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IT HARDLY sur­prises when Dosto Noge tells me the last time he au­di­tioned for a tele­vi­sion job was in 1989 for the Surf Pick a Box game show.

He didn ’ t get the job, in­stead he was cast as a co­p­re­sen­ter of the big­ger Satur­day night va­ri­ety show with the leg­endary Kansas Mchunu and Bobby Dlik­ilili.

For some years Noge was the poster boy of cool on tele­vi­sion, star­ring in dra­mas and grac­ing mag­a­zine cov­ers as an el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor and man-about-town. He went on to host

with Zam Nkosi and pop­u­larised the moniker Duku Duku that not only be­came a syn­onym for the SABC1 show but was given to for­mer Or­lando Pi­rates star player Joseph Makhanya.

Noge is good at what he does and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­ers know this.

He was an ob­vi­ous choice for the pro­duc­ers at Con­nect TV when they needed a pre­sen­ter for the new re­al­ity fam­ily prob­lem-solv­ing show on Mzansi Magic.

“They called to say ‘ chief, we have a show we think suits you and no one else ’.

“They told me what it was about and who my co-pre­sen­ter would be and I was sold,” he says.

This week Noge de­buted with Angie Diale as the co-hosts of

While Diale brings with her ex­pe­ri­ence as a tele­vi­sion agony aunt of sorts, Noge banks on his street cred in tele­vi­sion and lessons from the univer­sity of life.

“’I ve had a beau­ti­ful, re­spon­si­ble and colour­ful life. I ’ m a fam­ily man. I raised my three beau­ti­ful chil­dren well and my wife is con­stantly by my side.

“I have no chil­dren out of wed­lock. I can walk into a fam­ily and dis­cuss prob­lem­atic mat­ters.

“So at my age and [with] my history in tele­vi­sion, I can do this.”

Noge be­lieves that most of the prob­lems on the show are cre­ated by the peo­ple fea­tured.

“No gov­ern­ment is go­ing to bail us out. We cre­ated these prob­lems our­selves and this should be a les­son to a viewer that they shouldn ’ t de­rail and must stay fo­cused. ”

He main­tains that the show is not about moral de­gen­er­a­tion, but a plat­form for fam­i­lies to work through their prob­lems and he serves as the mid­dle man af­ter hear­ing both sides of the war­ring fac­tions.

What you don ’ t see on tele­vi­sion, he tells me, is the ad­vice they as hosts re­ceive from a psy­chol­o­gist on how to tackle the prob­lems.

This bol­sters his prob­lem solv­ing and makes

not just a tele­vi­sion show out to get au­di­ences. There is sound and ed­u­cated ad­vice dis­pensed.

He won ’ t re­veal his age, only say­ing “’I m 40 some­thing. Put it this way, next month I will be cel­e­brat­ing 21 years of mar­riage to my wife Mat­sie.”

Noge was last seen on tele­vi­sion as the con­sumer rights war­rior on SABC2 ’ s

in 2010 af­ter he quit in 2004 and worked for SABC1 be­hind the scenes for a while.

What his fans may not know is that he is still a teacher at heart, in fact, he is the cam­pus man­ager at Sed­ibeng Train­ing Col­lege in Se­bo­keng in the Vaal.

Even be­fore TV fame beck­oned, Noge played with the chalk at Aha Thuto High School in Or­ange Farm, south of Johannesbu­rg in the 1990s. He says af­ter

in 2004 he went into the busi­ness of pro­duc­tion but “it didn ’ t work out ”.

He then went back to his pro­fes­sion at Thuto-Tiro High School in Se­bo­keng in 2006.

He mod­estly in­sists that he was never a celebrity teacher

“I ve had a beau­ti­ful and colour­ful life

be­cause he came pre­pared to teach and was seen just as a teacher and not a tele­vi­sion star.

In 2008 he joined Sed­ibeng col­lege, teach­ing busi­ness sub­jects and moved into man­age­ment in 2012. He runs the col­lege dur­ing the week and shoots on week­ends which he says is a “piece of cake ”.

Asked if there were more TV shows to come, Noge says: “I will leave that one to God.”

is on Mzansi Magic on Mon­days at 8pm.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

ME­DI­A­TORS: Dosto Noge and Angie Diale give ad­vice to trou­bled fam­i­lies as hosts of new show ‘ Please Step In ’ on Mzansi Magic

POSTER BOY: Noge has al­ways had a spe­cial ap­peal

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