Lerato Mbele studied for a master’s degree in development studies at the University of London. She has a bachelor’s degree majoring politics and international relations from the University of Cape Town. Her parents are from the South African Zulu and Tswana tribes.
Lerato Mbele began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 1999, rising to become an anchor for its programme News at Ten. In 2007 Lerato Mbele joined CNBC Africa at its launch as one the channel’s senior business presenters. While at CNBC she hosted regular programmes on the channel in addition to coverage of many other business events, such as the World Economic Forum.
In 2012 Lerato Mbele joined BBC News to help launch and present Newsday on the BBC World Service with Lawrence Pollard. The two present from 6 – 8.30am (UK time) each weekday. Now she is the presenter of Africa Business Report, a weekly programme that visits different countries filming inserts about different sectors of their economies. It also features entrepreneurs and leading business personalities in Africa. Interviews by Lerato Mbele also appear on BBC World News and World Business Report.
In 2014 Lerato Mbele was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.