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Fat Cheques! The 10 Highest Earning South African Celebrities in 2016

You will be surprised which South African celebrities are making the most bank. Here’s the 2016 list of the highest earning South African Celebs

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10. BONANG MATHEBA

Also known as Queen B, Bonang Matheba has curated one of the most distinguishable lux brands in South Africa. The 29 year old media personality juggles various gigs, including a popular slot on Metro FM (‘The Front Row’), Top Billing and Afternoon Express (both on SABC 3).

In addition to these steady paycheques, Matheba is also the brand ambassador for global mega brands Revlon, Ciroc , Brazilian footwear brand Ipanema, as well as a lingerie line at Woolworths.

She bagged R500 000 when she replaced Trevor Noah as an MTV African Music Awards host in earlier this year.

Matheba is also currently penning a book about her experiences in showbiz. Check out the 10 Things everyone is dying to see in that book HERE, as soon you as you’re done of course.

Various sources, including The Citizen, have reported Bonang’s net worth to be over R7,2 million.

9. DJ BLACK COFFEE

He is one of the biggest house music producers South Africa has seen.

And now that he’s gaining solid global relevance, Black Coffee has joined the list of South African celebrities who are making money in several currencies around the world.

The ‘We Dance Again‘ hitmaker, who is also the founder of Soulistic Records – a music label that has housed some of the biggest house music DJs and producers like Culoe De Song, DJ Shimza and Da Capo amongst others, is cashing big money from his hectic international touring schedule.

Mr. Coffee’s total net worth is currently estimated at $1.5 million. That’s over R20 million!

8. DJ SBU

DJ Sbu is one of South Africa’s most dynamic entertainers and entrepreneurs.

The 37 year old has done everything from churning multi platinum selling albums, hosting some of the country’s most popular radio shows, jumping on some of the highest rated television shows, starting his own successful record label (TS Records) and then eventually putting on shelves his very own beverage – MoFaya.

Perhaps also the most controversial name on this list, Sbu has said that his brand alone is already worth R1 billion. He has also made it no secret that will stop at nothing to actually become one.

In the meantime however, DJ Sbu’s net worth is estimated at R22 million.

7. CASSPER NYOVEST 

Following his unprecedented success as the first South African rapper to single handedly sell out The Dome, and then later reportedly move over 90% of the seats at his Orlando Stadium concert, Cassper’s net worth has been a point of much interest to fans.

The 26 year old multi platinum selling rapper and entrepreneur has claimed to be broke after The Dome concert, while at other points hinting that his endorsement deal with MTN is the biggest music endorsement deal the network has inked with an artist in SA.

Although never confirmed, some reports have estimated the deal to be well worth over R10 million.

Cassper has piled on other deals including KFC,  AG Mobile and MTN (with whom he partnered for his cellphone) and BP.

In addition to these, the rapper is the founder and CEO of his record label Family Tree, which he started in 2014. Family Tree houses some of the country’s biggest rappers, a list that includes the likes of Gemini Major, Tshego and Nadia Nakai.

It doesn’t end there; Nyovest has been making a killing from his Cassper Nyovest merchandise, which he brings along to all his live shows.

On top of the album sales, Cassper’s release of his live concert DVD from The Dome is sure to also rake in some pretty decent dough.

While all of this suggests that the Ayeye hitmaker is making a killing, Cassper Nyovest has been careful to keep the real figures under wraps. Reports are currently placing his balance to be anywhere between R30 million and just less than R50 million currently.

 6. TREVOR NOAH 

If reports from various trusted sources are anything to go by, Trevor Noah is currently South Africa’s highest earning comic export.

The 32 year old comedian, who famously replaced Jon Stewart as the newest host of American television show The Daily Show, invoices R 3 million for a hour private gig. And according to Destiny Magazine, that amount excludes accommodation, flights and his entourage. The funnyman currently juggles about 5 shows a week

Although MTV was willing to pay him far more than that for his hosting duties at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, Noah could still afford to pull out due to a throat infection.

That’s okay. In addition to his gig on The Daily Show, for which the previous host earned $25 million, Trevor has also been selling out international comedy shows.

According to Celebrity NetWorth, he is currently worth over R40 million.

5. JAMIE BARTLETT 

Jamie is one of the country’s most critically acclaimed actors. He is most famous for his portrayal of a David Genaro on eTV soapie Scandal! Bartlett takes home an average of R120 000 a month, and is reported to be R80 million deep in the bank.

4. SELLO MAAKE KA NCUBE

He’s one of South Africa’s most critically acclaimed actors, and has a bank balance to prove it. Sello is the highest paid actor in the country, with a charge ranging between R100 000 and R120 000 per month, depending on the production. Sello’s net worth is estimated to be between R70 million and R100 million.

3. SHARLTO COPLEY

Toprichests.com estimates Sharlto Copley’s net worth to be at R177 million. Although he is not as commonly known in South Africa, the 49 year old actor, producer and director has done some pretty big things in his impressive career. Some of his acclaimed work has been represented at the Cannes Film Festival, while he boasts some work in commercials and music videos.

Copley is most noted for his roles on Oscar nominated District 9, The A Team, Elysium, horror flick Europa Report as well as starring on Maleficent. He has also appeared on the film Chappie, and on television series Powers.

Banking big bucks!

2. CANDICE SWANEPOEL 

Candice Swanepoel is South Africa’s biggest export in the modelling world.

The 26 year old Victoria’s Secret beauty was discovered at a flee market at the tender age of 13. Forbes lists Candice as the 8th highest paid model in the world during 2016, with earnings exceeding R96 million in just one year. Candice makes most of her money from her contract with Victoria’s Secret, but also cashes in on beauty endorsement deals.

1. CHARLIZE THERON 

In 2015, Charlize Theron’s net worth was estimated to be at $ 110 million. To put things into perspective, she has more than R1.5 billion in her account.

The Benoni brewed thespian became the first South African actor to snatch herself a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for her acclaimed portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie Monster back in 2004.

And because she’s been consistent in the game, she bagged some $10 million advance for the movie Huntsmen: Winter’s War’ .

In addition, she totalled some $16.5 million from another revenue streams – namely her deal with Dior and J’ Adore as well as the film Mad Max.

 

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Thando Thabethe Slammed Over ‘Open Up The Industry’ Defiance

Thando Thabethe joins Lerato Kganyago in challenging #OpenUpTheIndustry

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Photo Credit: Thando Thabethe via Instagram

She’s one of the hardest working women in the South African creative industry, and there’s no shred of doubt that a lot of hard work goes into juggling the many projects Thando Thabethe dabbles in.

But, Thabooty ruffled feathers when on Wednesday, the multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur was ensnared in the throes of a public counter-blast following her tweets on the persistent #OpenUpTheIndustry movement.

RELATED: THANDO THABETHE, CASSPER NYOVEST, WIZKID ROCK MOSCHINO IN MILAN

Thando, who feels that she’s “worked very hard” to get where she is, does not believe that there’s any capacity for her to open anything up, especially seeing she does not really call the shots. “I will be damned before I’m told to open up the industry!!!”, she wrote.

“Open it up for yourself like all of us did!!! To this day… I audition!!! I’ve worked very hard to get where I am…and I’m only just getting started.”

The actress followed with many more tweets expanding on her sentiment.

RELATED: OUR 5 MINUTES WITH THANDO THABETHE – INTERVIEW

Thabethe’s tweets sparked a dialogue about the rarity of opportunity vs. entitlement. Your thoughts?

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Nomzamo’s Activism Put On Blast on Twitter

Nomzamo apologizes for taking a picture with Arthur Mafokate at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban.

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Nomzamo Cosmo Activist Cover





Black Twitter opened up the floodgates on Sunday to release a furore of attacks directed at TVs Nomzamo Mbatha for taking a picture with former 999 head Arthur Mafokate. Both were in attendance at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban on Saturday where the picture was taken. The backlash was sparked in relation to the actress’ Cosmopolitan Magazine cover for the Activist issue. At the time when the issue dropped, there was much uproar in the Twitter streets as tweeps were of the opinion that she wasn’t deserving to grace the cover.

RELATED: NOMZAMO PUTS TWITTER TROLL IN THEIR PLACE

Twitter objected to Nomzamo’s picture, seemingly all smile with Arthur who has a history of women abuse.

Nomzamo was quick to defend herself, taking to social media to detail how the picture came about. The was also masses of fans that came to her defense, arguing that the picture shouldn’t cloud all the work that she’s done to advance women empowerment.

The ANC further distanced themselves from the disgraced Kwaito artist, stating that he was not invited to the manifesto. “The African National Congress condemns the conduct of Arthur Mafokate at its Manifesto Launch rally on 12 January 2019 when he stormed the stage uninvited and caused undue mayhem. While the ANC has worked with and supported Mafokate over many years, however, reports of his alleged abusive conduct towards a female accomplice go against the values and policies of the ANC which denounce gender-based violence,” the ANC said in a statement.

Will Black Twitter ever give Nomzamo a break? Is her apology accepted? Leave a comment below and continue the conversation.

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Nomuzi Slammed For Fake Car Crash Social Campaign

Nomuzi’s shocking fake car crash has been explained as an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the potentially fatal effects on drinking, texting and driving.

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Nomuzi Mabena's car crash was faked to raise awareness against drinking and driving
Photo Credit: Nomuzi via Instagram

Nomuzi Mabena found herself enduring throes of backlash on Friday.

The public counterblast followed a shocking publicity stunt staged by the V-Entertainment TV presenter and rapper, who on Thursday left fans chilled when her Instagram live stream appeared to end in a car crash.

The live stream features a decidedly inebriated Nomuzi interacting live with her followers as she announced that she would be soon accepting aspirant artists on her record label. The clip was taken in Nomuzi’s car after a date night with her boyfriend Sbu, who also happens to be her manager. The end of the ‘stream’ is a disturbing crash that left the country sending out prayers throughout the night and in the early hours on Friday.

While other fans reported having cross-nighted due to anxiety and fear for her life, Moozlie’s team kept mum for the better part of Friday. We now know that the silence was part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to shock fans and “spark a dialogue” about drinking and driving.

In what we now also know to be backpaddling from what was meant to be a full 48 hours of ghosting the nation, Mabena dished out an explanation of how the whole thing was a brand publicity move aimed at raising awareness against drinking and driving. Turns out the fake crash was a conceptual partnership between the rapper, Volkswagen and their Drive Dry campaign.

“We don’t want to see another year where thousands 0f lives are lost on our roads because of drinking and driving”, she wrote in a statement published on her social platforms.

But while the Vatel hitmaker explained that the intention of the traumatic clip was “never to distress any fans, friends or family”, the stunt was harshly criticised for being insensitive and potentially triggering for those who’ve had to recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that resulted from car accidents, those who’ve lost loved ones in tragic accidents under similar circumstances, and countless other instances where the advert could have opened have caused serious psychological harm.

The other side of the raging debate has focused on how the campaign has really championed a discussion about driving under the influence.

Your thoughts on the campaign?

Did they take it too far or was it a good initiative to talk about the very real, and very serious incidents of driving under the influence and allowing ourselves to be distracted by social media, thereby putting not only ourselves but other drivers in danger? Hit us up in the comments section below.

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