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Gerry Rantseli

Full / Real Name: Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon
Born: 19 June 1971 (43 years old)
Gender: Female

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Gerry Rantseli is a South African television presenter, host, MC and businesswoman best known for co-hosting the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa, in 2001.

She was also a continuity announcer for M-Net.

Gerry started her working career within the liberation struggle as a teenager on the Cape Flats. She later followed the move of one of her mentors, Cheryl Carolus, to Johannesburg to work for the African National Congress at National level.

She also uses her public profile as a celebrity to get involved in as many social projects as possible. She has assisted as an Aids Ambassador for the President's Office and frequently helps organisations like Reach for a Dream and the Orlando Children’s Home.

Recently, at the invitation of the Minister of Health, Gerry assisted in highlighting the plight of those struggling with TB, HIV and Aids. In 2001 she was appointed Head of Television and Broadcasting for Allenby Campus.

In April 2002 she was MC at the International Vaccination Conference held in Cape Town which was attended by former president Nelson Mandela and the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Mrs. Graca Machel Mandela.

Gerry is determined to inspire an interest in the arts amongst young people and to encourage creativity as a means of expression while also instilling a culture of leaning and teaching business skills to equip young performers and artists for the future.

In 2001 Gerry co-hosted the first ever South African Big Brother, with Mark Pilgrim.

In 2002 Soulmate Productions headed by Gerry and Alex Rantseli got together with publishing house Carpe Diem Media to create an inspirational publication called Soul Magazine, of which Gerry was an Editor.

In 2004 Soulmate Productions launched its personal development division aimed at creating a networking and training environment in which women can grow and develop their skills but also to develop the leaders of tomorrow.

Gerry currently holds active directorships in Hlobisile Transport Management.

In August 2005, she was appointed the Patron of Othandweni Children’s Home and 2006 saw Gerry launching Cinnamon Communications (Learn, Grow and Experience the Essence of Life).

She has been a presenter of the DStv channel ONE Gospel since 4 November, 2007.

She is married to businessman Kerry Elsdon.


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