Lawrence Maleka, who is known for his charm and strong acting talents, has added another important job to his profile as the host of the next season of Big Brother Mzansi season 3.
Many people know him for his role as Zolani in the hit 1Magic telenovela The River, but he’s also a well-known TV host and presenter who has previously hosted Africa Magic Entertainment’s StarGist, Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs, and co-hosted the 2021 South African Music Awards, among other things.
What many people don’t realize is that he has the acting ability to set the trends every week on The River, where he plays Zolani. He’s been on a number of South African television programmes as a presenter. He has a huge enough charisma to take up any space and enough drip to drown any troll. But there’s more to the 31–year-old multi-hyphenate performer than meets the eye, as he prepares to wow on our favorite program.
Lawrence Maleka is an April baby! With so much achieved, many would find it hard to believe that this millenial was born on 11 April 1990, making him only 31 at the time of publishing this article. Now, for those who vibe with zodiac signs and their somewhat interesting takes on personality, his birthday makes him an Aries. That means he’s quite the determined leader with a lion’s focus. It also means he might possibly cry a lot, it says here. Use it, don’t it.
He was born in Soweto, where many greats in the entertainment were also made. The theory is that the kotas there might have some ancient ingredients for success. A reach?
Sharing music is a love language. If you were to chill with Lawrence and allow him to take over the playlist, you‘d probably be jamming to a diverse mix of flavours from different sounds. He’s into Jay Z, Florence and The Machine, Crash Car Burn, Hugh Masekela and Abdulla Ibrahim. We love variety.
One thing about Lawrence, he stays in his bag. With a career spanning a decade, the actor has managed to build a blockbuster catalogue of memorable TV roles, along with hosting some of the biggest variety television shows in the country. Known most commonly for the stellar portrayal of ‘Zolani’ on 1Magic’s The River, he also counts ‘Don Webster’, a character on the third season of Isibaya, as one of his ace moments.
A man who reads can navigate the streets without losing himself. Maleka has timeless bestselling classics ‘The Art of War’ and ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’. Some reflective deep dives; the man is on a mission and it appears he’s ticked a few dreams on his list.