Biography of Lawrence Maleka – SA’s Greatest Presenter

Lawrence Maleka (born 11 April 1990) is a South African actor, host, and presenter. He gained massive recognition for hosting the Mzansi Magic reality competition called Clash of the Choirs South Africa.

Moreover, Maleka also earned praise when he took on the role of Bonang Matheba’s replacement in 2016 in the show’s third season. Furthermore, TV series fans may know him for playing the character Zolani in “The River.

Full biography: Lawrence Maleka

A picture of Lawrence Maleka
A picture of Lawrence Maleka

Full name: Lawrence Maleka
Date of birth: 11 April 1990
Place of birth: Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa
Education: Unknown
Height: 1.75m
Occupation: Actor and presenter
Known for: Zolani on The river
Nationality: South African

Early life of Lawrence Maleka

Lawrence Maleka was born in Soweto on April 11, 1990. He celebrated his 32nd birthday in April 2022. So, he’s 32 years old as of 2022. Lawrence Maleka has stated that he grew up in a loving family. He is the youngest of three children. Maleka has an older brother and an older sister.

Lawrence learnt a lot from his father
Lawrence learnt a lot from his father

Moreover, he loved his father so much that he grew up idolizing him. He stated that his father was a crucial part of his life. Furthermore, he shared that his father taught him to be independent and take good care of his woman. His father also influenced his taste in Jazz. And, he actually considers himself a shy person.


His education is unknown and there’s no information where he got his tertiary education. If he got any. However, his credibility may suggest he did go to varsity at some point even for an unrelated course.

Personal life

According to, Lawrence Maleka is married. However, the details of his wife are not known. But, he has shared some qualities that he would love in the woman he finally ends up with. As a man who idolized his father. Maleka learned how to love and care for the women in his life from him.

However, he has shared that he’s had his fair share of heartbreaks. Before his marriage, he revealed that he wanted a woman who was down-to-earth and versatile. And that he also wanted a classy lady whose goals would motivate him.

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Zolani from the River
Zolani from the River

According to his agency, Lawrence Maleka stands at height of 1.75m. The same height as Scandal actor Thapelo Aphiri who plays Javas on the Show.

Net worth

According to our estimates the actor Lawrence Maleka stands at an estimated net worth of $1.5m. Which when converting to Rands is around R19 million. Which he is estimated to have made from his on-screen and off-screen career. As an entrepreneur, presenter and actor. It’s conceivable.


Lawrence got his start as presenter of The Gadget Show on community TV station Soweto TV, in 2009. He hosted a number of other shows for the broadcaster, including Ziyamporomo and Street Radio.

He was the main presenter on Club 808
He was the main presenter on Club 808

In 2011 he hosted a below the line promo show for Coca Cola on called Coca Cola Happiness and in 2014 he was one of the celebrity contestants on the game show I Love South Africa, appearing in Season 1, Episode 5. Two of his fellow contestants in that episode – performance poet Busisiwe Gqula and singer Bucie Nqwiliso – would later join him as Choirmasters on Clash of the Choirs.

From 2015 to present

In May 2015 he replaced Fezile Makhanya as the presenter of the lottery game show Lotto Powerball. Which aired on, Tuesdays and Fridays. Also, in 2015, he had a recurring role as Don Webster on the third season of the Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya.

Lawrence Maleka is also married
Lawrence Maleka is also married

Thereafter, in late 2015 it was announced that he was replacing Bonang Matheba. As the host of the Mzansi Magic reality competition series Clash of the Choirs South Africa. His highest profile role to date.

Thereafter, on the 9th of September, 2016 he made his debut as the new co-host of the youth and lifestyle music show Club 808. Together with Boity Thulo.

In 2017 he was the host of the SABC3 reality competition series The Final Cut. In which contestants faced weekly dramatic challenges in order to win one of two parts on the SABC drama series.

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In his numerous interviews. Maleka has repeatedly stated that he prefers hosting shows more than starring in TV shows. Even though he’s perfect in both. These are the shows and series he’s been featured in:

  • Isibaya season 3, 4, and 5 as Don Webster
  • The River season 1, 2, and 3 as Zolani
  • All Access Mzansi season 12 as himself
  • I Love South Africa season 1 as himself
  • Clash of the Choirs South Africa season 3 as himself
  • SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards season 11 as himself
  • The Final Cut season 1 as himself