Moshidi Motshegwa Biography

Moshidi Motshegwa Biography

Moshidi Motshegwa is a name that resonates with many, not just in South Africa, but across the globe. Her illustrious career in acting has spanned several decades, during which she has graced both local and international screens with her undeniable talent. Motshegwa’s influence extends beyond her on-screen performances, as she has also served as a mentor to many budding entertainers, particularly women.

Early Life and Education

Born on September 3rd, 1977, in South Africa, Motshegwa’s early life remains largely private. However, her educational background provides some insight into her journey towards becoming a renowned actress. She attended the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama, and Music School, now known as the National School of Arts. Furthering her education, she went on to Braamfontein/Wits University, where she obtained her BA degree in English Language and History.

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The Genesis of a Stellar Career

Motshegwa’s passion for acting was evident from her high school days, where she began her acting journey on a small scale. Her professional career took off more than two decades ago, and she has since become a household name in the industry.

In 1997, she landed a role in the movie “Mandela and De Klerk,” where she portrayed Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zinzi. Her performance in this role was highly acclaimed and served as a launchpad for her career.

A Versatile Performer

Motshegwa’s versatility is one of her most admirable traits. In 2004, she starred in the feature film “Drum,” playing the part of Florence Nxumalo alongside Taye Diggs.

Beyond her acting prowess, Motshegwa has also showcased her unique skill at discovering talents. She served as a judge on one of South Africa’s talent hunt shows, “So You Think You’re Funny.”

Personal Life

Despite her fame, Motshegwa has managed to keep her personal life away from the public eye. As of now, it is unknown if the actress, who is in her mid-forties, is married or dating anyone. However, in 2020, she revealed that she is a mother to a 2-year-old girl.


Over the years, Motshegwa has starred in numerous movies and TV shows, including “Friends Indeed,” “Gaabo Motho,” “Flat 27,” “Generations,” “Justice For All,” “Joburg Blues,” “Behind the Badge,” “Ke Nnako,” “SOS,” “Hillside,” “The Lab,” “Jozi H.,” “Mandela and De Klerk,” “Stellenbosch,” “Makemba,” “Noah’s Ark,” “Zero Tolerance,” and “The River.”


Motshegwa’s exceptional performances have earned her several accolades, including the SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Actress in TV Drama for “Zero Tolerance” (2006), Best Actress in TV Soap for “Rhythm City” (2007), and Best Actress in Telenovela for “The River” (2018). She also received the Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film for “Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief” (2016) and the RapidLion Film Festival award for Best Film in 2017.

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Net Worth

With an estimated net worth of around $8 million, Motshegwa is considered one of the wealthiest female celebrities in South Africa.

Interesting Facts

After a five-year hiatus, Motshegwa made her on-screen return when she featured in “The River.” However, her time on the show was marred by controversy when she was fired from the set barely 20 days after renewing her contract. Motshegwa maintained her innocence, claiming she did nothing wrong. Despite the show organizers alleging that Motshegwa made a younger co-actress uncomfortable while shooting, her fans rallied behind her in support.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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