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Get to know Expressions host Mxolisi Masango

2017-10-23 11:21
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Actor and television personality Mxolisi Masango came to the public’s attention for his role as Zach on SABC 2 soapie Generations: The Legacy, but the star has been in the entertainment industry for years. He chats to DRUM about his hosting gig on SABC 1’s Expressions, Generations and more.

What’s Expressions about?

It’s a youth current affairs show. We dare to challenge the status quo. We’re an agent of transformation – a vehicle of change. Young people are granted the opportunity to call in and share their views and be independent thinkers.

How did you end up on the show?

I started on Expressions this year in February after joining SABC news and current affairs late last year.

Which one do you enjoy the most, playing Zach on Generations: The Legacy or hosting Expressions?

Well these are both roles which I take very seriously, my number one priority is to constantly grow my craft and gradually move towards being the best at what I do. I’m working with a team of amazing individuals who make executing these roles seamless.

If you weren't doing what you’re doing now, where would you be?

I’d probably be chasing stories and deadlines at the office because I’m a journalist by profession – having worked with news agencies both here and abroad.

Tell us more about your journalism work.

I worked extensively with broadcast media outlets here in SA as a news anchor before I got a job with London-based TV channel Arise News. I also worked with Turkish television organisation TRT World as a South African news correspondent. Essentially I was tasked with telling South African stories to the global community. I covered news events like the Oscar Pistorius trial and many other SA news items on the global calendar.

What’s your dream for yourself?

My dream is to constantly grow in my art and appreciate what I do every day. I would like to be a world-class broadcaster like my idol Anderson Cooper.

What has been the best time of your life?

I still think being a young person in SA right now makes for being the best time of my life! I know there are many challenges we face on a daily basis and there’s a long way to go, but we’re making great strides every day.

What has been the worst?

27 February 2017 when I lost my dad.