Mari Molefe van Heerden

Born: 22 April 1986 (34 years old)
Gender: Female



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Mari Molefe van Heerden is a South African actress and presenter best known for her role as rebellious Lerato Jackson in the kykNET soapie Villa Rosa, from 2010-2013.

She is also known for her role as Tumi Sithole in the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan, from 2015-2016.

Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, she graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009, where she was a DJ at Tuks FM.

Mari landed her first television gig in 2007 when she was cast as a continuity presenter for the now-defunct Afrikaans music channel MK, continuing in this role until 2009.

She then voiced the role of Pauline in the Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) radion drama Ratels, from 2009-2013.

In 2010 she landed the role of Lerato in the kykNET soapie Villa Rosa, which she would play until 2013. She left the show to be an entertainer on a cruise liner for six months.

In 2014 she had a guest starring role in an episode of the SABC2 drama series Geraamtes in die Kas and from 2015-2016 she played the role of Tumi Sithole on the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan.

Mari had a guest starring role in an episode of the kykNET comedy series Phil 101 which aired on 15 May, 2017 (Season 1, Episode 6).

The following year she had a guest starring role in an episode of the kykNET medical soapie Binnelanders (Season 13, Episode 189), which aired on 1 March, 2018.

Later that year she guest starred as twins in the kykNET comedy series Elke Skewe Pot in an episode that aired on 24 September, 2018 (Season 2, Episode 12).

In 2020 she was cast as a new version of FJ (a role originally played by Thandi Puren) in the second season of the SABC2 sitcom Die Vlieënde Springbokkie. The season premiered on 7 October.

Television Roles


New on TV today: Tuesday 26 January

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is new to 1Magic and Undercover Billionaire returns to Discovery.

Begeertes Teasers - February 2021

Asli changes her mind about the baby while in hospital...

Slashed! Renewed! A debut! SABC2's soapie mayhem

7de Laan, Muvhango, Giyani, Die Sentrum. See if there's a silver lining to this radical turn of events.

Rhythm City Teasers - February 2021

Who is playing who in the Pastor saga? Also, Mapula gets a job.

New on TV today: Monday 25 January

Period drama Belgravia starts on BBC Brit and Nat Geo documents the Narco Wars.

New on TV today: Sunday 24 January

History's Greatest Mysteries are revealed on HISTORY as BBC Earth ushers in The Age of Nature.

New on TV today: Saturday 23 January

A rebooted Fear Factor premieres on as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return to Vuzu.

Ferguson Films now casting for four lead roles

A brief of the character's they're looking to cast and how to audition.

Durban Gen Teasers - February 2021

Mbali is ill and lands up needing treatment.

New on TV today: Friday 22 January

Fate: The Winx Saga drops on Netflix and cooking competish Afloskombuis begins on VIA.


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