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Hlomla Dandala: The Familiar Face Of Countless South African Movies

Hlomla Dandala: The Familiar Face Of Countless South African Movies

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When it comes to the entertainment and film industry in South Africa, Hlomla Dandala is one of the first names to come to mind.

Not only did he star in many movies, but he also presented reality shows in the past. Hlomla Dandala was born in 1974.

His father was Mvumelwano Mvume Dandala, was a former bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the COPE candidate for the presidency in South Africa’s 2009 general elections.


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His debut was in 1998 when he played Derek Nyathi in the soap opera Isidingo which aired for a long time. One year after his exit from the show in 2001, he appeared as the host of a reality show called All You Need Is Love.

The series based on a Dutch TV show with the same premise, where the contestants were allowed to surprise their loved ones through creative surprises.

Acting Career

The show was broadcast in 12 countries including the USA, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Mexico.

In addition, he took a small part in the movie Lord of War alongside Nicholas Cage in 2005.

2007 was a golden year from Dandala since he starred in M-Net’s prime time drama series Jacob’s Cross.

He starred in the role of businessman Jacob Abayomi, a successful businessman and a son of an ANC member.

He later found out that his actual father was a Nigerian Tribal Chef.

The show aired for six years under Africa Magic, SABC, and M-Net. Dandala had a significant role in the medical drama series called Jozi-H, which as a collaboration of South Africa and Canada.


  • Director 

He had some experience as a director, first in 2006 with the TV movie The Bet for The Heartlines and some episodes of drama series such as Hard Copy, Gaz’lam, Generations, and Backstage later on.

  • International breakthrough

Perhaps, his international breakthrough was in 2012 when he starred in the Ghanian film Contract in 2012.

He played a wealthy and successful businessman Peter Poplampo, who avoids having longtime relationships with women. The movie was a significant success in Africa as it was nominated in six different categories at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards, one of them being the Best actor in a leading role for Dandala.

Another recent work of importance is a miniseries called Madiba. Madiba is an American drama series about the life of Nelson Mandela portrayed by Laurence Fishburne.

Dandala portrayed the South African politician and anti-apartheid activist Govan Mbeki who was imprisoned in Robben Island along with Nelson Mandela.

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He currently stars in a South African TV series called the River. He is among the main cast as Zweli Dikana, the husband of the businesswoman and mine owner Lindiwe Dikana (the protagonist).

His character serves as the provincial police commissioner in Pretoria…

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