Radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda is to be the new face of sports magazine show Super Saturday on SuperSport. Her first broadcast for the show aired yesterday morning.
In an exclusive interview with City Press, she said:
That is precisely what they have now done. The lively and raspy-voiced Mdoda was keen on the idea of doing something involving the sporting codes of netball, tennis and Formula One motor racing.
“It’s so nice to be part of the SuperSport family on a lifestyle show. Super Saturday was amazing. I used to watch it a lot. It’s nice to join a magazine show that still has sport as a backdrop. My interest is now based on the lifestyle of sporting stars,” said Mdoda.
We have enjoyed her work via an array of mediums for many years, and the 38-year-old claimed to still enjoy doing interviews and unearthing hidden gems about well-known personalities.
The down-to-earth celebrity took a three-month sabbatical to recharge and relax. A substantial amount of planning for her appearance on Super Saturday was done remotely while she was across the pond.
“The beauty about a show like this is that you can’t over-prep for it, because sport is so instant. The big news this time last week was Serena [Williams] coming back to Wimbledon. Now, this week, she isn’t.”
Mdoda believes that no two shows should ever be the same and that every episode of Super Saturday should provide something fresh for her viewers.
“Everything I do is daunting, but I do it anyway. That’s the point – to overcome barriers, break down walls and take yourself out of the box into which you’ve been pigeonholed. I’ve done that really well in my career. I enjoy being able to challenge myself, as I’ve always had a lot to say and I’ve always consumed sport, so it’s nice to be at the broadcasting level,” she said.
She added that, until now in her career, she had invariably been the one in charge, but in this particular space, she needed a little guidance from more seasoned hands. The role reversal, she said, was refreshing and allowed her to continually improve, adapt and add to her capabilities.
“Now I’m the junior. I need to go back to being led and learning. I think this will be a long relationship [with SuperSport]. You know the saying: ‘If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room,’” she said.
Mdoda was up early for her call time yesterday in Durban, where the first segment of her show, which was focusing on yesterday’s Durban July, was about to be shot. She did not stay for the festivities. Arguably one of the hardest-working celebrities in the country, she turned right around to catch a flight back to Johannesburg, from where she could travel to Pretoria in time for the Springboks’ game against Wales.
“I want to be there, especially now that crowds and fans are allowed back in stadiums, which is something I’ve always loved. I plan to be at the Bloemfontein game next week as well. I think we’re allowed to back our teams now, so we need to be out in full force,” she said.
She seems to have a boundless store of energy and has grown accustomed to working six-day weeks, with no plans to ease off on the throttle. However, her main priority, she said with a smile, was still her six-year-old son.
“The thing about this show is that we wrap up by 10am and then it’s me and my son for the entire weekend.
We have a good balance in the week as well, because we spend most of our evenings and afternoons together.”
Beyond that, she said she had plans to produce a few series and films this year, which she would be eager to share with our readers closer to the time.
Until then, enjoy Mdoda’s presentation on the revamped Super Saturday.