Jeremy Mansfield is renowned for his immense contribution to the radio and television industry.
After spending twenty-five years in the media industry, Mansfield is quick to say he is no longer a radio and television personality. He adds that he is happier now than he has ever been, because while he was in the limelight he wasn't fully cognisant of the pressures and stress of the industry.
It wasn't just the stress of being in the public eye and having the criticism thrown at you. I was in a situation where Primedia had four radio stations and my show on 94.7 was generating 52% of the income of all four radio stations.— Jeremy Mansfield, former radio and TV personality and consultant at Nelson Mandela Foundation
I was doing 25% of the turnover of Primedia Limited which was a huge group at the time. There was a massive amount of pressure on me to perform because if I sneezed the entire company got a cold. I dealt with that for eleven years.— Jeremy Mansfield, former radio and TV personality and consultant at Nelson Mandela Foundation
Mansfield says he went into radio because he had fun with the medium but by the end of it, it had become increasingly corporate.
Earlier this year, Mansfield put his hand up, to run for the Democratic Alliance (DA) elections. I have made myself available to the party, what they do with me is their choice says Mansfield.
I'm a proud DA card carrying member.— Jeremy Mansfield, former radio and TV personality and consultant at Nelson Mandela Foundation
Every single step of my way through my media career I fought and managed to link everything I did to charity explains Mansfield. He goes on to say South Africa is in decline and needs charitable attitudes to pull through and ensure the country moves forward.
I'm happy to pay my taxes if I see that people who are less fortunate than me are in a position where they are being uplifted.— Jeremy Mansfield, former radio and TV personality and consultant at Nelson Mandela Foundation
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This article first appeared on 702 : Jeremy Mansfield tosses the mic and puts his hand up for politics