadan hostages who survived a 4-month ordeal in the hands of ruthless terrorists.  She tells a real life story, which made international headlines – and changed the lives of all involved.

More and more people are globally exposed to terrorism and dealing with the aftermath of terrorist attacks. Some have not survived these ordeals; others have been lucky and now live to tell their stories…
 

Are you looking for an inspirational speaker for your next conference or team building presentation? 

Someone who has a real life story to tell…
Someone who has faced adversity…
Someone who has seen death…
Someone who has survived against all odds…
Someone who has come back and are using the lessons learnt to change the lives of others…
 
Monique Strydom is one of the lucky survivors and her story has captivated people across the world.  She was nominated as one of the Greatest Women of the Century by the American Biographical Institute, BBC/National Geographic recently filmed a documentary about her ordeal and she boasts with a personal reference by Nelson Mandela. 
 
Monique Strydom is known as one of the 21 hostages who was held hostage by Abu Sayyaf rebels for 127 days in the jungle on the Philippine island of Jolo in 2000. Their group was in the hands of murderous terrorists, under continuous attack by the military, had to run for their lives through unforgiving territory, had very little food and water and were subject to many other dangers. The fact that not one of the hostages was killed is seen as a miracle.
 
For Monique, her experience on Jolo was an extraordinary, life-changing one.  Together with her husband, Callie, she made a decision to stay positive and draw lessons from her adversity.  On her return Monique decided to dedicate her life to the people of South Africa, to thank South Africans for their support and love and as a way of returning this kindness.  She closed down her own business and set up the Callie and Monique Charity Trust.  The Strydoms donated all the money they received with media interviews, appearances and their book, Shooting the Moon, to this trust. 
 
In the last 7 years the trust has assisted various charities and causes and more than R 3 million has been donated back to the people of South Africa.  In 2002 Monique was asked to assist with addressing the high rates of child abuse and rape in South Africa and the trust developed Project Matla a Bana - A voice against child abuse. Apart from running the Trust and Matla A Bana, Monique was also the presenter of her own TV inspirational programs, "Footprints" and "Monique" on MNET. 
 
Monique Strydom has become a sought after inspirational speaker, nationally and internationally, and their book – “Shooting the moon” is a best seller.
 
Callie and Monique Strydom have received the love and respect, not only from the people of South Africa, but also from people like Nelson Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki.  They have also rubbed shoulders with many superstars and world leaders.  The Strydoms are the recipients of the numerous awards including the prestigious Newsmaker of the Year Award and the Rotrary International Paul Harris Award (Callie Strydom).
 
Callie and Monique are the proud parents of Luc (6) who was born a year after their release.  They reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 

What Nelson Mandela said about them

 
 
We commend Callie and Monique Strydom for the courage they displayed under the most testing circumstances and wish them to know how proud they made all of us as South Africans for the manner in which they conducted themselves. 
 
One outstanding feature of that episode that will remain in our memory is the way in which South Africans rallied around this couple.  Their story was followed with an intense interest and concern by the whole nation as if they were relatives of all of us.  It took this moment of personal suffering and danger to starkly remind us again that we are one people with a common destiny and common responsibility to care for and about each other.  The national mood of a common patriotism was vividly captured in the pictures of the Minister of Foreign Affairs chaperoning the couple back and the President officially receiving and welcoming them. 
 
Monique and Callie we are happy to have you back amongst us, and let it go well with you.

Nelson Mandela Nov 2000

Her talk

INSPIRATIONAL TALK

In this 1 hour 15 minute presentation, Monique recounts details of their ordeal and the lessons learnt.
 
The talk is divided into various sections:

SECTION 1 - TAKEN HOSTAGE:

The first encounter with the terrorists (the capture)
Loosing freedom – and other things (coping with loosing freedom)
Dealing with fear
Breaking the hostages (conditions they were kept in and what were done to the hostages)
Facing death (describing a military attack)

SURVIVING TRAUMA

How they survived trauma and the lessons learnt in dealing with extreme trauma
The pain of suffering and what it does to you
The invaluable knowledge gained on interpersonal relationships, the power of a positive attitude, and courage.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORT

The support structures that kept them positive and alive. 

MINISTRY/WITNESSING TALK

During this one hour talk, Monique – relives the miracles she witnessed during her captivity. The lessons from the Bible, direct messages from God and how they were protected during dark hours of seeing death.  This is an extremely powerful testimony, presented at many religious gathering across South Africa. 

Requirements

Microphone
Travel & accommodation arrangement 
Distribution of her “goodie” bag before the talk (this is used as part of the talk)
Sales of their book “Shooting the moon”  (Of which all proceeds are donated to the charity)
No filming of the talk
She will gladly allow for questions or discussion time
 

Where she has talked before

More than 100 000 people have attended her talks in South Africa, Africa and the USA and major clients include:
 

INTERNATIONAL:

Crystal Cathedral (California), Young Presidents Organisation (Nigeria, Kenya, Cape Town and Durban Chapters),  American International Ladies Club, Atlanta Toastmasters (included in this group high profile CDC directors), Mar De Jade Holistic Centre (Mexico), Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Atlanta), Australian Financial Services Group 

FINANCIAL : 

Swedish Business Association, Absa Bank (Barclays Bank), Absa Private Bank, Standard Bank, First National Bank , Investec, Price Waterhouse Coopers,  African Life Insurance, J P Morgan, SA Risk Managers, African Bank

TECHNOLOGY:

Softline, Dimension Data, MTN Cellular, Nashua Mobile

INDUSTRY:

Sasol, BP, Escom (SA Electricity Supply Commission), BMW, Chamber of Mines, ABB South Africa, Merry Pebbles Nuclear 

MEDIA:

Caxton Group (Biggest publisher of local newspapers), Nasionale Pers – Sarie, Finesse Magazine (Biggest publisher of magazines in South Africa), Media 24  (Biggest media group in South Africa). 

SUPPLIERS:

Metro Cash & Carry,  Pick ‘n Pay Group (Biggest Retail Group in South Africa), Spar, Friendly Grocer, Woolworths Group

OTHER:

Rotary Johannesburg,  Suretravel, Sandton Mediclinic, Estee Lauder,  Hospice,  Cansa, South African Government (Department of Foreign Affairs)
 
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Nico Panagio

Nico was born and bred in a beautiful little village known as Pretoria. After matriculation at Pretoria Boys High School, Nico went on to complete his military service in the South African Navy. He was appointed the Captain of his Division and was ranked Able Seaman.
 
Following 5 years in the corporate industry as manager of a Chemical manufacturing business - Nico decided to return to his chilhood love of drama. He joined the Method Actor’s Training Centre and soon after graduating, started his drama career. Brief stints on Egoli as well as Generations, preceded what would be the start of a long term contract with the soapie 7de Laan where he played businessman George Kyriakis. He has also performed in various theatre productions around the country.
 
He soon realised that he had a talent for presenting and started honing his skills as a master of ceremonies. His comperes and guest-speaks for various events ranging from fashion shows and golf days to special occasions and corporate functions. His corporate clients have included amongst others - Landrover, ABSA, Volvo, MTN, SAB, Seeff, SABC and many more. He was the Master of Cereomonies for the Miss South Africa pageant 2006 and performs as MC on a weekly basis.
 
After 5 very educational and formative years on ‘the Laan’ he decided to say fare-well to George and join the Top Billing Team as presenter. Apart from the incredibly interesting content and the exotic travel, Top Billing also allows him the freedom to pursue other acting ventures and he has recently completed working on the role of Bruno in SABC 3’s Erfsondes. He also plays the role of the Druglord Mr. Big, in the SABC 1 series Zone 14.
 
Other than his coroporate education and his training as actor, Nico completed various courses including Paramedics, Body Guarding and Anti – Terrorism and Advanced Scuba Diving. He has a brown belt in Karate and has trained as a kick boxer as well as Thai boxer (Muay Thai). To keep in shape he likes to get outside, so apart from martial arts he likes swimming, mountain biking, horse-riding and playing golf. He has had the awesome experience of delivering a new born baby, plays the digeridoo and guitar (for his wife and good friends only!) and is very happily married to actress Christi Panagio. 
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Nikiwe Bikitsha is a widely respected journalist, well known for her hard hitting no fear interviews. She was an anchor at Talk Radio 702 and senior news anchor at CNBC Africa before taking up a position as co-news anchor on eNCA’s Prime-time News night.

In 2013 Nikiwe was awarded the prestigious Hubert Humphrey fellowship, part of the Fulbright programme, awarded to mid-career professionals who have shown leadership qualities. It aims to develop their professional acumen during 10 months at an American university, with the added perk of six weeks’ work experience at a major organisation in the US. Nikiwe was placed at Arizona State University and was based at the university’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with a specific focus on economic development. While in the USA, Nikiwe continued to write her popular opinion piece for the M&G.

She returned to eNCA as the early evening News Anchor in 2013, but departed in March 2014 to work on expanding her own media interests and projects. She continues to be a contributor at 702/Cape Talk. She is also currently reading towards her MA in Journalism and media studies at Wits.

Nikiwe is a Trustee of the board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is charged with preserving his legacy. On behalf of the foundation, she conducted the Nelson Mandela Foundation discussion with Mo Ibrahim and was the panel moderator for the Mandela Foundation’s dialogues on racism.

Nikiwe has been involved in numerous national and international projects aimed at uplifting communities and improving lives. She worked with Adrian Enthoven in launching the Social Justice Initiative, and moderated the panel with the African Leadership Network on the development of Africa and entrepreneurship.

On the corporate circuit, Nikiwe is in high demand as a panel moderator and conference facilitator and a favourite for events that require an intelligent, dynamic woman who can actively participate in the subject matter.

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Paul Mnisi

Known to many young South Africans as Rude Boy Paul, the man from Katlehong took his first steps in media at the age of 17, when he worked as a presenter, voice-over artist and translator on the TV show Ecovision, in 1995. In the intervening two decades, Paul has presented numerous music and game shows on TV while becoming one of radio's most popular presenters. Paul was one of the first presenters at the inception of Yfm, where he showcased the contributions of the spoken word and hip hop to youth culture while spotlighting social issues affecting Joburg's youth. He served on LoveLife's advisory board for five years and played an important role in finding and editing influential youth magazine, YMag. Paul is a gifted composer and musician who has so far released two albums, collaborated with some of South Africa's best-known musicians, and has performed both locally and internationally. He presents POWER Buro every Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 9am.
 
 
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Pepsi Pokane’s background is primarily in television and media. After studying for a degree in International Business, he broke the mould and went into television presenting.

He has worked as a pro-active presenter and actor; writing scripts, producing inserts and contributing to the creative direction of shows like The Toasty Show, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, CineMagic, Mamepe and the popular SABC1 drama, Gazlam.

Most recently, Pepsi hosted and executive produced the adult contemporary music show; Afro Café, which was broadcast on SABC2.

In addition to his on-screen work, Pepsi is a prolifically busy Event M.C. lending his talents to beauty pageants, corporate shows and music concerts.

He was recently voted as Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest South African Man for 2006, as well as one of 5 Seventeen Magazine Hotties for 2006.

He has a brand endorsement deal with health food supplement Cellfood, which has recognised him as a serious force to be dealt with in South Africa’s media and entertainment industry, both as a personality and a media owner.

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Poppy Ntshongwana

Poppy started out as a Newsreader on the station before DJ Fresh insisted he needed her as a newsreader and contributor on The Fresh Drive in 2007.
. The mad about fashion presenter went on to land her own daytime show last year when 5FM changed their line-up in addition to DJ’ing at events around the country.
 
Born in the Eastern Cape but raised in Pretoria where she went to boarding school in Grahamstown at the Diocesan School for Girls. She always enjoyed Drama and Performing Arts, but didn’t think at the time that she could successfully pursue a career in broadcasting.
 
 “The best part about working for 5FM is I get to be myself, I work with talented people and I’m constantly being challenged on so many levels. I embody the 5FM brand – I’m youthful and fun.”
 
Poppy’s greatest influences in her life to date have been her parents, and she is particularly inspired by women who have done or are doing great things.  “I’m humbled by people who stop at nothing to achieve their goals. People who have nothing and achieve things other people would find impossible to fathom. “
 
The stylish presenter has many hobbies, including a love for fashion, running, gadgets and extreme sports
 
 
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Romy Alexandra Titus was born in Cape Town, South Africa.

She grew up in Windhoek, Namibia until returning to Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 12, where she attended Rand Park High in Randburg until her matriculation in 1998.
 
She then embarked on her Journalism studies at Peninsula Technikon, now known as the Cape Peninsula Univeristy of Technology (CPUT). Her National Diploma in Journalism was a 3 year course with a 1 year internship.
 
Romy obtained her in-service training at e-tv Johannesburg where a big part of her day included “shadowing” Journalists in the field, actively learning the tricks of the trade. She spent a year at e-tv’s Richmond, Johannesburg newsroom, where she began covering stories for the Prime Time news @ 7pm on e-tv whilst still on her internship under the guidance of then Bureau Chief Charles Leonard.
 
At the end of1999, Romy returned to Cape Town to complete her journalism diploma at CPUT. She went on to graduate in 2000, after which she was employed by e-tv as a Junior Reporter in the Johannesburg Newsroom.
 
She spent a year doing field reporting across the various news domains - crime, business and entertainment news - before becoming the anchor on the breakfast show on Morning Edition with Tshepo Mabona at the age of 20. Weekend Edition was born in 2000 and Romy anchored both breakfast shows. She took a short sabbatical from hard-news and pursued something a little more light-hearted: entertainment news. Nightlife was a Prime Time entertainment show highlighting all the hottest, trendiest and most happening spots and events in South Africa, as well as the international entertainment news scene. After 6 months of Nightlife, she decided to move back to her fist love – the news room – and continued anchoring the Morning Edition breakfast show.
 
After 5 years with the channel, Romy left e-tv to explore new opportunities at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) where she worked as a 
Sub – Editior in the Sports Department, managing the website .  She also anchored the weekend’s sports news on SABC Sport on 2, Sportswrap and covered major sporting events across the country, including the A1 Grand Prix, Cape Argus Cycle Tour, Comrades Marathon as well as Athletics South Africa’s (ASA) meets throughout South Africa. Romy is also a voice –over artist for various programs both Corporate and on air programs for SABC, as well as a scriptwriter.
 
Romy has gained significant experience in both TV and Radio: she spent a year with Metro FM as a news reader and has been with Radio 2000 for 4 years. She also did Sports news in 2009 on the Breakfast show with DJ Just-Ice between 6-10am and often co-anchors with Victor K on ‘Beyond the Game’ - a drive-time Sports Program aired between 4-7pm, weekdays.
 
In addition to radio and TV journalism, Romy has also written articles for various publications including Soul Magazine, S’camto Print, Truth Magazine and Hype.
 
Romy has gained travel exposure to the African continent through presenting on Standard Bank’s in-house television production Blue Wave, which broadcasts to all its branches throughout Africa as well as in South Africa, and serves as a useful tool put in place to inform Standard Bank staff on the latest internal developments and products. She co-hosted Blue Wave with Mark Pilgrim, Ashley Hayden and Mpumelelo Mbanjwa.
 
A proven jack of all trades in front of the camera, Romy has also tried her hand in acting, featuring in e-tv’s police drama series Jozi Streets as herself and then in Scouts Safari – a TV film produced for the Discovery Channel.
 
In 2007, she returned to the newsroom to anchor World Today on SABC 3, an informative weekday Breakfast show aired from 5-6am, reporting on local and international breaking news. In addition to this, she also began anchoring the 1pm news bulletin, as well as Prime Time News at 7pm on SABC 3.
 
On the weekends, you’ll find Romy on Weekend Live on SABC 2 from 7-8:30am for an “info-taining” show with news ranging from hard hitting current affairs to the light hearted entertainment interviews and human interest stories, with her hard work, dedication and professionalism it is no wonder that she scooped the ‘Best Presenter’ award at the 2008 SABC News Awards.
 
In 2009, Romy was approached by Kellog’s All Bran Flakes, to be their ‘Breakfast Ambassador’ hightlighting the importance of a healthy breakfast to start the day. The advert did phenomenally well and was renewed for another six months. This advert airs on prime time television and across all channels in South Africa and Africa.
 
Romy is also a sought-after MC and has numerous of events to attest to her mounting experience in this domain: the Coca-Cola, SABC Sport Awards, Appletizer, Sunday Times, NCR, Italtile, Apex Awards, Sappi Awards, SAFTA’S, Mini SA  to name a few.
 
When Romy is not on air, or behind a mic she runs her own Public Benefit Organization, Babies Behind Bars, looking after children aged 0-5 years who live with their incarcerated mothers in prison. Romy has won the trust of not only the mothers in the prison but also that of the Correctional Service heads and is often their first port of call, if the babies in prison need any help and has grown fond of the kiddies – many who regard her as mama.
 
Romy is also a full member of the Southern African Freelancers Association (SAFREA).
 
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Ruda Landman grew up in small towns in the Northern Cape, the daughter of two school teachers. She spoke only Afrikaans, and went to university on a teaching bursary which meant that she had to either teach for the number of years she studied, or else repay it.

She completed a degree in Afrikaans and English (though her accent was so broad that her only English-speaking friend asked her to rather speak Afrikaans to her), and then decided teaching was not her preferred profession.

So she set out to find a job. The newspapers were an obvious possibility, as was the SABC, but she failed her first announcer’s test dismally. It was, amongst other things, a general knowledge test. She had just spent a year as an Education student, having a whale of a time and taking zero notice of the outside world. She knew nothing.

She was employed by Die Burger in Cape Town, starting as general reporter, and enjoyed it enormously. Of course, that meant catching up with the events of the day very quickly, so a month or so later she went back to the SABC to do another test. This time she passed, and when there was an opening at the Afrikaanse Diens in Johannesburg in 1981, Ruda was on their list.

There followed two years in radio, and two years at Sarie magazine. Then television beckoned. She first read the Afrikaans news, and in 1985, the first live actuality programme in the country took off: Netwerk/Network, in Afrikaans and English on alternate evenings. She was part of the Afrikaans team – It was a baptism of fire. The interviewees, politicians, etc, had never known anything like this, and neither did they. 1985/6 was a very rough time in the country, with schools in chaos, thousands of people in jail, and the townships in flames. Censorship, police control over where journalists could go, leaders like Archbishop Tutu, Beyers Naudé and Alan Boesak blacklisted or banned … the space in which they could move became smaller and smaller, and she was happy to leave when her son was born at the end of 1986.

Ruda’s family is the single most important thing in her life. The marraige went through a rough patch when their son was about four, but they decided to hang in there and work at themselves and the relationship, for their own sake as well as his. It was unbelievably hard, but it was worth every wakeful night, every bitter argument, every tear: they will be married for 32 years in November. The three of them make each other happy from day to day, they do it consciously, paying attention, talking, spending time, they tell each other how much they care, they hug, talk and laugh. It is a blessing, but one that they earn every dayand they never take it for granted.

Ruda’s son was 18 months old when Bill Faure phoned to ask if she wanted to present a new programme he was putting together for the brand new pay-TV station, M-Net. She agreed without having the faintest idea of where it would lead. No one did.

In the next 19 years Carte Blanche forced her out of her comfort zone and into places and spaces she would never have entered of her own accord.

The country was changing – the Group Areas Act, the Mixed Marriages Act, the Population Registration Act, the Land Act and many others were repealed, some long before the more obvious changes of the early nineties. She sat in squatter shacks talking to women who were holding together their families in the midst of the most appalling hardship, and learned to respect people for who they were, whatever their circumstances and background. She had to unlearn a lifetime of easy, unconscious racism.

She travelled into Africa. In some cases she was shamed by their pragmatic can-do attitude, for example the AIDS programme in Uganda in the late nineties, when we were still arguing about the right to privacy and what was causing the disease. In other cases her blood turned cold as she looked into the abyss we had stepped back from – Maputo, a once-beautiful city in tatters; Mogadishu, another once-beautiful city in complete chaos, as it still is today.

Israel and Palestine made her deeply grateful for the combination of leaders we were blessed with when we faced that abyss. FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were men who had the moral courage to say out loud things their followers probably did not want to hear, who then sold it to their followers, and signed on the dotted line saying, to misquote the Bible, “My people and I will adhere to this agreement.” Had we not had them, we could now have been building walls and fences trying to protect ourselves from one another.

Back home the Truth and Reconciliation Commission started, and once again it was her job that forced her to pay attention, to really listen. As an Afrikaner, she had to accept that her people, whom she had revered, had taken the lead in committing the kind of inhumanities that were graphically related in those halls every day. Once again her comfort zone was shattered and she had to recalibrate herself and her view of the world.

Television journalism is a funny old business, halfway between doing the story and being a story. One quote has often helped to restore her balance. It comes from the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn: “One thing I have learnt over the years: the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative, the second disastrous.” Like the owls in one of the Narnia books, she want echo: “Too-oo true-ue, too-oo true-ue…”

Since leaving Carte Blanche, Ruda had the time to “just do” things that might otherwise have been only a passing thought, like making cds with children’s stories for kids in hospital. She had time to work on a documentary series about the Border War for kykNET, which took months of dedicated hours and gave her no end of a kick. The world is out there. She’s fifty-five. Who knows what else is lying ahead

 
Ruda Landman

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SANDY NGEMA

Sandy Ngema is the mother to two teenage daughters aged 12 and 16.
 
A natural jack-of-all-trades this Miss S.A. finalist, Artes Award winner and radio newsreader (Metro fm and SAfm) is probably best known by viewers of SABC 3 TV as the former host of "Today", the continuity lady with the famous smile and the former co-host of "Win 'n Spin" with Paul Buckby. 
 
As Master (Mistress) of Ceremonies, the events at which she has presided have been as diverse as The Africa Cup of Nations (CAF), Community Builder of the Year, The S.A.M.A. Awards, Long Service Awards functions, the SA Tourism Awards and numerous other State and corporate functions.  She has also appeared on Screenplay with Barry Ronge. 
 
She is also well known and trusted as the presenter of Zoot Review.
 
Currently she sits on the board of various charities as well as Broll properties,she is a director aswell as a  co-owner at  C&R Umnombo.
 
 
Sandy Ngema

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Shado Twala is not your common or garden variety multi-media practitioner and broadcast celebrity.  This is a personality much like an orchid – only developed under specific conditions, not easily found but always appreciated, loved and inspiring.  With almost 2 decades of experience as a broadcast media professional – she has also been a print journalist, besides presenting and producing for both television and radio – this evergreen South African household name ads value to any event, an intrinsic value that cannot easily be calculated in financial terms. 
 
Her talent as a communicator was highlighted in 1989 when she was chosen as the Best Presenter by a national audience which won her a trip to New York to hone her skills on an exchange programme.  In 1994 the Freedom Forum granted her fellowship member status, which led to her contributing and participating in varied media workshops around the US. 
 
As one of the first black women on radio in South Africa, Shado Twala is well-loved and respected and has a broad appeal to both young and old.  She is coveted by magazines and radio alike for interviews and pictures.  Most recently she appeared in Oprah Magazine in the June 2011 Edition and is a regular with Fair Lady, True Love and other magazines.  She is also often interviewed by international media to talk about social and music related issues in SA and on the continent.
 
She is also a jazz entrepreneur, collector and educator - working with jazz musicians, with the firm belief that musicians are often badly paid and neglected by society and industry as one of the softer arts - she manages and develops artists and produces local and international jazz events.
 
With her years of experience in the media, her extensive media network inside and outside South Africa, Shado brings a wealth of knowledge in the development of communications strategies, designing implementation programmes of these on behalf of her clients.  
 
She has been very visible in S.A. as one of the judges of the very popular television show – ‘SA’s Got Talent’.  She also in March 2011 MC’d the WOOLWORTHS Gala Charity Auction Dinner and in June, did a function for the British High Commission – to name a few and illustrate her versatility and appeal.   
 
Very much in demand socially, she often has to handpick events and invitations as there is not always enough time, but she is always invited to A-list and red carpet events though being a confirmed booklover and homebody.  Her presence at any event also because of her genuine love for people and interacting with them, is always a highlight and definitely a factor if not THE factor in making the event memorable and creating memories and positive associations which linger...
 
Shado Twala

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Soli Philander 

Soli Philander - a regular face on South African television and stages, this multi-talented, award-winning Actor, Director, Comedian, Playwright, columnist and Presenter on Radio and Television has been a feature of the Media and Arts- and- Entertainment Industry for more than 20 years.
He has performed in all the major Theatre Centres in South Africa, and internationally he has worked in the UK and the USA, Sweden and on a variety of occasions The Netherlands as well as in neighbouring Swaziland and Namibia.
 
Soli was the 'golden-tongued' presenter of Mnet and Kyknet's very popular celebrity show LIRIEKERAAI , and hosts the game-show VAT 'N KANS. Previous outings for Mnet include presenting - on location- a travel programme on the Eastern Cape, field reporting for the magazine program FRONT ROW and hamming it up for their comedy shows LAGNET and FUNNY COUNTRY.
 
On the SABC screens he has appeared in a multitude of guises, including starring in OFF THE RECORD - a series satirising election politics, acting in the multi- lingual drama series REFLECTIONS, playing Strepies the zebra in the educational series BOSPRAATJIES and the deliciously vacant tortoise Timothy Traddle on KIDEO.
Soli did a two-year, daily stint for Capetalk Radio presenting his talkshow AIRBORNE, after his successful start with Punt Geselsradio on his Afrikaans show GORRELPUNT. For the SABC he did a Saturday morning Show on RSG and the comic characters FANIE for METRO FM and ROSIE for AM Live.
Soli has been nominated for numerous awards and has on occasion received a Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and a Lifetime Contribution to The Arts awards. Some of his self-penned works include:
 
• WOESKROES, his one-man post-democracy reality check that he is currently reworking into a movie script.• The hysterically funny TAKE TWO, his vehicle for the wicked, sharp-tongued comic creation, ROSIE SEPTEMBER, the maid with the most.
• THE HEPPIE HAWKER - DC DIAMOND and his stories of love, life and everything else on the Cape Flats, with which he also toured abroad.
 
Soli has performed in a range of Theatrical productions from Shakespeare (COMEDY OF ERRORS/ ROMEO AND JULIET/HAMLET) to GENET (THE BLACKS) to BECKETT (WAITING FOR GODOT) to the work of SA playwrights like PIETER-DIRK UYS, ROBERT KIRBY and ANDRE P. BRINK (JUST LIKE HOME/ WRONG TIME OF YEAR/ KINKELS INNIE KABEL) to work about the Cape's History (DISTRICT SIX-THE MUSICAL/ BUCKINGHAM PALACE, DISTRICT SIX/ POLITICAL JOKE ).
 
He has directed a number of diverse productions (ARACHNID/PAS DE DEUX/BOERLESQUE) and has made regular forays into children's theatre (THE RAIN QUEEN/JACK AND THE BEANSTALK/SONGS AND TALES FROM AFRICA) as well as a number of film appearances (KAALGAT TUSSEN DIE DAISIES/PRINS VAN PRETORIA/ROAD TO MECCA).
Corporate Employment saw him performing for more than 40 companies and organizations in 2001 alone as either master-of-ceremonies, motivational speaker or celebrity entertainer including hosting the MISS NAMIBIA BEAUTY PAGAENT, HUISGENOOT SKOUSPEL 2001, THE WESTERN CAPE ANTI-RACISM CONFERENCE, THE SACP 80TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER and THE NTVA STONE AWARDS.He was also the featured celebrity for the Lewis Client Awards evenings and presented an AIDS Management video for PICK 'N PAY.
 
Soli does voice-over work for radio and advertising, was a regular contributor to the Beeld column Kopstukke, wrote a front-page column Soli's Corner for The Argus, and with his wife and manager Toni is patron of THE FRIENDS OF THE RED CROSS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
 
Soli Philander
 
Soli Philander

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Stephina Zwane PROFILE 

It has been often said that it is not where you come from, but rather where you are going that matters. A living testimony to that statement is Stephina Zwane. A woman passionate about speaking and making an impact; Zwane is a force to be reckoned with in the field of inspirational speaking. Having grown up in what she terms the ‘dirty streets of jo’burg’, she started making a name for herself at the tender age of 15 when she became a children’s TV Presenter for Craz-e on e-TV. 
 
Zwane then later went on to cement her career in the media industry as an actress when she landed roles on some of South Africa’s popular soapies and dramas such as Backstage (e-TV), Isidingo (SABC 3) , Scandal (e-TV) and Gaz’lam 2 (SABC 1). She diversified her skills when she decided to work behind the scenes as a Head Researcher for a multi-religious programme on SABC 1, as well as a TV Producer and Newsreader on business channel, Summit TV. 
 
After gaining experience in the world of TV, she moved onto be a Radio Station Manager for one of the leading retail stores in the country. Her career spans from TV host , to Journalism lecturer to columnist for weekly women’s magazine Move, where she shared her inspirational messages in a column titled, Spiritual Corner. Her gift of communication has enabled her to also give inspirational talks around the country in various churches such as Rhema Bible Church, schools and corporates. In 2009 and 2010 she was the main guest speaker at Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day. 
 
With a 12-year career in the media industry, this amazing woman is now a Director of a successful PR and Media Relations Agency and the future looks even brighter. She is the youngest member who sits on the Advisory Council Board at Vega School of Brand Communications in Johannesburg. As one of the few female Speakers in South Africa, her passion for people has kept her going. Having come from a humble background she gives all the praise to God for the journey she’s had. 
 
Zwane is passionate about changing people’s negative perception of themselves, making people realize that they are ‘powerful beyond measure’ and inspiring people to walk in their purpose and be great if only they would believe that it’s possible.

Zwane is available as a Speaker, MC and Facilitator.

 
Stephina Zwana

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Tumisho Masha

Tumisho came into South African homes as the classy yet calculating Dumisani Thusong on SABC 3 soap Isidingo. He experienced some frustration at being called Dumisani and not Tumisho, even by fans who knew his name, and decided it was time to stand on his own in the South African limelight. Tumisho's acting talents won him international roles in projects like Beyond Borders with sexpot Angelina Jolie, Red Water with Lou Diamond Phillips and most recently Drum with Taye Diggs. 
With his migration to Top Billing, Tumisho not only strengthens his brand but shows that he has strong cross over appeal. 
If Tumisho's list of credits are anything to go by he looks like the classic overachiever and brings this charm and intelligence to Top Billing audiences every week
 
 
Tumisho Masha

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Ursula Chikane

 
Ursula lights up screens every Thursday on Top Billing... but before and in between her Top Billing days she has had a fabulous career in numerous media fields. Through 5fm as ‘Brown Sugar' (where she hosted the top-rated ‘world-chart show') and as the MTN Gladiator presenter, she has become well-known among younger generations of South Africans and loved by all generations, while her corporate event hosting and charming smile has reached older South Africans across the country.
 
Born in Johannesburg, Ursula studied Public Relations at Wits Technikon which stood her in good stead for the line of work she was later to head towards. Her first job was as a sports presenter for TopSport on SABC, covering events such as the Wimbledon championship in London. From there her career sky-rocketed and her fame hasn’t stopped since. Her charming personality shines through on the screen adding infinite value to our show and her professionalism makes her a pleasure to work with.
 
Top Billing seems the perfect job for her: “My love of travel has me packed and ready to trot the globe at a moment’s notice. I’ve seen just about every major city on offer and filled seven passports with thrilling memories. How’s that for an abundant blessing!”
 
 
Ursula Stapelfeldt

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PROFILE of ZIKHONA SODLAKA

Zikhona Sodlaka is a dynamic, multi talented artist.  Born in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and grew up in KwaZulu Natal.   Her charismatic personality is what landed her debut role in TSHATSHA  Season 4 on SABC 1 in 2006 playing alongside some of South Africa’s greatest actors.  
Playing a tomboy character  named Zukiswa, her character was a lead role and main story of the series. This role won her many hearts and secured her the love of millions of South Africans as her audience. 
 
In 2007 Zikhona’s career boomed when her recognition grew beyond the borders of South Africa, resulting in TSHA TSHA Season 4 receiving an EMMY nomination for the best foreign drama. 
It was in the same year when she landed one of the leading roles on the soccer drama SHOOTING STARS 1, 2 and 3 on ETV.  As part of this role she could also explore and showcase her singing ability. Zikhona is a very respectable singer  and performer  and this role introduced her talent  as she played the local musician Ayanda Tau.
 
In 2008 she graced our screen in one of the SABC 1 Shakespeare dramas ENTABENI, which is a Macbeth adaptation.  Portraying the crazy character of Lady Macbeth (Ava), this became one of her most respected work, with the show receiving not less than 5 SAFTA Golden Horn nominations, including best ensemble cast and best drama.  
In addition to that, she featured in the ever popular drama A PLACE CALLED HOME playing a hobo (Palesa) the leader of a gang on which was broadcast on SABC 1. This show too received SAFTA Golden Horn nominations. Zikhona’s versatile and sociable personality got her the leading role in the now leading drama MONTANA on SABC 1. Montana season 1 was received so well that SABC 1 flighted it twice. Season 2 is currently being shot in Cape Town and will soon run as a soapy for a year. 
 
Zikhona plays a leading young lady striving to make a mark in the ever evolving South Africa; in a complex community where socially it was once divided now uniting. Montana is now filming and will be on air in at least three countries from October for a full year and more episodes are promised to be filmed still. Having just filmed the movie SKEEM, which is set as an action comedy with the respected Tim Greene and an all star cast which shall be on circuit before the end of the year (2011). 
 
She also featured on the SAFTA winning drama series Soul City 10 on SABC 1 telling the story of a woman (Noluthando) battling with alcoholism and as a result of this gets infected with HIV/AIDS. Zikhona has been recognized as an influential young woman in her industry and in this country and has been labelled face of drama by the SABC. She is no stranger to the big screen, she has starred on a South African produced movie JURY DIVIDED which is an adaptation of the Hollywood movie “12 Angry Men”.  Miss Sodlaka also contributed on the creative side of the now famous independent movies the PUZZLE in which she also stars alongside a few of the country’s best. She is now the latest addition to the well acclaimed Soapy Rhythm City which plays every day on Midi TV which is not only one the best shows in the country but has multiple nominations and won a few SAFTAs since its run.
 
RHYTHM CITY is currently one of the most watched shows on prime time television, with a confident 14 000 000 people supporting it every day.  The show spreads through a minimum of 4 countries in Africa, making Zikhona Sodlaka a household name in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa to mention but a few. Ms Sodlaka is definitely one of South Africa’s respectable actresses, famous for her diversity in the characters she plays.  
 
She is very passionate about challenging the audience and telling authentic stories the best way she knows how. Zikhona believes in respecting  her craft and her role as a story teller. Having appeared in most magazine covers, this 1.75m tall actress/former model plans on not only telling stories in front of the screen (big or small) but to also produce some work herself.  She is ever willing to participate in charitable work and is pioneering her very own foundation in attempt to lend a hand to those that need help most.   She hosts/MCs a number of different types of events and fund raisers as well, whilst also having entrepreneurial aspirations. This multi talented actress who studied Business Finance and Administration is a writer as well.  With plans to venture into music there is no doubt that the world is her playground. 
This young lady is destined for greatness.
 
Zikhona Sodlaka

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