Zanele Potelwa’s star rises as she lands 5FM’s coveted 12pm-3pm slot

5 Lunch with Zanele
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5FM has announced a reshuffle of its shows lineup and has handed Zanele Potelwa, one of its most popular presenters, the much-coveted 12pm to 3pm daytime slot.

Zanele will now be saying goodbye to the station’s weekday breakfast show, The Roger Goode Show, which she was part of alongside Roger Goode, Sureshnie Rider and Robbie Kruse. 

5 Lunch with Zanele

The changes mean that Zanele will be hosting her very own show. 5 Lunch With Zanele kicks off on 5FM from Thursday, 1 April 2021 and is a major milestone in Zanele’s radio career.

Joining Zanele is Yanga Mjoli, who will be a contributor on the show and will keep listeners up to date with the latest news.

“I am so excited for this brand-new adventure and I can’t wait to for South Africa to join me for lunch all around the country every weekday,” Zanele says.

The presenter adds that having her own show on the station that she grew up listening to is a dream come true. “Lunch on 5FM has always been a good time and this new show will be an entire vibe (with my own twist to it, of course),” she muses.

“Radio is a medium that I love and respect so much and I plan to give this new baby my all. The show is all about the real VIPs – our listeners. 5 Lunch With Zanele promises to be fun, informative and of course – delicious!”

Zanele Potelwa profile at 5FM

Zanele has had an exciting run on the youth station so far. She started off as an intern as part of 5FM’s five-day mentorship where she impressed the station’s management team.

Over the next two years, 5FM invited Zanele to help out where possible and she continued to gain valuable experience. After a short hiatus, she returned as host of the 1am to 4am weekday slot before becoming part of the weekday breakfast team. She also hosted her own four-hour show every Sunday at 11am.

“To think that my journey started out as a mentee working guest list and making coffee and that now I get to make sure that lunch is anything but boring is insane,” Zanele admits.

“I’m beyond grateful to have been trusted by our management as a young black woman and here’s to more women taking up space in radio. I truly look forward to the epic future that lies ahead. I can’t wait!”

As Zanele settles into her exciting new role, fans can also find the star on their TV screen as a presenter on SABC 1’s popular lifestyle magazine show Selimathunzi.

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