Ronnie Nyakale Biography

Ronnie Nyakale Biography

Ronnie Nyakale, a native of Soweto, is a renowned actor, MC, and entrepreneur. He has made numerous on-screen appearances, propelling him to fame. His most notable role was in the 2006 film “Blood Diamond”. His contributions to the entertainment industry are indelible and will forever be etched in history.

Quick Facts

  • Full Name: Ronnie Nyakale
  • Place of Birth: Soweto, South Africa
  • Nationality: South African
  • Occupation: Actor, MC, Entrepreneur
  • Other Names: Cosmo Diale, Uncle Cosmo
  • Years Active: 1999 – Present
  • Known for: Cosmo Diale
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in
  • Spouse: Lebogang Mashilo
  • Children: 1
  • Net Worth: R12 million

Early Life

Ronnie Nyakale was born and raised in Soweto, a township located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.


Nyakale has had a prolific acting career, featuring in numerous television shows and blockbuster movies. He was a cast member of the soap opera “Rhythm City”. He gained further recognition through his roles in other films and TV series such as “Machine Gun Preacher” and “Generations: The Legacy”. Since 2016, he has been portraying the character Cosmo Diale on the soap opera for over six years.

In the Mzansi Magic miniseries “Naledi”, Nyakale played the character Pheto. He also portrayed Sylvester in the first two seasons of the TV series “A Place Called Home”, which made him a familiar face to the audience.

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Nyakale has also appeared in other TV series such as “eKasi: Our Stories”, “In End Game”, “Fallen”, “iNumber Number”, “Naledi”, “Rhythm City”, “Silent Witness”, “Yizo Yizo”, “Zaziwa”, “Zero Tolerance”, “Dora’s Peace”, “The Call”, “Avenged”, “Durban Poison”, “State of Violence”, “Jozi”, “Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema”, and “Transit Cave”. His diverse roles in these productions have established him as a formidable actor in the South African film industry.


Nyakale’s exceptional acting skills have earned him several awards, including:

  • 2012: Winner of SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama – “Fallen”.
  • 2010: Nominee of SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Actor in a TV Drama – “A Place Called Home”.

Social Profiles

Despite his on-screen prominence, Nyakale maintains a low profile in the media. However, he is active on Twitter, where he shares updates about his career and personal life.

Personal Life

Nyakale is a proud father and husband. He is married to Lebogang Mashilo, and they have a daughter together.

Struggles with Drugs

Nyakale’s academic performance suffered when he started using drugs and smoking in grade 10. He attended a boarding school, and his March report indicated that he had failed. In June, he tore up his school report because he couldn’t show it to his parents. He now advises people to abstain from drugs, warning that they can lead to ruin.

Net Worth

Nyakale has amassed considerable wealth through his numerous movie appearances. He leads a comfortable life, owning several cars and houses. As of August 2022, his net worth is estimated to be R12 million.

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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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