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Here are 10 powerful South African women in the entertainment industry

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For these eminent women, the power came for some by reputation, for some by success and for others, by their vision to elevate an industry.

The entertainment industry have been on for years now and it has not only appreciated talents but also open doors to so many.

Women are really doing well and the fact they are already taking over the industry is one thing they are proud of.

Based on what their influence represents and with what their stand in their respective industry, let’s take a look at some women who have paved way and made their name one way or the other.

Pearl Thusi

 

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Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality.

Thusi is known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico and Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings.

One of South Africa’s most influential actresses, she starred in the title role of the critically acclaimed Netflix crime drama series Queen Sono, which was Netflix’s first African original

Connie Ferguson

 

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Constance “Connie” Ferguson is a South African actress, film-maker, producer and business woman. She is popularly known for her Karabo Moroka main role on South Africa’s most popular Soap Opera, Generations.

She starred on the show from its start in 1994 until she exited in 2010.

Minnie Dlamini

 

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Minenhle Jones née Dlamini known as Minnie is a South African on-air personality, actress and model.

In 2010 she was selected as the new presenter for the SABC 1 Friday live-music show Live Amp.

Bonang Matheba

 

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Bonang Matheba is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s favourite entertainment personalities. The TV and radio presenter, MC and businesswoman began her career at the age of 15 as a TV presenter on a show called ‘Manhattan’s Fantasy Challenge‘.

She rose to fame when she landed a co-presenter spot on the music and entertainment show ‘Live’ from 2007 to 2012.

Pearl Modiadie

 

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Pearl Modiadie is a South African television presenter, radio DJ, actress and producer best known to TV audiences for presenting the SABC1 music talk show Zaziwa.

Pearl Modiadie is a South African television presenter, radio DJ, actress and producer best known to TV audiences for presenting the SABC1 music talk show Zaziwa.

Boity Thulo

 

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Boitumelo Thulo, popularly known as Boity, is a South African television personality, rapper, actress, businesswoman and model.

In 2019, Thulo was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 for her contribution in the music and entertainment sector.

Sho Madjozi

 

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Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif  known professionally as Sho Madjozi is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and poet.

Regarded as one of the best performers in Africa, Madjozi incorporates the Tsonga culture through her music and public image.

In 2019, Madjozi was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 for her contribution in the music and entertainment sector.

Nandi Madida

 

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Nandi Madida is a South African singer, actress, model and television presenter born in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She was featured as a vocalist on the hit single “Tonight” by DJ Franky.

Nomzamo Mbatha

 

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Nomzamo Nonzwakazi Mbatha is a South African actress, television personality, businesswoman and human rights activist.

In 2021, she appeared in the film Coming 2 America. The previous year, Mbatha signed with talent management agency Creative Artists Agency.

DJ Zinhle

 

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Ntombezinhle Jiyane is a South African DJ, producer, media personality, and business woman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle.

DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004. Initially, she wanted to be a TV presenter and never had any aspirations of being a DJ, until her brother’s passion for mixing vinyl’s rubbed off on her and her love and passion for being a DJ grew.

She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.

 

 

 

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