Leanne Manas

Keynote Speaker, MC and Presenter - Johannesburg
Leanne Manas

 

On Thursday 11 October, 2007, Manas was held up at gunpoint by a group of well-dressed men in the driveway of her home in Northcliff, Johannesburg, after arriving home from work at around 17h30. The men took her to her bedroom and tied her up her with a necktie. They proceeded to take her cellphone, laptop computer, electrical appliances and cash, before leaving. Manas managed to free herself and locked herself in the bathroom. She was discovered there by her parents after they became concerned when she didn't answer her phone.

Leanne is as an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign and she is the only television anchor in the world to join the elite list of Ambassadors handpicked by Madiba.

Leanne Manas is the female anchor of the SABC's flagship breakfast program - Morning Live. Prior to this she was the host of two business programs on SABC 3.

Leanne was also chosen as one of SABC’s National Anchors for the 2004 elections and presidential inauguration. Before joining Morning Live, Leanne hosted the popular Business Update on SABC 3.

Leanne Manas

 

Past Experience:

  • Nederburg Wine Auction – 2006
  • Viennesse Ball – 2007
  • NEDLAC Exporter of the Year awards – 2006, 2007
  • Deputy President of SA Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka’s annual Ladies Tea
  • Party at her home – 2006, 2007
  • Relaunch of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign in 2007
  • Opening ceremony Govetech 2008
  • SABC 2 / Shoprite checkers Women on the year 2006
  • Naledi Theatre Awards 2008
  • Preliminary Draw for the FIFA 2010 World Cup 2007
  • Massmart’s Mark Lamberti farewell Gala Dinner – 2007
  • Bosch’s 100 year Anniversary Gala Event – 2006
  • Economist of the year Awards 2007
  • Mondi Shanduka Awards 2007
Leanne Manas

 

A qualified Speech and Drama teacher with Honours in English, Manas started her career as a radio news anchor at Radio 702. She then moved to Johnnic Publishing's African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm.

She was voted one of South Africa's Most Awesome Women of 2005 in Cosmopolitan magazine and won the People Magazine Crystal Award for Best Female TV Presenter in South Africa for three years running.

She also won the 2005 Sunday Times/ELLE TV Style award for Most Stylish Female Actuality, News Host or Continuity Presenter.

She has interviewed numerous high profile personalities, including Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Branson and a host of celebrities like Seal, Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Jane Seymour and Ronan Keating.

In addition to her media career, Leanne also supports many charities, doing work for the Topsy Foundation and Child Welfare, amongst others. She is also a 46664 Ambassador, working closely with HIV/AIDS initiatives.

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