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Zanele Potelwa

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Host: 5 Lunch, Monday to Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.


Radio & TV host | MC | Voice Artist | DJ | Actress.


Host: 5 Lunch, Monday to Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.

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Zanele started out being a mentee at 5FM in January 2016, where she was doing anything and everything she could do - from filing old paperwork to making coffee and helping at events - when she wasn’t at varsity.

After 2 years, she left for a year in 2018 and returned in April 2019, doing overnights 1-4 a.m., Monday to Friday. She moved onto doing traffic on the Roger Goode Show in 2020 and after a year, she was entrusted with the lunchtime slot in April 2021.

She’s had the honour of becoming an SABC 1 TV Presenter and face, appearing in TV ads, hosting red carpet events and awards shows and working with awesome brands to create some cool content.


If you had to sum up yourself in 10 seconds, what would you say?

I am a fun loving, optimistic ball of energy that is obsessed with my passion for people, having a good time and broadcasting, music & film in all its forms and glory.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in the Transkei (Mthatha) Eastern Cape and raised in East London.

In which towns have you lived and where are you living currently?

I have lived in iDutywa, Mthatha, East London and Pretoria and now reside in Johannesburg.

Which languages can you speak?

English and isiXhosa.

What are your favourite towns or cities visited in SA and abroad?

I am OBSESSED with Rome, London and New York… Oh AND this quaint town in Australia called Byron’s Bay - it’s a surfer’s heaven!

What are your hobbies?

I LOVE watching movies, listening to music, hiking and playing with makeup.

What is the craziest thing you’ve done?

Bungee jumping for work is definitely up there, along with proposing to strangers.

Which pets do you have, if any?

NONE! I can’t be a teen mom. Please!

What’ll Google say you search for most often?

Pop culture, news and history facts. Also HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT! It’s been following me since I was a kid!

5 famous people, living or not, that you would have a kuier with?

Oprah, Michelle Obama, Denzel Washington, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela.

Favourite movies and / or series of all time?

Coach Carter and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Best series is definitely Prison Break and Friends.

Describe your home’s interior style?

Modern and beautiful. Simple with a dash of colour.

Which hash tags best describe your fashion sense?

#colourful #feminine #edgy #bold #dramatic

What is your ideal holiday, described in one line?

Anywhere beautiful with friendly people - cold or hot doesn’t matter.

Which things would you most want to learn to do?

To play the guitar, sing, make music and skydive.

A hidden talent that you could probably get paid for:


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?


Which sports, if any, do you watch?

ALL OF THEM! Kidding! Mostly F1, football, tennis and rugby every now and again.

Which causes are you really passionate about?

Period poverty, gender-based violence and any cause to do with children.

What are the top things on your bucket list?

Going back to Rome and going inside the Colosseum. Sky diving. Visiting Los Angeles, Germany and the Maldives. There are many more things on this list! 

Which things in the world (and people) do you dislike?

SELFISH PEOPLE - ALL OF THEM! And rapists, murderers and abusers.

Which things make the world (and people) awesome?

LOVE! Music, film, sport.

What’s your favourite thing about your 5FM gig?

Getting to chat to our listeners every day. Those people make me so happy! I’m literally so grateful for them and wish I could buy all of them some chocolate! They make this job more than worth it and the fact that they are hilarious is the biggest added bonus.

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