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by : Amu Hlabano

If you grew up glued to the TV screen, you will probably recognize these South African child stars.

It's always weird to see your favorite child star grow into a full-blown adult with a career and all. Here is a list of South African child stars from your local TV screen.

1. Khanya Mkangisa

Khanya is known for her work on Yo-TV and the etv reality competition series Shield Teen No Sweat Dance Challenge. The Eastern Cape beauty was an ambassador for IMAN Cosmetics Africa, she starred on the series Rockville with the likes of Mbalienhle “Enhle" and Connie Ferguson. Khanya is currently a TV and radio presenter on Selimathunzi which also airs on SABC 1 as well as on YFM on weekends with DJ @Large. She was also an actor for Shattered, Forced Love and Doubt.

2. Musa Mthombeni

The TV star-turned-medical student was studying at Wits University's medical school in Johannesburg and is now a qualified doctor. He is set to return on our screens in November as the fourth panelist for Trending SA on SABC, replacing Shaka Sisulu.

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3. Sade Gilberti

The half-Italian, half-Zulu beauty who became a household name for her energetic presenting skills on the youth show, Yo-TV, and SA's spin off of "So You Think You Can Dance" moved to London back in 2015. Sade told Zaleb's she relocated to the UK to be closer to her family in Italy. The 32-year-old now works as an actress there and she's found a new creative passion: photography.

4. Wright Ngubeni

If you watched Generations in the early-to-mid 2000s, you will recognise Wright, who played the character of Jonathan on the popular soapie. After taking some time away from the small screen, Ngubeni was back on the Wright track and could be seen on Mzansi Magic's weekly as the host of Love Back.

5. Mandisa Nakana

The young, bright and husky-voiced presenter who used to be on Yo-TV. Mandisa moved to the UK to start a new family with her Husband Daniel Taylor and their three kids. She, however updates her YouTube blog Mandisa's Virtues Pick, which designated to explore how we can practice our virtues on the journey of being our best selves.

6. Selae Thobakgale

We all know Selae from hosting a variety of kid's shows on SABC 1 on Yo-TV. The star was born in Soweto. She started her television career age at the age of 7. She got an opportunity to host the late Nelson Mandela's 83rd birthday celebration; she was also invited as a speaker at Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy. Thobakgale was also nominated as the best presenter for Crystal awards. She is however now a motivational speaker and businesswoman. Selae was also recognised as one of most powerful women under 40 in South Africa by business magazine, Destiny.

7. Sipho Ngwenya

Sipho, also known as Psyfo, is well-known for his out-there personality on the hit kiddies show YO-TV. After leaving the popular show in 2004, he landed a huge acting role as Ajax and the dramatic Generations. According to TV SA, he has also focused his energy on his music career by starting his own record label called, SID Records. His produced records for the late Mandoza and Lebo Mathosa.

8. Carly Fields

Carly Fields was the bubbly blonde on Yo-TV. The 35-year-old now spends her time acting and does some voice-over work, TV SA reports. The self-proclaimed fitness freak is the brand ambassador for ASICS and she's the proud mom of two adorable girls.

7. Karabo Ntshweng

This former YO-TV presenter is definitely every reason to love life right now. She worked at 94, 7 Highveld stereo and at Voice of Wits (VOW). She is now a social media manager at Student Village, producer, and presenter at Primedia Broadcasting.

8. Dineo Nchabeleng

Dineo was one of the youngest actors on the block at one stage and she held down her Generations slots with ease. These days, Dineo is a mother with one of the cutest babies around. She has been doing some feature films for Mzansi Magic and stars in Ring of Lies.

9. Roxy Burger:

You might recognise this gorgeous blue-eyed lass from the M-Net kids show KTV. Since then, Roxy's been a firm fixture on SA TV screens. She's had stints on Top Billing, MTV Choice and Strictly Come Dancing. The 31-year-old tied the knot to Neil Sharga back in 2014. She is expected to host the SA version of "How do I look" on E! Africa.

10. Katleho Sinivasan

According to TVSA, this gentleman sparked into the industry when he was chosen as one of the six band members on the second season of the SABC2 reality show Famous!, in 2007. He made his television presenting debut on SABC1 on the kid's series YOTV in 2007. He has acted in theatre productions such as West Side stories and Journey to a Dream. After a break from TV, he joined the SABC1 breakfast show Mzansi Insider as a more mature seasoned presenter. In 2017 he won the E! Africa talent search The Search: E! Host South Africa.


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