Vanessa Nkhwashu (18) is a matric pupil who does not allow the fact that she is still at school interfere with her dreams for the future.
She recently shared her journey as a young, upcoming television presenter with Hazyview Herald.
At her young age she has already shot five shows that aired on DStv, been on Rise FM, featured in the Bushbuckridge News and is currently a Miss Hazyview finalist 2019.
Recently she also hosted the red carpet interviews for the Sunrise Women Awards 2018.
She was born in Mbombela but has lived in Hazyview her whole life. “This town taught me how to be generous and kind,” she compliments her hometown. “It is a place for everyone where I feel safe and where I discovered my favourite pastimes.”
Those hobbies include being adventurous, playing with her dogs and taking long walks with them.
While she is completing her matric, her passion for sport has to be neglected a bit. “I have always been active, but this year I had to say goodbye to sport after the first team netball season ended,” she said. For her it ended so well, however, that she was chosen to represent the Southern Cape School in New Zealand later this year.
She will go to Gauteng in 2019 to pursue a media career, as well as a degree in media analysis.
Vanessa describes herself as an ambitious, die-hard girl. “I love being around people who motivate one another and instil greatness within one another. I believe that you are a product of the people you associate yourself with.”
Her interest in television presenting began a year ago. “I would always watch shows that got me into thinking that maybe I can do this too, because I am a very bubbly person. I love challenges and being put on the spot, and I thought why not try this platform?”
During 2017 she did research on how to better herself and what would be required of her as a young woman who wants to pursue it as a career.
About two months ago she got her big break, hosting shows for DStv channel 251. “It was a life-changing experience and made me fall even more in love with it,” she said.
Hosting the Sunrise Women Awards was another amazing experience, because she could interview Idols season 11 winner Karabo Mogane, Regina Mhaule, the deputy minister of international relations, and many more phenomenal individuals.
She particularly looks up to Ayanda Thabethe because of the amazing work she does and believes that her working mode is what she needs in her life as a young presenter.
Vanessa said she lives by the hashtag #nevertooyoung and can testify to that if you want something, you can achieve it. “No matter where you are from and how old you may be, don’t let anyone take that away from you.
“Building a legacy starts when you believe you can.”