Who is Mncedisi Shabangu? Age, family, career, awards and nominations, net worth

Who is Mncedisi Shabangu? Age, family, career, awards and nominations, net worth

Tributes have come in from different quarters since the announcement that Mncedisi Shabangu died after suffering from a brief illness. Many South African actors and movie watchers have continued to share their grief over his death while professing their respect for the man some claim was an inspiration on their acting sojourn.

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Mncedisi Shabangu's cause of death
Mncedisi Shabangu was a renowned actor and director until his death. Photo: @sipho.seroto
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Mncedisi Shabangu was an actor, screenwriter, and director at the time of his passing. He has been credited with a couple of movie acting and directorial roles, some of which have earned him several awards. He burst into the South African entertainment industry in the early 90s and maintained his status as one of the finest actors with his ability to play diverse roles, whether on stage to a live audience or in front of the camera for television.

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Mncedisi Shabangu profiles

Full nameMncedisi Baldwin Shabangu
NicknamePopularly referred to as "Khulekani" from the Rhythm City television series
Date of birth3rd November 1969
Date of death 24th July 2022
Age52 at the time of death
Zodiac signScorpio
Place of birthKwaMashu, Durban, Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa
Current residenceLived in KaNyamazane township, Bombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Height in feet5' 11"
Height in centimetres179
Weight in pounds196
Weight in kilograms89
Shoe size7
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBlack
SiblingMthokozisi Shabangu (brother)
Marital statusMarried
SchoolKhaliphani Senior Secondary High School
College/UniversityRoyal National Theatre Studio and The Market Theatre Laboratory
ProfessionScreenwriter, actor and movie director

Mncedisi Shabangu's age

Mncedisi was born on 3rd November 1969 in KwaMashu, Durban, Natal, a region now known as KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Shabangu's age at the time of his death was 52 when he passed away on 24th July 2022.

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Nothing is known of his parents or their profession. Still, it is confirmed that the family relocated from the then KwaMashu, Durban Natal, as a matter of compulsion based on the South African government's Group Areas Act. They moved to KaNyamazane township, Bombela, Mpumalanga, which remained his home until his death.

Mncedisi reportedly attended Khaliphani Senior Secondary High School in KaNyamazane, South Africa. He also learned acting by attending The Market Theatre Laboratory in 1995 and later Royal National Theatre Studio in London, England.

Who is Mncedisi Shabangu?
Shabangu performing on set. Photo: @artbyzivanaimatangi
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Mncedisi Shabangu's career

Mncedisi's talent for acting was noticed when he was young. Then, at some point, Gibson Kente, a late South African producer and playwright, inspired him to love acting on television and featuring in stage plays.

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He became renowned for being part of the stage actors for the Sizwe Banzi is Dead European tour. His debut on television was in 1992 when he featured in a movie titled Secret Agenda. After that, he became popular for his role as Khulesani Ngobese in the South African television series Rhythm City.

Over the years, Shabangu has played various roles in the movie industry as an actor, screenwriter, and director. Some of Mncedisi Shabangu's movies and TV shows associations include:

  • The Lab
  • Ingozi
  • Bongani
  • Vuka Mashele
  • The Head and the Load
  • The Other Woman
  • Heartlines
  • The Barbershop
  • Best Wedding Ever
  • Number Number
  • The Kingdom
  • Ways of Dying
  • Rhythm City
  • Wangesheya Wangesheya
  • Call Us Crazy

Mncedisi Shabangu's awards and nominations

The writer and actor is known for his impeccable acting talent and has been nominated for and won several awards since his time in the South African movie industry. Some of Shabangu's awards and accolades include:

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  • SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Supporting Actor (2020)
  • Naledi Award for the best supporting actor-The suitcase (2018)
  • Standard bank young artist award for drama (2004)
  • FNB Vita for best director-Vuka Machel (2003)
  • Fleur Du Cap for best actor-Tshepang (2003)
  • FNB Vita for best supporting actor-Call us crazy (2000)

Mncedisi Shabangu's cause of death

Mncedisi Shabangu's biography
Shabangu displaying his acting skills before his death. Photo: @olliesmom_mel
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On the morning of 24th July 2022, online news suggested that the man who played Skhumbuzo in The Lab had passed away. A few hours later, the news was confirmed by a close member of Mncedisi Shabangu's family. According to a statement credited to his brother, Mthokozisi:

He (Mncedisi Shabangu) just complained about chest pains. It was a short notice sickness…he was rushed to the clinic, and on arrival he was certified dead.

A spokesperson for the family released a statement to the general public that reads thus:

Dear all, it is with great sadness that the Shabangu family informs you of the sudden passing of Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu. He passed on in the early hours of this morning. The family appreciates all messages of condolence and requests privacy at this difficult time. Memorial and funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

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Social media presence

Despite his fame in the South African entertainment industry, there is no verifiable account for Mncedisi Shabangu on Instagram; the same goes for Twitter and Facebook. Nevertheless, he has suddenly begun to appear in social media posts since his death was confirmed as the public give their condolences to the Shabangus.

Mncedisi Shabangu is known to keep most of his private life away from the curious gaze of the public and the media. However, he is said to have been married, as he mentioned his wife and children during an acceptance speech for an award he won years ago.

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