Bio

Hi, and welcome to my page!

Firstly: I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment on my posts & engage with me on Twitter.

Who am I and what is it that I do?

1. I talk for a living.
2. I have a very wide range of interests – from news, politics, fashion, rugby, music and everything in between.
3. I enjoy finding ways of turning my interests into opportunities!

I get up around 3:30am most mornings, head to work and by the time thousands of breakfast TV viewers switch on their TV to tune into kykNET‘s breakfast show Dagbreek – to get the scoop on everything they need to know today – I’m the person smiling back at them, prepped and ready to dish it up with incisive questions, added insight and a smile (Check out some of my recent work here).

Besides covering every conceivable base (from news, the elections, the latest crisis in the Middle East, economic issues right through to lifestyle interviews) on Dagbreek in the morning, on weekday afternoons I get to produce the brand new drive time radio show on SA’s entertainment powerhouse 5FM: The Roger Goode Show”. I also enjoy reporting on rugby as much as I enjoy the glamour of strutting my stuff on the catwalk, MC’ing, DJ’ing or trying to swing a golf club, but I got my big break thanks to my first love: music.

I landed my first TV job – as co-host of MK‘s flagship live music show Studio1 - in 2007 when the show needed a female presenter to fill Lee-Ann Liebenberg’s shoes. At the time I was still a campus radio DJ at MFM 92.6 and on the brink of graduating with a law degree at the University of Stellenbosch. Luckily it didn’t take much to convince me that my future was waiting for me in Johannesburg, and I promptly enrolled for a postgraduate degree in Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand.

After making the big move, within a week or 2, on my own – especially big for an Afrikaans meisie from Paarl! – I was determined to work my way onto 5FM‘s line-up. After all, that’s why I started working in community radio back in my school days. Persistence paid off in 2010 when I finally landed a graveyard shift, which eventually led to my own Sunday night slot “The El-ternative” in 2012.

My passion for music, especially the local music scene, unavoidably led to Oppikoppi and I was lucky enough to MC every Oppikoppi between 2007 and 2012. Other notable MC appearances include the Red Bull Soundclash, the 2010 and 2012 SAMA’s, the Campus Invasion Tour 2011, Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes KKNK 2012, Pendorings 2010-2013 and OppiAarde at Aardklop.

Modelling has always been an easy fit for my lifestyle – initially the industry in Cape Town formed a great complement to my studies in Stellenbosch and after the move to Joburg I shifted focus from European catalogues to SA Fashion Week events and television commercials. Aligning my work on a fashionably edgy TV show such as Studio1 and my modeling background eventually lead to a great relationship with Plum shoes – the brand I was honored to represent as brand ambassador for three years, working on a range of fun seasonal campaigns.

DJ’ing is another one of the tricks up my sleeve – in fact, I had a weekly residency at a club in Stellenbosch back in the day and took this hobby up again when I joined 5FM’s lineup. This lead to gigs at 5FM’s Eastern Cape Takeover Weekend, New Years Eve, Spring Break etc. (to name but a few).

Speaking, however, is probably what has kept me busiest over the years – ask any of my school teachers! Combining this with my love for rugby lead me on an amazing adventure in 2011: Supersport‘s Lady Rugga presenter search and the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to report on the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Read all my daily diary entries from the two months I spent in the land of the long white cloud here.

Upon my return I started hosting Supersport’s coverage of the immensely popular 2012 Varsity Cup competition – most notably as anchor of the competition’s final in 2012, ’13 & ’14! These days I feature as co-host on both of supersport’s Rugby magazine shows: SuperRugby (kykNET, Mondays 9pm) and Boots & All (SS1, Thursdays 8pm) where I specialise in giving a platform for new media content & viewer input.

When I’m not on radio, TV, behind the decks or a mic I enjoy trying to play golf,  do the the odd bit of sewing and most often you’d find me spending time with my husband Richard Maspero and our two cats (of whom I Instagram way too many pics!) .

This page is my own, and so are the views expressed on it.

3 Comments

  1. Derrick Van Houten

    Hi Elma. We are South Africans living in Lagos Nigeria, yes you have read correctly! Been here for six years being MD of a large restaurant company. I just want to compliment you on the way you have stood your ground in the crazy male dominated rugby world. You bring a fresh approach and have a good knowledge of what’s going on. I have just read your bio and am blown away by your broad work experience, well done. Anyway a huge fan, keep it up. Derrick Van Houten

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