Lerato Kganyago Biography: Shy Teeneger Who Went For Greatness And Got It

This is how Lerato Kganyago’s modelling career helped make her a star.

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If you look up "ambitious" in the dictionary, you're likely to come across a picture of Lerato Kganyago.

The media personality pursued her aim of becoming a radio and television host with tenacity. Despite being bullied as a female DJ in her early days, she mastered the male-dominated club DJ industry.

Lerato is an entrepreneur, MC, model, and the "Queen of Clap Backs" on Twitter. She spends her free time with her famous friends DJ Zinhle and Pearl Thusi, while she is not conquering the entertainment scene.

She's been very quiet about her love life, and most of the time, fans have no idea if she's dating anyone or not.

The narrative of how a shy teenager became a household name is told in Lerato's biography.

Lerato Kganyago Re-Engaged

Lerato appears to have a rock on her finger following her dramatic breakup with Thami Ndlela, but she's left many wondering who the lucky guy is.

The engagement party was nothing short of spectacular, with balloons and flowers strewn throughout her home. Lerato shared a video on Instagram to show her admirers a sneak peek at her engagement, and the video has since gone viral.

Mzansi believes she is reuniting with her tumultuous ex-husband Thami Ndlala, who made news recently after many fraud claims were leveled against him.

Twitter sleuths had to dig deep to find out who she was engaged to, and one of the customised balloons had the name Ndlala, indicating that she may have reunited with her hubby.

Lerato Kganyago House

Lerato Kganyago is known for spending tens of thousands of Rands on designer handbags and shoes, but her most recent purchase is her "dream home." After years of hard labor, she was able to purchase the estate in 2017.

"This year, I had to put a lot of things on hold in order to reward myself with the home of my dreams!!!! Thank you so much!!! "She expressed herself on Twitter. On Instagram and her YouTube channel, Lerato has shown off her lovely home.

She has just shared more exciting news with her fans now that she is married. Many people were envious of multi-talented media star Lerato Kganyago when she announced that she lives next door to the President.

Lerato revealed this whilst she was responding to socialite Linda Moeketsi's question on Twitter. Linda asked, "Who’s your most interesting Neighbour in your complex, estate or neighbourhood and what do they do? Responding to the question, Lerato said, "The president”.

Lerato Kganyago Marriage

Lerato is great at keeping her personal life under wraps, especially her love life, and truth be told, we have no idea who broke her heart. She just disclosed that she is moving on after a four-year romance that did not work out.

Well, it appears that she's found the one.

Lerato Kganyago, a well-known television and media figure, is rumored to be married. According to the Sunday World, Lerato married an affluent businessman at her mother's home in Boksburg on Saturday.

Lerato Kganyago, the host of Metro FM, is no longer single.

In a traditional wedding, Kganyago, well known as LKG in the entertainment world, married Gauteng tycoon Thami Ndlela.

But hold on, there's more.

“There is a big wedding being planned towards the end of the year and, as a family, we are very happy for them and we can’t wait for this big day to arrive."

Lerato Kganyago revealed details about her marriage by admitting that her spouse, Thami Ndlala, is a heavy snorer, while she is a light sleeper. This is the first time Lerato has revealed anything about her husband.

Lerato Kganyago Age

Lerato Kganyago was born on July 22, 1982. The 39-year-old grew up in Johannesburg’s Soweto township. 

Lerato Kganyago Education

Lerato attended Ipolokeng Primary School and completed her secondary education at Boksburg High School.  She has stated in previous interviews that she grew up feeling like an ugly duckling.

“Throughout high school, I always thought I was the ugly duckling. I never thought I was pretty, I was tomboyish, and I was quiet and reserved,” she told Anele Mdoda on Real Talk

She built up her confidence by entering beauty pageants. The once shy teenager won several pageants including Miss Soweto and Miss Jam Alley. 

Lerato aspired to be a lawyer or a doctor when he was younger. She went on to Damelin College to study Public Relations and Travel and Tourism. Lerato worked as a flight attendant for Qatar Airways before becoming a radio broadcaster. She was also employed for SA Express.

Lerato Kganyago Career

Winning Miss Soweto in 2005 marked a watershed moment in Lerato's career. She got her first big break on Soweto TV thanks to the pageant. She went to the channel's launch with a buddy, and the rest was up to fate.

“When we got there they had a presenter missing because they were going on-air that day. So this white lady from Urban Brew came to me and said, ‘listen we are missing a presenter… I heard you are Miss Soweto, can you do this?’. I had never done television, live television for that matter,” she told MacG on his YouTube series. 

She worked as a flight attendant while also working at Soweto TV for roughly five years. Lerato went on to become one of South Africa's most well-known TV hosts, with appearances on programmes like The LKG Show, LIVE AMP, and The Link. Lerato had auditioned for 50 different shows before joining The Link.

Lerato has also dabbled with acting. Her acting career began on The Phat Joe Show. On the show, she performed comedic skits. Lerato has since been on Muvhango, Play: Sex Tips for Girls, and The Wild, among other shows.

Lerato began her radio career at Jozi FM, a community station. The employment helped her prepare for a career in business. Lerato has landed a spot on Metro FM, one of South Africa's most popular radio stations. “Joining Metro FM enhanced my DJ career significantly. "Everything just fell into place," she said in an interview with Jet magazine.

Her "darkest" radio moment, she said, was when she had to co-host a show with Bonang Matheba. She was held responsible for Bonnag's unexpected departure. Both ladies co-hosted the Front Row after a reorganization at Metro FM in 2017. Bonang departed the station hours later, expressing dissatisfaction with Metro FM's handling of the restructuring.

Despite having worked in the media field for several years, Lerato added businesswoman to her resume. She is the owner of Black Angel, an event management company. Flutter by LKG, Lerato's award-winning eyelash line, was recently debuted.

Lerato Kganyago Past Love

Over the years, Lerato Kganyago has sought to keep her love connections quiet. Despite her position, she has previously revealed information about her lovers. Katlego Mashego, a Bafana Bafana player, was formerly her boyfriend. They dated for four years before getting engaged in 2013.

Their relationship, unfortunately, did not last. Lerato said that she pretended they were still dating for eight months after their breakup because she wanted time to absorb it. Their breakup was amicable, but Lerato later disclosed that she had been "dogged a couple of times," prompting some to suspect Katlego of cheating on her throughout their relationship.

Lerato hasn't been seen with a new man in a long time, but she warned her Twitter fans not to think she's single. She made the remarks in response to a fan who questioned if she had a boyfriend because she usually appeared "lonely" in her social media photos.

"Don't assume I don't have cars, homes, families, or girlfriends just because I don't post about them." In February 2019, she wrote, "I don't broadcast my private life, it remains that, private, not a communal project my love, Love ME for me, not what I have."

Lerato Kganyago Miscarriage

Lerato Kganyago has spoken openly about her previous miscarriages. On Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi, the radio personality sobbed as she recounted her ordeal. She remembers the moment she learned she had miscarried her child.

“The doctor kept looking for the heartbeat and she was looking everywhere. I remember I was not looking at the monitor… I kept asking her is everything okay… I won’t lie, at some point I felt like lesser of a woman. All I want is someone to hold in my arms,” she said. 

Lerato expressed her dissatisfaction with her status as a woman. In a separate interview, she stated that she had two miscarriages. "I've just mentioned the (most recent) one because it was the one that had the most impact on me." In a 2017 interview with Real Talk, Lerato revealed, "That was when I really wanted to have a child." She sought counseling to help her cope with the loss.

Despite her heartbreak, Lerato remains committed to being a mother one day. She claims she hasn't ruled out the possibility of adoption. Lerato used her social media skills to spread adoption awareness. Adoption is "not a white thing," she reminded her Twitter followers in 2017.

Who wouldn't want to live next door to the President? If homegirl is truly honest, we'd love to pay her a visit one day to see for ourselves.

Lerato Kganyago Car

Work hard, play hard, and spend hard appears to be Lerato Kganyago's life mantra. Over the years, she has driven a number of high-end cars. Her most recent purchase was a Mercedes Benz C200 Coupe, which she purchased in April of this year. She had been driving around in a brand new Range Rover a year before.

Lerato is clearly someone who is fully focused on living the life she desires while continuing to climb the corporate ladder.

Endorsement Deals

Lerato started off the year landing two lucrative deals, a collaboration with Washing Powder Company, Skip and also became the face of Levi's Jeans collections focused on Levi's Curvy Jeans.

She is also an ambassador for coca-cola no sugar and a brand promoter for Huawei.

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