Big Brother Mzansi is back – meet the housemates

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Thato and the host of the show, Lawrence Maleka.
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The much-anticipated return of the South African version of the Big Brother reality show officially launched on Sunday.

With different contestants names constantly topping the Twitter trends list since the show launched, we can already confirm that the show is a hit.

And while we anticipate to see more drama, connections and who will be taking the money home – here’s a look at each of the housemates, what they do and why they entered the show.

The Ladies

Nale (24)

Big Brother Mzansi
@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Pretoria-born Naledi ‘Nale’ Mogadime is a model and actor. According to her character bio, she promises to be flirty in the house and says she is prepared to lie her way into winning the money. She describes herself as a person who likes to read, paint, daydream and flirt.

Acacia (30)

Big Brother Mzansi
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Acacia, whose real name is Thando Mati, hails from Soweto. She is also a model who hopes to open her own restaurant one day. Although she describes herself as a person who “can be cheeky”, she also believes that she’s a good listener. She believes that she’ll win the prize money because she’s relatable.

Dinky Bliss (29)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Rethabile Potsane, who prefers to be called Dinky Bliss, is a businesswoman. Originally from Welkom, Dinky is now based in Johannesburg. She describes herself as “loud and proud” and a fashion lover. She promises to bring a lot of drama in the house.

Mphowabadimo (27)

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Michelle Mavundla, popularly known as Mphowabadimo, is a Sangoma who is based in Daveyton. She describes herself as outgoing and kind, but does not tolerate nonsense. She promises to just be herself in the house and believes she’ll connect to a lot of the housemates in the house.

QV (24)

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Keamogetswe Mothlale who is from North West is a marketing communications graduate. She describes herself as easy-going, fun and free-spirited. Although she is not a fan of drama, she says her housemates can expect her to be a straight talker.

Terry (26)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Johannesburg-based Gugu Bonga who is known as Terry Treasure is an adult content creator and make-up artist. She says she’s got a big personality and does not like fake people. She hopes to win the prize money so she can take care of her family.

Thato (28)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Johannesburg-based Thato Mokoena is an accountant, actor and content creator. She describes herself as outspoken and bubbly. She likes to dance and her strategy to win is to stand out.

Venus (25)

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Thobeka Mtshali who is from Durban is a bartender and an aspiring musician. She is a lover of poetry and claims to be very creative. She hopes to win the prize money without rubbing the other housemates the wrong way.

Yoli (30)

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Durban-based Yolanda Glover is a dramatic arts teacher and psychology student. She describes herself as a socialite who is bubbly, fun and outgoing. She says viewers can expect the unexpected from her because she is unpredictable.

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The Gents

Zino (21)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.


Adindu ‘Zino’ Asuzu is the youngest housemate and a digital marketing student. He is from Johannesburg and describes himself as a “mommy’s boy”. He plans to win the competition by being genuine.

Themba (30)

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Johannesburg-based Themba Mabaso is a tattoo artist. Describing himself as always being at the centre of attention, he hopes that his charming personality will win him the prize.

Sis Tamara (25)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Ukho Samela, who prefers to be called Sis Tamara, is a film student. Describing himself as bubbly, Ukho entered the house as an opportunity to elevate conversations and awareness of the richness of identity.

Norman (24)

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Johannesburg-based Norman Nhlapo is a daycare worker. He describes himself as a people’s person and says he can easily adapt to different people and situations. His strategy for winning includes showing compassion, love and authenticity.

Mvelo (28)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Johannesburg-based Mvelo Ntuli is a marketing graduate. He describes himself as a daredevil who likes to try new things and is bubbly and loud. He hopes to win by being himself.

Libo (32)

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@BigBrotherMzansi Twitter.

Libo Njomba who hails from King William’s Town but is based in Johannesburg is salesperson, IT graduate and personal trainer. He describes himself as a fun person and says he entered the competition to step out of his comfort zone.

Gash 1 (28)

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Gershwin Mthombeni, who is from Pretoria, is an entrepreneur and fashion designer. He describes himself as an artistic and creative person. He entered the competition purely for the money.

B.U (31)

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Johannesburg-based Luthando Mthembu is an aspiring musician and former research analyst. He is vegan and entered the house so he could meet new people.

Tulz (28)

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Johannesburg-based Tulani Madala is a voice over artist, actor and broadcaster. He says he enjoys partying and cooking and says his humour is his best trait.

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