She is hot and she knows it

By Drum Digital
25 November 2011

Itshard to believe that Bonang Matheba is only 24. She’s packed a lot into her short career and today she certainly seems to have it all – glamour, professionalism, a touch of streetwise attitude and the confidence to say exactly what she thinks.

“I’m just doing what I was put on earth to do,” she says frankly. “I don’t have time to waste.” In a short space of time she’s gone from being an extra on the set of YO TV to becoming one of Mzansi’s most admired celebrities and the presenter of the biggest music show in the country, SABC1’s Live. More so than any of the wannabe It girls, Bonang has become a brand in her own right.

“It’s just that I’ve always known exactly what I want and when I want it. I’m so ambitious it’s scary at times,” she says. Another thing that’s scary (for others) is that she’s not afraid to speak her mind, which can make her a fierce opponent.

“In this business you have to be strong; we have to stand up for each other,” she says when we meet her at the exquisite Bliss Lounge in Joburg’s 44 Stanley. “Some people don’t know what to do with their fame.

“I remember having to protect my colleague against a DJ after he went on a rampage about her on a social networking site,” Bonang says, recalling an incident involving Live copresenter Minnie Dlamini’s name being rubbished by a YFM DJ.

“Tjoe, I went in my pyjamas and confronted him. I told him that if he ever dared to talk about Minnie in that way again, he’d see a side of me he never thought existed. The guy immediately apologised.”

Although this busy lady has a hectic schedule ahead of her today and her phone keeps ringing, she doesn’t seem to have a worry in the world.

Read more about Bonang in Drum , 24 November 2011

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