Redi's on a roll

By Drum Digital
04 August 2010

HER passion is simple: talking. Whether she’s on the air, in front of the camera or right across the table from you she loves nothing more than opening her mouth and engaging you in debate.

After 11 years in the media industry award-winning journalist and broadcaster Redi Direko has tackled such heavyweights as Thabo Mbeki, former British prime Minister Tony Blair, former Us secretary of state Colin powell, archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and nelson Mandela. And her skills aren’t confined to politicians alone – she’s also had the likes of love-to-hate-her socialite Khanyi Mbau in the chair opposite her.But there’s another passion in the 32-yearold media star’s life as well – and this one has nothing to do with her career and everything to do with a certain handsome doctor. Brian Tlhabi, a Gp, is the man Redi has lost her heart to and the guy who will be meeting her at the altar next month when they celebrate their spring wedding. This is it, she says – the real thing. They know each other well; they started dating in 2006 and moved in together in a house in upmarket Hyde park, Joburg, a year and a half ago.

“it felt right and we were very clear about wanting to be together,” she tells us. “We spoke about settling down and when we finally did it felt right.”

Their wedding will be an intimate affair but she won’t say more about it at this stage. “i’m very relaxed about it though,” Redi says. “Human life is so complicated: in one area i’m a panic mechanic and in others i’m not. i’m chilled about this. i have a planner but i’m doing a lot of the work myself.”

She refuses to believe anything will go wrong on her special day.

“I just think, ‘what could possibly happen when you have a group of people in the same room who love each other, who share their lives together – our family and friends?’ I don’t want a perfect wedding, I want a happy wedding and I think I’ll have that.”

She and Brian have chosen September as it’s their favourite month – the start of spring and the start of their new life together.

Love and impending marriage clearly suit Redi, who’s never looked better. She meets us at the Melrose Arch Hotel, stylishly casual in track pants, a matching jacket and sneakers with a designer handbag to boot.

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