Anele still mak­ing her voice heard

TV come­back for pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter

Sowetan - - Timeout - By Em­manuel Tjiya

For two glo­ri­ous years of Real Talk, vi­va­cious Anele Mdoda po­si­tioned her­self and cap­ti­vated the coun­try as the go-to talk show ace.

Through her happy-golucky in­ter­view tac­tics, she mas­tered in a short pe­riod the art of mak­ing bril­liant TV.

From Julius Malema to Taraji P. Hen­son, her couch be­came the sought-af­ter spot for A-lis­ters.

Then with­out a word of warn­ing, in May, the 34-yearold TV maven dropped the mic and broke the na­tion’s heart when she de­cided to exit the Safta-win­ning show.

“That chap­ter is not closed, peo­ple leave jobs. That was me leav­ing a job. I’m go­ing to be do­ing talk shows,” she in­sists.

“Why would I stop ask­ing peo­ple ques­tions? It’s a skill of mine and I’m re­ally good at it.

“Re­mem­ber, praise can keep you longer in sit­u­a­tions that you would not have been in longer than a cer­tain time.”

Top of the list of the peo­ple she didn’t get to in­ter­view on the show is for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

“I loved what the Julius in­ter­view did for him and me. For me, older peo­ple took me se­ri­ously and for him, I didn’t speak with Julius the politi­cian,” she says. “Af­ter speak­ing to Blair Un­der­wood in New York he told me it was his best in­ter­view in 20 years.”

Mdoda is mak­ing her TV come­back as the new host of The Voice SA. The third sea­son of the hit mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion show, get­ting a facelift, re­turns in Fe­bru­ary on M-Net.

“This has been a dream of mine for years, since I was in ma­tric. When I got of­fered it I screamed in the meet­ing for like three min­utes. That hap­pened in June, so to keep that a se­cret, be­cause I can’t keep a se­cret, it’s been long.”

Rock­ing an edgy and curly half-shaved ’do, she wel­comes me into her ra­dio home at the 94.7 stu­dios in the heart of Sand­ton for our tête-à-tête.

She’s even more perky in per­son as we con­nect about her up­ping her fash­ion game lately and her love for Bey­oncé – she has seen her live in con­cert more than five times.

With her 16-year ra­dio ca­reer, her 94.7 show Break­fast Club with Anele was re­cently voted the best break­fast show in Joburg in the an­nual

Best of Joburg Read­ers’ Choice Awards.

Later this month she will duke it out with DJ Fresh,

Selby Mkhize,

Dudu Khoza and Thuso Mo­taung for favourite ra­dio per­son­al­ity at the sec­ond an­nual DStv





“I love my ra­dio show be­cause peo­ple feel like it’s theirs. I think that’s why it’s get­ting awarded.

“This woman came to me this week and said, ‘you feel like home’,” she says. “I love what I do, so I’m al­ready win­ning. But to get awards, ul­ti­mately I’m ac­count­able to the lis­ten­ers.”

She is also nom­i­nated for favourite TV per­son­al­ity against Carol Tsha­bal­ala, Ler­ato Kganyago, Pearl Mo­di­adie and Thomas Mlambo. Last year, her sis­ter Them­bisa Mdoda scooped two awards. “Them­bisa can tell you ever since we were young if she bought shorts, I did the same. So at best I’m a daunt­ing lit­tle sis­ter who wants to be her sis­ter!”

Mdoda is the proud mother to her three-year-old son Alakhe. “I want an­other one, but don’t tell my bosses that. I re­ally love it. He’s at that age where he’s just a de­light.

“My boyfriend has got two girls which we spend a lot of time with… they are won­der­ful, I love them.”

This has been a dream of mine for years, since ma­tric

Anele Mdoda is the new host of hit mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion show ‘The Voice SA’.

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