Lourensa Eckard to take over talk show duties from Waldimar Pelser

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Lourensa Eckard. (Photo: kykNET)
Lourensa Eckard. (Photo: kykNET)
  • The weekly talk show In Gesprek on kykNET has a new host. 
  • Lourensa Eckard is taking over the reins from Waldimar Pelser. 
  • Waldimar will now be taking on the role of Director of kykNET Channels.


The Afrikaans TV reporter and anchor Lourensa Eckard is taking over from Waldimar Pelser as the permanent new presenter of the weekly current affairs talk show In Gesprek on kykNET (DStv 144). 

Lourensa, one of the weeknight anchors on kykNET Verslag, has in the past been a sit-in for Waldimar on the weekly talk show covering news events and political issues.

She will now take over the reins full-time after it was announced last year that Waldimar has been appointed Director of kykNET Channels, replacing Karen Meiring.

In Gesprek with Lourensa will debut its first episode on Wednesday, 19 January at 21:00 on kykNET. 

Waldimar Pelser.
Waldimar Pelser.

kykNET Verslag, anchored by Lourensa and Heindrich Wyngaard and broadcast from Stark Studios in Johannesburg, will return on Monday, 17 January with episodes airing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 21:30 on the channel. 

Lourensa studied journalism at the University of Pretoria and completed her B.Phil at the University of Stellenbosch in 2011. She started her journalism career at the Afrikaans Beeld newspaper in 2012 and also worked for Rapport, City Press and Netwerk24. 

In 2014 she started as a TV field reporter for kykNET Verslag.

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