Nikiwe Bikitsha

Senior news anchor, e.tv

Nikiwe Bikitsha always wanted to be a journalist � ever since she read her distant relative's Doc Bikitsha's column in the Sunday Times. She says she had romantic notions of becoming a famous and reclusive writer but her teachers soon noticed that she had a voice for radio. Bikitsha studied journalism at Rhodes University, working later as a trainee news reporter at 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702. Since then, she has co-hosted AM-Live with John Perlman and been an anchor for CNBC Africa. Now she is senior news anchor for Newsnight with Jeremy Maggs on e.tv, and is completing her honours degree in journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. For now, her literary dreams are channelled into occasionally writing about Jane Austen in her Mail & Guardian column. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Allora, Sandton, Johannesburg