Jeremy Mansfield

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Jeremy Mansfield
Born Robert Jeremy Mansfield
Grahamstown, South Africa
Residence Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality South African
Known for Radio presenting, television presenting, journalism,
Spouse(s) Jacqui Mansfield nee Thompson
Children One

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 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 2003 Mansfield married Jacqui Thompson, a former game ranger and author.



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.[citation needed] In 1990, Mansfield left Capital Radio (then broadcasting from Johannesburg) when it closed and joined Primedia-owned 702 Talk Radio.[1]

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.[2] Mansfield stated that he would remain active in other areas of the broadcasting business.[3]

In 2013, Mansfield co-founded XVR, a media company offering syndicated radio shows and packages. In 2014, Mansfield returned to the air with The Jeremy Mansfield Show, a syndicated two-hour show offered by XVR.

Television and film[edit]

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, [4][5] on SABC 2. The show ran for 10 seasons.

In 2005 Mansfield co-presented the M-Net comedy show Laugh Out Loud.[6] 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.[7]

From 2010, Mansfield hosted his own weekly finance show, Mansfield's Moneysense on CNBC Africa.[8]

CDs and books[edit]

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. 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.

Awards and accolades[edit]

1985: AA Vita Award as The Most Promising Young South African Actor[citation needed]

1996–2010: Best Radio Personality of the year (Best of Johannesburg Readers' Choice Awards)[citation needed] 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!'[citation needed]

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

2008: 'Zhoozsh!'[citation needed]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

Charity work[edit]

  • 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.[citation needed] The trust was set up to assist in Cochlea implants to needy individuals who can not otherwise afford the procedures.[9]
  • He is patron, along with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, of The Sunflower Fund [10] and an Ambassador of Hope for them
  • He is an Honorary Member of the SA Chef’s Association .[11]
  • Mansfield is an Honorary Member of the animal welfare group the NSPCA .[12]
  • Jeremy is also an ambassador for the Springbok Rugby Supporter’s Club.
  • Recipient of the first 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.


  1. ^ "Primedia Website". Primedia. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  2. ^ "Mansfield hosts last Rude Awakening". Independent Online (IOL). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Mansfield leaves Breakfast FM". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Stemmet, Johan (Executive Producer). "A Word or 2: Official site". Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
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