AFRICA MELANE

Africa Melane has been setting two alarm clocks for the past six months. That's when he became a producer on 567 Cape Talk's prime Breakfast Show. Despite having to for- sake a little of his social life to hit the sack early Melane keeps in touch and up to date. The young accountant-turned-media-personality will take you on about any topic, from rugby to Tantric breathing to the best home-cooked lamb shanks. Oh, and he has not forgotten how to juggle balance sheets either. Despite all this, the Gugulethu-born Leo remains modest. It will take some prying before he admits to having featured in Leon Schuster's blockbuster Mama Jack. From celluloid to the airwaves, Melane has also charmed the old school during the Solid Gold afternoons, simulcast on 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702. This social butterfly is also a social activist with a passion for HIV/ Aids awareness education. For two and a half years, Melane held compulsory workshops for the University of Cape Town's first-year health sciences students. He took the programme youth groups and various churches. Lavish into local township communities at the request of breakfasts are off the agenda, given his working hours, but food is still a priority. From cooking at home for friends and family to checking out the latest among Cape Town's eateries, Melane likes to dig in.

LUNCH SPOT :Madame Zingara's, Cape Town