Vanes-Mari follows French footsteps; celebrate the World Cup


Throughout her life and career, Vanes-Mari du Toit’s heart was divided between her two great loves: sport and entertainment. Today she knows that these two passions have become an inseparable part of each other, and of her.

“I never thought it would turn out like this, but today sport and entertainment enjoy a symbiotic relationship in my life,” Vanes-Mari, who is currently embarking on the trip to France with Hamilton Wessels, tells RNews.

This pair of presenters have joined forces again to bring the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in France this weekend, to South African boxes. In French, yes! follows Vanes-Mari and Hamilton as they explore the towns, flavours, colours, streets and rugby craze of France.

Viewers have already dealt with these two sports jocks in the chat and exploration programme, In Japan, yes!. Vanes-Mari is looking forward to experiencing the World Cup spirit anew, and in a country like France.

“We are looking forward to bringing the world cup spirit back home. There are many people who do not have the privilege of attending the matches themselves, now they can share in the joy in the comfort of their own living rooms,” says Vanes-Mari.

“And you know, we are just as surprised as the viewer about what we experience and what comes out of our mouths. Every day we know more or less what we are going to do, but in those circumstances you are adaptable. This is life as it really happens.”

She is especially excited to explore the south of France, something she has never done before.

“I’ve been to Paris, but only in Paris. This time we are going to explore the smaller, more unknown towns.”

Vanes-Mari, who represented South Africa herself a few years ago as a netball player, is crazy about the idea that her love for sport and the entertainment industry are intertwined in the program.

To some extent, she admits, her career as a professional netballer prepared her for the dozens of times she had to exchange her sneakers for a microphone.

“Ultimately, sport also offers a measure of entertainment. You know you have to play well to keep people watching. It definitely taught me what it means to entertain people, even if it was on a netball court.”

This 34-year-old presenter and sports star will be seen on the box office in more than one capacity during the world cup. Vanes-Mari will also walk among the spectators before each match to capture the excitement for SuperSport, DStv channel 201.

Vanes-Mari does not hesitate to take on challenges; on the contrary, she considers it a source of inspiration and motivation. That’s why she didn’t think twice when she was approached to play herself in kykNET’s drama series, Heart beatnot to interpret.

“It was a privilege to work with some of our country’s best actors. The filming experience was incredibly fun and felt so real. It felt like I was in a real hospital,” she said about her short visit to the set Heart beat cooed

“I know today, especially after this experience, that the entertainment industry and I chose each other.”

  • Heart beat is broadcast on Tuesdays at 20:00 on kykNET, DStv channel 144.
  • In French, yes! kicks off on Saturday 9 September at 19:30 on kykNET and will be broadcast weekly thereafter.