WHIRL of ex­cite­ment

Pabi Moloi has been the rage on so­cial me­dia. Af­ter her Safta win, the Trend­ing SA pre­sen­ter has been con­firmed as the new host of Pre­sen­ter Search on 3, writes De­bashine Thangevelo

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PABI MOLOI is turn­ing heads, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. Let’s start with the ob­vi­ous, that en­vi­able svelte fig­ure. She’s slay­ing big time on the red car­pet these days.

“I re­ally try to look at my life through a holis­tic lens,” she says. “Ex­er­cise is vi­tal to my men­tal health and it also helps me ward off stress. In the gym, I blast my mu­sic through my head­phones and dance, which re­places the fun out­let that a party would give ev­ery­one else.

“Food is a tricky one. I can ad­mit that I don’t al­ways get it right and should be more strict but life is busy and I’m do­ing the best that I can.”

And that drive is man­i­fested in her ca­reer, too. At the helm of Trend­ing SA on SABC3 since 2016, she went on to win a Golden Horn for Best Talk Show Host at this year’s Safta.

Com­ment­ing on the win, she says, with un­mis­tak­able ex­cite­ment, “I have been rid­ing such a wave of ex­cite­ment. It is such an hon­our to have a ca­reer as ful­fill­ing, en­rich­ing and ex­cit­ing as I have had.

“That in it­self is a huge win. Be­ing recog­nised by my peers in the Safta ad­ju­di­ca­tion panel is a cherry on the top of my al­ready de­light­ful ca­reer.”

The Trend­ing SA con­cept has bowled view­ers over. It’s a top­i­cal show en­gag­ing with the hash­tag gen­er­a­tion. And it’s con­stantly trans­form­ing with the times and, of course, lat­est craze.

Moloi adds, “Trend­ing SA gives me an op­por­tu­nity to share in the daily lives of the coun­try and the world. I can feel the con­nec­tion we have with our view­ers when I en­gage with peo­ple who ask for self­ies all over town.

“I of­ten try to de­lay the selfie a bit to chat about what is at the top of their minds. I think a real mo­ment of con­nec­tion is a spe­cial thing.”

Co-pre­sent­ing with Kuli Roberts, Nina Hastie and Dr Musa Mthombeni, she of­fers, “We are of­ten privy to con­tent that only our cir­cles are con­nected to. We are al­ways bring­ing our in­put to the show.”

And that team ca­ma­raderie trans­lates into won­der­ful ban­ter on the show.

In an era where ev­ery­one is one sta­tus up­date away from be­ing a hero or black hat, ex­er­cis­ing cau­tion when con­vers­ing on so­cial me­dia re­mains of para­mount im­por­tance.

When asked about her dos and don’ts rule­book, she says, “I was ad­vised once to make sure that I’d be happy with any­thing I put on so­cial me­dia be­ing printed on a sixme­tre bill­board on the busiest in­ter­sec­tion in my city. That changed the game for me.”

In­ter­est­ingly, Moloi was ini­tially ap­proached to be a judge on Pre­sen­ter Search on 3, a show that kick-started the ca­reers of the late Simba

Mhere (Top Billing), Jonathan Boyn­ton-Lee (Top Billing), Zoë Brown (Ex­presso), Danilo Ac­quisto (Af­ter­noon Ex­press and Win a Home) and Jade Hüb­ner

(Top Billing), who are now house­hold names.

She adds, “When I agreed, the chan­nel asked to use me as the host.”

Ev­ery pre­sen­ter likes to put their midas touch on a show they are driv­ing.

Moloi has one car­di­nal rule. “Just be your­self,” she says.

Hav­ing started out as a child star in TV com­mer­cials, then join­ing KTV on M-Net, she briefly ex­plored the act­ing side of things with Soul City. Does she plan on cross­ing over, again?

She hints, “Yes, ab­so­lutely. I joke with Akin Omo­toso that I would love to play a vil­lain in one of his films in 20 years. I’ve also asked Mandla to cast me in Lock­down, since I have the right hair­cut to fit into his prison. I’m only half jok­ing on both ac­counts.”

On jug­gling mother­hood and a de­mand­ing ca­reer, she does re­mind one a lit­tle of Sarah Jes­sica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It.

Moloi re­veals, “I have a mas­sive, com­pe­tent and car­ing sup­port sys­tem. I’m so grate­ful for them all.”

What else is on the cards?

“Pre­sen­ter Search on 3 is tak­ing the fi­nal­ists on a trip of a life­time. I’m tag­ging along, for pro­fes­sional rea­sons. I can’t tell you where we are go­ing but it’s go­ing to be phe­nom­e­nal.”

I guess we’ll just have to set­tle for that #sur­prise mo­ment.

Moloi counts her bless­ings. She’s slay­ing big time on the red car­pet in a ful­fill­ing and en­rich­ing ca­reer. Be­ing recog­nised by her peers in the Safta panel is a cherry on the top.

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