Gerry Elsdon (Rantseli) is a television presenter, host, MC and businesswoman. Elsdon is probably best known as a continuity announcer for M-Net. She also co-hosted the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa in 2001. Elson is a sought-after MC and an inspirational speaker.
However, what many people aren’t aware of is her involvement in social issues.
Elsdon uses her public profile as a celebrity to get involved in as many social projects as possible. She has assisted as an Aids Ambassador for the President’s Office and frequently helps organisations like CHOC and the Othandweni Children’s Home.
In 2008 she became the spokesperson for the World Health Organization’s South African ‘STOP TB!’ campaign. On the invitation of the previous Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala Msimang, Elsdon assisted in highlighting the plight of those struggling with TB, HIV and Aids.
Other notable activities include:
- Presenter on DStv channel ONE Gospel
- The face of LUX in Southern Africa.
- Holds active directorships in Hlobisile Transport Management
- Director: Marketing for Centurion Academie, a Pretoria based Tertiary Institution.
In 2006 Elsdon launched Cinnamon Communications (Learn, Grow and Experience the Essence of Life). She heads this company by herself, focusing on:
- Motivational workshops
- Grooming and image workshops
- Networking breakfasts
- Skills development and training courses
- Corporate solutions programmes
- Corporate wellness programmes
- Celebrity friends workshop.
In 2002, Soulmate Productions, established by Elsdon and musician Alex Rantseli, joined forces with publishing house, Carpe Diem Media, to create an inspirational publication called Soul Magazine, which Elsdon edited. The magazine recently published its last issue.
In 2007 Gerry launched Gerri E signature Collection, a jewellery range comprising of Swarovski crystals and fine metals. The range has since been expanded to include clothing.