Chit chat: Ntokozo Mbuli

2010-06-04 08:35

Being co-anchor of 50/50 on SABC 2 has been challenging for Ntokozo Mbuli (27). She joined us at the Northgate Ice Rink for some fun on the ice before ­jetting to the Gulf of Mexico to ­report on the oil spill.

I got into TV 
... when I was in matric. I used to be a runner at the SABC during school holidays, and it secured my place in the industry.

I have experience
... as a promo producer among other things. I used to work for ­Endemol UK and I’ve developed a passion for working behind the scenes over the years.

Working on 50/50
... has been very educational. When I started they used to make me do small slots such as book reviews, but now I go on stories that involve important environment issues.

The reaction from our viewers
... was mixed. Black people always ask me what I’m doing on an Afrikaans TV programme. On the other hand, white people never remember my name. I’ve had to learn to speak Afrikaans and a lot of them were critical.

My appeal
... is my bubbly ­personality and positive energy. I always do things that viewers don’t expect because I’m such a city girl. That’s what made my introduction to the show easier.

I look up
... to my former ­colleague Johann Botha who taught me a lot. He was very strict and patient with me. He’s one of the people who helped develop my interest in nature. My passion for nature: has become stronger since joining the programme. In the beginning it was just about being on TV, but now I care about the environment and conservation. I even drive a hybrid Toyota Prius to help reduce my carbon ­footprint.

Living green
... is about changing your lifestyle to be more friendly to the earth. As city people we should educate ourselves about carbon footprints so that we curb our own emissions.

It’s difficult
... for South Africans to adjust to energy conservation and work towards combating global warming because we’ve got other urgent things to deal with such as HIV/Aids. But we need to start changing our bad habits because we won’t have a second chance to change the effects our actions have on the environment.

As an assistant producer ... I can’t wait for the time when things won’t be categorised by race. We’ve even introduced ­isiZulu and seSotho on the show to reach a broader ­audience.

The most exciting ­assignment
... is the one I’m on now – to the Gulf of ­Mexico. I usually don’t go on serious jobs because I’m too soft and I get star-struck.

The fight to conserve the environment ... will be a part of my life ­forever. I’m involved in community projects with kids and companies because I want to champion the environment until I die.

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