Thomas Sipho Mlambo
Thomas, a SuperSport presenter, has many people doubting the fact that he was born at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, because of what they call his “strange accent”.
Thomas grew up in Greenside, Johannesburg, in a multi-coloured family after his domestic mom’s boss informally adopted him. As a result his first language was English – he was 10 years’ old before he learnt to speak Zulu. Thomas started studying law at Rand Afrikaans University, but that plan went belly-up when, in 1998, he answered an ad in the newspaper for a television sports presenter. Bitten instantly by the television bug, he abandoned all thoughts of law to talk about his favourite sport, soccer, on television. Thomas became SuperSport’s first black South African on air presenter. He started off his career working the graveyard shift, but he was made the studio anchor for SuperSport’s coverage of CAF African Cup of Nations in Ghana and Nigeria. Since then, he has become the main anchor for all SuperSport’s football properties. Thomas was involved in the 2010 bid campaign and interviewed most of world football’s major officials, great football stars and leaders such as Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa.
He is the joint owner of a production house called Wildcam T&R, and produces shows like Up the Bucs, the official Orlando Pirates football club TV show.
Lunch Spot : YUM, Greenside