Anele Mdoda is a South African radio DJ best known for her on-air partnership with Grant Nash, having worked for a year together on Highveld FM before moving to national radio when they took over the 12pm-3pm slot on 5FM in March 2008.
She was one of the celebrity contestants on the fifth season of the SABC2 reality dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, from September to December, 2008. Her professional dance partner was Brandon Eilers.
She began her radio career as a DJ at the University of Pretoria in 2004, where she was studying politics and international relations. There she met Nash and the pair discovered an on-air chemistry.
Mdoda was hired by Jo’burg radio station Highveld FM in 2007. Needing a co-host, she suggested Nash as her partner and the pair hosted a successful weekday evening show for a year.
In March 2008 the pair were poached by national broadcaster 5FM. They took over the timeslot previously held for many years by the F & Martinengo Show, hosted by Ian F and Sasha Martinengo.
Anele was rated as “the hottest thing on local radio” by South African radio legend Alex Jay in a September 2008 interview.
Anele was the co-host (with Rob van Vuuren) of the SABC2 reality competition SA’s Got Talent, based on the British “Got Talent” format, from 2009-2010. The duo was replaced by Tats Nkonzo when the show moved to e.tv for Season 3.
In 2012 Anele was a judge of the Miss South Africa pageant. In the same year she was announced as one of the three judges for the Mzansi Magic reality competition Clash of the Choirs South Africa, which aired in 2013.
Also in 2013, she was the host of the M-Net docu-reality series Dream School SA; and in 2014 was once again a judge for Miss South Africa.
In 2014 she began co-presenting the SABC3 talk show Tongue in Cheek.
In 2016 she began hosting the SABC3 daytime talk show Real Talk.