Timothy Molefe Modise was born in Pretoria and raised in Ga-rankuwa where he attended Agisanang Primary school and matriculated from Moruleng High School near Rustenburg in 1978. He was briefly a student at the Fort Hare University in 1980 but could not finish as the university was closed down then following student uprisings. He holds a Marketing Management Certificate from UNISA and a Diploma in Financial Management from Damelin Business College .
He has been involved in Broadcasting since 1980 having worked in various capacities on various radio stations. He also presented a current affairs program on TV and he was also a columnist for a Sunday News Paper (City press) until 30 June 2001. He was a political analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston until April 2002. He is currently the Chairman of the Proudly South African Campaign – a position he was appointed to in July 2001.
He hosted his own morning talk program on SA Fm Radio until November 2002 and from 13 January 2003 he has been the host of a simulcast talk programme on Radio 702 and Cape Talk called “the Tim Modise Network”. Tim is also co-presenter for the actuality programme “Carte Blanche” on M-Net, which he joined in January 2003. It was his privilege to cover all the inauguration ceremonies since 1994 for radio. In addition he also does a lot of public appearances, which include MC work and public speaking which includes Mr Nelson Mandela’s 80 th birthday party as well as the function held in honour of Dr Oliver Thambo.
He is the chairperson of the Ga-rankuwa Forum for Excellence who’s goal it is to promote education in the community. The initiative received the Award for “Most resourceful community organization is supporting Education” from The MEC for Education in the North West Province in early 2003. Tim also serves on the board of Valued Citizens Initiative and the South African Students Travel Service and also on the Board of the International Marketing Council. He is also trying to establish a programme to assist unemployed Graduates and aspiring youth in the Ga-rankuwa vicinity.
Tim was also appointed chairperson of the BEE Scorecard for the Department Environmental affairs and Tourism in Mid 2004 and played a part in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda “Habitat for Humantiy” Housing project in 2004.
He received the Rotary Award for community Service in 1999, Best Broadcaster – Radio Award in 1991 and was the Financial Mail runner-up political analyst of the year 1999 – 2000. In March 2001 he was awarded the prestigious “Reconciliation Award” which he received from the Institute for Justice and reconciliation for his contribution to reconciliation in South Africa . GQ Magazine’s reader’s choice for best TV and Radio presenter of the year 2001 was bestowed on him in August 2001. In October 2001 he also received the Presidents’ Award from IPM as well as the “Communicator of the Year” awarded by Technikon Pretoria. He also received the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club in 2002.
In January 2004 he was awarded the prestigious 2003 International Jaime Brunet Award for the promotion of human rights, which has previously been awarded to the Dalai Lama. He also received the “Best Man” Award from Men’s’ Health magazine chosen by the readers in 2004 as well as the Old Mutual SA Leadership Award – media category in August 2004.
Tim can speak various African languages.
Tim loves Jazz music and appreciates spending time with his family and friends when his schedule allows. He loves reading and Karate.