The Master of Ceremonies, or EmCee, sets the tone for a meeting, conference, convention or other gathering. This is often over-looked by event organisers and especially corporate organizations who often use aninternal company member to host the event. Big Talk Entertainment has carefully and selectively put togethar the best master of ceremonies in South Africa for your event.
By choosing a great Master of Ceremonies you will be able to ensure that your corporate function or event has the best person to succesfully host and faciliate the proceedings of the occasion. Often a great master of ceremonies can be paired with a stand up comedian to help at some serious witty humour.
Our selection of charismatic, professional Masters of Ceremony Hosts & Keynote Speakers links entertainment, weddings, awards and speeches, ensuring your event runs smoothly from beginning to end..
Boitumelo Thulo, professionally known as Boity, is a South African television personality, rapper, actress, businesswoman and model.
Bonang Dorothy Matheba is a South African television presenter, radio personality, businesswoman, producer, model, actress and philanthropist.
TV & Radio Host. Actress. MC. Empath. Speaker.
Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker, Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe is a One Young World Ambassador, has spoken at TedWomen and TedXUCT and has been recognised as one of the 2019 Forbes Africa #30Under30 honourees. The whole country watched, in awe, as this confident, dynamic young woman took the stage as Programme Director of the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, delivered by President Barack Obama. Her selection represented another milestone in a series of accomplishments.
Criselda Kananda is a mother, Radio and Television Presenter, dynamic business woman, Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker, Professional Counselor, Former Nurse and medical underwriter.
Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp is one of the most recognised media personalities in South Africa. This mom-trepreneur is highly influential in social media and one of the country’s most prominent tweeters & Instagrammers.
Fezile Mpela is a South African actor and television presenter best known for his leading roles as Vusi in the first season of the SABC1 drama series Mzansi, and as Sello in the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan.
Gail Mabalane is a South African actress, model, media socialite, businesswoman and singer. She is most notable for acting roles on South African television series "The Wild", and recently starred on tele-novel series "The Road", which airs on Mzansi Magic every weeknight.
Gerry Rantseli- Elsdon is most famously known for her role as a presenter on M-Net and judge on the first Big Brother Africa reality show. However, she is also actively working with organisations both at home and overseas to change the plight of our children, people living with tuberculosis and health and wellness. In addition to Gerry’s role as a TV personality, she is an international humanitarian, activist and outspoken voice on issues of women’s empowerment, community regeneration, wellbeing and its impact on women and children in Africa.
Gugulethu Mfuphi is a well-versed orator, with experience in front of the camera, behind the microphone and addressing an audience. This skill, together with her sound grasp of financial markets, economic data and current affairs issues and the impact this has on the business community, makes her the perfect candidate to speak to industry analysts, political leaders and C-suite executives from across the African continent.
Actor, Keynote Speaker, Master of Ceremony and Ambassador to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Crime Line, CHOC and the SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund.
Jeannie de Gouveia, popularly known as Jeannie D, is a South African television presenter, actress, radio DJ, and entrepreneur. She is famous for her angelic voice through a radio show which aired on Good Hope FM radio. She is also renowned for her career as a presenter on Top Billing show. Apart from her job, she also took part in the second season of Strictly Come Dancing, which airs on SABC2.
Jo-Ann Strauss is a South African model, television presenter, inspirational speaker and businesswoman who won the Miss South Africa competition in 2000.
Presenter at SuperSport Former Sports Anchor at eNCA & ETV Former Sports Editor at Independent Newspapers
Justin Cohen is the author of 4 books and 8 audiobooks. He hosts a CNBC Africa TV show in which he interviews some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on human potential, with a postgraduate degree in psychology, Justin Cohen speaks and trains in the fields of motivation, sales, customer service and leadership. Over the past seventeen years he has presented in 20 countries, and in virtually every industry, to an average of 8000 people annually. Justin is a Certified Speaker Professional and a Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee.
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.
Kgomotso Christopher is a South Afican actor and voice over artist best known for her time in Isidingo as Katlego Sibeko before joining Scandal as Yvonne. She is also the voice behind MTN’s Interactive Voice Response system and serves as a Non-Executive Chairperson on the Naledi Theatre Awards Board of Directors
Khanyi Magubane is a dynamic Communicator and Media specialist with 19 years work experience. A trained Journalist by Profession, Magubane is currently running a Media and Communications Agency, Zinokwanda Media and Communications, is a seasoned TV Producer, Film producer, Radio Broadcaster (SAfm), and a Media Entrepreneur.
Quirky, ambitious, vivacious, driven and ready for any challenge that comes her way. She's your traffic-eye in the sky on MetroFM, SAfm and Radio 2000, and has you streaming on weekdays, as she explores real-life women’s issues on the brand-new talk show All Woman TV. These are amongst the many qualities that epitomise the quintessential MC, blogger, radio and TV personality, Kia Johnson.
Comedian and MC, Krijay Govender has been voted by the media as the funniest woman in South Africa. She has also been rated one of the top three MC’s in the country (Sunday Times). She has hosted for every major corporations in South Africa and internationally, with repeated calls.
Leanne Manas is a multiple Award winning South African TV presenter that has graced our screens for over a decade. She is currently the anchor of SABC 2's Morning Live. She is also one of the countries top MC's and guest speakers.
Lebo Gunguluza is well known for his part on the Dragon’s Den television show that mentors young entrepreneurs in South Africa. But it was not easy to get there. This self-made millionaire has had it all and lost it again, twice. However, there is something about his resilience that will not let him rest before he achieves all he desires.
Leeanda Reddy is a popular face on our South African screens, famous for her screen role as Priyanka Naicker on Sabc 3's flagship show, Isidingo. She recently starred as the female lead opposite Leon Schuster in South Africa's highest grossing comedy movie, "Mr Bones 2". Leeanda is also a producer and writer, her work involves producing major stage productions and corporate events, as well as writing scripts for commission for both stage and screen.
Non-Conformist | TV Entrepreneur | Multi-Award-Winning Radio broadcaster | Product of the Revolution |
Macfarlane Moleli has been appointed as a studio anchor on Carte Blanche’s current affairs show alongside Derek Watts and Devi Sankaree Govender. “He has spent the past two decades honing his presenting and investigative journalism skills on issues around current affairs, politics, economics, business, sports and environmental affairs,” says Carte Blanche Executive Producer, George Mazarakis.
TV Sports Presenter, Reality Show Host, Actress, Master of Ceremonies,, Minenhle Jones, simply known as Minnie, is a South African on-air personality, actress and model. In 2010 she was selected as the new presenter for the SABC 1 music show, Live Amp.
Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos, professionally known as Nico Panagio, is a South African actor, businessman and presenter known for his previous role on the soap opera 7de Laan and as a presenter on Top Billing.
Nikiwe Bikitsha is one of the country's top radio and television journalists. A multi award winning journalist, she is well regarded for her exceptional sense of story telling, fearless interviewing style and diverse skills set, spanning news, politics and business.
Nozipho is an internationally acclaimed conference moderator, in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate intelligent conversations with depth and breadth. She has moderated panel discussions at the World Economic Forum, the United Nations agencies, including UN Women, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, among other international conferences.
Palesa is currently the Country Director of Spark International (YGAP), a global not-for-profit, with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. She is also the founder of EnziAfrica, a women owned organisation that is built on the philosophy that Africa holds great opportunity and has the potential to thrive even further if African solutions are applied to build the continent, particularly through sustainable entrepreneurship.
Radio and Television Broadcaster, Host, MC, Speaker, Moderator... Adventurist
Pepsi Pokane is a South African actor, television presenter, director and businessman best known for hosting the SABC2 Late-night Music Show. Pepsi is a prolifically busy Event M.C. lending his talents to beauty pageants, corporate shows and music concerts, Afro Café.
Poppy Ntshongwana is a South African radio DJ and events MC best known as a presenter on 5FM.
Romy Titus has been in the broadcast industry for 17 years. She started at e-TV and after 5 years was poached by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She then moved to Supersport, before being head hunted again by the National Broadcaster. She has her hand in radio, beaming live weekdays on Radio 2000, Talk all that is sport. On the SABC TV channels she is found chatting to coaches and players of the beautiful game from the touchline.
TV/film director, writer, producer and co-founder of AzaTV and Sorele Media, Johannesburg. Zwane, who’s a household name in the local film and TV industry, made her debut as a presenter on e.tv’s youth programme Craz-e at the age of 15. She’s also acted in ETV’s Scandal!, the movie Heartlines and SABC1’s Gaz’lam and Soul Buddyz. However, she yearned to tell stories which celebrate South Africans and moved into writing, producing and directing.
Beyond her comedy, Morake has been the face of major campaigns with Vodacom and Kelloggs. As a producer, her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted.
Tumisho Masha is an MC, South African actor and television presenter, best known for his role as Dumisani Thusong on the soapie Isidingo and for presenting the magazine show, Top Billing.
Ursula Chikane (née Stapelfeldt) is a South African radio and television personality best known for hosting her own show on 5FM (using the handle "Brown Sugar"), and for co-presenting the lifestyle magazine programme Top Billing, on SABC3. She is also a well-known and respected MC.
Zoë Brown is a renowned TV host, profoundly recognized for her role in the Expresso morning show on SABC3. She has hosted countless shows on KFM, Cape Radio Station. Aside from radio, she has also carved a niche for herself on TV as a presenter. Indeed, she is a modern woman. She received a BA in international relations at Stellenbosch University where she was also part of the campus radio station. She also earned an honors degree in international relations. She was a pageant queen, being named Miss South Africa Teen.
With a captivating smile and a sense of destiny, Leigh-Anne Williams is a rising star in the South African entertainment industry that should be watched. Whether it’s as the vivacious presenter of SABC3’s breakfast show, Expresso, on occasion for Afternoon Express or hosting her own radio show “Lunch with Leigh-Anne” on Good Hope FM from 12 – 3pm every weekday, Leigh-Anne manages to showcase her talents to a wide audience across the country. Leigh-Anne has hosted numerous other SABC 3 shows like Presenter Search on 3, Win Home and also being the Runner up of Strictly Come Dancing Season 8. Leigh-Anne can also be seen on the Africa Channel as it broadcasts Expresso Morning show across the entire US.
In 2019, the opportunity arose to audition for the “SABC3 Presenter Search” competition, which attracts thousands of hopefuls from across the country, for a spot on South Africa’s biggest breakfast TV show “Expresso”, as a continuity presenter. Later that year, she would become the newest addition to the “Expresso” family and became an audience favourite as South Africans from all walks of life related to Domburg.
It is always a good idea to hire a professional Master of Ceremonies for your big event. The selection of this professional is also something that needs high importance. This is where Big Talk Entertainment with over 20 years of direct industry experience can assist you. Not only are you able to book the best master of ceremonies through us but furthermore we can actually give you advice on the best professional for your event. If you are able to furnish us with your events details and theme then we can even go as far as selecting the perfect master of ceremonies for you.
It is highly important to match the goals for the event or corporate function with the skill set and style of the person you are looking to hire. Big Talk Entertainment is a master when it comes to finding you the correct strategic fit. Essentially what you would be looking for is someone who is an enthusiastic engagement expert who is hired to facilitate a culture of connection for the attendees. This does not however mean that everyone who is good at the above is the right fit for every style of the event by any means. When the wrong MC is selected it can be a real downer on your event with nobody winning as a result.
Also please bear in mind that a speaker is not a professional MC. Speakers for into a separate category with many speakers not being able or even willing to act as an MC for an entire event. If the event is of high importance and will provide entertainment to a world-class standard then the MC should actually be incorporated and treated as a team member in the months which lead up to the event. They should be informed of the strategy that is implemented in the event planning. To ensure that the MC or master of ceremonies is up to date with the latest happenings and event information we strongly recommend keeping the MC updated with all relevant information alongside regular calls and even the occasional meeting just to ensure that all parties are essentially on the same boat.
Big Talk Entertainment factors all the above in and can therefore advise accordingly with regards to the best MC for your event in South Africa, Africa or anywhere in the world for that matter. Our brilliant and dynamic range of MCs are all exceptionally talented in their own right and the professional agents here at Big Talk will assist in booking and selecting the absolute perfect fit for your event.
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