Shosha ticks correct boxes
LUTHANDO Shosha, the new SABC1 Live presenter, comes across as someone with a beautiful, calm, yet firm personality.
But then I cannot vouch for how long she will remain that way in an industry that changes even the sweetest of beings. It is too early to judge.
However, if what I have seen so far is anything to go by, the 23-year-old from KwaMagxaki in Port Elizabeth, is on track.
She has the winning combination of a Zizo Beda meet Jo-Ann Strauss personality and she is also in touch with trends.
She has been on the Live hot seat for less than three months, but already people are singing her praises.
Her co-presenter, Bonang Matheba, says the former Kingfisher FM and Bay TV presenter is wonderful.
"She is different from any other presenter we have had. She has a calm and laid-back demeanour. She really knows what she is doing," Matheba said.
Former Live presenter Phila Mazibuko also sings her praises.
"She is doing a good job. She is doing her own thing and she also has an element of ubuntu.
"I hope she will not change."
About herself, Shosha says, she is generally not a crazy girl.
Shosha, who has studied interior decorating, says she likes a good party with friends, has a boyfriend who is still studying, loves her mom and her 14-year-old brother and she wants to keep the friends she has had before she became the Live presenter.
About Matheba, she says, they are totally different people who complement each other.
"[Matheba] is loud and outgoing, I'm laid-back and calm. This is a winning combination, I think."
How is she settling in?
The former Collegiate Girls High School pupil says it has been a nice adjustment for her.
"People have been very supportive," she says.
"Port Elizabeth people really had my back. The industry people have also been great."
She says after it was announced that she had won, former Live presenter Minenhle Dlamini bought her flowers and her boyfriend threw a surprise welcome party for her.
"It was a very heart-warming gesture. I was very surprised.
"It is always good to know that there are people who appreciate you out there," she gushed.
She says she has a lot of pressure not to disappoint the people who are putting trust in her, more especially her mother.
"I trust my mom with my life. I listen to whatever she says because I know she has my back," she said.
"She is the person who understands me more than anything in the world."
Shosha, who was raised by her mother after her parents divorced, also said she would love for her mother to be her manager.
She is billed as the most beautiful Live presenter in the history of the programme, but Shosha says she is not a beauty junkie.
"I only apply make-up when I am going on TV.
"I generally put Vaseline petroleum jelly and a liner.
"I am more natural. Most of the time I'm more relaxed."
Her role models in the industry? Shosha says Khanyi Dhlomo and former Miss South Africa Strauss are her heroines.
"[Dhlomo] has a very good business acumen and I like how Strauss handles her life.
"When you say her name, nothing dirty comes out. She's a lady," Shosha said.