Lawrence Maleka (born April 11, 1990) is a 33 years old South African TV presenter and actor famous for anchoring the Mzansi Magic talent show, Clash of Choirs South Africa. He is generally famed for bringing life and energy to every show he hosts or every character he plays on screen.
Despite how outstanding his career has been, Maleka is quite a discrete person. As such, not much about his personal life is out in the open, although it is public knowledge that he is married to Zenokuhle Maseko.
Lawrence Maleka Is Best Known For Presenting Clash of the Choirs
Lawrence Maleka has been part of the cast of a couple of award-winning South African soap operas and has also been the presenter of other major shows. All his works are noteworthy, but he is most famous for being the presenter of the Mzansi Magic talent show, Clash of Choirs South Africa. It should not seem out of place to know that a presenting role is what Lawrence is famous for because he has made it clear that he prefers presenting to acting.
But, we cannot be sure how long this preference will last, as he has started landing major acting roles in some of the most-watched South African soapies. Aside from being an actor and presenter, Lawrence Maleka is also an entrepreneur, and he owns a firm called BMI Holdings.
He Is The Youngest Of Three Siblings
Lawrence Maleka was born on the 11th of April 1990 and raised in Soweto, South Africa, which is also his hometown. Although not much is known about his parents, he always speaks well of his father. He says his father played a vital role in the family and personally in his life. One of the traits he thinks he picked from his father is the ability to take good care of women. His father also influenced his love for jazz music, and most importantly, he taught him to be an independent man.
The River star is not the only child of his parents; rather, he is the last of three children. He has two elder siblings, an elder brother, and a sister. He was raised together with his siblings in Soweto, and the kind of life they experience has taught him to become the complete man he is today.
The Actor Played Rugby In Secondary School
Details about the educational background of Lawrence Maleka are currently not available. However, there is still little available information, like being active in sports as a high school student. The TV presenter played Rugby and was a very talented player. In fact, he was so good that he captained his rugby team.
Maleka was not only good in sports as it seems he was also good with his academics as information available shows he was a prefect in his high school. Whether or not he furthered his education after high school is unknown, but what is known is that he never studied anything that has to do with acting or presenting.
Lawrence Maleka Got His Breakthrough In The Entertainment Industry In 2009
The actor’s first shot at a career in the South African entertainment industry was when he was featured in Jungle Book while still in primary school. After that feature, he knew that he would be a part of the entertainment industry. In 2009, he was encouraged by Lerato Kganyago to audition for the role of the Gadget’s Show host on Soweto TV, which he did, and fortunately for him, he got the job.
This was a breakthrough in his career. He further presented other shows like Ziyamporomo and Street Radio for Soweto TV from hosting the show.
He Has Anchored So Many Other Shows Since Then
Since his breakthrough role in 2009, he has built a solid career for himself in the entertainment industry. In 2011, he was the host of the promotional show Coca-Cola Happiness on e.tv. A year later, he co-hosted the celebrity gossip show on AfricaMagic Entertainment with Vimbai Mutinhiri dubbed ‘Star Gist’ for two years – till 2014.
In 2015, he appeared as a celebrity contestant with Bucie Nqwiliso and Busisiwe Gqula on the e.TV’s game show ‘I Love Africa,’ and following the exit of Fezile Makhanya from the Lotto Powerball lottery game on e.tv, he took over the hosting role.
Still, in 2015, he landed the chance to be a presenter of the talent reality TV show, Clash of the Choirs South Africa after Bonang Matheba left the show. This became one of the biggest television presenting roles in his career the Clash of Choirs reality show airs on Mzansi Magic. In 2016, he joined Boity Thulo to co-host e.tv’s Club 808, and then in 2017, he landed a role on The Final Cut, a reality competition that airs on SABC3.
After Four Years Hiatus, Lawrence Maleka Is Now A Presenter for SABC1
Lawrence Maleka took a break from presenting for about four years. His last presenting role in 2017 was for SABC3’s reality TV show, The Final Cut. The reason why he took a break from presenting despite saying he prefers presenting to acting is unknown. In March this year, SABC1 announced that they were glad to have Lawrence Maleka on board to host their new dating show, Too Hot to be Single, which started airing on the 8th of April 2021.
According to Maleka, he is excited to be a part of SABC1, and presenting the show is a dream come through for him. He also hopes to become an international presenter one day, and every show he presents is a step towards achieving that dream. However, viewers of the South African TV series, The Rivers did not receive this news with so much excitement, as they fear one of their favorite actors may be leaving the show anytime soon.
Lawrence Maleka Has Also Ventured Into Acting
Lawrence Maleka made his acting debut in 2015 on the popular soap opera IsiBaya, where he played the role of Don Webster in the season 3, 4, and 5 of the series. He later joined the cast of the award-winning South African TV series Generations: The Legacy, where he played the role of Zolani from season one to three. This was his first lead role; he was unsure how much fans would love the character, but fans loved it.
He Is A Married Man, But He Keeps His Personal Life Away From Social Media
Lawrence Maleka keeps his wife from the public domain; as such, nothing is known about her other than her name, Zenokuhle Maseko. Before getting married to his Zeno, he revealed his exact spec for a wife. According to him, she should be down-to-earth, classy, versatile, and goal-oriented. Additionally, he also wanted a woman who can motivate him.
For his wife to have been able to win him over, it would mean that she possesses most of the qualities he desires in a woman, which means he is also a lucky man to have found a woman who meets his desires.