The multi-lingual Penny Lebyane is back on our TV screens. This week viewers were stunned to see Penny on E.tv's breakfast show as the new anchor of E Sunrise, replacing Sindy Mabe, who left a few months ago.
With over 15 years of experience in media and broadcasting, Penny has brought her quality and credibility to one of the nation's favorite channels. Our street journalist, Siphelele Buthelezi had a chat with the new E Sunrise anchor who expressed great excitement at her new role. Let's see what she had to say!
Hi Penny and welcome to ZAlebs! Congratulations on your new journey with E Sunsrise!
Thank you very much!
How was your first day on set?
It was ok but I was a bit nervous. It was my first time meeting the whole team and doing a live news show but I enjoyed every moment of my first day at work.
Have you ever done news before?
Yes I have. I actually started out on a community radio station, I used to read the news there.
Are you used to waking up early in the morning?
I have no problem with waking up early in the morning, a couple of years back I used to do a graveyard shift on a particular national radio station so it's nothing new to me. The upside of waking up early is that there's less traffic on the road.
Is it important to be an academic in this industry or is it the experience that counts?
Education will take you a long way and experience also does count. However, you won't learn everything in school sometimes you get to know more once you on the field.
At what time do you have to wake up at home and at what time do you have to be at work?
I wake up at 3:00am because I need like an hour to myself. You know how us ladies can be when it comes to preparation, we can take forever! I then arrive at work at around 4:40am. The only downside about me waking up early is that there is no time for me to bond with my children, I don't get to bath nor take them school but I am able to pick them up. On my first day on set I told them to watch mommy and they promised to do so, I think they were impressed.
How many languages do you speak and how did you learn those languages?
I speak almost seven languages, I am only left with a few South African languages to learn. I also want to speak some African languages. I grew up in Bushbuckridge, it is a place that has people who speak a variety of languages so that is how I got to learn.
You have been very scarce in attending social/celebrity events, where have you been?
I got to this industry at a very early age and it has always been about work, these days this industry is very crazy. If it doesn’t bring money I don’t see the need to go, I like my house but I do honour some invites that are worth it.