Isidingo's Don Mlangeni with kids


HE’S acted in numerous theatre productions and TV shows, but South Africa first started to take notice of him in the early ’90s when he played Mhlongo on the popular SABC 1 drama Hlala Kwabafileyo.

Then in 1998 he got a part on a promising new soapie and now, 15 years later, he’s still playing that part and is a household name as a result.

Veteran actor Don Mlangeni Nawa (53) is best known for his role as Zebedee Matabane, a traditional family man and patriarch on SABC 3’s Isidingo: The Need. Don has been playing Zeb since the show’s first episode in July 1998 and has no plans to leave any time soon.

“I’m comfortable on Isidingo because it offers me stability as, unfortunately, there’s no pension in the showbiz industry,” Don laughs.

Without divulging any facts he hints that his storyline is about to heat up over the coming weeks and fans will be kept glued to their seats.

Don has brought two of his biggest fans to the DRUM shoot. The father of five introduces us to his two youngest children – his daughter Alwande (13) and son Olubanzi (9).

Read more in DRUM – 7 March 2013

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