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Jeremy Mansfield on a set of A Word or 2, in 2004
|Born||Robert Jeremy Mansfield
Grahamstown, South Africa
|Residence||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Known for||Radio presenting, television presenting, journalism|
|Spouse(s)||Jacqui Mansfield nee Thompson|
Jeremy Mansfield is a South African radio and television personality. He worked on numerous radio stations as presenter and voice-over artist, and also presented numerous television shows, and inserts for some popular television magazine programmes.
Robert Jeremy 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.
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) when it closed and joined 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.
Television & Film
In the mid-1990s, Mansfield started appearing as a features contributor and guest presenter on South African Pay television channels M-Net and SuperSport. In 1998 he left the channel and started presenting A Word or 2,   on SABC 2. The show lasted 10 seasons.
Books and Writing
Mansfield wrote a number of joke books, of which Vrot Jokes (ISBN 978-1-86872-335-5) is a South African bestseller. Along with wife Jacqui, Mansfield published a 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.
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)
- 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.
- "Primedia Website". Primedia. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- "Mansfield hosts last Rude Awakening". Independent Online (IOL). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Mansfield leaves Breakfast FM". News24.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Different People, Different Nations, DIFFERENT GAMES!: A Word or 2 (South Africa, 2004)". Brother's Bar. Archived from the original on 2005-05-26. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
- Stemmet, Johan (Executive Producer). "A Word or 2: Official site". Retrieved 18 January 2008.