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.
DJ Fresh Denies Sexual Assault Claims
He’s taking legal action.
DJ Fresh has denied various sexual assault claims that surfaced recently on social media.
Real name Thato Sikwane, the 46 year old radio presenter became a subject of much furore following his appearance in the list of alleged perpetrators being implicated by the #AmINext Twitter movement, which seeks to expose and shame alleged perpetrators of gender based violence against women.
And while these social media accounts have named several South African male celebrities, Dj Fresh has distanced himself.
“The current allegations are false and without basis”, he expressed in a statement shared through his social media platforms. Adding; “They have been made and published, recklessly”.
“The fight against Gender Based Violence is one of the biggest battles in our countermand it saddens me that the focus is being shifted from the real issues and perpetrators”, he said.
DJ Fresh went also revealed that he is seeking legal counsel following the damning allegations made by a well known ex girlfriend, who is believed by some to have directed her Twitter posts about her an abusive “famous ex” to the popular broadcaster.
The 947 presenter shot down the claims, dismissing them as being “without merit”.
“I have, in the past, chosen to ignore this person, but due to the implications of the most recent statements, the matter has been referred to my attorneys to handle.
Burna Boy Vows To Never Come To South Africa
Burna Boy is livid!
Not only did Burna Boy pull out from of his highly anticipated performance at this year’s Afropunk, but he also has no intention of ever setting foot in South Africa. Ever.
The African Giant on Tuesday ended his silence on the ongoing xenophobic violence in the country, lambasting the South Africa government for its failure to deal effectively with the spate of violence against foreign nationals and their property.
In a series of tweets that also slammed his former collaborator AKA over his remarks, the singer detailed his enduring strife with the country.
“I have not set foot in SA since 2017”, he revealed, “And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.” (Sic)
I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
Burna Boy, who’s had decent commercial success in the country, also went on to mention his own personal experience with xenophobia.
But Today After watching the Killing of my people in South Africa the same way we have all watched it happen a few times in the past. FUCK ALL THAT! I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that…..
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
This goes against everything I stand 4, but at what point do we take action? I understand that years of Oppression has confused South Africans to the point where they see the pple who came to their defence during their Oppression as their Enemies and then worship their oppressors
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
Burna Boy echoes the sentiments by celebrities, both from South Africa and Nigeria, who have spoken out against xenophobic violence in South Africa. The likes of Wizkid, Davido, Jidenna and others have spoken out against the attacks.
Babes Wodumo’s Controversial Account Is Still Hacked
Babes Wodumo has apparently not been able to regain her account from the hacker who used her account to toss nasty jibes at Lady Zamar last month.
So she has no idea who took to Twitter to fire out more insults at Burna Boy, while also taking the liberty to vent xenophobic spleen amid the violence targeting small businesses and establishments owned by foreign nationals.
“Nidayida ama drugs zinja!!!” (sic) “Hambani!!!”, which translates to “You dogs are selling drugs. Leave!”
Nidayida ama drugs zinja!!! Hambani!! https://t.co/jGZDJZQ08X
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO___) September 3, 2019
The attack on Burna Boy came after he ended his silence with a series of explosive tweets.
The Giant of Africa hitmaker slammed AKA over freshly revived old tweets and the South African government over the recent spate of homophobic violence.
He has also pulled out from his highly anticipated performance at this year’s Afropunk in a boycott against the country that has been joined by Tiwa Savage, who’s also cancelled her performance at the looming 2019 DStv Delicious Food Festival.
Babes Wodumo took to his Instagram to distance herself from the tweets, asking her fans to help her report the account.