Last updated on Jan 29th, 2021 at 09:27 am

We take a trip down memory lane to find out how some of our favourite celebrities from down the years are coping with life in 2020. Some are still in the industry, while others have changed careers for good.

Thursday is still popularly known on social media as #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT and we saw it fit for today’s Thursday that we take a look at how some of South Africa’s most memorable talents are getting on these days. From child stars who shaped our youth, to iconic heroes who we rooted for on our favourite reality shows – when you roll back the years, you realise that South Africa truly has a treasure trove of memorable talent.

We did some digging to find out how some of these stars of Yesteryear are living these days and were pleased to realise that, although many of them are no longer in the mainstream, they are almost all happy and content with their lives. Some are raising families, others are living abroad but they all still hold a special place in many of our hearts. Are you ready to take a famous trip down memory lane?

Heinz Winckler 

Heinz Winckler made history when he became the first-ever winner of Idols SA when the hit show came to South Africa back in 2002. He went on to enjoy an illustrious career, both locally and internationally before settling down with his family and dedicating his life to Christian worship. Last year, the singer and his wife Anette welcomed their fourth child together.

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Sade Gilliberti 

90s kids will always claim that no version of YoTV will match the one they grew up watching and presenters like Sade Gilliberti are a big part of the reason. The vivacious television star shaped many of our youths and also went on to become a presenter on SABC and MTV when she outgrew YoTV. These days, she is based in the UK and is still very much in the limelight. She is also an active LGBTQ+ advocate and uses her platform to support all forms of queer love.

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Nonhle Thema 

Before there was Bonang, before there was Minnie Dlamini, before there were your “IT Girls” – there was Nonhle Thema. Nonhle was the original queen of South African entertainment back in the first decade of the 2000s and famously presented the red carpet at international shows like the BET Awards. Although she took a hiatus from the industry, she returned in September 2020 after landing a role on Mzansi Magic’s Gomora.

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Dineo Nchabeleng

If you watched the old school Generations (way before it was The Legacy) you may remember a young girl by the name of Angela Moroka played by Dineo Nchabeleng. Angela might have been a bit of a spoilt brat on the show, but Dineo is anything but that in real life. While childstars have a reputation overseas for going off the rails, Dineo has maintained a clean and professional career and is still a popular actress to this day.

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Vanessa Marawa

Vanessa made history when she became the first ever winner of Survivor South Africa: Panama. Edging out fierce competition, she emerged as the sole Survivor back in 2006 and has since used the momentum to venture into the world of sports and fitness. And yes, she is related to the other Marawa you are thinking of!

Lexi and Mandla 

Lexi and Mandla found love during the third season of Big Brother South Africa – after a steamy shower session was caught on camera and had them trending for days. As it turns out, that loved-up session was only the beginning of something more beautiful. They have since gone on to produce 2 seasons of their own reality show and are now parents to a baby boy.

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