Bhekisizwe Mahlawe biography


Bhekisizwe Mahlawe, born on 1 March 1990 (age – 31), is a South African actor, brand owner and founder of Borrowed time media. He is well known for playing Calvin Gumede on Durban Gen and Tebza on Generations: the Legacy. His family had advised him to go for teaching but he dropped out and joined the acting industry.

Biography profile

Bhekisizwe Mahlawe aka Calvin Gumede
Image of Bhekisizwe Mahlawe – source- Instagram

Name: Bhekisizwe Mahlawe
Date of Birth: March 1st, 1990
Age: 31 years old
Place of birth: uMzimkhulu township
Occupation: Actor
Known as: Calvin Gumede on Durban Gen
Nationality: South African
Clothing brand: Mzimcool
Company: Borrowed time Media (BTM) (


Bhekisizwe Mahlawe was born on 1st of March 1990 in uMzimkhulu township in Harry Gwala District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. After finishing metric, Bhekisizwe wanted to join the entertainment industry but his family didn’t believe he would succeed because no body from their township ever made it in this industry.

Education of Bhekisizwe Mahlawe

Bhekisizwe or Calvin Gumede

Mahlawe didn’t go further than metric with education. He always wanted to become an actor but instead his family did not support his dream of becoming an actor. But Bhekisizwe Mahlawe’s family advised him to enroll for a teaching degree at the University of South Africa. Though he took their advice, Bhekisizwe dropped out six months later and followed his heart.

Acting career of Bhekisizwe

 Mahlawe at Generations the Legacy

Bhekisizwe Mahlawe did not just started at the top, but had to go places where he could display his talent. On the other hand he had to do small jobs at Proteas Hotel in Durban while he was marketing for a proper acting job. In 2010, Mahlawe started to shine as he was acting for Mnyango wesoku Vakasha, since then he has never stop acting.

He later decided to quit his job at Proteas Hotel and went to Johannesburg. And yet he had not yet notified his family that he had quit studying. Bhekisizwe later got a role on eKasi: Our Stories and his family saw him on TV, that’s when he told them he had joined acting and left teaching course. ¹

Bhekisizwe Mahlawe as Calvin Gumede on Durban Gen
Bhekisizwe Mahlawe as Calvin Gumede on Durban Gen on the right

Bhekisizwe appeared on Soul City, Sokhulu and Partners, Rhythm City as a nurse, and Promise. He played Nkanyiso, the son of Nonto who has to wrestle with the shame of being the product of rape, in the SABC1 drama series Shreds and Dreams. The star is also known for playing Sporoporo on Generations: the Lagacy. Bhekisizwe Mahlawe is currently playing Calvin Gumede on etv drama series, Durban Gen. He is acting alongside Nelisiwa Sibiya who plays Dr Mbali Mthethwa.

Bhekisizwe Mahlaweis the founder of Mzimcool

Bhekisizwe Mahlawe the owner of a clothing brand called Mzimcool and Borrowed time media
Bhekisizwe Mahlawe the owner of a clothing brand called Mzimcool and Borrowed time media

Mahlawe owns clothing brand company called Mzimcool (this sounds like it was derived from his himevillage in uMzikhulu). He also owns another company which he uses to organize celebrations, the company is called Borrowed time Media.

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