Upclose & Personal with Katlego Danke

From the Tswana tribe of South Africa, Katlego Danke is a 42-year-old actress, radio DJ, and television personality. Danke surfaced on the acting scene in 2002 and has since written her name in gold as far as the SA movie industry is concerned. Playing the role of Dineo Mashaba on the set of the most-watched soapie – Generations introduced her to the limelight and her acclaimed performance essaying the role of Kgothalo in Isidingo was just amazing.

Actresses of her caliber spark a lot of curiosity among fans who wish to know their life details, especially with respect to romance. However, with Danke, it’s hard to confirm anything as the actress has kept fans wondering for many years .

Born in South Africa, West North to be precise, Katlego Danke’s date of birth is November 7, 1978. She spent her growing up years moving from one SA town to the other; the actress touched Potchefstroom, Mafikeng, Ga-Rankuwa, and Mabopane. 

Growing up, Danke had to battle with self-love. She is an alum of the University of Cape Town where she studied Theatre and Performance, graduating in 2001 at the age of 23. In 2010, Katlego Danke also studied Diploma in Management Studies at Wits Business School.

When she surfaced on the acting scene in 2002, Danke started on the stage, recording performances in productions like The House of Kalumba, Beyond the Veil, Crimes of the Heart, The Town that was Mad, Miss Tertiary Feel, King Lear, the Opera performance of Macbeth, and Occupational Therapy Project.

She was already active in the theater before making her debut onscreen performance in e.tv’s Backstage; Danke started appearing onset in 2002. Four years later, in 2006, the actress scored a role in Generations which resulted in an award in the category of Best Actress. Danke stayed with Generations until 2016 before departing to the SA soapie Isidingo where she breathed life into the character of Kgothalo. After Isidingo had its full run on the 12th of March 2020, the actress scored another lead role in Gomora on Mzansi Magic. 

Her job as a media personality includes hosting the live Lotto draw. These are some of her television and movie roles 

Isidingo as Kgothalo

What’s Bothering Marc Lottering on SABC

Elna Liebe in Afrika as Sophia

SABC2’s Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan

Backstage as Keketsos

Generations as Dineo Mashaba

Danke’s theater roles include:

The Suit Miss Tertiary Feel

The Town that was Mad

Beyond The Veil

The House of Kalumba

The opera performance of Macbeth

King Lear

As soon as she gained prominence in the South African entertainment scene, Katlego Danke became a target for big brands who sought to leverage her fame in selling their products. She inked lucrative deals with the likes of Clover, Vanish, Klipdrift Brandy, and Honda, appearing in their commercials. In 2007, The Pond’s Passport to Success employed her services as the face of their campaign. 2015 was when Philips Avent – the popular international baby products brand named her their brand ambassador. 

Danke has also featured in print commercials, appearing on the cover pages o publications such as True Love, Drum, and Real. Perhaps Katlego Danke’s greatest achievements in the entertainment industry are her awards and commendations. The Duku-Duku Awards of 2004 nominated her in the category of Best Screen Villian and she earned a two-time mention on the FHM’s list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World; in 2006 and 2011. In 2009, Danke became the Best Dressed Actress at the SA Film and TV Awards. 2010 was when she became a nominee for Favorite Actress at the YOU Spectacular Awards.

She is also a motivational speaker, addressing the SA youth for organizations such as The National Department of Health, ANC Women’s League, the World Bank, and Sonke Gender Justice Network. Danke is passionate about children, working with charities like The Johannesburg Children’s Home and The Abraham Kriel Children’s Home. Katlego Danke’s Relationship Status Has Remained A Mystery To Date Arguably, the Generation actress is the most secretive Mzansi celeb when it has to her love life. 

KG is a mother of one. She gave birth in 2014 but the baby daddy is still a mystery. 


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