About LT


The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation


Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.

Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright- and controversial –light on South Africa society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful- and often laugh-out-loud scrutiny.

The Way I see It is written for people who are hungry for the book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!

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The passages where she offers hypothetical dialogue between lovers, friends, bank employees and their debtors, are intriguing and entertaining

The Sunday Independent

She wittily and creatively tackles the impact of social media and how it has become almost impossible for people to live without Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

Saturday Star

A rollercoaster of emotions!

The City Press



Talk Show style Vodcast where Lerato Tshabalala speaks to renowned thought leaders across industries, to reflect on what is happening in the now and how humanity can best navigate and pivot in this present moment in order to find peace in it and remain relevant.


  • Unconscious Bias
  • Financial Wellness
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Trend forecasting
  • Lifestyle
  • Education

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Date: 22 August 2020

The second Episode of RLVNT features South African private chef and entrepreneur, Mokgadi Itsweng, of Uju Spice. A mama and feminist, she talks about getting back to our African culinary roots when preparing traditional food, the benefits of plant based food and tips on how businesses in the hospitality industry can survive this time in human history.


Talks and Testimonials



What I experienced working with Sis Lerato was beyond work in a professional sense – it was humanity and ubuntu embodied in many ways that are unseen in modern society. I write this reflection with great pride, joy, and hope to one day return her humbling gesture of relentless professionalism and graceful mentorship. I would recommend her for any opportunity crafted to engage meaning and value for all who are involved and influenced. Lerato is truly, a class of her own.

Ms Mpumi Nobiva, International Speaker and Communication Strategist

As a guest speaker Ms Tshabalala was well received by the audience, her articulation  and content of the conversation was above par. She was inspiring, and able to connect with the audience at their respective level in a humble and respectful way.
She used her popularity to engage  with the audience humanely and making them feel important, honored and inspired to do more with their lives despite setbacks in life.

Ms Lydia Mdluli, Ex Head Organizational Effectiveness, African Bank (Now with IDC)