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“Kriya” (meaning creative in the Indian language) is an absolute dynamo and although she’s still young – this South African television and radio host has enough experience in the media industry to categorise her as a veteran.
Currently making waves on the Breakfast Extra as well as on her show called ‘Kriya Gangiah’ on Jacaranda FM from Monday to Friday and lighting up SA’s small screens with her smile on SABC 3’s MELA programme, Kriya’s career in the media spans over 10 years.
Her enthusiasm and gratitude about her career are infectious, as she remains grateful to get paid to talk. Kriya’s diversity lies in having worked in both radio (for stations such as Highveld Stereo & Ballz Visual Radio) and as a TV presenter. She has also been featured in various print media campaigns as a model for notable companies like Coca Cola and MTN, and has thrived in the spotlight as MC for a number of high profile events sponsored by brands including FNB and Mr South Africa. As recently as September 2016, the stylish 27-year-old was announced as a winner of the prestigious South African Glamour Women of the Year Awards in the media category – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jackie Burger, Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, Kamini Pather and Karabo Mathang –Tshabuse.
She is known for her boundless energy, infectious personality, warm heart and captivating smile. Kriya was born and bred in the ‘city of gold’, but during her early childhood days she spent a lot of time in Durban visiting her grandparents. At the age of 13 Kriya moved to Pretoria with her family to complete her schooling where she continues to make a name for herself in the community. Since 2007 when Kriya joined the TUKS FM team while completing her degree in Information Science and Multimedia at the University of Pretoria, her relationship with the South African media has blossomed.
In early 2016, Kriya started her latest corporate role as Digital Lead at Kagiso Media having enjoyed a successful career spent as a Senior Consultant in Information Security and in Vulnerability Management at two prominent South African firms, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touché respectively. The digital space is her playground and keeping on top of trends & the latest gadgets and technology in this ever-changing industry is a guilty pleasure for this under-cover IT geek!
Her thousands of friends and fans follow her via social media to hear Kriya’s views on trending news, entertainment and the edgiest tech gadgets. She is a regular contributor on Glamour.co.za and All4Women.co.za, most popular with their extensive audiences for sharing her tips and insights on topics relating to business, beauty and fashion.
To unwind Kriya loves nothing more than to nurture her other passions that include cooking, baking, fashion and coming up with new designs for her nail art. Kriya manages to strike the balance between having fun while remaining professional and driven in her pursuit for excellence in whatever she puts her mind to. Whether it’s for raising funds or awareness for a charity or successfully promoting the brands she represents that includes the two international brands of CATRICE Cosmetix and Carrera Sunglasses.
- What is YOUR SPICE4LIFE?
I think my passion to entertain and put a smile on someone’s face is my Spice4Life. It’s the one thing that I absolutely love to do with no conditions.
- How did you do it?
In 2007 I got my first break as a radio presenter on TuksFM. From there, I moved to ETV’s Craz-E in 2009 and started a show at Highveld Stereo before moving to Ballz Visual Radio where I was a producer and a presenter on ‘The Business’ alongside Ian F. After a year with Ballz I moved to Jacaranda FM where I am currently a presenter and Digital Leader at Kagiso Media for Jacaranda FM. In between all that, I get whisked away to various locations around the country and abroad to be filmed as one of the Television Presenters for the Mela show on SABC 3, which airs every week on Sundays. I have also lent my promotional skills to various brands over the years in the role as Brand Ambassador for brands like Carrera, Lipsy, MINI and Catrice.
- What were your challenges?
As woman in the media industry it can be quite challenging at times. For example there are a limited number of positions available and you always have to stay at the top of your game. It can also be very time consuming and demanding, which means that it can sometimes be difficult to achieve the perfect balance between your life and work. Another problem that you see in every workplace not just in the media industry is the lack of support that women give each other. I believe that it is so important and essential that women start nurturing and growing each other to ensure that skills are developed and transferred.
- What keeps you going?
It’s definitely my passion for the industry and people that keeps me going. The fact that I get paid to talk makes it such a fun career, it never feels like a job! My family and friends are also a big part of keeping me grounded and focused. I have a very close-knit family and they have always been supportive and encouraged me throughout my career.
- What advice would you give to others who want to follow?
Always be yourself and work as hard as you can to build your career. This may sound quite cheesy, but this is the advice that I always give to people. You succeed in the media industry because of who you are and how you as an individual can capture the attention of an audience. The easiest way to do this is to be you! Women have the power to be whoever they want to be and achieve whatever they want to achieve. Always remember to preserve and overcome your obstacles. Don’t ever let anything stop you!
- 2014 – Present Jacaranda FM
- 2013 – 2014 Ballz Visual Radio
- 2011 – 2013 Highveld Stereo
- 2006 – 2009 Tuks FM
- 2016 – MELA presenter on SABC 3
- 2015 – Recruited as Disney SA casting panel for the I love Violetta talent search
- 2015 – Zaleb’s ZA presenter
- 2011 – South African Rally Championship presenter on Super Sport
- Nominated for a SAFTA for the best youth program
- 2009 – 2013 Craz-E ETV presenter
- 2015 – present Owner and Organiser of Bark in the Park Festival
- Mr South Africa 2013
- Sarah Bettens Tour
- The Khuza Awards
- Intel and Lenovo Shift event
- Tuks Rag
Current Brand endorsements
- Carrera Sunglasses
- CATRICE Make-up and nails
Previous brand endorsements
- DGB – KISS Party Shooter Brand Ambassador for Duran July event 2013
- Baby Phat South Africa
- Citroen South Africa
- Mini Cooper – Northcliff Auto Dealership
- Bachelor Degree in Information Science from the University of Pretoria
Other career and personal highlights
- Celebrity Dasher at the 2016 SANSUI Summer Cup
- Winner of the media category in the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2016 South Africa
- Cover of Get It Pretoria Magazine November 2013
- 2011 FHM VIP List
- 2010 FIFA World Cup Media volunteer
- South African National Colors in Waterpolo
- DFL IPL Miss Bollywood South Africa Finalist
- Volunteer at the National Zoological Gardens South Africa in Pretoria
- Volunteer at the CSIR for the implementation of information technology
- 2005 Pretoria Youth Theatre
- Awarded South African Colours for Waterpolo in 2005
Twitter and Instagram: @kriyaG
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