Rise and shine with Jamie-lee on Expresso

Patricia and Jamie-lee Domburg at the event held to announce the winner of the presenter search.

Steenberg’s Jamie-lee Domburg stole the show when she became one of the winners of a TV presenter search competition.

Jamie-lee, 26, is officially one
of the new faces on SABC 3’s Expresso morning show after she took part in this year’s presenter search.

Jamie-lee was one of two people selected to become the show’s next presenters and officially started on Friday November 1 after the finale aired on SABC 3 on Tuesday October 29.

However, she said her new role will not change who she is – a humble girl from Strauss Avenue, Steenberg, who will never forget her roots.

Now living in Plumstead, Jamie-lee’s heart has always been in the arts and entertainment industry and she was a dancer throughout her school career at Harmony Primary and Steenberg High School.

She studied theatre at the Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts and then started working in entertainment on cruise ships and got to travel the world.

She then fell pregnant and had to come home.

“I was unemployed, my mom lost her job and I was pregnant. Everything looked like it was going down hill but I was encouraged by a preaching in church about this being my season and my time,” she said.

The mom of one said she took a chance when entering the presenter search competition by posting a video on Instagram.

“I recorded and posted my audition video and a couple of days later I got the call that I was selected and I was overjoyed,” she said.

She was later asked to do a profile but she didn’t make it to the first round in the Cape Town auditions. A few days later though they did a surprise top 10 and she was selected.

“From there it was 13 weeks of eliminations and then before I knew it, I was in the top four,” she said.

Jamie-lee encouraged others who have dreams to follow in her footsteps.

“Put yourself out there. Opportunities are everywhere, you just have to take that leap of faith. Also be authentically and unapologetically you. People love seeing the real you not a version of another person so just be you,” she said.

Jamie-lee’s biggest supporter, her mom Patricia Domburg, said she always envisioned great things for her daughter.

“I am the proudest mom right now. Raising Jamie alone wasn’t easy but it was worth it. We had faith and believed that even if she didn’t make it that there would be someone out there who would see her potential because she is made for this.

“Jamie has proved that it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are and no matter where you come from, you can make it.”

Jamie-lee thanked everyone who supported her on her journey.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on my journey, my mother, family and friends. The messages have been pouring in and I am so grateful, especially to the community of Steenberg who stood behind me all the way,” she said.