Buyile Mdladla

Buyile Mdladla is a South Africa actor and television personality who portrayed the character of Lungile Mabena on SABC 1’s soap opera, Generations, and hosted eight seasons of SABC 1’s religious magazine show, Spirit Sandae.

Born Buyile Mdladla
South Africa
Education Wits University
Occupation Actor, Radio DJ
TV Personality
Since 1997 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Buyile Mdladla was born in Ladysmith in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

According to a March 2006 City Press article he grew up in his grandfather’s farm outside the city of Ladysmith in the KwaZulu-Natal province where he spent his childhood herding livestock and crop farming.

His Radio 2000 page reads, “growing up in rural Zululand, I always considered myself destined for more…”.

That same article states that he attended Inkamana High School, a private boarding school run by Catholic missionaries and located in Vryheid in the Kwazulu-Natal province.

In that same page it is written that he arrived in the city of  Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa when he was just nineteen (19) years old.

Buyile Mdladla had come to the city to study at the University of the Witwatersrand’s school of dramatic arts; he enrolled to study dramatic arts and graduated after four years of studying.

His earliest work include being cast as US jazz legend Charlie “Yardbird” Parker (presumably in a school production) while he was a student at the University of the Witwatersrand’s school of dramatic arts.

Buyile Mdladla presented the SABC 1 youth magazine programme, the Electric Workshop. He served as the quizmaster on on’s Sports Soccer challenge and had a stint as the presenter of the Live Lotto Draw.

His time on the Electric Workshop helped him get noticed, as a result he was spotted by a talent agent and that agent got him a role on SABC 1’s popular soap opera Generations; however, it is understood that this was his first stint on the show and he portrayed a different character to that of Lungile Mabena which he portrayed in recent years before the show was overhauled and refreshed as Generations: The Legacy.



Spirit Sundae and Continued Success, 2003 – to date

In 2003 Buyile Mdladla began hosting religious magazine show, Spirit Sundae, alongside Nadine Naidoo. The premise of the show sees celebrities and other prominent public figures contribute to discussions about religion and social issues among other things. In the ninth season, which went on air in 2009, Buyile Mdladla along with his co-host were replaced with Mzwandile Ngebeni and Nathi Buzani.

In 2006 he joined the cast of SABC 3’s drama series, Hard Copy, which was on its third season; on the show he portrayed the character of Prince Modise, a trust fund baby of media mogul and owner of the fictional newspaper called The Bulletin, Zolani Modise portrayed by the late John Matshikiza.

In 2008 Buyile Mdladla portrayed the character of Mulusi “Mel” Luthuli in the SABC 1 mini-series, Izingane zoBaba, which was adapted from William Shakespeare’s King Lear by Portia Gumede and Thomas Hall.

In 2010 Buyile Mdladla returned to Generations to portray the character of Lungile Mabena, a 40-year-old businessman who owns a hotel and restaurant chain called Mabena Industries. “This is like a dream come true because I have wished to be part of this soapie for some time now. My experience, combined with passion for acting helped me to easily fit into this character,” he was quoted saying at the time.

In 2011 he joined the cast of SABC 1’s legal procedural drama series, Sokhulu & Partners in its second and final season where he portrayed the character of Vuyile; the show starred Melusi Yeni, Thami Africa and Linda Sokhulu.

In 2013 Buyile Mdladla portrayed the character of Phillip Moloi on SABC 2’s Afrikaans language psychological drama series, Geraamtes in die Kas (which means ‘Skeletons in the Closet’ in English). In the same year he portrayed the character of Vuyo in an episode of the second season of’s anthology series, Mzansi Love: Kasi Style.

Also in 2013 Buyile Mdladla joined the cast of SABC 2’s flagship soap opera, Muvhango, where he portrayed the character of Tumelo Mojalefa. Muvhango publicist Kgalema Mametse was quoted saying at the time “Please note that Mr Buyile Mdladla had previously auditioned for the role of Dr Mongezi currently played on screen by Atandwa Kani. We strongly felt after lengthy deliberations that he was more suitable to play the role of Tumelo Mojalefa. We are very elated to have such a calibre of an actor joining our ensemble cast”.

“I’m ecstatic. Muvhango is a show that I had always been curious about because when it came about nobody had tried that concept before. The producers have been gracious enough to give me a role that is every actor’s dream. It’s such a joy to go to work every morning and sink my teeth into a meaty role that is both a challenge but also be an awful lot of fun to play,” Buyile Mdladla said at the time.

In 2014 he portrayed the character of Graeme Armitage in the Rapulana Seiphemo and Lunga Shabalala fronted drama series, Task Force, which aired on SABC 1. In that same year he portrayed the character of Dr. Mthiyane on SABC 1’s long running medical drama series, Soul City. Also in 2014 he had a recurring role as Mongi on Mzansi Magic’s soap opera, Zabalaza.

In May 2015 he joined the cast of Mzansi Magic’s Siyabonga Thwala, Nomzamo Mbatha, Jessica Nkosi, Vusi Kunene and Thembi Nyandeni fronted IsiBaya where he portrayed the character of Solomzi. In June 2015 Buyile Mdladla portrayed the character of Inspector Nkosi on the second season of SABC 3’s sitcom, Those Who Can’t, which stars Sello Sebotsane, Robyn Scott and Loyiso MacDonald. Also in 2015 Buyile Mdladla portrayed the character of Sean a HIV/AIDS ridden man who deliberately infects a sex worker on’s Mbongeni Ngema fronted telenovela, Gold Diggers.




Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Electric Workshop Himself Youth Magazine
1997 Generations Unknown Soap Opera
2003 – 2009 Spirit Sundae Himself Co-host
2006 Hard Copy Prince Modise Drama Series
2008 Izingane zoBaba Mulusi “Mel” Luthuli Mini-series
2010 – 2013 Generations Lungile Mabena Soap Opera
2011 Vuyile Sokhulu & Partners Drama Series
2013 Geraamtes in die Kas Phillip Moloi Drama Series
2013 Mzansi Love: Kasi Style Vuyo Anthology Series
2013 Muvhango Tumelo Mojalefa Soap Opera
2014 Task Force Graeme Armitage Drama Series
2014 Soul City Dr. Mthiyane Drama Series
2014 Zabalaza Mongi Soap Opera
2015 IsiBaya Solomzi Soap Opera
2015 Those Who Can’t Inspector Nkosi Sitcom
2015 Gold Diggers Sean Supporting Role, Telenovela



Radio and Other Work

Buyile Mdladla is also a radio host; he is currently employed Radio 200, one of many radio stations owned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation radio division (SABC Radio). On Radio 2000 he hosts a show called The Grooveyard Shift which airs from 00:00 midnight to 03:00 am in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays.

He has previously worked for Kagiso Media’s independent Johannesburg based radio station, Kaya FM, where he hosted a successful mid-morning called C’est la Vie. Buyile Mdladla was previously employed by Media 24 for three (3) years where he served as entertainment for Drum Magazine. Buyile Mdladla has also been marketing director at Khaas Logistics since 2012.



Personal Life

Buyile Mdladla is married to Connie (née Khaas) Mdladla, a University of the Witwatersrand Business School graduate; the pair wedded in mid 2011. He was previously married to Carol Mdladla with whom he has two children; Bathiyane and Basanda Mdladla.


  • Accusations of Abuse and Extramarital Affairs

An August 2010 Drum Magazine article titled “Buyile’s Wife: My Marriage of Hell” detailed Carol Mdladla’s experience while married to Buyile Mdladla. It is understood that the magazine conducted an interview with her in which she revealed the turmoil which marred her marriage to Buyile Mdladla.

Buyile and Carol Mdladla - Drum Magazine Cover“Nobody wants a divorce but my marriage to Buyile was doomed to end eventually. I’ve spend [sic] almost 13 years with him and it was never child’s play. I’d been emotionally divorced for years before I filed the papers,” Drum magazine quoted Carol Mdladla.

“When he moved out a month ago he hit me and I called the police. I pressed charges at the Orlando Police Station but I later withdrew them because I was scared. Here I am after 12 to 13 years and now I want to call amapoyisa? (the police),” Carol Mdladla told the magazine.

“Bathiyane was three days old at the time. Buyile asked me to take a bath with him and I refused. I told him I’d just given birth and wasn’t used to my body. He got angry and took a belt and started hitting me with the buckle. I was on the floor as he was hitting me and I remember thinking, oh my God, my child is on the bed.” Carol struggles to compose herself before she continues,” Carol Mdladla as quoted by Drum magazine.

“That’s how the abuse started. It would be klap (hit) here, a fist, a blue eye, then it was a closed eye, then it was stitches. I think the biggest mistake I made, and a lot of abused women are guilty of this, was I protected him. I would shut myself in my home for weeks, nursing my wounds,” Buyile Mdladla’s ex-wife was quoted by Drum.


  • Micasa Sucasa Guesthouse Controversy

A November 2012 Sunday World article titled “‘Playboy cheat’ – Now Mdladla doesn’t pay” discussed Buyile Mdladla’s interactions with a Melville, Johannesburg based guesthouse called Micasa Sucasa. The Sunday World reported that according to Micasa Sucasa guesthouse manager Jody Askins and bookeeper [sic] Winnie Houston say Mdladla checked into their Melville guesthouse several times over a period of a year and a half, each time with a different woman.

“He even came here the Thursday before his wedding and the woman he was with was not his fiancée (Connie Khaas),” the Sunday World quoted a reportedly “fuming” Jody Askins. It is understood that Jody Askins and Winnie Houston issue with Buyile Mdladla, at the time of the article, was an outstanding payment reported to be over R10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Rand).

“I trusted this man as I got to know him well. I know and he knows he didn’t come there to hold meetings. I didn’t bother with it as he paid me each time for the few hours he stayed. He’d check in first and these women would meet him. Every time it was a new girl. He came so often I charged him a reduced rate of between R500 and R580 instead of R1050, depending on how many hours he’d stay. He never stayed overnight,” the Sunday World quoted Jody Askins.

“He claimed her house wasn’t ready and they needed a place to stay. I felt sorry for the kids and even charged him a measly R650 a night, breakfast included. I didn’t charge him upfront. I took it for granted that he’d pay me. He said ‘don’t worry about it. I will pay’. But he didn’t,” Jody Askins was quoted saying.