Cynthia Tshaka is a leading television personality in South Africa.
Born in Nyanga township in Cape Town, she moved with her mother and the rest of her family to Khayelitsha where she attended school in the government schooling system of the apartheid era.
After taking courses in English and Communication at the University of South Africa, she has since successfully worked for major TV networks, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and M-Net.
Cynthia has worked on nearly all major productions of SABC Sport, among them the Comrades Marathon, the Two Oceans, the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, all major athletics events and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
She has covered the Laureus World Sports Awards many times and took part on the 702 Walk the Talk Laureus event in July 2010, where Laureus World Sports Academy Member Nawal El Moutawakel met children and young people to give a motivational talk.
While working as a music presenter, she was also a member of the South African karate national team, where she has attained a black belt. Cynthia set up the Sports Heroes Walk against AIDS in 2002, which has raised more than R6-million for AIDS orphans.
Cynthia became one of the first Laureus Ambassadors in South Africa. She says: ‘I may not have run the greatest 100 metres like Usain Bolt, but they recognised the fact that, when I’m there, I’ve given hope to a lot of people. I’m very proud of that. For me, it’s really about the other people. I live and strive to make that other person’s life better.’