Who is Minnie Dlamini?
Minnie Dlamini is a celebrated 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.
She has since been a mainstay in the country’s entertainment industry for years. Her key to longevity in the industry is to constantly reinvent herself. In 2019 she told City Press that she was grateful for her longevity and success.
Early Life of Minnie Dlamini
Minnie Dlamini was born on 7 July 1990 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Her father’s name is Jabulani and her mother is Queen Dlamini.
She was later nicknamed Minnie by family members and it’s safe to say that the name stuck. She and her brother Khosini Dlamini both grew up in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
She had her early education at Northlands Girls’ High School before she proceeded to the University of Cape Town where she studied film, media, drama, and economics.
South African superstar Minnie Dlamini-Jones was destined for fame. She was barely out of diapers when she started showing her star qualities.
Minnie Dlamini Career
While studying at the University of Cape Town, Dlamini was a presenter for LIVE on 16 June 2010, after she made her debut screen appearance while covering the “Youth Day” and “World Cup celebrations” shows. She later co-hosted Mzansi Insider, an SABC 1’s lifestyle show.
In 2012, she resigned from the show in order to pursue a career in acting. In 2013, Minnie switched to sports broadcasting by cohosting Soccerzone with Thomas Mlambo, until in 2016 when the show’s format was changed by SABC 1.
She has since co-hosted several local and international award ceremonies, including the 14th Metro FM Music Awards, 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, the PSL Awards, and the South African Film and Television Awards.
In 2010, Dlamini debuted as a film actress in Generations, a SABC 1 TV soap in which she made a guest appearance as Miranda. She went on to play a lead role as Zintle Lebone in the soap The Wild and as Nosipho Bogatsu in Rockville.
In September 2011, Dlamini was announced as the new face of South African departmental store LEGit, with her own fashion range, the Minnie-Series.
In 2014, Dlamini founded the Minnie Dlamini Foundation, a charity organization established with the aim of helping young South African girls have access to good education.
On 15 July 2015, she announced via Twitter that her foundation will be sponsoring 29 students with their university fees.
Minnie Dlamini Personal Life
Minnie Dlamini married Quinton Jones in a traditional marriage on 8 July 2017 which took place in Glenn Hills, Durban North; before, they went on to do the white wedding on 16 September with exclusive coverage rights sold to Multichoice for R6-million.
On 13 October, through Vuzu Amp on DStv, she debuted the first episode of Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones, a three-part reality docu-series that documents her pre-wedding and post-wedding journey.
On 19 October, VuzuTV announced via Twitter, that the first episode of Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones became the highest-rated show in Vuzu Amp history.
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Minnie Dlamini Net Worth
Minnie Dlamini has a net worth of $12 million USD. The TV presenter earned her first million, when she was just 20 years old, she got paid by LEGiT Clothing for a collaboration called, The Minnie Series.
This includes her assets, money, and income. Her primary source of income is her career as an on-air personality, actress, and model. Through her various sources of income, Dlamini has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.
Social Media Presence
The 31-year-old says she feels sorry for people who feel the need to be nasty to others. Minnie Dlamini Jones took to Twitter to call out mean people on social media. She has raised her voice in the fight against cyberbullying.
“I feel really sorry for people who feel the need to be nasty for absolutely no reason on social media,” Dlamini Jones wrote on Twitter. She also has a huge fan following on her official IG account.
- Instagram – More than 4.5 million followers
- Twitter – More than 4.2 million followers
- Facebook – More than 703 thousand followers
The Bottom Line
Minnie is a multi-faceted entertainer. She wears the many hats of TV presenter, actress, model, MC, and businesswoman. The star began acting at the tender age of three years. When she got older she went on to study film and media, drama at the University of Cape Town.
She got her big break in 2010. This was the year Minnie won a spot on SABC 1’s music show, LIVE. Minnie has hosted several other shows since then, including:
- From Russia With Love
- Mzansi Insider
As an actress, she has appeared in two popular local soapies, The Wild and Rockville. Minnie is an in-demand MC. She has hosted top awards shows such as:
- Miss South Africa
- Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA)
- The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)
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