Fresh, infectiously vivacious and fun – nobody creates a first impression
like Anele Mdoda does. Her personality is larger than life – and so is her funny bone, winning the hearts of listeners on her breakfast radio show. With her unique wit and charisma that she injects into everything she does – Anele is entertaining and funny off-the-cuff, whether she’s hosting the socks off at an event, being a judge on Mzanzi Magic's 'Clash of the Choirs’, as guest presenter on VUZU or hosting her talk show ‘Real Talk With Anele’ – whether you’re making traffic more bearable by listening to her on 947 or simply checking out her latest social media posts.
Anele is the quintessential South African go-getter in the entertainment business – always giving 110% to anything she takes on. Nothing can sum her up better than her Twitter bio: ‘Be as interested as you are interesting.’ And to top it all off – she can perform any of Beyonce’s song with all of the passion (although, perhaps not quite the ability) of Queen B herself.
Anele began her radio career as a DJ at the University of Pretoria in 2004, where she was studying politics and international relations. There she met Nash and the pair discovered an on-air chemistry. Mdoda was hired by Jo'burg radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo in 2007. Needing a cohost, she suggested Nash as her partner and the pair hosted a successful weekday evening show for a year.
In March 2008 the pair were poached by national broadcaster 5FM. They took over the time slot previously held for many years by the F & Martinengo Show, hosted by Ian F and Sasha Martinengo. Anele was rated as "the hottest thing on local radio" by South African radio legend Alex Jay in a September 2008 interview. Anele was one of the celebrity contestants on the fifth season of the SABC2 reality dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, from September to December, 2008. Her professional dance partner was Brandon Eilers. Anele was the co-host of the SABC2 reality competition SA's Got Talent, based on the British "Got Talent" format, from 2009-2010. The duo was replaced by Tats Nkonzo when the show moved to e.tv for Season 3.
In 2012 Anele was a judge of the Miss South Africa pageant. In the same year she was announced as one of the three judges for the Mzansi Magic reality competition Clash of the Choirs South Africa, which aired in 2013 and is now in its 3rd season (2016) Also in 2013, she was the host of the M-Net docu-reality series Dream School SA; and in 2014 was once again a judge for Miss South Africa.
In 2014 Anele began co-presenting the SABC 3 talk show Tongue in Cheek on SABC3. Anele currently hosts season 3 of ‘Real Talk With Anele’ broadcast live on SABC 3 from 5pm to 6pm weekdays and ‘Anele’s Breakfast Club’ Radio Show on 947 from 6am to 9am weekdays.