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Five Minutes With Afternoon Express’ Palesa Tembe

The fourth season of Presenter Search on 3 came to a jaw-dropping end and six brand new faces joined the SABC 3 family.

While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 stable, judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent and have decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize, Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela to the SABC 3 family with Mosa Kaiser grabbing a role as Expresso’s new field presenter.

Durban’s Palesa Tembe made an impact on the judges from her very first audition thanks to her spunk, friendliness and positive energy. Every week during Presenter Search on 3, Palesa overcame each and every curveball that was thrown her way and it’s her ability to draw audiences in with her personality while thinking on her feet that has made her the perfect addition to SABC 3’s Afternoon Express.

Get to know Palesa better with this short Q&A:

What has been the highlight of your time on Presenter Search on 3?

My highlight on Presenter Search on 3 has been getting guidance and mentorship from judges like Patience Stevens, Jeannie D, and DJ Fresh who have been in the industry for years. The amount of growth I’ve experienced has been immeasurable. Sbusiso Kumalo too, kept me focused with his life coaching style to critiquing my performance.

What has been the biggest lesson this experience has taught you?

My biggest lesson is I have more to offer than I realise. My role as a TV presenter goes beyond interviews and travelogues. I am used as a tool for teaching, and have a responsibility to my audiences.

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How would you describe your presenting style?

My presenting style is definitely energetic and expressive. I’m a casual presenter that focuses more on connecting with audiences rather than being perfect. I do enjoy the more refined presenting style too, but I’m most comfortable being myself.

You hail from Durban and now that you will be hosting Afternoon Express, which is based in Cape Town, how will you be managing your time when it comes to seeing your family?

Being a part of such a close-knit family we will have to make the distance work for us. Going down to Durban or inviting them over to see my gorgeous new city of Cape Town will have to be the remedy every two or so months. In the meantime, video calls will also be a saving grace.

You are also an avid YouTuber and know your way around content. What type of content would you like to bring to Afternoon Express?

I honestly believe the content on the show at the moment is exactly what SABC 3 audiences want, and need to see. But if I were to contribute further I would like to bring content that is relatable to all age groups. The type of content that will address life’s challenges and celebrate everyday victories. Teaching content, that highlights growth spiritually, financially and mentally.

What are you going to be bringing to Afternoon Express?

I’m going to bring some spank to afternoon TV. A younger energy to the show and add to the already positive vibe we enjoy to see.

Describe the moment you heard your name and were officially one of the winners of Presenter Search on 3.

I literally couldn’t breathe the moment Jeannie announced me as the new addition to the Afternoon Express team. I was overwhelmed by joy and I just couldn’t stop crying. I was just so grateful. It was incredible.

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Now that you have stepped into your role on Afternoon Express, have the first few episodes been everything you thought it would be or have there been a few surprises for you?

My first episode was pretty much everything I expected it to be. But what I was surprising is how patient and caring the crew are with me. They are open to answering all the questions I have and have been very encouraging. On camera, a fun surprise was Bonnie making me do an unscripted welcome dance live on my first day, which I enjoyed thoroughly.

Do you have any pre-show rituals you do in order to prepare yourself before going live?

I pray before every show, say my mantra’s and once I’m spiritually aligned, I put on some fun music and dance away the nervous, well try to at least.

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