Lukhanyo Calata biography, age, book, wife, education, father

Lukhanyo Calata (born in 1982 in Cradock, Eastern Cape) is a South African radio presenter, actor, author, and journalist. He has also appeared on television as a news correspondent.

He popular with news listeners for being the senior reporter for eNews Primetime. The award-winning journalist has also worked for others before he moved to the national broadcaster.


Lukhanyo Calata biography
Journalist Lukhanyo Calata reporting. Image: SABC/YouTube.
NameLukhanyo Calata
Born1982 (age 39 years)
Cradock, Eastern Cape
Alma materPeninsula Technikon
NationalitySouth African
ProfessionAuthor, journalist, radio presenter, reporter
WifeAbigail Calata
BookMy Father Died for This


He was born into the family of late Fort Calata. His father was a victim of assassination in 1985 during the apartheid era. With three other anti-apartheid activists, Fort’s life was cut short by the Government.

The late activist was brought up in a political background. He was raised by his grandfather Rev James Calata, a Rivonia trialist, and ANC Secretary-General. Lukhanyo Calata lost his father when he was three years old. 


He is a graduate of Journalism from the Peninsula Technikon’s Journalism Department. He completed his studies in 2004 with a National Diploma.


Lukhanyo joined the P4 radio station in July 2002. His new job followed his relocation to Cape Town a year earlier.

After his service as an intern at the station was complete, he became the producer and co-host of True Expressions with Koketso Sachane.

The current affairs talk show airs on weekdays (Mondays – Thursdays) between 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. He also worked with the radio station as a news anchor.

Lukhanyo landed a job as a senior news reporter for eNews Primetime on


Lukhanyo Calata family
Journalist Lukhanyo Calata and his family. Image: The Big Issue South Africa.

Lukhanyo is married to Abigail Calata, a journalist. Together, they authored a book “My Father Died for This“. She holds a B Phil Journalism Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Stellenbosch University.

His wife was employed at Beeld and worked as a political reporter and correspondent. The couple lives in Cape Town.


In an interview session, Lukhanyo and his wife, Abigail Calata, discuss their book “My Father Died for This“. 

Sadly, when his father was assassinated by the apartheid, Lukhanyo was a young boy of three.

Thirty-one years have passed Lukhanyo is now a journalist. He is among the SABC 8 when he defies Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reign of censorship at the public broadcaster.

With his wife, he investigates the mystery that revolves around his father’s demise despite two high-profile inquests.


  1. Lukhanyo Calata“. TVSA. Retrieved 23-06-2021.
  2. My Father Died For This – Lukhanyo & Abigail Calata“. Polity. Retrieved 23-06-2021.
  3. Lukhanyo Calata BRIEF BIOGRAPHY SABC parliamentary“. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Retrieved 23-06-2021.


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