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Anele Mdoda on being a strong woman: Like mother like daughter

Written by Staff Writer

July 20, 2020

No matter how good you are at what you do, there will always be someone criticising your work – and Anele has had her fair share of naysayers.

Anele Mdoda began her radio career as a university radio host at the University of Pretoria in 2004, while she was still studying politics and international relations. In 2007 she landed herself a slot on Highveld Stereo – then she went national when she bagged a mid-day show at 5FM.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice”– Bob Marley 

Anele lost the strongest woman in her world when her mother, Yolisa Mdoda, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer – and her daughter had no choice but to be strong despite losing her influencer.

Her mother was a publicist at Transnet and an SABC1 continuity presenter who exposed her daughters to art from a young age.  Even though her world crashed when her mom passed, Anele became strong for herself and her siblings, and she pushed hard in her career and as a businesswoman. 

Still, I Rise – Maya Angelou 

Her work ethic was on steroids and she gained more slots on radio, more hosting gigs, and a peak hour television talk show.  She won several awards including Best Radio Personality in South Africa, the Rising Star of the Year, Most Stylish Personality in South Africa, and Best Daytime Radio Show in SA, to name a few.

No matter how good you are at what you do, there will always be someone criticising your work – and Anele has had a fair share of naysayers. However, she keeps her head up, not losing focus, and continues to go from strength to strength. 

Anele makes hard work look like a walk in the park and is an inspiration to women everywhere.

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