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Jeremy Mansfield
Robert Jeremy Mansfield

25 July 1975
Grahamstown, South Africa
Nationality South African
Education Kingswood College
Occupation Radio Presenter
Known for Radio presenting, television presenting, journalism,

Jeremy Mansfield is a South African radio and television personality. He worked on numerous radio stations as a presenter and voice-over artist, and also presented numerous television shows, and inserts for popular television magazine programmes.


Robert Jeremy Clayton Mansfield (better known as Jeremy Mansfield) was born in Grahamstown, South Africa. He attended school at the prestigious Kingswood College. He remained in Grahamstown attending Rhodes University, where he studied speech, journalism and drama.

He is former president Nelson Mandela's Honorary Grandson and has been inducted into the Mandela clan.



In 1985, while still a student, he started working for the Durban-based radio station Capital Radio 604. During the same year, he was awarded the AA Vita Award as The Most Promising Young South African Actor. In 1990, Mansfield left Capital Radio (then broadcasting from Johannesburg). He was recruited to work for Supersport on M-Net and was requested to do sport on the John Berks show on 702.Primedia-owned 702 Talk Radio.

Mansfield's popularity continued to grow, and in 1993 he was appointed as a regular presenter of 702's Saturday Afternoon magazine programme. In 1995 Mansfield took over hosting of the afternoon show.

In 1997 Mansfield moved to 702 Talk Radio's sister station 94.7 Highveld Stereo where he created and hosted the weekday breakfast show, The Rude Awakening. In June 2010 Mansfield announced he would be leaving the show. He hosted his last show on Monday 12 July. . Mansfield stated that he would remain active in other areas of the broadcasting business.

Jeremy Mansfield returned to radio in November 2018 as the host of the breakfast show,"Mansfield in the Morning", on Johannesburg's award-winning community radio station, Hot 91.9fm. At the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards held in Sandton on 13 April 2019, his show won Best Breakfast Show, Best Content Production and Mansfield won Best Breakfast Show Presenter in the Community Radio category.

Television and film

In the mid-1990s, Mansfield started appearing as a features contributor and guest presenter on South African Pay television channels M-Net for Front Row and SuperSport. In 1998 he left the channel and started presenting A Word or 2, on SABC 2. The show ran for 10 seasons.

In 2005 Mansfield co-presented the M-Net comedy show Laugh Out Loud. The show continued into a second season (airing in 2006).

In 2010 Mansfield was cast in Disney's local release of Toy Story 3 as the voice of Lifer.

From 2010, Mansfield hosted his own weekly finance show, Mansfield's Moneysense on CNBC Africa.

CDs and books

Mansfield has released five CDs containing characters he created on-air, humorous stories and songs (most of which he wrote himself) poking fun at many South African personalities and situations.

Mansfield wrote a number of joke books, of which Vrot Jokes (ISBN: 978-1-86872-335-5) is a South African bestseller. Co-authored multi award-winning contemporary cookbook titled Zhoozsh! (ISBN: 978-1-77007-785-0) in February 2009. It won amongst others awards; Best Cook Book in South Africa and won Third Best Cook Book in the World at the Gourmand Awards. Their second cook book, Zhoozsh! Faking It (ISBN: 9781770078659) is also an award-winner. Both books are best-sellers.

Awards and accolades

1985: AA Vita Award as The Most Promising Young South African Actor

1996–2010: Best Radio Personality of the year (Best of Johannesburg Readers' Choice Awards) 14 years in a row

1996–2010: Best Radio Show 14 years in a row

2004: The only radio personality to make the Top 100 South Africans list

Won Leisure Options' Most Popular Personality

2008: Three wins in the South African sector of the Gourmand Cookbook Awards: Book of the Year, Innovative and Media for 'Zhoozsh!'

2008: Zhoozsh! wins Bronze as Third Best Cookbook in the World at London ceremony on 13 April

2008: 'Zhoozsh!'wins Random House Struik Best Seller of the Year

2009: You magazine Radio Personality of the Year 2009

2011: Zhoozsh! Faking It wins South Africa's Easy Cook Book in the South African sector of the Gourmand Cookbook Awards

2019 Liberty Radio Awards : wins Best Breakfast Show Presenter and Best Breakfast Show for "Mansfield in the Morning" and his show wins Best Content Producer award in the Community Radio category.

Charity work

  • The Christmas Wish: Mansfield established an annual charity drive aimed at assisting people around South Africa (Johannesburg primarily). Assistance included helping to pay school fees, covering people's financial expenses, paying for surgeries and hospital expenses and supplying homes. The Christmas Wish was broadcast live on The Rude Awakening and rebroadcast on M-Net in the evening of the same day.
  • Hear for Life Trust: the Hear for Life Trust was established out of the Christmas Wish. The trust was set up to assist in Cochlea implants to needy individuals who can not otherwise afford the procedures.
  • He is patron, along with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, of The Sunflower Fund and an Ambassador of Hope for them
  • He is an Honorary Member of the SA Chef's Association.
  • Mansfield is an Honorary Member of the animal welfare group the NSPCA.
  • Jeremy is also an ambassador for the Springbok Rugby Supporter's Club.
  • Recipient of the first SAB Inqaba Award (2010)

Mansfield has been thanked personally by South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela for the charity work he has done which has raised well over R12 million.

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