Full biography of Neo Mothae Aka Madlamini from Nikiwe: role on Shaka, education and more

Neo Mothae (born May 24, 1993) is a South African actress, writer, and producer best known for playing Madlamini on Nikiwe. She has also appeared in Shaka iLembe as Fundakazi.

The actress is currently a Masters student at Wits and already has an honors degree in arts from the same university. So, in this article, we will look into her personal life and career.

Biography of Neo-Mothae

Neo Iman Mothae is a South African actress and director best known for playing Mandlamini on Nikiwe
Neo Iman Mothae is a South African actress and director best known for playing Mandlamini on Nikiwe
Full name: Neo-Iman Mothae
Date of birth:  May 24, 1993 (31 years old as of 2024)
Place of birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education:  Pine town Girls High School (class of 2010)
Alma mater:  Honors in Dramatic Arts at The University of the Witswatersrand
Height: 1.73m
Occupation: Actress, writer, part-time teacher, director and producer
Known for: Madlamini from Nikiwe, Fundakazi from Shaka Ilembe; Maverick (writer and producer)
Net worth:  $150,000
Nationality: South African

Early life

Neo Iman Mothae was born on May 24, 1993. So, as of 2024, she will be 31 years old. According to our research, she was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and attended a local high school there from 2006 to 2010, when she matriculated. While we know much about her career, little is known about her family and childhood.

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Education of Neo-Mothae

So, as we mentioned above, Neo matriculated from Pinetown Girls High School, according to FilmFreeway. Afterwards, she enrolled at Wits University the very following year in 2011 and graduated in 2016.

Neo Mothae has a Masters in Arts from Wits University
Neo Mothae has a Masters in Arts from Wits University

She has an honors degree in dramatic arts and is currently studying towards her masters degree at the same institution. According to her LinkedIn profile, she started her masters in 2021.

So, we believe she’s close to finishing. Furthermore, according to the same LinkedIn profile, she studied at Towson University. However, the degree she enrolled in there is unknown.

Personal life

While we don’t know anything about her relationship status, we do know that the actress is an advocate for women in the film industry.

Mothae is known for Madlamini on Nikiwe
Mothae is known for Madlamini on Nikiwe

She is currently the project coordinator for SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television). A women-empowering company for women engaged in film and television.

Other than acting, Iman has also been a part-time English teacher while she was still at varsity and taught English. She has also volunteered as a drama workshop facilitator at the Icare Crisis Center.

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The full Career of Neo Mothae

Her acting credits aren’t that many as of 2023. However, her only two TV roles to date have been quite major. Firstly, she was cast as Madlamini on Nikiwe. Most love to see her playing on their screens, although it won’t be for long considering the recent termination of Nikiwe by the Etv media group.

Fundakazi from Shaka
Fundakazi from Shaka

Secondly, she was cast as Fundakazi in the Mzansi Magic series of Shaka iLembe. While this wasn’t necessarily as big as the Nikiwe role, she gained a lot of recognition for it. Showing her African beauty in Zulu cultural apparel. Other than television, she has played the ghost in the theatrical performance of Hamlet.

Furthermore, she has played Iyaloja in the theatrical performance of Death and Kings Horsemen and Juliet in the Romeo and Juliet theatrical performance. Moreover, she has helped produce and direct a short film called Maverick.


According to her official CV on star quality, Neo Mothae is 1.73 m tall without shoes. So, she’s way above the average height of South African men. In other words, she’s very tall for a South African woman. Especially to fellow South African women, who are usually between 1.55m and 1.66m in height.

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Net worth

While she’s still new to the acting scene,. The actress is estimated to have an average salary of around R25,000 to R30,000. So, her net worth in dollars is estimated to be around $150,000.

Social media

Iman Mothae is not on Facebook, according to our research, nor is she on Twitter. However, luckily, she has an Instagram account where she shares all her precious moments with her fans. Currently, she has a little over 10,000 followers on Instagram. She is also on LinkedIn.