Minnie Dlamini thanks Mzansi as she celebrates career-milestone

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  • The past 12 years might have been crazy for Minnie Dlamini, but she would not change anything about the journey.
  • The 31-year-old started her career as an intern at the production company which produced LIVE.
  • She now co-hosts lifestyle-sports show Homeground with Lungile Radu on Mzansi Magic.

While the past 12 years in the entertainment industry have been "crazy" for her, TV presenter, actor, and entrepreneur Minenhle 'Minnie' Dlamini would not change anything about the journey.

"This has been a crazy 12 years, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you, Mzansi, for making my dreams come true and allowing me to grace your screens all these years. Siphuma kude (we come from far)."

Dlamini reminisced about the journey in a lengthy post on Instagram: "Today, 12 years ago, I got the call that changed my life forever. I had won the LIVE presenter search; I remember that feeling as if it were yesterday."

She said the opportunity to enter the competition came when she felt dejected, was not taking school seriously, and battling with a social life she could not afford. The former The Wild actor said she also felt she "made a mess" of her opportunity to go to university.

"I went from being this 'overachieving star student' to a person I didn’t even recognise," she wrote.

However, a call-to-action looking for a new presenter to replace TBo Touch, real name Thabo Molefe, changed all that. "I got excited; I felt like this was my shot, and I was going to take it."

Dlamini said she knew she had to try because there was a "spark" in her that she had not seen in months.

After receiving the phone call that changed her life forever, she began working as an intern for the production company behind Live.

"@bonang_m (Bonang Matheba) @sizwedhlomo (Sizwe Dhlomo) were consummate professionals, and I knew I needed to work extra hard to be worthy of being on that LIVE stage with them. I did every job I could find. I ran errands, delivered tapes for archive, booked crew for shoots and live shows, [and] I would [also] book artists to perform. Shot some inserts as crew. I did language count."

Language count, she said, was "tedious" as it entailed her rewatching previous episodes of the show and counting many minutes and seconds each language was spoken.

"However, I got to watch, study, learn and interpret my finding into my own style," she wrote. 


Dlamini now co-hosts a lifestyle-meets-sports show, Homeground, on Mzansi Magic with Lungile Radu. In 2017, she shared the chronicles of her journey to becoming Mrs. Quinton Jones in a three-part wedding special on Showmax, Becoming Mrs. Jones

However, after "months of separation and consultations", the couple decided to file for divorce in February 2022. They share a son, Netha Makhosini. 

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