When it comes to the progressive make up of the newsroom as most aspire, ANN7 has chosen to be ahead of the game. With a line up of its anchors and reporters comprising of some of the most skilled women at the pinnacle, the news network is what ambitious girls dreams are made of. Take a look of 4 news anchors and get to know them better
Abigail Geneve’ve Visagie (25) was born in Kimberley but grew up in Mafikeng. Abigail’s first taste of the industry was through beauty pageants and has about 300 pageant titles to her name. Studying Bcom business management. Abigail has been with ANN7 since its inception and even though the journey was not easy, it has definitely been worth it and we can proudly say that out of over 20 girls initially blessed with the opportunity she is one of the remaining 4.
Abigail anchors the news for three hours from Monday to Friday. And also produces and presents her own segment, which she proposed, called Face in the Crowd every Friday.
Face in the Crowd is a show designed to inspire the youth of South Africa into action by giving them examples of real people who have worked hard to achieve their dreams and allowing those people to tell their story.
Before ANN7 Abigail did some part time modelling and was crowned Johannesburg’s hottest chick in 2010
(Boity came second) she can be seen in numerous music videos including liquid deep and DJ Kent, Theo from Mafikizolo, Psquare, teargas and culoe de song to name a few and was also a semi finalist for Miss South Africa.
Abigail Is a BlackBerry ambassador and also an ambassador for clothing designers Quiteria and George.
Abigail has a passion for uplifting the youth of our country and strongly stands by her life motto
#PushPastYourWeaknesses #LiveToInspire which is also the sign off line for FACE IN THE CROWD.
Currently presents: Newsroom Live and Express Lunch on ANN7tv Chante Jantjies, full named Chante Siyamthanda Jantjies Duffy, is of Xhosa and Scottish Italian descent born in 1993, April 14. She describes herself as a dynamic and loquacious being with big dreams.
She started pageants at the age of 7 and has since won hundreds to her name including ‘Little Miss SA 2004 ‘, ‘Miss SA teen 2009’ and the international event Miss Teenager Universe 2010 also referred to as Miss Teenager 2010 which took place in Costa Rica , Central /South America.
Although incredible opportunities arose at this time she decided to come back to South Africa to finish her Matric and further pursue her studies hence her strong notion on the importance of education and having ‘ beauty with a purpose’.
Chante was an active scholar in high school in sport , cultural activities and academically excelled in receiving academic colours. She received national Pro Arte colours for her cultural activities of Public Speaking and Redenaars Respectively. Her big personality served her well as she acted and directed plays in high school earning her Best Director and Best Female lead actress awards.
Entering the working and media world, Chante was a KTV Presenter on MNET from the age of 14 years old. She described working on the kids channel as an overwhelming and incredible experience and it was then that she discovered her passion for TV. Currently, she works in cosmetic and beauty modelling. She is the ANN7Tv News Anchor for the Express.
Lerato Letsoso also known as Lerato kaYise (Her daddy’s little girl) was born in Barkley East and raise in Kimberley. Lerato is an ambitious individual who has excellent language skills in that she is fluent in English; Afrikaans; isiXhosa; Setswana; Sotho and Zulu. Lerato has a National Certificate in Musical theatre obtained from TUT then Technickon Pretoria; a Helicopter Starter Certificate based on Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley and is currently busy with her BA in Communication Science with UNISA.
Lerato is a freelance News Anchor for Morning Prime on ANN7. She is also a Voice Over Artist, Public Speaker, Producer and Writer. Some of her works include producing a musical stage production that was performed at the Soweto Theatre for Nelson Mandela Day 2013.
She hosted a Talk Show “The Garden, A Place of Wholeness” on Radio Junto of which she was also Executive and Content Producer. Lerato has also shared a stage alongside world renowned names like Simba Morri; Ringo Madlingozi; Charles Webster; Frank Rodgers; Themba Mkhize to mention but a few.
She has worked as free lance editor for The Nigerian Voice SA and shares some of her writing styles on her blog www.leratokayise.wordpress.com. Her childhood highlight remains being part of the Kimberley Children’ Choir which afforded her the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe and Zambia and also her first TV interview on Take5.
Lerato has a passion for women, children and literacy in that she has worked as reading coach in partnership with the Northern Cape department of education and also as a cluster mentor for PRAESA on the NAL’IBALI programme.
On her spare time she continues to spread the importance of children reading and telling their stories. Her future ambitions include having a literacy foundation also becoming a world renowned News Anchor and ultimately Researcher.
“My passion for life, love and excellence is what produces my deadline driven personality to best suited results.” She says and also mentions her favourite quote which she subscribes to “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that mostly frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be this brilliant, talented, gorgeous and fabulous? Who are we not to be? You are a child of God; you playing small does not serve the world.”
Nandi Ntoni was born in England to Jazz legend Victor Ntoni and music executive producer/business woman Linda Ntoni. Nandi was destined to forge her way in the world of broadcasting. She started off her love for media from a tender age and her interest led her to studying and getting a qualification in Media Studies.
Having gone through college with fellow industry trail blazers, she picked up a job with Crux a christian magazine show on SABC 1 as a presenter, along side Thokozani Nkosi, director at Eclipse Productions, this is where she learnt how to hone her craft in front of the camera. Later in 2007 she joined Yfm as a producer and cohost with Mo Flavor, whilst still completing her studies.
She always dreamed of having her own talk show and her prayers were answered when she landed a position as a host and producer for Talk To Me. A talk show that debuted on Tshwane TV, here she had the opportunity to interview people from all walks of life, including industry movers and shakers and touching on current affairs.
She soon found out about a news channel that was looking for new news anchors, seeing that she already had the training, experience and qualification, she took a leap of faith and landed the position as a permanent news anchor and producer for ANN7’s morning slot Vuka Africa, along side Gerry Rantseli Elsdon.
She continues to expand her 10 year media experience in the news realm. In her spare time she runs an egg donor agency assisting potential infertile parents find donors so that they can fall pregnant and start a family. Children have always been a passion and she finds time to volunteer at soup kitchens and donate needed items to those in need.
One of her many other talents has always been fashion, she turned her hobbie into supplying clothing for boutique stores and her styling skills have impressed local celebrities. She aspires to make both her agency, Match Making Donors and clothing procurement, Jozi Island, thriving businesses one day.