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Lunga Shabalala (born 22 May 1989), is a South African actor, TV presenter and model. He is a presenter on the entertainment and variety TV show, Selimathunzi.[1]

Lunga Shabalala
Born (1989-05-22) May 22, 1989 (age 30)
NationalitySouth African
EducationMaritzburg College
TV presenter
TV personality
Years active2011 – present
Home townPietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Early lifeEdit

He was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. He attended famous boys school, Maritzburg College. While he was at the school, he was classmates with David Miller (cricketer), now a South African national cricket team player and singer Mario Ogle. Upon completing his degree, he completed a diploma in Town planning. As he later stated, this was not the career for him.[2][3]


He moved to Johannesburg to work in the television industry. His first job was in a Coca-Cola commercial. In August 2010, he entered a Calvin Klein modeling competition called Represent South Africa. He won the competition, garnering public attention.[1] He then broke into television.

In 2011, he entered the nationwide search for the next presenter of Selimathunzi, a competition launched to replace Kaos Matu, as he had left the show. He won the competition and was chosen as the next Selimathunzi presenter.[4] His celebrity status was confirmed when he was included in the 2011 list of Cosmopolitan sexiest hunks calendar.

In 2013 he appeared in the entertainment countdown show 10 over 10. Later that year he was chosen as a co-presenter on SABC 1's official New Year's Eve show Come Duze. He presented the annual show for 3 years.[5]

In 2014, he was chosen as a co-presenter on the SABC 3 reality TV show, Man Cave alongside Janez Vermeiren. The show presents male contestants competing in male-themed adventurous tasks. He remained as official co-host for all six seasons of the show, ending in 2017.[5]

In February 2015, he appeared on the South African version of Celebrity Masterchef South Africa, inspired by the hit Australian reality TV show of the same name.[6]

In June 2016, he was chosen to co-host the red carpet at 2016 South African Music Awards at the Durban International Convention Centre, alongside Bonang Matheba and Pearl Modiadie.[7]

In 2017, he announced that he would leave his role as co-presenter on Selimathunzi. He stated his reasons as needing "to explore other avenues" and that his fans "can expect bigger things from him in the near future". His last broadcast was on 28 November 2017.[8]

In 2018,he landed the role of Lindani on the highly acclaimed M-net original production, The River that aired on Dstv's 1Magic channel. The show becae one of South Africa's most popular TV shows, gaining critical praise.In what is arguably his first noticeable acting role.[9]



  1. ^ a b "Lunga Shabalala is a famous – TVSA".
  2. ^ "Matric helped make us who we are, say personalities". News24. 8 January 2011.
  3. ^ "7 Things you may not have known about David Miller ... other than his new world record T20 century". 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Lunga Shabalala".
  5. ^ a b "Come Duze | Season 10 | TVSA".
  6. ^ "Celebrity MasterChef South Africa - Season 1 - TVSA".
  7. ^ Mytvnews (1 June 2016). "Bonang Matheba to co-host SAMAs Red Carpet 2016".
  8. ^ "Lunga Shabalala says goodbye to Selimathunzi". Channel. 27 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Lunga's Journey On The River". ZAlebs.
  10. ^ "Lunga Shabalala".
  11. ^ "SABC 1's New Year's Eve Music Festival". SABC1.
  12. ^ "The Man Cave S6". SABC3.
  13. ^ "Lunga's Journey On The River". ZAlebs.
  14. ^ Dayile, Qhama (27 November 2017). "Lunga Shabalala says goodbye to Selimathunzi". Channel.