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nox­olo mt­shali may have stum­bled across pre­sent­ing by ac­ci­dent, but the bub­bly news an­chor is a per­fect fit when it comes to talk­ing and hav­ing peo­ple lis­ten. the sports man­age­ment grad­u­ate started her ca­reer in 2009 as a pre­sen­ter on sabc1’s kids’ news (2006-cur­rent) be­fore be­com­ing a “weather girl”, then “grad­u­at­ing” to news bulletin an­chor in less than a year.

Why news and cur­rent af­fairs? i didn’t choose it [laughs]. i stud­ied sports man­age­ment at the univer­sity of jo­han­nes­burg from 2005 to 2008 and when i was done, most of my friends were still stu­dents, so i’d some­times walk them to cam­pus. on my way back one day, i spot­ted a long queue at the sabc and joined it and was sin­gled out for my pas­sion­ate, pure zulu di­alect to host the kids’ news show on sabc 1. that was my first job. and now here i am! What did you want to be as a child? i never re­ally gave it much thought, but i knew that i wanted to do some­thing that would make peo­ple want to lis­ten. for a while i thought it was singing, be­cause that’s a se­cret tal­ent of mine. So what’s your ul­ti­mate ca­reer goal? i don’t want to be put in a box and after pulling this off, i’ve learnt not to limit my­self. i’d like to be my own brand and up­lift and in­spire young men and women. Share with us your most em­bar­rass­ing on-air mo­ment. it doesn’t hap­pen of­ten, but when the teleprompter goes off sud­denly and you must look through the script to find your last line is the worst, although we’re trained for those kinds of things. And what’s the best part of your job? when peo­ple, es­pe­cially the el­derly, stop me in the street to tell me what a good job i’m do­ing. i re­cently won the zu­l­u­land dis­trict award for best tv pre­sen­ter, so be­ing recog­nised by my com­mu­nity is nice.

who bet­ter to de­liver the lunchtime news than ex­cit­ing nox­olo mt­shali?

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