Kuli Roberts: A Legacy of Excellence in South African Media

Kuli Roberts

Nomakula Kuli Roberts, born on December 16, 1972, was a prominent figure in South African media, renowned for her contributions as a fashion and beauty tabloid journalist, television presenter, author, and actress. She gained widespread recognition for her roles in various television shows, including co-hosting the SABC2 reality television program “What Not To Wear” and serving as a presenter and commentator on SABC3’s daily talk show “Trending SA.”

Kuli Roberts

Nomakula Roberts

16 December 1972

South Africa
Died 9 February 2022 (aged 49)

Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation(s) Journalist, television presenter, actress
Berwyn ‘Bez’ Roberts

(m. 1990, divorced)

Children 2
Relatives Hlubi Mboya ,Rethabile Mboya(sisters), Siyanda Mboya(brother )


Kuli embarked on her journalism journey with Pace magazine before assuming the editorship of Drum Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty sections. Additionally, she held a columnist position at Sunday World, further solidifying her influence in the media landscape.

Her television career saw her hosting and co-hosting several notable shows. From 2004 to 2005, she graced the screens as a TV Host on the SABC2 reality television show “What Not To Wear.” Subsequently, she co-hosted the gossip show “The Real Goboza” on SABC1 from 2008 to 2009. Kuli also helmed the celebrity gossip magazine show “Headline” from 2010 to 2013.

However, her career was not without controversy. In 2011, she faced criticism for a column discussing the “pros and cons” of dating mixed-race women, which was deemed derogatory and reinforcing racial stereotypes by the media company that owned the tabloid.

Kuli showcased her acting prowess in various television productions, including portraying a fictionalized version of herself in the Mzansi Magic TV series “iNkaba” from 2012 to 2013. Her acting credits also include the role of Mildred Sefatsa in Seasons 4 and 5 of the soap opera “The Queen” from 2020 to 2021, as well as portraying Tina in the Netflix movie “Angeliena” in 2021.

In addition to her contributions to television and journalism, Kuli demonstrated her literary talent with the publication of her novel “Siren” in 2019.

Personal Life and Death

Kuli was married to Berwyn ‘Bez’ Roberts from 1990, with whom she had two children before their eventual divorce. Her sister, Hlubi Mboya, is known for her role as HIV-positive Nandipha on the SABC3 soap opera “Isidingo.”

Tragically, Kuli Roberts passed away on February 9, 2022, at the age of 49, leaving behind a legacy of trailblazing achievements and contributions to South African media.


Nomakula Kuli Roberts was not just a media personality; she was a trailblazer who left an indelible mark on South African media. Her career spanned journalism, television hosting, acting, and authorship, showcasing her versatile talents and unwavering commitment to her craft.

Despite facing controversy at times, Kuli remained a prominent figure, captivating audiences with her charisma, wit, and unique perspective. From gracing the covers of magazines to captivating viewers on television screens, she captivated audiences with her presence and left an impression that will endure.

In her personal life, Kuli navigated the highs and lows, including marriage and motherhood, with grace and resilience. Her legacy lives on not only through her professional accomplishments but also through the lives she touched and the inspiration she provided to aspiring journalists, television hosts, and actors.

As the curtain falls on her remarkable life, Kuli Roberts leaves behind a legacy of excellence, creativity, and courage. Her contributions to South African media will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.

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