Babalwa Mneno Biography: Age, Husband, Net worth, Body, Big Brother Africa

Babalwa Mneno (born 12 November 1977) formerly addressed as Babalwa “Barbz” Mneno-Mandel is a South African reality TV star. She is also a model, hair salon boss, and event manager.

The beautiful and celebrated actress made her debut appearance on television in the 1996 Miss South Africa pageant. She gained prominence in the television show and left as the first runner-up.

Babalwa Mneno-Mandel
Babalwa Mneno-Mandel biography
Babalwa Mneno is a South African damsel who does modeling, event managing, and is also a television personality.
NameBabalwa Mneno-Mandel
Other namesBarbz
Born12 November 1977 (age 44 years)
OriginKing William’s Town, Eastern Cape
NationalitySouth African
Marital statusMarried
OccupationActress, reality TV star, model
Years active1996-date
Net worth$500,000-$1000,000


Barbz was born on 12 November 1977 and her parents raised her into the disciplined woman she is today. She picks her mother as the most influential person in her life because of her upbringing.

Together, her father and her mother contributed to provide her basic needs including education. Barbz hails from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Many know her for her beauty pageant titles, she is also a model and actress. As a model, she worked for top brands in the country and appeared in many notable events.

She has modeled for CPT Fashion Week and SA Fashion Week. Barbz has also worked for countless fashion shows from countries in Africa (Nigeria) and beyond (London, Moscow, and New Mexico). 

She worked as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sundowns Chikitas. In 2006, the beautiful celebrity showcased her dancing skills in the reality competition Strictly Come Dancing 2.

Babalwa and her professional dance partner Thabo Moloto became the first to leave the competition after they were voted out. In 2012, she appeared in season seven of the reality television series Big Brother Africa.

Barbz featured in the docu-reality series titled Reality Check in 2013.

Personal life

Although, she has not revealed the identity of her husband, based on the gathered information Babalwa is married to Mr. Mandel. She was originally called Mneno but is currently addressed as Babalwa “Barbz” Mneno-Mandel. South Africa is her favorite country but places like Miami and Lagos are also her favorites.

Big Brother Africa

She became a celebrity housemate of Big Brother Africa because of her love for competition. She enjoys being a part of physical and intellectual challenges.

Barbz entered the DStv reality TV competition to market her brand and business.

She also entered the competition to create awareness around xenophobia. Barbz was also in the house to spread the love amongst Africans.


The model and television personality have a body many women would die for. At forty-three, she still looks sixteen and with the perfect structure. 

During her holiday with friends in Dubai, Babalwa Mneno showed off her toned body. Her body has contributed to her successful modeling career.


  • 10 Over 10 as Commentator
  • A Date with Arthur as Guest
  • Big Brother Africa as Celebrity Housemate
  • City Ses’la as Sibongile
  • I Love South Africa as Contestant
  • Reality Check as Herself
  • Strictly Come Dancing as Celebrity Dancer

Net Worth

According to The Nation, Babalwa Mneno has a net worth of $500,000. Her main source of income is from her on-screen career. With her experience and hard work, Babalwa is making a name for herself.


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