Chit Chat: Jeremy Mansfield

2010-10-30 09:55

For 13 years, Joburgers had a love-hate ­relationship with a loud-mouthed, shoot-from-the-hip prankster called Jeremy Mansfield.

After ­hanging up his ­microphone earlier this year, the cancer survivor and food author has become the latest celebrity to host his own TV show – CNBC Africa’s Mansfield’s Money Sense.

Farrah Francis speaks to him:

How did you land the CNBC Africa show?

I always try to watch Business Tonight, but I get about 50% of it. So I decided to approach the station with a view to doing a show I could understand.

Most people associate you more with fun than finance. What can we expect?

I have always been interested in ­investing but like many people, I don’t know where.

That’s what I will try to get out of the various experts who come on the show.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to money?

They buy on credit.

You’ve had a career on both radio and TV. Do you have a favourite medium?

Radio will always be close to my heart because it’s where I started and spent 25 years.

Have you hung up the headphones/mic for good?

I never say never.

What’s the biggest challenge about going from radio to TV?

I don’t have a problem with the switch. I’ve worked on and off in television for about 20 years and actually find that my radio experience has helped me in the TV forum.

Who’s a hot young talent on radio today?

I have always rated Anele Mdoda.

Where did you last go on holiday?

Last break we hired a private lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve and went with eight friends for a week.

As you read this, I am catching bream on Lake Kariba.

What’s Joburg’s best restaurant?

I love Bice at the Hyde Park Southern Sun.

What is down time for you?

The bush.

You’ve come out on the other side of ­leukaemia. Did the experience teach you any lessons?

Never take anything for granted, and love with all your heart.

What’s next for you?

I’m involved with Primedia’s LeadSA campaign, but I’m not making any firm plans right now.

I don’t have to!

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