I was born in Orlando East, Soweto, on the 5th of May 1978. I studied Journalism and Communications at RAU and also hold an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Johannesburg.
I've been a broadcast journalist for 15 years, and have worked in both television and radio. My interest in the world around me, and my passion for life, has made me a versatile presenter. I can easily chat to any Head-of-State about politics, and then switch to a conversation with a comedian, life coach, sexologist, or hardened criminal.
My career started as a reporter at Network Radio News, after which I moved to Kaya FM, a Gauteng radio station. While there, I hosted the afternoon drive show and was the afternoon bulletin editor. After three years at Kaya FM, I joined the public broadcaster as a current affairs anchor and producer. I presented a variety of programmes for the SABC and its Africa channel, including ‘Today in Africa’, ‘News Hour’, and ‘Interface’.
The prominent newsmakers that I have interviewed over the years include President Thabo Mbeki, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and many others. Two years ago, I was seconded to the UK’s Channel Four News as the Africa anchor at the G8 summit, held in Gleneagles, Scotland.
In 2006, I presented a legal/consumer rights show, ‘Rights and Recourse’, on SABC 3. The show was a big hit in many ways, as it demystified the law and made legal assistance accessible to ordinary people. During that time, I cut my teeth in film-making and produced a much-talked-about documentary on President Thabo Mbeki. In 2007, I presented a reality business show called ‘The South African Management Challenge’, where two teams of MBA students from different universities competed in complex corporate challenges.
I was the senior news anchor at eTV’s new 24th satellite news channel, where I co-presented the launch programme called ‘News Night’. I have been a columnist for The Sowetan newspaper and Fairlady magazine and am now writing for the Sunday Times newspaper.I have anchored for international broadcasters like SKY and the BBC and I also produced and presented my own TV show called Redi on Mzansi for Mzansi magic.
I am currently the presenter of the Redi Tlhabi show on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk and host of South to North, an African current affairs show on Al-Jazeera, which I also produce.
I am passionate about my show, as everyday I occupy a privileged position that gives me a chance to talk to people from all walks of life and get a sense of what makes our nation tick! I love politics and being a part of our country's evolution.
I have run several marathons and ultra marathons including the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.
My passion for books also runs deep and I have a Masters in Literature. I have also written my own book, Endings and Beginnings (Jacana) which was published in 2012. When I’m not writing – I’m reading more books!
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