Talent knows no boundaries and a talented artist may shine far away from the motherland. That’s why in this article, we look at the top 9 South African Celebrities Who Are Actually Zimbabweans. The celebrities included in this list have had tremendous accomplishments in different areas of entertainment, ranging from acting to athletics.
Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean born South African actor who is known for his role as Vugani Koza in the popular TV drama Generations. Ernest paved the way for most Zimbabwean actors because he was the first to appear on popular TV shows. He has starred in shows like “Egell”, “African Skies”, “Going Up”, and “Tarzan: The Epic Journey” among many others.
Dlamini is a Zimbabwean born TV and film actor who moved to South Africa. He is best known for his role as Stan Nyati on the e-tv soap Scandal. He has also starred in popular TV shows like Generations, Jacob’s Cross, and Intersection among others.
Dlamini has appeared on several TV shows and received a couple of theatre credits for his performance.
Berita is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist born and raised in Zimbabwe. He moved to South Africa in 2012 to join the Walter Sisulu University. Berita started writing and performing music while at the university.
She is known for her collaboration with established artists like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, House Dj Oskido, and Grammy-winning Hugh Masekela. She also produced chart-topping hits with Black Motion, Mobi Dixon, and Da Capo.
Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende
Charlene is an actress and voice-over artist born in Zimbabwe. She went to an all-girl catholic school before moving to South Africa in 2006. She relocated to study at the AFDAC school of music, media, motion picture, and live performances.
She joined the Cape Town Theatre in 2010 and took her first role as Lady Couplet in the production of Romeo and Juliet. Charlene upset the apple cart when she played a male character in the drama Generation.
He is a Zimbabwe-born South African rugby player and a second black to play rugby in South Africa. Mtawarira is popularly known as the beast who has South African citizenship. He is the third most kept player in the history of rugby in SA, with 117 cups under his name. Mtawarira made history in 2019 by leading his team to win the world cup.
She was born in Zimbabwe, but later her parents separated. Sha Sha went to church and joined the choir. Her friends encouraged her to pursue music, and she took her advice and became one of the favourite Amapiano artists.
She started her career in 2017 by collaborating with Audius and Brian Soko who assisted her in connecting with producers in South Africa. She has worked with producers and rappers such as Rouge and Priddy Ugly. Sha Sha was introduced to DJ Maphorisa by her cab driver. Since then they’ve been working together.
Pete was born in Zimbabwe and lived in England before moving back to Zimbabwe. He resigned as an accountant to audition for a radio job in Zimbabwe. He later moved to South Africa to further his career in broadcasting. Ndoro is also a master of ceremonies and a TV personality.
Oskido is a DJ, recording artist, and record producer born to a Zimbabwean father and South Africa mother. He moved back to SA at 21 years to help run a family business before venturing into music.
He has been in the music industry for 30 years, and attained a prominent status, especially in the popular youth culture. He is one of the pioneering artists to make the Kwaito genre of music popular. He is the co-founder of the Kalawa Jazmee Records, which signed prominent artists like Bongo Maffin and Mafikizolo.
Kim is a model, TV presenter, and influencer born in Harare Zimbabwe. She relocated to SA in 2009 to pursue higher education. She graduated with an honorary degree in social work. The South African MTV base manager saw her picture on Instagram and offered her a job as a presenter.
These are the most notable South African celebrities with Zimbabwean roots.