Claire Mawisa profile

Claire has built a strong presence in the broadcast and media industry.

Claire Mawisa (born 7 October 1979) is a South African television presenter, model, and radio personality. She is best known for working at SABC1 as a continuity presenter.

Being a Co-host of the SABC1 music variety show One brought her to the limelight. She has worked as a beauty editor for a magazine and interned as a fashion assistant.

Mawisa has worked with many radio stations in South Africa – YFM, Metro FM, Radio 2000, Kaya FM, and Classic FM.

Claire Mawisa
Claire Mawisa biography
Claire has appeared on the covers of leading magazines and hosts TV and radio shows.
Short Profile
Full name:Claire Mawisa
Born:7 October 1979 (age 43 years old)
Place of Birth:Cape Town
Nationality:South African
Partner:Thokozani Ndaba
Occupation:Television presenter, model, radio personality
Years active:1994-date

Early Life

Claire Mawisa was born on 7 October 1979 in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa. She grew up in Gugulethu with her older brother and her mother. She moved with her family to Kenilworth, Cape Town, at five.

After many years living in Kenilworth, she left her family for a greener pasture in Johannesburg.


A model boss discovered her and approached Claire when she was fourteen. Then she signed with Topco Models, who registered her in a model competition Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994.

The main reason for registering Claire into the competition was to gain some ideas. Her performance impressed many after she beat other models. She came out of the competition as the winner.

Cosmopolitan magazine has featured her on its cover, earning her the second black and the youngest South African to appear there. She managed modeling with her schoolwork and eventually began to travel to destinations.

Modeling has taken her to South Africa, Africa, and beyond Africa. She has traveled to Maui, Hawaii, and the Seychelles. She has made it on the covers of many top magazines like True Love, Pace, Drum, Real, and Bona.

Her agent notified her of a vacancy at the SABC1 as a continuity presenter. Claire recorded and sent her audition tape, and after two days, she got the job. After securing the job, she relocated to Johannesburg. 

More on her CV is being the co-host of Live and Dangerous with Phat Joe, a breakfast show at Yfm. She hosted Miss SA Teen, alongside Michael Mol, in 2000 and 2001. She won a Duku Duku award and became the Team Leader for SABC1 presenters.

The radio personality was the ‘preferred choice’ for a female MC as a Simunye presenter. When she left SABC2 in 2001, she flew to England and worked at mega retail entertainment leader HMV.

After a year, she flew back to South Africa. She got a job as the co-anchor presenter for SABC1’s flagship music show, One. She has worked with Metro FM as a DJ for the Smirnoff Experience Dance Mix Show and as a Lifestyle Team member.

True Love magazine’s editor, Khanyi Dhlomo, recommended her to Justine Daly as a beauty editor at Seventeen Magazine. Claire had interned as a fashion assistant at True Love magazine in 2002.

Mawisa worked at Seventeen Magazine, after which she returned to TV. On returning to TV, she co-hosted the SABC2 reality makeover show Face 2 Face in 2003.

Claire started to host the reality fashion show The Cut: South Africa in 2006. She also co-hosted season two of the reality show You’re Hired.

Alongside Chilu Lemba, she co-hosted a lifestyle magazine television show Africa Within. She works at Metro FM as a lifestyle reporter. She has worked as a promo producer at SABC2.

In 2015, Claire started to work as an investigative journalist in Carte Blanche. She is a World Wildlife Fund SA (WWF) ambassador. She is a board member for RX Radio and Ibis Reproductive Health. 

Personal Life

Claire Mawisa is a presenter
Claire is an influential personality and has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Claire Mawisa was in a love affair with Thokozani Ndaba in 2017. The radio personality wants her love affairs under wraps. The duo started posting a storm about their affair on social media. She had her son, Neo, in 2004.

Claire Mawisa keeps long dreadlocks. She trims the hair, which often grows very long. She made it on the Nounouche magazine cover page in October 2022 and styled her hair beautifully.

Social Profiles

Claire is also an internet personality since. She has over 162 000 followers on her verified Instagram account. The TV and radio personality promotes her work.



  • Carte Blanche as Presenter
  • One as Presenter
  • ScreenTime with Nicky Greenwall as Herself
  • The Cut: South Africa as Host
  • You’re Hired as a Field Presenter

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