Minnie Dlamini is an award-winning South African actress, television personality, DJ and brand ambassador. She gained her fame as the host of one of South Africa’s biggest music shows, Live.
At the time, Live was headed by Bonang Matheba, Tbo Touch, MTV VJ Sizwe Dhlomo and the lesser known Phila Mazibuko. Dlamini had a huge task on her hands if she were to sparkle in the face of such star power. Bonang was perhaps the biggest star, then and now, but it was no deterrent for the talented Dlamini. She quickly honed her role and came to have her own fan-base. Arguably, her fame came at a much faster speed and in greater volumes. In just a few months she landed a role in Generations on SABC 1, as Miranda. Minnie achieved her goal in the face of just two popular shows. These shows were enough to turn any unknown into an instant star with the far-fetching audience and level of exposure due to its popularity.
However, her stay on Live was short lived. Minnie and Phila Mazibuko moved on to Mzansi Insider, also on SABC 1. It was there that Minnie solidified her status as the next best thing in the South African entertainment industry. She then headed her own show, alongside someone who shed a much smaller shadow compared to her counterparts on Live.
In less than a year after winning a presenter search, she had outgrown the show, appeared on Generations and went on to have her own show.
Later, in 2011, she was cast as Zintle Lebone on the popular M-net show, The Wild. The show was new at the time of her casting and had enlisted the services of Shona Ferguson, Alex in Scandal; Tumisho Masha, Dumisani in Isidingo; Connie Ferguson, Karabo in Generations and Faye Peters, Vivian in Generations, among many others.
Despite the star power and popularity around the show, it failed after two seasons and production ended. Minnie also appeared as a guest judge on SABC 1’s Turn It Out and co-presented Miss South Africa in 2012.
Later, in 2013, SABC had forever gone on about plans to bring new and exciting innovations and channels to the screen. While the channels never came or were yet to come, Minnie spent some time with the Expresso crew on SABC 3. Those spoken about innovations came in the form of revamping a long running football highlights show and introduced Thomas Mlambo and Minnie Dlamini as co-hosts.
In that same year, Minnie joined The Wild Exodus on M-net’s Rockville and was cast as Nosipho Bogatsu.