Minnie Dlamini is a South African television personality who was born Minenhle Dlamini on July 07, 1990 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She came to fame after entering a presenter search competition for SABC 1’s Live, she went on to win that competition and made her television debut.
|July 07, 1990|
|Since||2010 – to date|
|(2010 – 2014)|
Minnie Dlamini was born and grew up in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
She attended Northlands Girls High School.
In 2010, when Live presenter search got underway, Dlamini was a student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
The presenter search began in April of that year, by June, Dlamini had become the winner and had a place on one of the country’s most watched television shows.
Live, at the time headed by Bonang Matheba, Tbo Touch, MTV VJ Sizwe Dhlomo and the lesser known Phila Mazibuko.
Dlamini had a mammoth task is her hands if she was ever going to shine in the face of such star power.
Bonang Matheba, at the time and to this day, perhaps the greatest female or entertainer of any kind in South Africa.
This was not a deterrent for Dlamini.
She quickly came to her own, arguably, her growth came at a much faster speed and in far greater volumes.
In just a few months, she received a role on SABC 1’s sopie, Generations as Miranda, the only show that dwarfs Live in the country.
Minnie Dlamini had truly arrived, the amount of exposure and variety of audience she received from these two shows was more than enough to turn any unknown into an instant star.
Her stay on Live was short lived, she and Phila Mazibuko moved on to another SABC 1 show, Mzansi Insider. It is there that Dlamini solidified her status as the next best thing in the South African entertainment landscape. At this point she was heading her own show along someone who had far less of shadow compared to her counterparts on Live.
In less than a year after winning a presenter search, she had out grown that show appeared on Generations and went on to have her own show.
In 2011 Dlamini was cast as Zintle Lebone on star studded M-Net’s The Wild, the show was new at the time and had enlisted the services of Shona Ferguson (Scandal as Alex), Tumisho Masha (Isidingo as Dumisani), Connie Ferguson (Generations as Karabo), Faye Peters (Generations as Vivian) among many others.
Despite the star power on the show, particularly that of Connie Ferguson who had anchored Generations for over 15 years, it failed after two seasons and stopped production in 2012/13.
In 2012 Dlamini appeared as a guest judge on SABC 1’s Turn It Out and co-presented Miss South Africa.
In 2013 the SABC had gone on forever over it’s plans to bring new exciting innovations and channels, while the channels never came or are yet to come, at the time Dlamini was spending some time with the SABC 3’s Expresso crew, those innovations came in a form of revamping a long running football highlights show and introducing Thomas Mlambo and Minnie Dlamini as co-hosts.
That same year, she joined The Wild exodus on M-Net’s Rockville as Nosipho Bogatsu.
On February 28, 2015 Minnie Dlamini co-hosted the 14th Annual Metro FM Music Awards with T-Bo Touch live from Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) while Pearl Modiadie hosted the post award interviews with Tsholofelo Maseko and Mzambiya reporting from the public viewing area at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
On Sunday night of March 22, 2015 she presented an award alongside legendary South African actor Israel Makoe at theLoyiso Gola hosted 9th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs ).
|2015||14th Metro FM Music Awards||Herself||Co-host|
|2013||Rockville||Nosipho Bogatsu||Supporting Role, TV Drama|
|2013 – to date||Soccerzone||Herself||Co-host with Thomas Mlambo, football highlights|
|2012||Miss South Africa 56||Herself||Co-presenter with various celebrities|
|2012||Turn it Out 2||Herself||Guest Judge, Dance Competition Show|
|2011 – 2013||The Wild||Zintle Lebone||Lead Role, TV Soap|
|2010 – 2012||Mzansi Insider||Herself||Host with Phila Mazibuko|
|2010||Generations||Miranda||Guest Appearance, TV Soap|
|2010||Live||Herself||Presenter, Music Show|
Minnie Dlamini Foundation
In 2014 Minnie Dlamini founded the Minnie Dlamini Foundation aimed at assisting young girls.
In an effort to raise funds for her foundation she released a 2015 calender featuring portraits of herself shot on location around Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and at her home.
Minnie Dlamini has been in a relationship with Kaizer Chiefs and South African Men’s National Football Team goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune at least since the very early days of her fame.
The pair received much media coverage in 2013 coming to the days of the Africa Cup of Nations when it was reported that they had broken up.
The pair has since reconciled and back together. As of 2014 there are reports claiming that Minnie Dlamini and Itumeleng Khune have broken up again.