Ntokozo owes it all to corn

Ntokoza Mbuli doing the Times test, lice cakes. Pic: Thys Dullaart. © Times.
Ntokoza Mbuli doing the Times test, lice cakes. Pic: Thys Dullaart. © Times.

NTOKOZO Mbuli is sitting pretty at the top of the hill. She has worked her way up from the bottom of the media heap to being one of those who call the shots.

NTOKOZO Mbuli is sitting pretty at the top of the hill. She has worked her way up from the bottom of the media heap to being one of those who call the shots.

At the age of 16, Mbuli decided that she wanted a career in television. Determined to get into that tough industry, she wrote to the SABC asking if she could possibly help out in any way. An unexpected reply resulted in her working as a production runner for SABC1. It has now been 11 years she has presented the revered environmental series 50/50 and Project Marion.

Mbuli explains that, contrary to popular belief, her job had no glamour when she started out.

" I nterns were senior to me. I ran around getting people coffee. I was supposed to work at the SABC for only one week, but I was called back for another week, then another, and now it has been 11 years."

Undeterred by the long hours and tedious work, she proceeded to also study audiovisual production at the University of Johannesburg.

After two years at the university, she went to complete her degree at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, where she found an outlet for her creativity.

Mbuli's attention was recently swayed from saving planet Earth to tending to her body.

After a producer commented that she might not be suitable for work as a TV presenter because she was overweight, she found that, yet again, she had to plunge into a world she knew little about.

The Times introduced Mbuli to an uber-healthy, low-calorie type of cake. First she tried Real Food's Rice Thins.

"I would have to eat these with something else, like cream cheese - low fat, of course. They are a little salty. It's like eating bread without feeling the heaviness afterwards."

Next, she tried Smart Choice Corn Cakes. "They are not salty or sweet; they are somewhere in between. They taste like they have nuts."

Then she tried Chocolate Tree's Corn Wafers: "They are salty, but I could eat them all day."

Without much deliberation, Mbuli decided that The Chocolate Tree's Corn Wafers were going to be the staple of her weight loss regimen. - Keitumetse Segoai

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