Leanne Manas - Keynote Speaker, Mc and Presenter - Johannesburg
Award-winning Leanne Manas, who trained as a speech and drama teacher and began her TV career as the main news anchor on "Summit Television", has been a favourite on SA’s biggest breakfast programme, "Morning Live" on SABC2 since 2004. She is often compared to her international counterparts having interviewed such influential people as Nelson Mandela, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as Richard Branson, fellow TV star Oprah Winfrey and a host of singers and actors.
Hard work, dedication and talent have seen her named Best Overall SA TV Presenter for 2010, and last year, at the "You Magazines" award ceremony, as well as receiving numerous "People" Magazine Crystal Awards for best female TV presenter. Also a finalist for the 2010 Feather Awards, which recognise extraordinary women of SA, she supports many charities, like the Topsy Foundation and Child Welfare, as well as being a 46664 Ambassador, working closely with HIV/AIDS initiatives.
xLeanne is a qualified Speech and Drama teacher which she completed through London Trinity College and also has an Honours degree in English.
She started her career as a weekend and late night news anchor for Talk Radio 702 and then moved to Johnnic Publishing's African Business Channel (Now Avusa Media) where she became the news anchor for Classic fm.
Leanne has also done extensive work for radio stations across South Africa including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda, East Coast Radio and SAfm.
She started off her television career as the main news anchor for South Africa's essential Business Channel - Summit Television. Leanne also produced and presented a series called IT News.
She took a keen interest in Finance journalism and completed a postgraduate diploma in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University.
After anchoring for 2 years at Summit, Leanne joined the SABC in 2003 and presented 2 programs on SABC 3 called Business Update and Business Focus.
It was after the 2004 national Elections where Leanne took on the role as one of the lead anchors that she was asked to take over the female reigns of Morning Live. She assumed that post on the 1 August 2004 and is still going strong.
• Winner - Best overall SA TV Presenter for the You Magazines "You spectacular" 2010
• Winner - Best overall SA TV Presenter for the You Magazines "You spectacular" 2009
• Nominee - SA's favourite Celebrity for 2008 in the You Magazine awards
• Winner - "Best South African Female Television Presenter" at People magazines "Crystal Awards 2008
• Winner - "Best South African Female Television Presenter" at People magazines "Crystal Awards 2007
• Winner - "Best South African Female Television Presenter" at People magazines "Crystal Awards 2006
• Winner - "Best South African Female Television Presenter" at People magazines "Crystal Awards 2005
• Winner - People Magazines "Best dressed female presenter" Crystal Awards 2006
• Winner - People Magazines "Best dressed female presenter" Crystal Awards 2005Leanne Manas
• Winner - "You" Magazines most Stylish television presenter for 2006
• Winner - Sunday Times/Elle most stylish news/actuality/continuity
presenter award for 2004
• Nominated - One of Cosmopolitans most awesome woman of 2004
• Nominee Sanlam's Business Journalist of the year awards in 2002.
• Leanne is as an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign
• She is the only Television anchor in the world to join the elite list of
Ambassadors handpicked by Madiba.
A qualified Speech and Drama teacher with Honours in English, Manas started her career as a radio news anchor at Radio 702. She then moved to Johnnic Publishing's African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm.
She took a keen interest in finance journalism and completed a postgraduate certificate in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University. She was a nominee for the Sanlam Business Journalist of the Year awards in 2002.
She began her television career as the main news anchor for the business channel Summit Television, before moving to SABC3 to host two business programmes, Business Focus and Business Update.
Leanne was chosen as the national news anchor for the 2004 South African general elections and presidential inauguration, along with Vuyo Mbuli.
She joined Mbuli as co-anchor of SABC2's breakfast news show Morning Live on Monday 2 August, 2004, replacing Michelle Garforth. She has remained with Morning Live ever since.
Leanne has also hosted numerous radio shows for a wide variety of radio stations, including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio.
She was voted one of South Africa's Most Awesome Women of 2005 in Cosmopolitan magazine and won the People Magazine Crystal Award for Best Female TV Presenter in South Africa for three years running.
She also won the 2005 Sunday Times/ELLE TV Style award for Most Stylish Female Actuality, News Host or Continuity Presenter.
She has interviewed numerous high profile personalities, including Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfey, Jesse Jackson, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Branson and a host of celebrities like Seal, Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Jane Seymour and Ronan Keating.
In addition to her media career, Leanne also supports many charities, doing work for the Topsy Foundation and Child Welfare, amongst others. She is also a 46664 Ambassador, working closely with HIV/AIDS initiatives.
In her spare time she teaches television skills to students.
Leanne has been married to Greek financial markets trader Marc Menelaou since 3 September, 2005. Their wedding was aired on television.
She is one of the celebrity dancers in the Strictly Come Dancing New Year Special, which airs on SABC2 on 31 December, 2008. Her dance partner is Marcel Vilonel.
On Thursday 11 October, 2007, Manas was held up at gunpoint by a group of well-dressed men in the driveway of her home in Northcliff, Johannesburg, after arriving home from work at around 17h30.
The men took her to her bedroom and tied her up her with a necktie. They proceeded to take her cellphone, laptop computer, electrical appliances and cash, before leaving.
Manas managed to free herself and locked herself in the bathroom. She was discovered there by her parents after they became concerned when she didn't answer her phone.
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Leanne Manas - Keynote Speaker, Mc and Presenter - Johannesburg