Dynamic and multi-faceted presenter and entrepreneur Naledi Moleo encapsulates a dynamic energy that is simply inspirational, as she continues make her mark on the world in celebrating the real life stories of South Africans.
The 29-year-old has behind her a career in TV as a producer on SABC News International and a host on LoveLife’s youth programme Make Your Move TV. Today, Moleo is a talk show host on SAfm, where she tackles current affairs and more. She shared her love for travel with us.
Hailing from various places such as Rustenburg in the North West and Honeydew and Alexandra in Gauteng, Moleo’s career began at a young age on children’s TV shows. This lead her to working in youth programmes. Searching for a new challenge, Moleo then set out to establish herself on radio.
“TV started feeling like a comfort zone and I needed a new challenge. That new challenge was radio. I fell in love with it and have never looked back since,” said Moleo.
The owner of Le Laka Media explains that her knack for business is natural. “I don’t think I have ever not been an entrepreneur. It’s just something that runs through my veins. My whole family on my mother’s side run their own businesses. Le Laka Media is my platform to create freely,” she said.
In between cultivating a successful career, Moleo is also an avid traveller who has always wished to see the world. Her wanderlust was further fuelled by a quote “We travel because we need to. Because distance and difference is the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same but something in our minds has changed and that changes everything.”
With her most memorable travel moment being getting her first passport stamp and boarding her flight to the USA, Moleo has experienced places far and wide.
“I’ve skiied at Lake Tahoe (Nevada, USA), looked over the grave of Martin Luther King (Atlanta, USA) and prayed in the temple that houses the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). I’ve the seen the great Victoria Falls from the Zambian side in Livingstone and received a blessing from a Buddhist monk in Thailand,” she continued.
Travel has reaffirmed her love for South Africa. “A worldly view can’t be achieved over the Internet or by WhatsApp-ing someone from across the world. You must see it. I have learnt after all my travels that when people say South Africa is one of the best countries in the world, they’re not lying. Travel has made me fall deeper in love with us as South Africans and has made me want to contribute so much more to our development through critical discussion on my talk show.”
Moleo says she never travels without a good camera and advises women to “stop making excuses! Go and see the world now! Just go!”
Next, she is planning a Contiki trip in Europe with friends, followed by exploring New York for a month to “soak up the concrete jungle. Why? Why not?”