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Carol Ralefeta - Master of Ceremonies Carol Ralefeta – Top Radio Presenter for MetroFM • Popular Master of Ceremonies
Carol Ralefeta joined South Africa's biggest Urban Commercial Station, Metro FM, in 2011 and now hosts the popular weekend breakfast show “The Divine Edge”. She also writes articles for the female magazine SOUL and various other online publications. Carol’s voice can be heard on the retail station JET FM, and she is a popular choice for commercial voice-overs on both radio and TV. She can be heard on ads for Meltz, Nivea, Mango, Edcon and Furniture City to name but a few. She is a top DJ and popular MC for both commercial and private events.
Alex Granger - Master of Ceremonies Alex Granger – Leadership • Customer Service • Sales • Purpose • Achieving your Goals
Alex Granger has more than 15 years' sales and marketing, business strategy, and travel and tourism experience. He holds leadership and executive leadership qualifications from Gordon’s Institute of Business Science with a distinction in leadership. Alex has worked in senior management and executive positions for blue chip companies such as The Bidvest Group, Tsogo Sun, Imperial Group, Diners Club International, and G4S Secure Solutions. Alex has proven analytical and strategic decision making skills that have increased sales, profitability and market shares and he possesses excellent leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve the desired objectives and exceed targets.
Cat Simoni - Master of Ceremonies Cat Simoni: From West End to Broadway and Beyond!
Top singer and performer Cat Simoni’s musical performance tells the hugely entertaining story of her crazy showbiz rollercoaster ride and bizarre encounters with high society’s rich and famous at London’s 5-star venues: The Ritz, Dorchester and Berkeley Square Casino! Spicy, irreverent and hilarious, Cat’s amazing personal odyssey is the platform from which she delivers thrilling showstoppers from some of the biggest musical ever to have graced London’s West End and New York’s “Great White Way”.
Mel Jones - Master of Ceremonies Mel Jones - Top Female Comedian and Master of Ceremonies
Mel Jones is a top comedian, award nominated producer and an energetic MC and entertainer. You may have heard her on the radio as co-presenter of a very popular morning show, seen her on SABC3's Comedy Showcase, as their first hostess, no less, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Kings & Queens of Comedy, the critically acclaimed comedy & sketch show, Bitches, the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host, and Comedy Central!
Gilan Gork - Master of Ceremonies Gilan Gork - Incredible International Mentalist
Gilan Gork is a top South African mentalist, as featured on dozens of television shows, radio interviews and print media. Gilan engages audiences by demonstrating the power of the mind and the power of influence through his show called The Mentalist Experience. This is typically positioned as "intelligent" or "motivational" entertainment, either as a single show or as part of Gilan's unique way of playing master of ceremonies.
Barry Hilton - Master of Ceremonies Barry Hilton - The Cousin
Say 'the cousin' and everybody knows exactly who you're talking about! Barry Hilton enjoys international status as a stand-up comedian and is undoubtedly one of South Africa's top performers. A skilful, generous and engaging entertainer, he performs at the highest level, pulling out all the stops for sold-out audiences in South Africa and abroad. With his irrepressible sense of humour, he brings the house down whenever he stands on stage. He is also an actor, a sought-after Master of Ceremonies at corporate events and an inspiring motivational speaker. Barry’s material is appropriate for all ages and his quick wit; animated physical antics and hilarious facial expressions are his trademark. Hilton’s original, off-the-cuff performances and inimitable knack for adapting his material to suit client and audience requirements, ensures that he is invited back to perform time and again.
Douglas Kruger - Master of Ceremonies Douglas Kruger - Literally the best Speaker to have come out of Africa!
When you want your organisation to thrive, when you want your brand to become iconic, when you insist on owning your industry, there is no alternative: Douglas Kruger helps you to position yourself so that the business comes to you. Douglas is an internationally renowned speaker and business author, who is passionate about growing brands, equipping sales teams and creating thought-leaders. He is the author of 3 business books, including the highly acclaimed ’Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ with Penguin Books. A multiple award-winning speaker, his clients include senior management and sales teams at companies like BMW, Liberty, and HP. Douglas speaks globally on how businesses and brands can compete by innovating and by positioning themselves as industry experts. He unpacks the Rules of Hamster-Thinking that hamstring corporate companies and he shows you how to develop talent. He trains top execs and sales teams in how to present more effectively and win new business. He is an advocate for Personal Excellence. Douglas’s thought-leadership ideas have been featured on CNBC Africa and he has written for Forbes and Entrepreneur. Douglas Kruger is changing mindsets, creating experts, and building brands, one team at a time!
Nico Panagio - Master of Ceremonies Nico Panagio - SABC 3 “Top Billing” Presenter and New Presenter of “Survivor SA”, Actor and Popular Master of Ceremonies.
After 5 years on "7de Laan", Nico Panagio left the popular soapie which made him a household name, and join the SABC3 lifestyle programme "Top Billing" Team as presenter. Nico can also be seen on television in the role of Bruno in SABC 3’s Erfsondes, as well as the Druglord Mr. Big, in the SABC 1 series Zone 14. He is a popular Master of Ceremonies for both corporate and special events, and receives rave reviews from clients for his professional participation.
Devi Sankaree Govender - Master of Ceremonies Devi Sankaree Govender - Award-Winning Investigative Journalist, Carte Blanche
In January 2002, Devi joined the Carte Blanche team. Her more memorable stories have included interviews with Kenyan Nobel Laureate, Warangi Mathai, international financial guru Robert Kiyosaki and music icons Quincy Jones and Lionel Ritchie. Devi’s passion for investigative stories has seen her work on many stories which went on to make headlines. Devi’s work in print was taken a step further when, in 2004, she won the prestigious British Council scholarship for creative writing. Devi has won numerous awards over the years, both nationally and internationally.
Janie du Plessis - Master of Ceremonies Janie du Plessis – Former Television Personality and Model • Breast Cancer Survivor
Gorgeous, entertaining and hugely inspiring, it’s not surprising that Janie du Plessis was one of South Africa's youngest ever TV presenter. Her personal charm and enduring good looks make her a popular South African celebrity who, today, is much in demand for guest appearances, magazine covers, advertising promotions, TV shows, public speaking tours and more. Each 'performance' is unique and she seldom speaks from notes. ("My audience usually guides me into the direction the speech needs to go.") She prefers to tap into her audience, quickly getting them on board through infectious humour and a very genuine concern. Janie encourages her audiences to want to pick themselves up… dust themselves off… and make a new start.
Tumi Morake - Master of Ceremonies Tumi Morake – Top Female South African Comedian and Familiar Television Personality • Headline Act and Audience Favourite at the Comic Choice Awards 2011!
Tumi Morake has performed on stage, on television and in films; in English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana and Isizulu all over South Africa. She is one of South Africa's most successful female comedians on the corporate and commercial scene. She has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Chris Forrest; at festivals such as Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, Have a Heart, Just Because Comedy Festival, The Tshwane Comedy Festival, The Lifestyle SA Festival and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters.
Bongani Bingwa - Master of Ceremonies Bongani Bingwa - Television Presenter • Carte Blanche Journalist
Bongani Bingwa has been a television presenter and voice-over artist for the last 15 years beginning in his teens. His experience includes a variety of shows, both serious and frivolous entertainment. He has worked on Channel O, SABC English News, Your Own Business to mention a few, and of course, he is currently a presenter-journalist on Carte Blanche. Bongani is a firm favourite with clients as a proficient Master of Ceremonies, managing to assimilate the necessary information, keep their events on track, and relate to the delegates easily with his relaxed yet professional manner.
Liezel Van der Westhuizen - Master of Ceremonies Liezel van der Westhuizen - Top Television and Radio Personality • Sought-After Master of Ceremonies
She may be have been the new face for Season 5 of MNET Idols and only the second woman in the world to present Idols, but Liezel van der Westhuizen has only been working in the home-grown entertainment industry for just over 4 years, starting out on TV as an SABC 3 continuity presenter as well as the presenter of SABC 3’s live lunchtime talk show – Lunchbox. Liezel now presents SABC 3’s new daily breakfast show –EXPRESSO and The Sunday Sundowner on 94.5KFM- live from Cape Town. Liezel is a sought-after Master of Ceremonies who wins over any audience easily with her friendly yet professional approach.
Aidan Bennetts  - Master of Ceremonies Aidan Bennetts - Top Billing Presenter, Interior Designer, Top Model and Popular MC
Aidan Bennett's weekly appearances on Top Billing as a presenter, since 2006, as well as the plethora of radio and print exposure for his product design and interior designs over the last few years, has ensured that Aidan is a household name in South Africa. Furthermore, in his personal career, and amplifying his visibility, Aidan has also appeared in numerous international modelling campaigns over the last few years for mainstream brands such as Swatch, Levis, Honda, and Audi. Aidan is a popular choice as MC for coporate events.
Sophie Ndaba - Master of Ceremonies Sophie Ndaba – "Queen" on the popular SABC1 soapie “Generations”
Sophie Ndaba has taken her popularity with the viewers of Generations (portraying the popular character of "Queen Moroka") and established herself as an actress, a role model and an emerging creative business woman of good standing amongst South Africans. She has been nominated for various awards including Safta Best Soap Actress in 2006, and the former Duku Duku Awards for Best Soap Actress 2002, 2003 and 2006. She was the recipient of the Duku Duku Award for Best Soap Actress in 2003 and Star in You Kids Award for Favourite Soap Actress 2006.
Wolfgang Riebe - Master of Ceremonies Wolfgang Riebe - Speaker, Hilarious Illusionist and Motivator!
Share in Wolfgang's personal life experience through wisdom gained from walking the path. He offers no 'quick-fix ra ra' sessions, but instead he shares practical, sustainable and useable life skills which WILL change your life forever. Under the banner of 'Discover Your Magic' he offers various topics, from Leadership & Management, Thinking out of the Box, Change Management, Passion, Power-charging your Memory to Customer Service. He will reframe your present thinking in order to positively influence every aspect of your life!
Derek Watts - Master of Ceremonies Derek Watts – “Behind the scenes of Carte Blanche – 3 Decades of Journalism in Southern Africa”
Derek Watts - co-anchor of the iconic actuality programme Crate Blanche - is a proficient and sought-after Master of Ceremony for conferences and corporate events, as well as a top speaker. He has twice won the “Tonight” awards – first for his work on SABC’s Top Sport and later was voted best reporter by the “Tonight” panel for his contribution to Carte Blanche. Derek has twice won the “People’s Crystal Award” for Best Male Television Presenter.
Craig Mischief - Master of Ceremonies Craig Mischief – Musician, comedian and hilarious Master of Ceremonies
Solo Entertainer/ Stand-Up Comedian/ Vocalist & MC Craig Mischief has a very colorful career. When it comes to recordings, Craig has 4 Audio Cassettes (tapes) and 4 CD's under his belt, and the next goal will be a DVD of a Live Show!! He has travelled all over the country, performing for various events, and across our African Borders, to perform in Zambia and Namibia. Craig also presented his own Breakfast Show and made numerous TV appearences. There is a lot that this talented artist still has up his sleeve, so keep an eye on him as he grows from strength to strength.
Alan Committie - Master of Ceremonies Alan Committie - Defending the Caveman
Alan Committie is fast becoming known as one of South Africa's leading comics. He has taken over the legendary one-man show "Defending the Caveman" which has been running in South Africa for the last 9 years and for more than 1500 shows! Alan has received rave reviews and continues to play to full houses with this hysterical play. He alternates between this show and his own stand up shows and can be seen at various theatres around the country. Alan can also currently be seeing on MNET's comedy hoax show Laugh out Loud where he has a weekly rant in the guise of his popular alter ego: Johan van der Walt!
Chris Forrest - Master of Ceremonies Chris Forrest - Deadpan funnyman
Chris Forrest is South Africa's answer to Steve Wright, the deadpan face of American stand-up. Chris' witty and cynical one-line humour is thought provoking and to the point. Totally nerdish and unflappable, his Drew Carey- looks and slowed-up delivery have ensured that audiences take to him enthusiastically.
Riaad Moosa - Master of Ceremonies Riaad Moosa - The Comedy Doctor
Riaad Moosa’s humor is based on his experiences as a young Muslim relating to post-911 Islamaphobia (sounds fun doesn’t it), growing up in Cape Town and general observational and opinion-based humour. Skirting around the relatively taboo topics with charm and ease this comedy doctor will split your sides and keep you in stitches at the same time. Now, a regular headliner on comedy circuits all over South Africa, Riaad is also a sought after act for the bigger productions. He has starred in the Alex Jay 5fm Comedy Jams and Real Concert’s Winston King Size Comedy shows, headlining the Sprite Soul Comedy Jams in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Ashley Hayden - Master of Ceremonies Ashley Hayden - Television presenter, Actress, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer and MC
Ashley Hayden is a top television presenter, actress, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and MC. She has travelled the globe to shoot in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, while her appearances on M-Net have ensured that she is an instantly recognizable and glamorous addition to any function. Recent highlights include :The 100th episode of “The Weakest Link”, where she won the show and donated the money to the SPCA; M-Net’s Survivor: Santa Carolina in 2010, where she made it to the final and was voted Ultimate Survivor by the viewers; The celebrity charity edition of “Come Dine With Me SA”, which she won; and 2012/3 saw her as a cohost of “The Complimentary Breakfast”, Jacaranda FM’s morning drive show. Ashley also speaks to female audiences with her Women Mean Business series of talks and seminars, and to mixed audiences with her presentation The Game Of Life which extrapolates lessons learned on a desert island about teamwork, leadership, and individual goals.
Ursula Chikane - Master of Ceremonies Ursula Chikane - SABC 3 “Top Billing Presenter”, Radio and TV Personality and Sought After Master of Ceremonies
Ursula Chikane is currently the popular presenter of the lifestyle show "Top Billing", as well as the "Bar One Man Hunt", both on SABC3. In addition she hosts the radio show, “Jammin’ Africa” which broadcasts throughout the continent weekly. Ursula's infectious smile, generous personality and professional approach make her an extremely popular and sought-after Master of Ceremonies for corporate events, and clients’ feedback on her participation includes enthusiastic praise without fail!
Peter Ndoro - Master of Ceremonies Peter Ndoro - Well-known Radio & Television Presenter
Peter is a well-known Radio & Television Presenter with more two decades of experience as a broadcaster, both in television and radio. He is a familiar face and voice in Africa. He has just returned from a three year stint as a news anchor/producer at the BBC World Service in London. There he specialised in Pan-African news and current affairs. Other appointments in the past saw him producing and presenting business programmes for CNBC Africa where he was also the Director for Corporate Communications. He is currently the Business and Economics anchor on the Daily breakfast news programme ‘Morning Live’. With his understanding of current affairs, particularly pan-African issues, and knowledge of business affairs he has become a sought after Conference Facilitator, Master of Ceremonies and Programme Director both in South Africa and abroad.
John Vlismas - Master of Ceremonies John Vlismas - Two-Time Winner of the “Best Stand-Up of the Year Award • Audience and Corporate Favourite!
John Vlismas is well known for his outspoken and observational humour. His ability to understand and comment on political, social and economic affairs has earned him a broad and growing corporate client base, as well as invitations to perform in England, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He holds the rare distinction of being the only South African stand-up comic to have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Hammersmith Apollo, The Lyric Theatre - Shaftesbury lane and The Best of The Fest showcases in both the Montreal and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He has shared a line-up with Drew Carey, written dialogue for Jerry Springer, and hosted Chris Rock at his club. John takes his particular brand of original, intellectual and wildly risky comedy into everything he does, whether it is clean, complex corporate appearances with highly tailored material, or the no-holds-barred material that ignites his public appearances.
Conrad Koch - Master of Ceremonies Conrad Koch - One of South Africa’s most sought after corporate comedians!
Conrad Koch is a funny guy with a funny surname. His bank manager tells him he is one of South Africa’s most sought after corporate comedians, his girlfriend tells him he talks to dolls. Either way, his approach is completely unique, combining razor sharp stand up comedy, puppetry and social anthropology to create hilarious, but thought provoking comedy encounters.
Mark Sampson - Master of Ceremonies Mark Sampson - Top South African Comedian
Mark Sampson is an hilarious comedian and a powerful communicator: a ‘comediator’, who brings a lightness of touch to difficult issues, empowering his audiences by diffusing their fear of challenges with digestible facts leavened with fun. His appeal is broader than your average taciturn adventurer – resident in South Africa since 1992, and fluent in Mzansi culture, his British-born humour also ensures an international reach. He is a big personality with the charisma of Jeremy Clarkson but far more loveable - a family man who makes a plan that all South Africans can identify with. He can and does talk to anyone, and gets a grin from everyone.
Chester Missing - Master of Ceremonies Chester Missing - South Africa Top Satirical Political Analyst Puppet
Exciting things are currently happening for Top Satirical Political Analyst Puppet Chester Missing: He has a book on the elections hitting the shelves ("Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ‘14", in collaboration with Zapiro), as well as his regular election spot on Kaya FM, and election coverage on Late Nite News and also as a satirical political analyst for eNCA itself, and bimonthly piece for City Press! In line with his new book, Chester offers a 30 minute talk explaining politics in South Africa. He spells out in his inimitable puppet fashion the must-knows, the who’s who and the what-what. Conrad Koch says Missing is 38 and has been that age since he found him. Koch, 36, who has a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Cape Town, says he has been a ventriloquist since childhood and has always been fond of cartoons. Missing has made a lot of friends, including Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane.
Lynette Ntuli - Master of Ceremonies Lynette Ntuli - Top Business Woman • Entrepreneur • Popular Speaker and Master of Ceremonies
Lynette Ntuli is the founding director and executive lead consultant at a top property, asset and infrastructure development and solutions firm. A commerce graduate, Lynette has previously held positions at Deloitte and Touché, Motseng Marriott Corporate Property, Motseng Property Services and the Durban Business Enhancement Initiative in various senior leadership roles in the commercial and retail property sector and in the business development and investment promotion arena. Awards and accolades bestowed upon her include those of Fun Fearless Female Award 2008 Cosmopolitan Magazine (Associated Magazines SA) in December 2008; “Woman to Watch” - June 2009 for Destiny Magazine (Ndalo Media); “Under 30 and on Top Feature” - April 2009 O Magazine (The Oprah Magazine) and the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2012 Awards.
Marks Maponyane - Master of Ceremonies Marks Maponyane
Marks is an energetic speaker, admired sportsman and accomplished television presenter. Marks’ soccer career is remarkable. He has played for the Kaizer Chiefs, the Dynamos and the Orlando Pirates and was Captain of all three teams. He played for Bafana Bafana from 1992 to 1995. Marks has been crowned the South African Footballer of the Year three times and has been voted “Sports Hero of the Year”. At conferences and seminars, Marks uses his special “storytelling” flair to drive home the important lessons of team support, cooperation, tenacity, facing the challenge of change, positive attitude, taking responsibility and lots more. Using behind-the-scenes stories from his exceptional sporting career he shows how business can succeed with similar commitment to excellence, cooperation and passion.
Poppy Ntshongwana - Master of Ceremonies Poppy Ntshongwana - Top Radio Personality, DJ and Master of Ceremonies
Poppy Ntshongwana is the popular news anchor and contributor on 5fm’s Fresh Drive and Powerhouse Presenter of KFC Global Express on Saturdays. In addition to being a well-known radio personality, Poppy loves mixing it up as a DJ and is also a sought-after Master of Ceremonies. She was recently a fashion presenter at the fabulous Brutal Fruit Glam Camp, which happened in Johannesburg in February, where she took the stage with fellow fashionista Leigh Toselli to roaring feedback from the audience!
Gcina Mhlophe-Becker - Master of Ceremonies Gcina Mhlophe-Becker - Africa's Favourite Storyteller
Gcina is Africa’s Favourite Storyteller. Storytelling has become a popular business medium for conferences and seminars and Gcina is a master at creating stories to complement any business theme or special event. Gcina’s work has received awards from BBC Africa Service for Radio Drama, The Fringe First Award in the Edinburgh Festival, the Josef Jefferson Award in Chicago, and the prestigious OBIEs in New York. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the London Open University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria, Fort Hare University and the University of Johannesburg.
Michael Mol - Master of Ceremonies Michael Mol - Medical Doctor, Top Speaker, Television Anchor, Producer
Michael Mol is a medical doctor, an international speaker, television anchor, producer, business consultant and most importantly – a husband and father of three. He started his multi-faceted career as a medical doctor with interests in Emergency medicine and HIV management. In 2010 Michael signed on as anchor presenter for SABC3’s latest morning show, Expresso. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media into a new TV series called “Hello Doctor” with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire South Africans to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. Apart from being a higfhly sought-after Master of Ceremonies, Michael is also a top professional speaker, addressing topics such as focusing on your strengths ("The Truth about YOU") and performance, wellness and life satisfaction ("Get a Life!") to audiences over the world.


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