Bhekisizwe Mahlawe Biography: Early Life, Education, Career, Personal Life
Early Life and Education
Bhekisizwe Mahlawe, a prominent South African actor, entrepreneur, and media personality, was born on March 1, 1990, in uMzimkhulu, a township nestled within the Harry Gwala District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Despite growing up in a family that initially discouraged his acting aspirations, Mahlawe persisted in pursuing his dreams.
After completing his matriculation at uMzimkhulu High School, he initially enrolled in the University of Cape Town to pursue a teaching degree. However, driven by his passion for acting, he left the program after six months and set his sights on Durban, where he believed acting opportunities awaited him.
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Mahlawe’s journey in the entertainment industry commenced in 2010 with a role in the local drama series “Mnyango Wesoku Vakasha.” His talent and dedication quickly propelled him to a role in the anthology series “eKasi: Our Stories,” aired on e.tv, prompting his family’s surprised discovery of his new career path through his appearances on television.
Throughout his career, he has graced numerous television shows, including “Rhythm City,” “Generations,” “Soul City,” “Emoyeni,” “Isibaya,” “Isidingo,” “Isithembiso,” “Judge Thenjiwe Khambule,” and “Shadow.” His portrayal of Nkanyiso in the drama series “Shreds and Dreams,” which delves into the lives of four young women sharing a Johannesburg apartment, earned him considerable acclaim.
Joining the cast of “Durban Gen” in 2020, a medical drama centered around Durban General Hospital, Mahlawe undertook the role of Calvin Gumede, a nurse entangled in a romantic relationship with Dr. Mbali Mthethwa, portrayed by Nelisiwe Sibiya.
Entrepreneurship and Media
Beyond his acting prowess, Bhekisizwe Mahlawe has ventured into entrepreneurship and media. He stands as the visionary behind Borrowed Time Media (BTM), a dynamic company orchestrating events and generating content across various platforms. His entrepreneurial pursuits extend to fashion with Mzimcool, a clothing brand intricately woven with the essence of his hometown, uMzimkhulu.
Mahlawe maintains a veil of privacy over his personal life, shying away from revealing intimate details about his relationship status. However, he openly cherishes his role as a parent and frequently shares heartwarming snapshots of his child on his Instagram account. In a poignant statement, he once reflected, “No father is perfect, but we can only try and fix our fathers’ mistakes by perfecting our actions towards our children so that history doesn’t repeat itself.”
Recently, in August 2023, Mahlawe and his companions, Gqom artists Bhar and Sosha Ngcobo, faced a harrowing car accident while en route to a performance in Hillcrest.