When we think of strong and powerful women advocating for change, Redi Tlhabi is one one woman that should come to our minds. The South African journalist, Producer, Author and a Radio Presenter working for Primedia is passionate about being part of South Africa’s evolution and driving positive change in the country.
Tlhabi Redi holds a BA in Communication and BA Honours which she attained from the University of Johannesburg before beginning her 15 year career as a broadcast journalist. Redi’s experience spans some of South Africa’s most respected media and news brands, including Kaya FM, where she hosted the afternoon drive and was the afternoon news editor. On TV, she presented various shows for the SABC’s Africa channel, including Today in Africa, News Hour, and Interface.
Redi was also the co-host of News Night, the prime time show that launched the 24 hour eNews channel. She has hosted a legal show, Rights and Recourse on SABC3 and produced a controversial documentary on former President, Thabo Mbeki. In 2012, shereleased her first book, Endings and Beginnings (Jacana), which led her to receive the Alan Paton Award the next year.
According to her, she is driven by her passion. Her passion has led her to host marches to protest against sexist taxi drivers in 2008 and 2015. She was also marched to the Union Buildings in solidarity with students in the #FeesMustFall campaign. Redi thrives on being part of South Africa’s evolution and she’s not willing to give up anytime soon.