Season 1 SABC1 (*191) 14:30 Lifestyle
Zola Nombona never planned on being an actress, but it’s working out well for her. The 24-year-old Wits graduate is a familiar face, with starring roles on sitcom Forced Love (2014-current) as Kat in season 2 (2015) and tortured bride Roxanne on drama show Z’bondiwe (2015-current). Now she’s trying her hand at presenting, on lifestyle and health show Mnandi Me (2016-current), which focuses on the latest health trends, nutrition and fitness.
What made you want to try presenting? When the opportunity presented itself, I was ready. I’m an actress and television is what I do. It’s a new challenge. So how’s it been so far? When I act, I am embodying someone else. With presenting, it’s you and your personality. It’s challenging me wonderfully so far. And what spoke to you about this show? I wasn’t happy with how I looked and the show caught me off-guard because I realised that as the face, I have to lead a certain lifestyle. It’s nothing new though, because I’m a fitness fanatic at heart. Now I work out at least three times a week with a personal trainer. How do you pick your guests? We cover a range of topics, from diabetes to laughter therapy, skin, hair and nail and even breast cancer, so it depends on who’s the best person to speak to in that field. Usually it’s an expert or someone who’s been through a certain condition and relays their personal experience. What makes Mnandi Me different from other daytime talkshows? It’s fun and young. The energy I bring is light-hearted and I ask the “stupid questions” so viewers can learn a lot more from the guests. Do you plan on doing more hosting gigs? Yes, but I’d like to focus on music as well – when the time is right. I’m a vocalist who loves music and performing.