10 SA celebs you should REALLY know

2015-11-03 11:07
Celebs you really need to know (Instagram)

Johannesburg - South Africa is filled to the brim with interesting and exciting people, especially in celeb-ville.

They make a living entertaining us and even hog the headlines in our favourite magazines and newspapers - but do you even know who they are?

So in the interest of helping you stay "in" with "the cool kids", here are 10 celebs you should totes know by now:


Age: 36

Known for: Many know Somizi as that crazy and entertaining new judge on Idols. But way before the funny remarks made from the judging table, Somizi was known as an award-winning actor and choreographer with famous parents (Mary Twala and Ndaba Mhlongo) and a taste for anything flamboyant and extravagant.

Just a peek at his hugely popular and entertaining social media accounts is enough to tell you that Somizi is the real Queen of Mzansi.

Social media: Somizi Mhlongo on Facebook,  @somizi on Twitter & @somizi on Instagram.

Bonang Matheba

Age: 28

Known for: Queen B is one of the most recognisable faces in South Africa. Bonang covers billboards for Revlon, Ciroc Vodka and Woolworths (to name but a few), presents TV shows like Top Billing and Afternoon Express and has her very own radio show on Metro FM. No wonder she grabs all the headlines.

Oh, and did we mention that her and Somizi are, like, the biggest BFFs EVER!

Social media: Bonang Matheba on Facebook, @bonang on Twitter & @bonang_m on Instagram.

Minnie Dlamini

Age: 25

Known for: After several years in the industry, Minnie Dlamini has cemented herself as one of the most popular personalities in the country. Presenting several TV programmes, including the hugely popular SoccerZone on SABC 1, the beautiful Minnie has also made waves with her modelling and international presenting gigs.

She is often seen as rivalling Bonang as South Africa's 'it' girl.

Social media: Minnie Dlamini on Facebook, @MinnieDlamini on Twitter & @MinnieDlamini on Instagram.

Karlien van Jaarsveld

Age: 29

Known for: The Afrikaans pop star is known as much for her contagious hits as for her high profile marriage, and divorce, to rugby player Derick Hougaard. The couple's life dominate headlines and dinner-table conversations across South Africa.

They really are the closest thing we have to Afrikaans royalty.

Social media: Karlien van Jaarsveld on Facebook, @karlienvanjaarsveld on Instagram & @KarlienVanJ on Twitter.

Kelly Khumalo

Age: 30

Known for: Multi award-winning songstress, Kelly Khumalo, has been in the spotlight since 2003 with hit after hit. She has also made headlines as the girlfriend of the late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead in a botched robbery last year, and for her relationships with the jailed rapper Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye. 

Social media: Kelly Khumalo on Facebook, @KellyKhumalo4 on Twitter & @kelly_khumalo on Instagram.


Age: 26

Known for: Not just the sexy lead singer from Mi Casa, J'Something has really flourished over the last two years. From starting his own production company to hosting his own weekly cooking show, J is out to prove to the country that there's more to him than just an irresistible voice and dashing good looks.

Social media: J'Something on Facebook, @J'Somethingmusic on Twitter & @J'Somethingmusic on Instagram.


Age: 27

Known for: AKA has always been known as one of the best hip-hop artist in the country, but recently his long-standing feud with fellow rapper, Cassper Nyovest has dominated headlines. The feud has fluctuated in intensity over the last few months, but reached a climax after reports of his friends pulling a gun on Cassper in a TV studio last year and a recent scuffle between the two in a nightclub.

Social media: AKA IV League on Facebook, @AKAworldwide on Twitter & @AKAworldwide on Instagram.

Cassper Nyovest

Age: 24

Known for: The other half of the AKA vs Cassper feud, Cassper Nyovest broke on to the scene last year with his mega radio hit, Doc Shebeleza. He has stayed in the headlines ever since, with stories of his feud with AKA being reported on as much as the hits he keeps producing.

Cassper will at the end of October seek to fill up the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg- a feat never achieved by a South African artist.

Social media: Cassper Nyovest on Facebook, @Casspernyovest on Twitter & @Casspernyovest on Instagram

Khanyi Mbau

Age: 30

Known for: TV presenter, radio host, model, talk show queen and agony aunt- is there any title Khanyi Mbau has not yet achieved in South Africa? Khanyi has been in the South African entertainment industry for 16 years, making her one of the best known faces in the country.

And while those headline-grabbing crazy days of her racing around Sandton in her Lamborghini, supposedly financed by her sugar daddies, may be long gone, she's shown she has the staying power to be around for a long while yet.

Social media: Khanyi Mbau on Facebook, @Mbaureloaded on Twitter & @Mbaureloaded on Instagram.

DJ Black Coffee

Age: 39

Known for: A sold out world tour earlier this year goes to show how Black Coffee has quickly risen to become of the biggest DJs in the world. He will next year perform at the world famous Coachella Music Festival, and counts some of the biggest stars in the world, including Drake, as his friend and supporter.

Rumours of his infidelity threw the shy DJ into the spotlight last year, but that was quickly forgotten in a blaze of music and international awards for Black Coffee.

Social media: Black Coffee on Facebook, @Realblackcoffee on Twitter & @Realblackcoffee on Instagram.