Project Runway SA has a gorgeous, sassy and vibrant host – Lerato Kganyago, who scooped this year’s Safta for Best TV Presenter.

Project Runway SA: Lerato Kganyago

Fearlessly high on trend, Kganyago is the go-getting former beauty queen, television talk show host, presenter, DJ, entrepreneur and actress. From walking the catwalk to covering fashion and entertainment, Kganyago looks back at her career and says Project Runway SA has arrived at the perfect time for her.

Kganyago says: “It feels as though it’s the perfect time for me to percolate my previous experience and expertise into a brand new vehicle. I’m looking forward to instilling that knowledge in the contestants as they embark on this exciting journey and to being part of the trailblazing production that’s giving emerging design talent the time to shine. There is something gratifying about helping uncover the new fashion stars of tomorrow, and giving them the platform to show South Africa what they’re made of.”

Adventures, dramas and stories

As Project Runway SA’s host, Kganyago will be leading South African audiences through the adventures, dramas and stories as they unfold onscreen; she’s the one who will be heading Noni Gasa and Rahim Rawjee as the panel of expert judges; and while she’s the one who will be eliminating contestants at the end of each episode, she’s also the one who will be nurturing their talent alongside Project Runway SA’s mentor Gert-Johan Coetzee.

“I am going to be encouraging the designers to cut out the noise and to follow their inner voice”, says Kganyago.

Whether she’s in the boardroom or on stage in power suits, ball gowns, or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, Kganyago has always seen fashion as a canvas for the people.

“We live in a very visual time, and the clothes we choose to wear – and how we put them together – become a billboard of who we really are,” she says.

With Noni Gasa and Rahim Rawjee in the judges’ seats, Gert-Johan Coetzee fully engaged in the mentoring, and the captivating Lerato Kganyago leading it all … the Project Runway SA stage is almost set.

What: Project Runway SA, Season 1

Where and when: Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 from July 2018