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ABOUT MARK

With a B.Com degree in Industrial Psychology, Mark was a consumer researcher for 8 years before changing his career path and becoming a presenter. He started his radio career on 5fm spending 10 years with the station before spending the next 10 years broadcasting simultaneously on 94.5 Kfm across the Cape and 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014 Mark joined start-up station Hot919, which has gone on to win Station of the Year in SA for the last 3 years. Mark hosts the 9am-noon show Monday to Saturday. Mark has also hosted numerous prime time television shows over the years, including Big Brother South Africa on MNET, new moves on eTV and Face2Face on SABC2. In 2008 he hosted the country's biggest ever television game show, the Power of 10 on MNET.

Mark is a well polished master of ceremonies, corporate deejay, as well as motivational speaker. In addition, he is a professional voice artist, having narrated hundreds of radio and television commercials as well as audio visual presentations. From 2013 to early 2016 he was also a magazine columnist for South Africa’s Living and Loving magazine, writing a monthly column about parenting from a dad’s perspective. 

Mark is also a published author. His autobiography titled Beyond the Baldness about never giving up, fighting back and chasing your dreams was released at the end of 2015. Mark has also just completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. 

PERSONAL LIFE

Mark was born and grew up in Kent, England in a small village called Allhallows. He spent his pre-teens living in a trailer (in England they call them mobile homes), always dreaming of something bigger than where he was. His dad and brothers still live in the UK. He came to South Africa at the age of 9 and already knew that he wanted to be a radio deejay when he grew up. At the age of 12 he would ride around the streets of Kriel with a battery operated microphone and speaker, announcing lost dogs (which he fabricated!).


After completing matric at Sasolburg High School in 1986, Mark went on to study at Wits and UNISA. He graduated with a B.COM (Industrial Psychology and Business Economics). He went on to become a consumer researcher, a profession which lasted 8 years. Whilst in research he become the Johannesburg Chairman of the SA Marketing Research Association.

Mark is a cancer survivor. At the age of 18 he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. He attributes his positive attitude towards life as being responsible for him still being alive over 30 years later! Mark often shares his experiences with others so that they can be more aware of what cancer is about, as well as the signs to look out for.  He is also a friend of The Reach for a Dream Foundation and a patron of CANSA. Mark is well known as the bald head that leads the annual CANSA Shavathons.

From the moment Mark went into remission he decided that he was going to chase his dream and get onto radio, so whilst he was a consumer researcher by day, by night he was a "demo tape" maker, sending countless demos to countless radio stations. After having the door closed in his face for eight years, perseverance eventually paid off in 1995 when he managed to get his first radio show hosting weekend graveyard on 5FM. After many years with 5FM, Mark moved onto 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 KFM, followed by Hot919. Television was a natural progression, and over the years Mark has hosted a total of 10 shows. 

Mark is also a heart attack survivor. He had a myocardial infarction in 2008. Whilst 10% of his heart no longer beats, he is still the poster child for positivity, energy and embracing life! 

Mark was married for 12 years and has 2 daughters. 

His journey continues...