Zandi Nhlapo (born December 24, 1975) is a South African media personality, MC, businessperson, and TV presenter. She has spent over twenty years in the industry. She joined the industry as a member of The Whizz Kids, a dance crew.

As a teenager, she bagged a role in the game show TRIO. Eventually, she tried out modeling and appeared on the covers of Magazines. Among others, she made it to True and Y’s cover.

Nhlapo entered beauty contests and won a few. She contested for Miss Sundowns, Miss 707 beauty, and Miss Orlando Pirates. 

Zandi is also among the first blacks to host a television show. Her love life also brought her to the limelight, especially her relationship with the late Bob Mabena.

Zandi Nhlapo
Zandi Nhlapo biography
Zandi Nhlapo is a presenter and actress best known for working with SABC1 as continuity presenter.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Zandi Nhlapo
Place of Birth:December 24, 1975 (age 47 years old)
Nationality:South African
Spouse:Ralph Zikala (div.)
Partners:Bob Mabena, Khetang Malefane
Occupation:Actress, TV presenter, businessperson, MC
Company:Mini You Mini Me
Net WorthR8.5 million

Early Life

Zandi Nhlapo was born in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg on December 24, 1975. She grew up during the apartheid, and her experiences have inspired many.


In the early 21st century, Zandi had grown famous. She worked for the SABC1 as a continuity presenter. In 2003, Nhlapo left SABC and partnered with a branding logistics company.

Eventually, she launched her events management and branding logistics company.

After a decade, in 2013, she returned to television after being the host of’s cooking show, Cooking Gospel. She cooked with a celebrity weekly while Gospel videos got played.

Zandi made her acting debut on October 13, 2021, on soap opera Imbewu. The television show cast Fikile’s mother, Nompi Khanyeza.


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Zandi Nhlapo founded and owns the Kids’ saloon Mini You Mini Me.

Zandi has always had knacks for beauty. She has a kid-centric salon titled Mini You Mini Me. The salon focuses on kids and provides an accommodating atmosphere for kids. 

The idea behind this establishment was her realization about adult salons. Conversations with adults were not ideal for kids. In 2017, she created Mini You Mini Me, and kids and parents loved it.

There are many hairstyles to select from and get the hair done the way the kids want. Waiting for their turn is no longer boring as they have a playground to play with other kids.

Personal Life

Zandi Nhlapo is currently not in any relationship. Her first husband, Ralph Zikala, is a business consultant, and they had a daughter together. 

Their union lasted for eight years before they divorced. She eventually found love in the arms of Bob Mabena, a celebrated broadcaster. They were both divorcees, and their relationship grew.

They had a child, Masala Mabena. Sadly, Bod died of cardiac arrest. His death left Nhlapo heartbroken. After a while, she moved on and entered into another relationship. She and lover boy Khetang Malefane were about to wed when their relationship hit a dead end.

It is unknown who dumped who, but they have already engaged before. Business consultant Malefane had engaged Zandi after her pregnancy. The affair ended three weeks after Zandi gave birth.

Zandi Nhlapo is a grandmother with three grandchildren.


Zandi Nhlapo has three beautiful daughters who she had from different relationships. She had her first daughter Ntanda Zikalala with her ex-husband Ralph Zikalala.

Nhlapo had her second daughter, Masala Mabena, with celebrated broadcaster Bob Mabena. She has another daughter, Nyeleti.

Social Media

Zandi Nhlapo has several social media accounts. She posts her family, work, and other moments on her Instagram account. 

You can contact her through a DM on her handle.

Net Worth

Zandi Nhlapo is an established businessperson, actress, and model. She owns the kids’ beauty palace Mini You Mini Me.

The star has acquired a fortune in the entertainment industry and has a net worth of R8.5 million as of December 2022.

TV Show

Cooking Gospel – Season 1
Imbewu – Season 4Nompi
Housekeepers – Season 3Zinhle