What Happened to Mmabatho Montsho

Mmabatho Montsho is a South African film/television director, screenwriter and actor. She is also a closet painter, aspiring saxophonist, lover, figher and she comes in peace. Well this is all according to her Instagram BIO.

Some Background

She was born at the then Baragwanath Hospital, it is known called the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and it is apparently the 3rd biggest hospital in the world.

Her childhood years were spent in Carletonville, the Free State and the City of Ekurhuleni.

After matriculating at Greenside High Schools she and a school friend started their own fashion label called Black Olive Designs. They designed and sold clothes at the B&B Rooftop market.

She says at first she dreamed of being a musician. She was is a school choir and was about to start a music learner ship before she landed her first television role.

She was cast in the SABC1 soapie Generations as Lumka Dhlomo. A role that many Generations fans still remember her for, to this day.

Television Roles

  • 90 Plein Street
  • A Place Called Home
  • Artcha
  • Hard Copy
  • I Love South Africa (Contestant)
  • Jacob’s Cross (Lerato the wife of lead character Jacob)
  • Play Your Part
  • Rhythm City (As Thembi Phakathi another big role we know her for)
  • Tempy Pushas
  • The Final Cut
  • The South African Film and Television Awards season 10 and 12 (Presenter)
  • Zaziwa


  • Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past (2008)
  • Nothing For Mahala (2013)
  • Happiness is a Four Letter Word (2015)
  • Happy Family (2017)

Director Credits

  • ETV Soapie Scandal
  • SABC1 Sitcom Thuli noThulani
  • Your Move
  • MTV Shuga
  • Thula’s Vine

She was also appointed as one of Ekurhuleni’s 2010 ambassadors.

What Happened to Mmabatho Montsho

Mmabatho Montsho
Mmabatho Montsho

In 2010 she left South Africa and went to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles she enrolled for a film-making course.

She says “I had worked with directors who were initially actors and from my experience, it seemed like they were forced into directing. I didn’t enjoy the energy they carried because it almost felt like they wished they were still acting but now they’re directing. Directing was a conscious decision but I wanted to ensure that my heart was in the right place.”

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These days she is involved more behind the camera either as a producer or a director than in front of the lens.

There are some reports that Mmabatho Montsho stared in a new film titled “A Hotel Called Memory” alongside Nomzamo Mbatha.

The arts remain her passion, she still takes part in dance, theatre, visual arts and playing the saxophone. However it does appear that being a director is her desired role.

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