Leanne Manas is the popular face with the husky voice of the SABC’s flagship breakfast program – Morning Live. Prior to this she was the host of two Business programs on SABC 3- Business update and Business Focus. Leanne was also chosen as the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration.
She started off her television career as the main news anchor for South Africa’s essential Business Channel -Summit Television. Leanne has also done extensive work for radio stations across South Africa including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio. A qualified Speech and Drama teacher with Honours in English, she started her career as a news anchor at Radio 702.
Leanne then moved to Johnnic Publishing’s African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm. She then took a keen interest in Finance Journalism and completed a postgraduate certificate in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University. In her spare time she teaches Television skills to students at On Cue Communications.
Leanne was a nominee for Sanlams Business Journalist of the year awards in 2002. She was voted as one of Cosmopolitans most awesome woman of 2004. Leanne also walked off with the Sunday Times/Elle most stylish news/actuality/continuity presenter award for 2004. In addition to this FHM magazine named her as one of South Africa’s 50 hottest babes.
She was the recipient in 2005, and again in 2006/7, of the People Magazine Crystal Awards for Best Dressed and Best Female Television presenter.