FROM pumping petrol for a living in Port Elizabeth to hosting a new television show, Luyanda Potwana is making a big splash on the small screen.
The 31-year-old is the presenter of SABC1's new talk show, Nyan' Nyani, which airs every Tuesday at 6.30pm. The show, which started last week, is a reality series that deals with couples and the secrets between them.
"This is a show for couples to confess and promote truth, honesty and openness in their relationships. There are also different professionals in the studio to offer assistance where it is due."
The show was not like Phil McGraw's US talk show Dr Phil, Potwana said.
"We do all that we can to help people's relationships. We are also not a Jerry Springer show, as we don't promote violence," he said.
Life was not always easy for Potwana.
After his father died when he was nine he moved from Peddie to East London to stay with an uncle.
When he finished matric, he landed a job as a petrol attendant in Port Elizabeth.
"I used to earn R250 a week and had to take care of my family."
In 2005 Potwana moved to Johannesburg in search of greener pastures.
" It was not easy at all. I remember in 2007 I was homeless. It was only in 2012 when I heard about an agent helping people realise their dreams that things started to change."
Since then Potwana has played small parts in Generations, Isidingo, Muvhango and Rhythm City.
"Although the money was not that much, it made a difference in my life."
After auditioning three times for Nyan' Nyani, he received the nod for the job.
"I thank God for granting me this opportunity and it's not only about being famous.
"I will be doing motivational talks using my life experience around schools in East London, Peddie and Port Elizabeth," he said.
Potwana is engaged to Busisiwe Majavu.
"She means everything to me as she has been there for me when I was nothing.
"We hope to walk down the aisle sometime this year," he said.