Michael Mol is a former Mr. South Africa, medical doctor, executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant, company director, and most notably, a husband and father of three.
His television career highlights include being an anchor on Top Billing – South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine program – for more than a decade, being an anchor on SABC’s newest morning show, Expresso, and most recently, combining his passion for medicine and media into a new TV series called “Hello Doctor” which educates, entertains and inspires South Africans to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. The show was renamed as “The Dr Mol Show” in April 2012 and currently has an average viewership of well over a million people. Mol is both the executive producer and presenter of the show.
His work has won him numerous critically acclaimed media awards, such as the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Speakers Association of South Africa, a People’s Award for the Best TV Presenter, and the Best of Joburg’s Award for most popular TV personality twice.
Since 2006, Mol has also served as CEO of the Sportron International group of companies, a group focused on providing and promoting health and wellness through ongoing education and the provision of a new generation of nutritional supplements (FoodState) that are as yet unsurpassed the world over.
The charismatic doctor and celebrity suffers from incurable addiction- an insatiable thirst for adrenalin! From sky-diving out of a hot-air balloon, to running the bulls in Pamplona, to scuba diving under a frozen lake, to wing walking on a bi-plane, to surfing the great Zambezi white waters on a body board and bungi jumping off the highest bridge in the world backwards, to his second attempt at the Absa Cape Epic!
Mol has been “riding in the dirt” i.e. mountain biking for about eight years and first took on the world’s toughest mountain bike stage race in 2010. He will return in 2013 as a member of Team Absa, partnered with celebrity and sportswoman Vanessa Haywood.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of rising to the challenge and doing it ‘in style’ with Team Absa,” says Mol. “And riding for a cause bigger than just finishing the race makes it all the more worthwhile.” Mol will be riding on behalf of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch, Cape Town, which is South Africa’s only dedicated child health institution and offers a comprehensive range of specialist paediatric services to children.
“I am looking forward to being able to look back on the months of discipline and preparation, and the week of pushing myself to the very edge of what I don’t know I’m capable of, and thinking to myself – it was worth every moment!” says Mol excitedly. He believes it takes 4 key ingredients to complete the Absa Cape Epic successfully- “a great partner, sufficient training, a love of the sport and a ‘wicked’ sense of humour.”
Mol resides in Cape Town with his wife Jacqui and three children, Joshua (12), Rachael (9) and Naethan (4).
Follow Michael on Twitter @DrMichaelMol.