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Phumeza and Mnqobi Mdabe

Phumeza and Mnqobi Mdabe

Phumeza and Mnqobi Mdabe

For this edition of the cook-a-long we are joined by another one of South Africa's favourite couples, Phumeza and Mnqobi Mdabe. They have both had thriving careers in the entertainment industry, with Phumeza being a successful actress, while Mnqobi is a musician, also known as Shota.


Throughout Phumeza’s career she has made a name for herself as a television presenter, model, singer and actress, with one of her biggest roles being being on the SABC1 drama series ‘Sokhulu & Partners’, and also her role as Marcia in the drama series ‘Unmarried’. She is also a Metro FM Music Award nominee, for her album ‘Just Listen’. Mnqobi who is commonly known as Shota, gained major fame with his hit single “Seng’khathele”, and he also formed the popular music group ‘Shana’ with members such as DJ Black Coffee, and Demor, where they had a number of hits together and gained major success in the music scene.


While the couple have had a strong marriage, but it has not been a fairy-tale life together though as their have had their share of woes with their youngest son Mpilo. Their son was born with abnormally dark eyes which then later turned out to be a diagnoses of a rare form of eye cancer, that had resulted in him going blind. Now over 5 years later Mpilo is a happy little boy after going through chemotherapy and a number of operations, with Phumeza and Mnqobi establishing the Mpilo Foundation, which aims to raise funds for children who are in need of eye operations or require prosthetic eyes.


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