Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi is a highly distinguished South African Journalist, producer, radio and television presenter, columnist and author. Her daily radio programme, simulcast on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, was acknowledged as S.A.’s leading platform where she would challenge newsmakers and call them to account.

She addresses all of the social and political issues currently facing South Africans and has popularised the roundtable/town hall format of debate. She has also chaired debates or guest-anchored on Al-Jazeera, BBC World News and SKY. While on Al-Jazeera, she worked on South 2 North as a presenter and producer. Her most notable work on the show includes interviews with IMF Head Christine Lagarde, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and former United Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan.

Redi was selected to work alongside John Snow for the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 coverage of the historic G8 Summit in Gleneagles.

As the first news anchor on South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel, eNCA, she presented the channel’s nightly flagship programme, ‘News Night”.

Redi co-produced a documentary on former South African president Thabo Mbeki. It was banned by the public broadcaster whose managers were too uncomfortable with its boldness.

Redi also facilitated a roundtable discussion with The Group of Elders, made up of Annan, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The two-part series tackled ethical leadership in the 21st century and the role of the International Criminal Court in fostering peace and stability. Other newsmakers interviewed by Redi have included: President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, General Colin Powell, Bono and Mo Ibrahim.

In 2011, Redi was chosen by the UK High Commission to facilitate a panel discussion between UK PM David Cameron and influential South African business leaders.

A sought-after public speaker, Redi was invited by Oprah Winfrey to speak at the first O You! Conference in Africa. Redi also writes a weekly influential column in South Africa’s most read newspaper, The Sunday Times.

Her first published book ‘Endings and Beginnings’ (Jacana) received popular and critical acclaim and the Alan Paton Award in 2013 for non fiction – and is being turned into a screenplay for a movie.

Redi graduated from the University of Johannesburg (formerly known as Rand Afrikaans University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English Literature. She holds an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Masters degree in gender and politics.

She is a member of the prestigious United Nations Global Journalists Corps. Redi is a bold, authentic and entertaining broadcaster and believes she has a lot to offer an international audience.

In 2018, Redi was invited by the Graca Machel Trust and Nelson Mandela Foundation to host and moderate a panel discussion at the I’sthunzi Sabafazi event held as part of Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations. In this panel, she steered an impeccable conversation on women’s rights with Oprah Winfrey, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-
Ngcuka and Josina Machel.

Redi participated in the ‘Discovery Leadership Summit’ in 2019. It is the ‘pre-eminent global thought-leadership event in South Africa.

Of her most memorable interviews, she lists those with President Bill Clinton, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister David Cameron and world champion athlete Ms Caster Semenya.

Passionate about social justice issues, Redi hosted a miniskirt march to protest against sexist taxi drivers in 2008 and in 2015, she marched to the Union Buildings in solidarity with students in the #FeesMustFall campaign.

Redi holds a BA in Communication and BA Honours from the University of Johannesburg. She is also a mother of two.

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