8 Yizo Yizo stars: Where are they now?


When it comes to television shows, Yizo Yizo can definitely be counted amongst the most memorable shows to hit South Africa.

The show which aired from 1999-2004 on SABC 1, achieved record-breaking ratings and is still watched by many today.

The show’s iconic actors and actresses are still struggling to shake off their character names even years later. We look at some of the iconic actors from the show to see what they are busy with now.

1.       Meshack Mavuso


Meshack played the role of Javas whose favourite phrase was “u’grand jo?” the actor has since appeared on a number of TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing New Year Special and Isidingo.

Nowadays, Meshack graces our screens on Mzanzi Magic’s hit series, Isithembiso as Kero Kunene, an ex convict.

2.       Ronnie Nyakale

Ronnie’s gangster role as Papa Action on Yizo Yizo earned him several roles of that nature in a number of South African movies and series. He has appeared on Rhythm City and iNumber Number-to name a few. You can catch Ronnie as Cosmo Diale on SABC 1’s Generations.

3.       Lorraine Mphephi

Lorraine Mphephi has come far after playing the character of a forward High School girl named Mantwa on Yizo Yizo. The single mother of twins can be seen every weekday as Pam on the Mzanzi hit drama series Isibaya.

Lolo Mphephi, as she is also known has guest starred in a number of shows including Home Affairs, Mtunzini.com, Umlilo and Tshisa.

4.       Christopher Khubeka

The late actor who played the naughty Gunman on Yizo Yizo went on to play the role of Bazooka on Zone 14.

Other television series he acted in included dramas like Jacob's Cross and A Place Called Home; the soapies Zabalaza, Gold Diggers and Generations; and the comedies Abo Mzala, Ses'Top La and Thandeka's Diary.

On Monday, 12 June 2017, fans of the actor had to deal with the sad news of his death. The actor committed suicide at his home in Soshanguve.

5.       Dumisani Dlamini

Best known for his ghetto character of Chester on Yizo Yizo, Dumisani has also made a name for himself in the entertainment industry as an actor, composer and film producer. He has appeared on shows such as Entabeni, Zone 14 and Sokhulu and Partners. He also plays the role of Mbodla on Isibaya.

6.       Charmaine Mtinta


Having won awards for the role of the hot-headed Nomsa in Yizo-Yizo, Charmaine Mtinta has also bagged herself a number of roles in numerous shows over the years. The veteran actress has appeared in Generation, It’s Complicated, Z’bondiwe and Ya lla ,to name a few.

7.       Israel Makoe


Since playing the days of plsying Nongoloza on Yizo Yizo are over- Israel has become a household name in all shows that involve a gangster. It’s hard to see a gangster and not immediately think of Israel. He has appeared as a gangster in a number of shows and movies including Gaz’lam, Isithunzi, Rockville and iNumber Number.

8.       Nomonde Gongxeka

Although she only appeared on the first season of Yizo Yizo after being replaced by Thembi Seete , Nomonde Gongxeka’s role as Hazel was a memorable one.

She is now working behind the scenes of many television programs. Today Nomonde works for an organization that helps ensure that all homes have access to telephones and internet connection.

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