Duane Dell’Oca

Duane is an award-winning journalist and former South African ‘Television Commentator of the Year’. This talented and entertaining MC, he is recognised globally as an Olympic commentator, radio presenter, analyst, accomplished MC, multiple award-winning journalist and a freelance columnist in various leading publications.

Duane is a world renowned television sports commentator, whose voice is inextricably linked to Siphiwe Tshabalala’s opening goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While his face may not be immediately familiar, his voice has been heard around the world, most notably as the voice that introduced Rio de Janeiro to the world at the 2016 Olympic Games. He is an Olympic commentator, radio presenter, analyst, accomplished emcee, multiple award-winning journalist and a freelance columnist who has had Op-eds published in various leading publications.

Duane also contributes to some of the United Kingdom and Australia’s top radio stations as well being a regular guest on several of South Africa’s leading stations.

Hailed by Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler, the doyen of world football commentary, as a ‘very talented broadcaster’ and by Britain’s foremost football writer, Henry Winter, as a ‘very modern, multi-media man’, Duane Dell’Oca’s international appeal and reach is evident.


  • Fourteen years as South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) commentator
  • Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) for (football, swimming, athletics, handball, tennis, basketball and ceremonies)
  • 2004 Athens (for SABC), 2008 Beijing (for TVNZ), 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games (for OBS)
  • 2008 Beijing, 2012 London (for SABC) and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games (for OBS)
  • 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
  • 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • 2005, 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 2016 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations
  • 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • 2008 Zone VI Games
  • 2011 All Africa Games
  • 2014 Asian Games (football and basketball)
  • Every biennial Africa Cup of Nations since 2004
  • 2011, 2014 and 2016 African Nations Championships
  • Various Athletics broadcasts, including ASA Nite Series
  • Several marathons, including six Comrades and four Two Oceans ultramarathons
  • Two SA Open and two Soweto Open tennis tournaments
  • Numerous major international events, including Women’s World Cup of Golf and FINA World Cup swimming legs
  • Several exhibition matches, including Barcelona’s 2007 South Africa tour and the Williams sisters’ match in 2012
  • First person to commentate a live para-sport TV broadcast in South Africa (2005 international Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Provided commentary for international broadcasters including BBC, CBC, KBS, SBS, TV New Zealand and MediaCorp

Additional television

  • Presented various special events for the SABC, including two Paralympic Games
  • Four years hosting the weekly SABC3 golf programme, Golfbag
  • Presented various cricket broadcasts, including the inaugural ICC World Twenty20
  • Presented SABC Cycling show, Pedal Talk, various live broadcasts and five Cape Town Cycle Tours
  • Former analyst on South Africa’s most watched football review show, Soccerzone.


  • Presenter of a biweekly football talk show on SAfm, South Africa’s news and information leading station
  • Former presenter and producer at South Africa’s largest independent talk station, Talk Radio 702
  • Several guest and stand-in shows on Metro FM and Radio 2000
  • Contributor to a selection of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom’s stations


  • The voice of the annual Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards
  • Voiced the FIFA insert that introduced the 32 participating teams at the 2010 FIFA World Cup draw


  • Presenter of the annual football cup competition, Telkom Knockout, podcasts
  • Guest on various webcasts sharing African football insights and opinions


  • Various columns and opinion pieces, mostly on football, published in leading publications
  • Former motoring columnist for TopCar magazine


  • Delivers guest lectures at various institutions and gives educational talks at schools and for charitable causes
  • Served on voting panel for the SA Sports Awards and elite media selection panel for Laureus World Sports Awards
  • Judging panel for annual Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards
  • Multiple award-winning journalist, including coveted South African Television Commentator of the Year honour
  • Appeared “As Himself” in a commentary role for the award-winning 2011 football film, Inside Story
  • Named by Sunday Times’ acclaimed social critic, Gwen Gill, as “one of the fresh, fun, must have Emcee’s” in 2006