Lunga Shabalala is a South African actor, model and presenter mostly known for playing Lindani on The River. He has also appeared on 10 Over ten as a Commentator and on Celebrity MasterChef South Africa as a Contestant. To find out more, let’s explore the Lunga Shabalala biography.
Shabalala Lunga Profile Summary
Real Name: Lunga Maseko
Date of birth: 22 May 1989
Place of birth: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Age: 31 Years
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actor, Presenter
TV Shows: The River. 10 over 10
Instagram: @ lunga_shabalala
Where is Lunga Shabalala originally from?
Lunga Shabalala was born on 22 May 1989 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He was raised in the same area with two other young siblings by his parents, and Lunga, later on, moved to Johannesburg, where he currently resides.
Which institutions did Lunga Shabalala attend?
Lunga Shabalala was a talented rugby player in High school, but he did not follow his talent. After enrolling, he joined Maritzburg College, where he pursued a diploma in Town Planning. After graduating from college, Lunga had a massive argument with his parents when he decided to put aside town planning to pursue showbiz. After that, he moved to Johannesburg at the age of 21 in pursuit of his dreams.
When did Lunga begin modelling?
Shortly after moving to Johannesburg, Lunga was cast in a Coca-Cola television advert as a model. Next, he represented his country, South Africa, in a Calvin Klein modelling competition. He emerged top, and this caught the attention of critical stakeholders in the entertainment industry. Subsequently, he was declared the face of Calvin Klein’s men’s underwear range. In 2011 Lunga Shabalala was listed on Cosmo Sexiest Hunks Calendar as one of the most desirable men.
When did Lunga get a television breakthrough?
After establishing himself as a model, Lunga contested in a presenter’s search, and he won. He won and began hosting Selimathunzi after taking over from Kaos Matu. Lunga hosted the show for six consecutive years till 2017, when he handed the ropes to Siphesihle Vazi and Khanya Mkangisa. 31 December 2014 saw Lunga Shabalala making his acting debut in the first season of Task Force. Task Force, a police drama series, aired on SABC1.
Which television roles did Lunga Shabalala feature in?
In 2014 Lunga also co-hosted the Come Duze New Year countdown show alongside Amanda Du-Pont on 31 December. Television roles he played include the following;
1. The Man Cave – SABC3.
2. MasterChef Season 1 (2015) – contestant
3. Code Green Season 1 – as himself
4. Eish! Saan Season 1 – as celebrity prankster
5. ScreenTime Season 3 – as himself
6. She’s The One Season 1 – as himself
7. SAMA Awards 2016 – as Host
8. The River Seasons 1 and 2 – as Lindani
Who is Lunga Shabalala’s girlfriend?
Lunga Shabalala had been in an adorable relationship with the lovely Thando Thabethe till the Covid-19 lockdown sliced their bond. Thando left him for Jaji Albortore, a Business Entertainment Promoter and CEO at Booth Night Club. Currently, Lunga Shabalala is single and hopefully finds a bae soon enough. Before sweeping Thando Thabethe off her feet, Lunga dated model and Channel O presenter, K Naomi Noinyane. She also dumped him after he was caught cheating on her with Omuhle Gela. Well, one thing is clear, Lunga is a player.
Lunga Shabalala is not a regular Facebook user, but he surely tweets as much as he eats. On Twitter, he has 300k followers, and on Instagram, he has a whopping 248k followers. Lunga Shabala regularly posts pictures of his hunk body and gym pictures, and he works out every day to maintain his fine image.
In the award-winning Telenovela, ‘The River’, Lunga Shabalala portrays the character of Lindani Mokoena. He married Tumi Dhlomo during a perfect wedding, and their union unified the Mokoenas and the Dhlomos, but the drama is no stranger.
WATCH: Tumi & Lindani exchange vows – – The River | 1 Magic
What is Lunga Shabalala ‘s Net worth?
Lunga Shabalala earns his money from modelling, acting, hosting television shows and being an event MC. As of 2020, Lunga Shabalala has a Net Worth of R 2 Million, and he has plans to invest in properties. Since he is a town planner by profession, we sure hope he plans his life well.