Rorisang Thandekiso

For television personality Rorisang Thandekiso having the gift of the gab has come in handy. Born in Bloemfontein and later raised in the Vaal Triangle, south of Johannesburg, this 30-year-old has risen from debate diva to popular presenter in a few short years. Having garnered quite a bit of attention as someone who is skilled […]

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For television personality Rorisang Thandekiso having the gift of the gab has come in handy. Born in Bloemfontein and later raised in the Vaal Triangle, south of Johannesburg, this 30-year-old has risen from debate diva to popular presenter in a few short years.

Having garnered quite a bit of attention as someone who is skilled in the art of debate, by 2008 Rorisang was noticed by some high profile players in the world of business. As a result, her matric year at Riverside High School started with Anglo-American and the Sowetan newspaper giving Rorisang the Young Communicator of The Year Award.

That same year, the young lady who cites travelling as one of her favourite things to do was then chosen to represent South Africa in the Global Young Leaders Summit, a debate summit held in America. She made her country proud when she ranked third out of 400 representatives from around the globe.

Still in 2008, Rorisang received the honour of being named seventeen Magazine’s “Next Big Thing.” Proving that the glossy mag for girls was spot on, Rorisang was subsequently head hunted to join the popular kids television programme, YO TV. “I’d been called in for what I thought would be an
audition,” recalls the bubbly girly-girl, “but when I walked in I realised the job was already mine and two weeks later I had a live show to do.”

In 2009 Rorisang took being the girl on TV in her stride as she began her first year in International Relations at the University of Pretoria after being awarded a scholarship by PRASA***. One of the highlights of this year, says Rorisang, was being a part of the Golden Key group that is made up of students in the top 15% of the university’s respective faculties.

Always choosing to use her voice for a greater good, aside from joining TUKS FM charity movement as a facilitator, Rorisang was chosen to be a Roads and Safety Ambassador. Here, she says, “my roles include being a spokesperson, doing talks, creating awareness, handing out bursaries and travelling.” The year 2009 ended with Rorisang being one of the most sought-after MCs for
corporate gigs ranging from small community projects to big government events.

In the second year of Rorisang’s journey to attaining an International Relations degree and when not in class, Rorisang was the talk show host for Chakalaka, a campus show where students discuss serious issues each quarter. She was also chosen to be the head of the Sundowns Leadership Academy where she got to head up and participate in community and charity projects in 2010.

When she’s not on your TV screen, giving motivational talks as part of the Open Disclosure organisation or doing any one of the million things this future powerhouse has going on, Rorisang likes to go to the theatre and enjoys marathon DVD movie nights.

Although Rorisang didn’t see herself being on TV when she was growing up, she does have big plans for what she wants to achieve with her celebrity. She says, “I want to feature in a few commercial appearances before having a talk show discussing current affairs.”

A new found love in Rorisang’s life is music, “being part of a band has been a life changing experience.” With the beautiful funky music Muzart has birthed Soul Candi only saw it fit to take the band under their wings. Muzart has performed on the most highly acclaimed stages such as Bush Fire Festival (Swaziland) and Cape Town Jazz Fest.