Thembekile Mrototo

Thembekile Mrototo is a radio and television news anchor, best known for his role on 947’s successful breakfast show ‘Anele and the Club‘, and presenting news and live events on eNCA. He will also host ‘The Big Debate’ on S3 and SABC News Channel ahead of the 2024 elections,

He began his career on Bloemfontein-based community radio station, Motheo FM, when he was just 19 years-old. It was not a surprising career move for a young man who had always enjoyed the attention that came with being on stage or public speaking throughout his school years.

Despite being financially excluded from university, as happens with many young people who cannot afford expensive tertiary education in South Africa, Thembekile has built a reputation for his level-headed, yet unrelenting approach during news interviews. But his interests are not limited to just news – he’s also won the hearts of many radio listeners in Jo’burg through his sharp wit with Anele Mdoda and her team on Gauteng’s music station trendsetter, 947.

Before that, Thembekile was a familiar voice on Gauteng talk radio station 702, where he presented late night and overnight news bulletins for almost two years before sister-station 947 came calling. He still dreams of returning to talk and current affairs radio in the future.

In a career spanning almost 10 years, Thembekile has covered major news events including the killing of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, the resignation of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s victory at the Rugby World Cup and Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the United States election.

When he’s not waking up Jo’burg with Anele and The Club, or presenting news on eNCA’s South Africa Tonight (6 to 9pm, on weekends), Thembekile is a much-requested and very comfortable host on stage (live or virtual) as a Master of Ceremonies, Facilitator, Moderator or Panel Chairperson. .

The radio and tv broadcaster has also made appearances on popular telenovelas ‘The River’ on 1Magic and ‘Legacy’ which launched on Mnet in 2020.