TEACHERFIXES FAMILY PROBLEMS
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.
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