From Hectic Nine – 9 to RGB



SA Positive News caught up with Real Goboza’s newest addition, the vibrant Samora Mangesi and talked about his big break.

How did the RGB gig come about?


From my understanding, I was suggested to the RGB team after someone viewed the tapes from the Mzansi Insider Presenter Search which took place last year and was deservedly won by Kgaugelo Mokholwane. 

I was then called in to audition and guest presented for two weeks before being offered the job. 


Is this your biggest TV gig thus far?


This is definitely my biggest TV job so far and I say this not only because of numbers but because I feel perfectly positioned, the best fit, a good step towards the direction I want my career to go in. Over the 6 years that I have been in this industry, I have had shows on SABC 2 and SABC 3 when I left Cape Town last year and moved up to Johannesburg, it was with the intention of pursuing SABC 1. 


As a new member of the RGB family, what are you bringing to the show?


I cannot bring anything other than myself and those who have known me for a while will know that I have a way with people. I am able to throw shade at you and make you laugh at yourself at the same time. This has enabled me to go toe to toe with the likes of Kuli Roberts and Ntsiki Mazwai, who are known for their comebacks but it was all in good fun. 


What do you hope to achieve in your TV career?


I am working towards owning the content I put out. I want to be in charge from conception to presenting. There is nothing I want more than a show produced by my own production company, presented by me and syndicated throughout the whole of Africa in order to help unite Africans even more through Media. Other than that, I just want to be a respected broadcaster and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Marawa, be good at what I do and live comfortably off it. 




How would you encourage those who are still hustling for that TV break?


Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. This is a tough industry and if you are doing it for all the wrong reasons it shall be very cruel to you. Understand the purpose, yours and the purpose of the medium you serve. If those two do not align, it will be very difficult for you.

Understand that you have to start somewhere. I started off doing community theatre and taking drama from the age of 9; so essentially, it's been 16 years of building up to where I am. Look into community television, community radio; these are places where you can hone your skills and make you better at what you do. 



Catch RGB on SABC 1 Saturdays at 18h30


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