Maps Maponyane Profile-Biography, Net Worth, Career & Age
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Maps Maponyane is a South African actor, fashion designer, and model. That’s not all. Maps has immersed himself in a lot of professions, and his occupation cannot be boiled down to just one thing. Aside from being a celebrity, Maps is also a businessman, a philanthropist, and a voice-over artist. His friends often joke that they don’t know “exactly” what Maps does for a living.
Who Is Maps Maponyane?
Maps Maponyane whose real name is Masego Maponyane was born on the 16 of March 1990. Maps grew up in the Soweto township near Johannesburg.
Maps had a stutter as a child and because of his stuttering, he was teased in school and would often lash out and retaliate by bullying his peers.
He went through speech therapy and got into the habit of reading aloud to himself. This is what helped him overcome his stutter.
Actor, Fashion Designer, Model
16 March 1990
Johannesburg, South Africa
5’9 or 1.8 metres
$16 million or 248.7 million
Maps Maponyane’s Schooling
Maps Maponyane’s biography shows that he finished his schooling at St. John’s College. He then went to Wits University where he got a degree in Media Studies with French and English as his majors.
Maps Maponyane’s Career
At the age of 12, Maps Maponyane wowed everyone with his fabulous football skills. Perhaps, it was not a surprise considering that his father Marks Maponyane was a professional footballer.
However, young Maps chose a different career path. At the age of 16, he landed his first job as an MC and this was the catalyst to his entertainment career.
A year after he finished high school in 2008, Maps started modelling. He attended a couple of auditions and finally landed a modelling gig.
Many more came and Maps slowly got his place in the limelight. Soon after this, he was offered a supporting role in a popular South African drama – Rockville.
In 2015, Maps landed a lead role in a South African comedy series The Real Jozi A-Listers. Simultaneously, Maps built a name for himself in the business world as well.
He has been the director of many firms such as J.Laurence, GM & Ahrens, Tuta-Me, and NicheStream. He is also the brand ambassador for Investec Private Bank and the CEO of Mentor Feed.
In the same year, Maps Maponyane’s movie Tell Me Sweet Something was released. His co-star was Nomzamo Mbatha. The two had undeniable chemistry both on and off the screen, and soon Nomzamo became Maps Maponyane’s girlfriend.
Maps has also presented a couple of television shows like Top Billing and Win A Home.
Maps Maponyane’s Business
Maps opened a burger joint named Buns Out in 2019. His eatery received rave reviews and was recommended by celebrity chef Lorna Maseko.
2020, it was listed as the best burger joint in the world by Bloomberg within just five months of operation.
Maps Maponyane’s Relationships
Who Is Maps Maponyane Dating?
Maps Maponyane is South Africa’s most eligible bachelor. That noted he’s had his fair share of romantic affairs with his co-actor Nomzamo Mbatha and was allegedly involved with Boity Thulo.
Maps and Nomzamo dated for a few years. Although the couple was very much in love, they kept their relationship away from the public eye. They even went so far as to say that they were “just friends.”
In 2018, allegations that Maps was cheating on Nomzamo surfaced. Nomzamo was crushed and expressed her disbelief in Maps’ betrayal.
However, Maps denied all allegations and swore that he would never do such a thing. The two eventually broke up but ended things on good terms as they still maintain an amicable relationship.
After he broke up with Nomzamo, rumours went around that Maps Maponyane dated Nadia Jaftha and later Boity Thulo. Maps and Boity were allegedly very close and supportive of each other.
They were seen together many times and their social media activity suggested that the two spent a lot of time together. Maps’ mother even approved of Boity and showered her with love and compliments and sent her gifts.
However, neither Maps nor Boity confirmed the rumours.
Maps Maponyane’s Family
Who Is Maps Maponyane’s Father?
Maps Maponyane’s father is soccer star Marks Maponyane. Marks Maponyane played for the soccer club Kaizer Chiefs. He is the only South African soccer player who has won the title “Footballer of the Year” three times.
However, Maps was careful not to disclose this to people when he went on auditions as he wanted to make a name for himself and did not want to be given any favours because of his father.
Maps Maponyane’s mother, Sylvia Maponyane, is Maps’ hero. She is a well-educated lady with four degrees and the two share a very special relationship.
Sylvia’s oldest son Katlego Maponyane (Maps Maponyane’s brother), is a well-known snowboarder. Apart from Katlego, there are no other known siblings of Maps Maponyane.
Maps Maponyane lost his grandmother in 2020. He openly grieved for her in a heartfelt message.
Maps Maponyane’s Controversy
Maps Maponyane denied the cheating allegations that were levelled against him after he broke off his relationship with fellow actor Nomzamo Mbatha.
Maps Maponyane’s House
After a long day at work, Maps Maponyane retires to his luxurious home. He renovated it in 2019 and the results are stunning. Here are a few pictures for you.
Maps Maponyane’s Car
Maps Maponyane is a big fan of the German car maker Mercedez Benz. He owns a black Mercedes G-Wagon and a Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 SUV.
Maps Maponyane’s Net Worth
Maps Maponyane’s net worth is estimated to be around $16 million or 248.7 million rands. He makes this through his career as a model, actor and television presenter.
Awards & Recognition
June 2015: YOU Magazine YOU Spectacular Most Stylish Male Celeb, Grazia Man Magazine Cover
May 2015: Fashion Times Weekly Cover
2014: Feather Awards Best Styled Male of the Year
2014: YOU Most Stylish Male Nominee
2013/2014: Joop! Homme Ambassador
2013: SA Style Award – Most Stylish Model/Media Personality
2013: House and Style Leisure Rising Star
2013: Sowetan Mzansi’s Sexiest Top 12
2013: Cosmo SA Sexiest Man
2013/2015: Vuzu 10 Over 10 #1 Sexiest Man
2013: GQ’s Cool 35 Guys Under 35
2011: GQ’s Best Dressed Men List and the youngest nominee
Maps Maponyane’s Instagram: @mmaponyane
Maps Maponyane’s Twitter: @MapsMaponyane
Who is Maps Maponyane?
Maps Maponyane is a South African actor, fashion designer, and model who was voted twice by Cosmo as the sexiest man in South Africa.
How old is Maps Maponyane?
Born on the 16 of March 1990, Maps Maponyane is 32.
Who is Maps Maponyane’s father?
Maps Maponyane’s father is former soccer star Marks Maponyane. Marks played for Kaizer Chiefs and is the only South African soccer player who has won the title “Footballer of the Year” three times.
Who is Maps Maponyane dating?
Maps Maponyane has been linked to several women. He previously dated Nomzamo Mbatha and after their breakup, he was linked with Boity Thulo and Nadia Jaftha.
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