After winning the SABC 1’s Live presenter search competition in 2010, Minnie Dlamini has proven that she’s here to stay. With her star power, it’s no surprise that Minnie is one of South Africa’s biggest celebrities.
Who Is Minnie Dlamini?
Minnie is a South African television personality, host, radio DJ, model and actress. While she was still in university, she entered the Live presenter search which was at the time headed by Tbo Touch, Bonang Matheba, Phila Mazibuko and Sizwe Dhlomo.
After her win and debut on the show, she proved to be fair competition for Bonang (in terms of media attention) who at the time was being hailed as the most bankable and popular television presenter.
Dlamini’s star power grew and she practically became an overnight sensation. This led to other acting opportunities, modeling opportunities and hosting opportunities. As a model, Minnie became the face of LEGit, a South African Department Store, in 2011.
The actress was born on the 7th of July, 1990 in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her parents (Jabulani Dlamini and Queen Dlamini) have two other children – Maphe Dlamini and Khosini Dlamini. Minnie has described her brothers as her best friends. She attended Northland Girls’ high School for her secondary education and went on to study Film, Media, Drama and Economics at the University of Cape Town.
Within a few months of Live, she landed the role of ‘Miranada’ on Generations, one of the most popular shows on South African television. In 2011, she joined the cast of M-Net’s The Wild as Zintle Lebone.
Despite being star-studded with the likes of Connie Ferguson, Faye Peters, Tumisho Masha and Shona Ferguson, The Wild was canceled after only two seasons. That did not stop Minnie as she was soon cast as Nophiso Bogatsu on M-Net’s Rockville.
After Live, Minnie and Phila Mazibuko were tapped to host another show – Mzansi Insider, making her stay on Live short lived. This gave her a chance to headline her own show despite being on the entertainment scene for less than a year.
Not only did Minnie appear as a guest judge on SABC 1’s Turn It Out in 2012, she also co-presented the Miss South Africa Pageant Show. Adding to her portfolio, she joined the Express Crew on SABC 3 as well as Soccerzone with Thomas Mlambo.
In 2015, Minnie co-hosted the 14th Annual Metro FM Music Awards with her former co-host from Live – Tbo Touch. That same year, she presented at the 9th Annual South African Film and Television Awards alongside Israel Makoe (A South African actor).
Most recent in her hosting duties, she was tapped to host the 2017 AMVCA alongside IK Osakioduwa. The duo hosted the AMVCA 2016 edition.
Her career continues to grow as the model and television host works tirelessly to build her empire.
Not long after her start on Live, Minnie began her relationship with Itumeleng Khune – the South African Men’s National Football Team and Kaizer Chiefs Goal Keeper. The pair’s on-again-off-again relationship sequence attracted a lot of media coverage especially in 2013, in the days leading up to the Africa Cup of Nations when the couple broke up. Despite getting back together, their relationship ended again in 2014.
In December 2016, Minnie posted a photo on her Instagram wearing an engagement ring while holding a glass of champagne with the caption – “I said yes”. Her engagement was later confirmed by her publicist, Jarred Doyle.
On her relationship and engagement, Minnie confirms that while her fiance, ‘who has been her best friend for many years’, is very private, he has always been supportive of her career. She also expressed excitement over the thought of spending the rest of her life with him.
The actress is sincerely wished the best as she begins a new chapter in her life.
Four years after her debut on Live, Minnie started her own charity organization – The Minnie Dlamini Foundation – in 2014. Her organization is aimed at providing aid to South African girls without access to quality education. To raise funds for her
To raise funds for her organization, Minnie released a 2015 calendar which featured photos of herself taken in and around Durban, as well as at her home. Later in July that year, she announced through her twitter account that the Minnie Dlamini Foundation will be paying university fees for 29 students