Local resident, and legendary TV presenter, Leanne Manas has received the award of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the French National Order of Merit) at the French Embassy on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron.
The award is meant to recognize her immense contribution to journalism, media, and various critical charitable causes. It is a recognition of her extraordinary talent and resilience on our TV screens as she continues to inform South Africans through her daily program Morning Live which she has been hosting on South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC for almost two decades.
Leanne is also an astute businesswoman, motivational speaker and philanthropist who has a number of charity projects that she is involved in. She was appointed as one of the first UNHCR Ambassadors on the African continent, advocating for refugees and displaced people.
From Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela, Leanne has interviewed an impressive range of public figures, heads of state, thought-leaders and local and international celebrities. She has also been at the forefront of bringing South Africans some of the biggest News stories over the last 2 decades.