Pearl Modiadie, a prominent South African personality, has garnered acclaim as an actress, radio DJ, producer, and television presenter, primarily known for her role in the SABC 1 music talk show, Zaziwa. Beyond her captivating on-screen presence, Modiadie has established herself as a symbol of beauty and success, captivating the attention of many admirers. Her remarkable achievements are a testament to her unwavering commitment and dedication.

Early Life and Education

Born on December 29, 1987, in the Xubeni section of Tembisa township, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa, Pearl Modiadie's early life was marked by her discovery of a passion for media and entertainment. During her formative years, she actively participated in school plays and talent shows, showcasing her burgeoning talents. This early enthusiasm propelled her towards a career in media and broadcasting.

Pearl continued her educational journey, commencing college studies in 2005. Subsequently, in 2007, she pursued a diploma in Media Studies and Journalism at Rosebank College, completing the program in 2009. The foundation of her education was laid at Rosebank College in Johannesburg, where she honed her skills and acquired a comprehensive understanding of media studies.

Modiadie's educational background, coupled with her innate talent and unwavering determination, provided a solid groundwork for her flourishing career in the dynamic and competitive media landscape. Her journey from Tembisa to the vibrant screens reflects not only her personal growth but also her impactful contributions to the South African entertainment industry.


Pearl Modiadie initiated her career with a remarkable acting role as Poppy in her debut film "Bhuti Madlisa," a locally acclaimed production. Following this, she portrayed diverse characters in various films.

In the same year, she achieved a breakthrough by securing her first presenting role on the popular South African music show "Craz-e." Her infectious energy and immediate connection with viewers quickly established her as a fan favorite.

In 2007, Modiadie co-hosted the kids' game show "Crazed Out" and presented the kids programming block "Craz-e." Her versatility was evident as she also took on the role of a DJ at YFM and served as the content producer for the television series "Sistahood," which she hosted until April 2012.

Modiadie made her debut on the soapie "Scandal!" in early 2013, portraying the character Kefilwe Malope, a feisty young girl with a complex background. Around the same time, she started hosting the SABC1 music lifestyle show "Zaziwa," providing viewers insights into celebrities' lives through the music that shaped them.

In 2015, Modiadie expanded her repertoire by participating in the eighth season of the reality competition series "Strictly Come Dancing." Paired with professional dancer Grant Esterhuizen, she showcased her dancing skills.

She also re-entered the radio scene in 2015, co-hosting with Amon Mokoena. This marked her return to radio alongside her seasoned co-host.

Over the years, Pearl Modiadie's career has flourished, making her a prominent figure in South African media. Her hosting roles on "Zaziwa" and the talk show "Moments South Africa" have showcased her captivating presence and interviewing skills, solidifying her position as one of the country’s most respected media personalities. Additionally, she continues to be a regular field presenter on SABC 3's breakfast show "Expresso" and hosts on Metro FM alongside Thomas Msengane every weekday from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Personal Life

Pearl Modiadie's engagement to businessman Nkululeko Buthelezi occurred in 2015 during a holiday in Zambia. However, the relationship faced challenges, leading to the cancellation of the wedding. The engagement ring was returned, and the couple separated. Despite the initial breakup, they later reconciled and rekindled their love.

In a twist of events, after overcoming previous challenges, Pearl Modiadie entered a new relationship. She openly confirmed her new boyfriend, keeping his identity private. The couple, of different races, met through a mutual friend. Despite meeting each other's families, Modiadie clarified that they are not engaged.

In September 2020, Pearl Modiadie welcomed her baby boy, Lewatle Olivier. She announced the birth but later revealed her split from her mystery baby daddy shortly after welcoming their son Olivier.

Pearl Modiadie is also part of a close-knit family. She has two sisters, Dambuza Sina Sibuyi (41 years old) and Tebogo Penelope Modiadie (25 years old). Additionally, she has a niece, Naledi Gugulethu Mkhonto (17 years old), and two nephews, Nkateko Lesedi Mkhonto (12 years old) and Oratile Percy Modiadie (5 years old).


Craz-e (2006–2013)

Expresso (2013 – 2015)

Generations (2013 – present)

Zaziwa (2013 – Present)

Kasi To Favelas (2014)

Come Duze (2015 – 2014)

14th Metro FM Music Awards (2015)

Raw Silk (2017 – present)

Trending SA (2018 – present)

Redemption (2022)