LeAnne Manas Biography
LeAnne Manas is a South African TV presenter and media personality. She is a Co-Anchor on SABC’s flagship breakfast program Morning Live on SABC 2. She was the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration. She was an Ambassador to Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign and one of Cosmopolitan Magazines 2005 Most Awesome Women.
LeAnne Manas Age – How Old Is Leanne Manas
She was born on 14 October 1974 in South Africa. She is 44 years old as of 2018.
LeAnne Manas Husband – LeAnne Manas Family
She got married to Marc Menelaou in 2005. They are proud parents to Alexandro and Gabriella.
LeAnne Manas Children
Leanne and her husband, Marc Menelaou, are proud parents to Alexandro and Gabriella. Leanne admitted that she struggled with breastfeeding her child Alexandro, but persevered. With Gabriella, it came so easily. She said, “I breastfed her for four months and it was an incredible bonding experience.”
“My proudest moment as a mom is seeing my kids happy and content – running up to me and giving me a hug and saying I love you for no reason. That makes me so proud of what I have achieved,” She added.
LeAnne Manas Education Background
She attended London Trinity College where she did Diploma in Speech and Drama. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Communications with Honours in English and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University in South Africa.
LeAnne Manas Career
LeAnne Manas Television Career
She started her career in television in 2001, anchoring the Essential Business Channel Summit TV until 2003. During this time she also hosted two SABC 3 programmes, Business Update and Business Focus.
In 2004, she became the presenter on South Africa’s longest-running breakfast programme, SABC 2’s Morning Live, as well as presenting on SABC News Channel.
During her extensive on-air career, Leanne has held the lead anchor role for three national and local government elections, two presidential inaugurations as well as hosting several State of the Nation addresses and national budget announcements.
LeAnne Manas Radio Career
Leanne’s broadcasting career started as a weekend and late night news anchor for Talk Radio 702. She then joined Johnnic Publishing’s African Business Channel (Now Avusa Media) as news anchor for Classic FM.
She has subsequently worked for leading South African radio stations including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda FM, SAfm and East Coast Radio.
LeAnne Manas Entrprenuership
An entrepreneur at heart, Leanne and a business partner opened the successful“Simply Manas Gift Emporium” in Africa’s busiest shopping centre; Sandton City. The shop thrived for five years despite a tough economic climate and was eventually closed to allow Leanne to focus on other business ventures.
Using personal experience, Leanne partnered with a local production company to release the very popular book and DVD, The Antenatal Guide, as well as a follow-up postnatal DVD.
Being handpicked by the late president, Nelson Mandela, as one of his esteemed 46664 ambassadors, Leanne has taken the great statesman’s causes to heart. On Nelson Mandela Day 2015, Leanne summited Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, partnering with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Caring for Girls. Funds raised were used to purchase sanitary towels for young girls in disadvantaged communities.
LeAnne Manas Awards
- 2012: Favourite TV Presenter, YOU Magazine.
- Best Dressed Female TV Presenter at Crystal Award 006″
- Best Female TV Presenter at Crystal Award.
- Most Stylish News Presenter, Sunday Times Elle
Leanne Manas Weight Loss
Leanne lost 17kgs thanks to a diet plan from pharmacist Paula Galvão, founder of Eden Life Wellness Clinic which comprises a low-carb eating plan and herbal supplements.
She loves the diet because she didn’t have to cut sugar completely and is allowed one carb a day. Paula’s golden rule is: have your first meal of the day at 10am and make sure it includes grapefruit.
“Grapefruit is Paula’s diet tool: if you start your day with grapefruit, you are going to have a good day. I like that [the eating plan] is balanced; I didn’t have to cut out sugar completely and was allowed one carb a day,” says Leanne.
Her workouts includes cycling more 20km twice a week, boxercise and climbing the 207 Westcliff Stairs in Joburg 10 times! “There are 207 steps and one set is both up and down – I do ten sets.”
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LeAnne Manas on Valentine’s Day and the simple things that make her life richer
Source: Woman and Home Magazine
We love celebrating Valentine’s Day with a home-cooked meal. Before the kids came along, Marc and I would go all out, but the novelty of sitting in overcrowded restaurants waiting for a meal that’s been rushed out of the kitchen has worn off. Marc’s specialty is seafood, so he’ll braai up a mouth-watering spread for us all to enjoy, and we’ll exchange gifts that, to be honest, have become a lot more practical over the years!
My most memorable Valentine’s Day was a picnic under the stars. It was at the Joburg Country Club a couple of years ago. They projected an old movie on the big screen, and we lay back on a blanket, tucking into snacks from our picnic basket and sipping on sparkling wine. It was truly a night to remember.
It’s so much fun seeing things again through my kids’ eyes. Marc and I have done a lot of travelling together, so we’ve seen it all before, but it’s all new to the kids. We always look for places with kids activities, because otherwise we get very little rest! During holidays, we’ll go down to Zimbali in kwaZulu-Natal or up to Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West.
There’s no better feeling than taking off my make-up at the end of the day. When I was on leave over Christmas, I took full advantage and only wore make-up three times for special occasions. I don’t feel insecure without make-up. It’s a bit of a relief, actually, because I have heavy heaps of it on for Morning Live every day.
I’m more of a pants and blouse than a dress woman. But whatever I wear, my main concern is comfort. On the weekends, you’ll most likely find me in a pair of linen pants with a loose casual top and sandals.
Surround yourself with people who inspire you. If you look for qualities in them you wish you had, they’ll start wearing off on you. Some people are born confident, but others have to work on it. If you aren’t naturally confident, like I was as a young girl, push yourself out of your comfort zone – voice your opinions, share your ideas, and it’s just a matter of time before you’ll start valuing yourself more, and your confidence with soar.