Lerato Mbele

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Lerato Mbele
Education University of London
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Notable credit(s) Newsday
Africa Business Report

Lerato Mbele is a South African journalist and broadcaster working for the BBC. Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. She was previously one of the main presenters of Newsday on the BBC World Service.

Early life[edit]

Mbele studied for a master's degree in development economics, politics and international relations at the University of London.


Mbele began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 1999, rising to become an anchor for its programme News at Ten. [1] In 2007 Mbele joined CNBC Africa at its launch as one the channel's senior business presenters. While at CNBC she hosted regular programmes on the channel in addition to coverage of many other business events, such as the World Economic Forum.[2]

In 2012 Mbele joined BBC News to help launch and present Newsday on the BBC World Service with Lawrence Pollard.[3] The two present from 6–8.30am (UK time) each weekday. Interviews by Mbele have also appeared on the BBC World News programme, Focus on Africa.