Leigh-Anne Williams

Leigh-Anne Williams

Based: Cape Town.

Leigh-Anne Williams comes from a radio background, having worked at Good Hope FM since 2006. Since 2010 she moved from weekend radio to week day radio, entertaining audiences as part of Good Hope Fm’s afternoon drive team.

She has emceed numerous events from the Dinner for the Most Richest Women in the world, hosted by the Mayor, to celebrity functions. Leigh-Anne has also graces out screens in starring roles in series such as League of Glory on Mnet, to Montana and Final Verdict on SABC 2. She also made it all the way to the finals in SABC3’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.

Leigh-Anne energy and zest for life mean that no task in insurmountable for her. She approaches her work and life with enthusiasm and is a vibrant, passionate and dynamic young woman.

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Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

Based: Cape Town & Johannesburg

Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking the South African entertainment scene by storm.

The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner and impeccable style has made her one of the most sought after presenters and emcees in the country. Coupled with a drive for success and an incredible work ethic in everything she does, it is no wonder the sky is the limit for this talent.

As only the second woman in the world to present Idols, Liezel has become the familiar face on the popular reality show in season five and six, and continues to impress with her current task of presenting SABC3’s new daily breakfast show – Expresso – as well as her weekly radio show – the Sunday Sundowner – on 94.5KFM in Cape Town.

With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has just been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM after the programme manager heard her working as an announcer at Makro after serving her apprenticeship at TUKSFM.

“I began my radio life at Tuks FM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,” she explains. While At TuksFM she received a job offer from EMI Music South Africa as International PR Manager, which introduced her to an array of global music stars.

An 18month stint as an SABC3 continuity presenter and presenter of the lunchtime show Lunchbox led to greater things, with IDOLS confirming her rise to the top and in 2010 she launched SoundCheck Live on MNET before starting her work on Expresso, as well as making her on-screen debut in the movie, The Race-ist.

With her professional style and ease of conversation, it’s no surprise to find out Liezel has a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and since 2000 has been a member of Toastmaster’s International, receiving her Advanced Toastmaster Bonze certificate in 2005.

She also holds a degree in Human Resources Management and holds both a Honours and Masters degree in Communications Management and is now working towards a PhD in Communication Management as well as attending Xhosa lessons

Liezel also manages to find time to work as a voiceover artists, with an impressive portfolio of television and radio voiceover work underpinning her other exploits as well.

It all encompasses a drive inspired by her grandmother’s fight against Cancer.

Liezel is an accomplished Master of ceremonies and motivational speaker, Topics include the following:

  • Beating the Bully
  • Empowering Women
  • Finding your inner strength

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Mark Pilgrim

Mark Pilgrim

Based: Johannesburg.

From growing up living in a trailer (as in, what gets hit by tornadoes in Kansas!), surviving stage 4 cancer and a heart attack, becoming a household name on radio and television, to marrying the love of his life and the birth of his daughters, Marks journey in life definitely has had its ups and downs! Here is a brief flashback…

Mark was born and grew up in Kent, England in a small village called Allhallows. He spent his pre-teens living in a trailer (in England they call them mobile homes), always dreaming of something bigger than where he was. His dad and brothers still live in the UK. He came to South Africa at the age of 9 and already knew that he wanted to be a radio deejay when he grew up. At the age of 12 he would ride around the streets of Kriel with a battery operated microphone and speaker, announcing lost dogs (which he fabricated!).

The educated side of life before broadcasting

After completing matric at Sasolburg High School in 1986, Mark went on to study at Wits and UNISA. He graduated with a B.COM (Industrial Psychology and Business Economics). Mark went on to become a consumer researcher, a profession which lasted 10 years. Whilst in research he became the Johannesburg Chairman of the SA Marketing Research Association.

Surviving stage 4 testicular, lung and kidney cancer

Mark is a cancer survivor. At the age of 18 he was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. He attributes his positive attitude towards life as being responsible for him still being alive over 20 years later! Mark often shares his experiences with others so that they can be more aware of what cancer is about, as well as the signs to look out for.

He is also a friend of The Reach for a Dream Foundation and a patron of CANSA. Mark is well known as the bald head that leads the annual CANSA Shavathons.

From the moment Mark went into remission he decided that he was going to follow his dream and get onto radio, so whilst he was a consumer researcher by day, by night he was a demo tape maker, sending countless demos to countless radio stations. After having the door closed in his face for eight years, perseverance eventually paid off in 1995 when he managed to get his first radio show hosting weekend graveyard on 5FM. After many years with 5FM, Mark moved onto 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 KFM. Television was a natural progression, and over the years Mark has hosted a total 10 shows.

On 14th July 2008, Mark suffered a sudden and severe heart attack. He got his first angina pains on the set of his TV show The Power of 10. A few days later he went to his doctor to chat about the chest pains he had been having. While he was in her office talking to her, he had the heart attack.

The ability to receive immediate medical care saved his life. He was rushed by ambulance to hospital where he had emergency surgery. Even though he ate healthily, cholesterol had blocked his coronary artery, which in turn caused 20% damage to his heart. A stent was placed in the artery and today Mark continues to make the most out of life!

Mark has been a professional MC for over 17 years. His warm and friendly delivery style has endeared him to thousands of delegates. Whether your function is a 2 day conference or a gala awards evening, Mark Pilgrim is there to make sure the evening goes according to plan! Mark can also provided a value-added service by both being your MC and deejay for the evening!

Mark has extensive experience hosting events and is the ideal choice for your next corporate function. He is also a corporate DJ and voice artist.

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Marks Maponyane

Marks Maponyane

Based: Pretoria

Marks Maponyane was born in Meadowlands, Soweto on 16th February 1962.
In 1983, 1987 and 1994 Marks Maponyane was awarded the SA Footballer of the year Award. Marks Maponyane has been a professional footballer for 17 years and in 1984 he was nominated as South African Sports Hero of the Year. Marks Maponyane was Captain of the Chiefs between 1985 and 1988 and he played for Bafana Bafana from 1992 to 1995.

Marks has been involved with motivational speaking and MC work for most of his foot-balling career, speaking to companies such as Anglo American, Toyota and Nissan S.A, He has also been a Sales Executive for 13 years; 10 years with Adidas and 3 years with Reebok. Marks is a successful businessman and now runs his own business.
Example of Topics as speaker:

  • Teamwork
  • Safety
  • Accepting changes in the workplace
  • The importance of service delivery

Marks is able to incorporate clients themes into his talks and is a proficient MC.

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Nathaneal Davids

Nathaneal Davids

Based: Johannesburg

Joburg comedian Nathaneal has to be one of the most refreshing comedians to hit the South African comedy circuit.

Having been in the comedy industry for roughly 4 years, Nathaneal has managed to have some amazing experiences including opening for SAMA winner Lira, Barry Hilton and Nik Rabinowitz’s.

He has also performed at the Durban Comedy Festival, where he shared the stage with heavy weights such as Marc Lottering and David Kau.

This multi-talented force of nature has 3 years’ experience in radio as a Drive Time host, and 3 years working experience in digital marketing. With a rich background in corporate events he’s worked with big brands from Pick n Pay, Paco Rabanne, Tropica, and Doritos to mention a few.

What you get from Nathanael’s comedy is diversity, and his unique understanding of life, with a hint of the unpredictable. No two shows are ever the same when watching Nathaneal.

Noteworthy Performances

  • Durban Comedy Festival
  • Opening Act For Lira
  • Opening Act For Nik Rabinowitz
  • Opening Act for Barry Hilton
  • The Savannah Comics Choice New Comer Showcase “Soweto Theater”
  • Comedy Central “Grab The Mic” finalist
  • This guy can sing like Michael Jackson people! How many people you know sing like Michael Jackson? You

    know one now.

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