Michelle Garforth-Venter has successfully secured her name on both sides of the Atlantic as a highly respected international TV Anchor, Producer and award winning Journalist. She has been described as being like a breath of fresh air on camera; articulate, knowledgeable and approachable. Market research has proved that she holds an incredibly strong audience following in South Africa.
2010 is a pioneering year for Michelle, her husband Riaan and indeed South African television with the launch of a first ever South African produced 30 part half hour television reality series of this kind called ‘Love & Mortar’ on the DSTV Home Channel (#182). The show invited audiences into their lives as they built their ultimate bio-climatic family home and educated one and all on eco-friendly cost saving initiatives.
2010 also saw Michelle become a first time Mom on Friday 9, April, her birthday, welcoming a healthy baby boy.
In March 2010, Glamour magazine voted Michelle ‘Woman of the Year’ in the media category and the award ceremony took place at The Grace Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
At the 2009 Kudu Awards, Michelle was presented with the prestigious ‘Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation, Best Journalist Award’.
During 2009 and after 3 wildly successful seasons, viewer ratings soared for her television show ‘Wild Ltd 4’! The fourth season is in its regular weekly Monday evening timeslot on SABC 2 at 18:00 as from January 19, 2009 for 26 episodes. On the show Michelle continues to explore the plight of animals under threat and also recognises the growing and urgent public concerns for the planet. Her aims are to raise public awareness of planetary needs and show conservation management tools and the people behind the scenes.
When she is not the bush, on assignment or strategising television productions that make the public sit up and think, her and her husband, Riaan Garforth-Venter are educating and campaigning for conservation education, both with animals and eco - environmental issues.
Michelle believes that it is all about starting with self in order to save the planet and indeed saving ourselves. Each positive action, no matter how small creates a positive ripple effect. She does her utmost to live an environmentally aware and green lifestyle and was initially surprised to learn just how easy it is.
She is currently writing a book as well as spearheading ‘green’ workshops to encourage and teach large corporations and the public to take to the challenge and start making the changes necessary to play their part in the fight against global climate change.