My City: Joburg - Carol Manana
Sportscaster, mother and Volvo driver
I am ... Passionate, outgoing, driven.
Where were you born? Pimville, Soweto.
Where do you live? Fourways.
Who do you share your house with? My mom and my three boys, Joel, 8, Mpho, 7 and Solly, 4.
How did you get into your career? I met the producer of Sportsbuzz and she gave me a go. I auditioned for a voiceover on the spot and she loved it.
What do you think the 2010 Fifa World Cup brought to SA? Besides the infrastructure, it gave us the belief that anything and everything is possible.
Your team for life? Bafana Bafana.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I love skateboarding.
What's your greatest extravagance? I spend a lot on cars and travel. It's just so important to see the world.
What's your most treasured possession? Besides my children and family? A picture of my sister, who passed away in 2002.
What's the best piece of advice that you'd give your children? Dream big.
I'm predisposed to ... watching each and every single sporting event possible.
What's your favourite building in Joburg? Soccer City. That calabash will forever define that moment in our history. It has the best character and really symbolises us as Africans.
What's the ugliest thing about Joburg? The negative perception about the inner city.
How do you get around? I eat, live, breathe and talk Volvo. That's all I drive.
I can't go a day without? My iPad and checking in on a sport event.
If you inherited R100-million, what would you do with it? I'd really like to open up a training centre of sorts where I can mentor young girls in particular.
What CDs are you playing in your car? Teargas Dark or Blue . Rihanna Loud .
If your house caught fire, what would you save? My photographs and my autographs. I've got so many photos that really tell the story of my journey.
What are your creature comforts? I love Honey Cheerios breakfast cereal, even at night.
Perfect happiness is: Being comfortable with who you are.
Have you ever taken public transport in Joburg? Yes, in high school I used to travel on the train and taxis all the time .
Everything in moderation but ... watching sport.
If money could buy happiness? It would be the only thing we'd strive for.
Loves & Hates
Sport: It showcases the competitive nature of the human spirit.
Movies and music: They make you travel without moving. And they're therapeutic.
My sons' affection: They don't judge and love so easily and completely.
Long drives: Feeling the freedom with my windows down, playing music.
Judgmental people: Why stand in others' way?
Traffic: I hate the sense of helplessness that comes with being stuck in it.
Smoke, smokers and smoking: It's a senseless pleasure to me.
Needing help: I'd like to think of myself as being self-sufficient. I dislike asking for help.
Little Black Book
- Forever New, Fourways Mall,011 465 1829
It's got great clothes . You can't walk out without having bought something.
- Look & Listen, Cresta, 011 476 4142
It's my ultimate when it comes to my CDs, DVDs and games.
- Coachman's Inn, Bryanston,011 706 7269
For a great meal when you want to blow the socks off someone.
- Lion and Rhino Park,011 957 0349/0109
For a good day out with my kids.