Claire Mawisa

Inside Claire Mawisa’s 40th birthday party: Pictures. The former child-star turned television royalty held a joined 40th birthday dinner with two of her close friends and called it #TheUltimate40th.

The veteran broadcaster, Claire Mawisa has turned the big four zero. All three of them dressed up in stunning, matching red dresses and were surrounded by close family and friends. A few familiar faces also made an appearance at the dinner. The iconic, Thebe even gave a special performance. After the dinner, Claire took to Twitter to share 40 of her biggest life lessons. Spotted on the evening were Thula Sindi and Luphi Ngcayisa.

Claire Mawisa shares her birthday with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and always dreamed of celebrating her birthday with the peace icon. Her positive thinking paid off and she’ll be able to celebrate her special day with the bishop when she plays MC for the 8th annual Desmond Tutu International Peace lecture.

The lecture was conceived as a yearly opportunity to take stock of issues critical to the sustainability of our species and our planet. It is an opportunity to access our adherence to the values of respect, compassion, fairness, Ubuntu and celebration of diversity.

Born in Cape Town, Mawisa spent her early years living in Gugulethu. Living with her mother and older brother, her family settled in Kenilworth, Cape Town, when she was five, that’s where they lived until she eventually left Cape Town for Johannesburg many years later.

At 14 years old, Claire was approached, by a model boss and was asked whether she would be interested in modelling. After signing with Topco Models, they decided to enter Claire into the prestigious model competition, Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994, to get some idea of what the industry was like.


The novice model achieved the unthinkable and went on to win the competition at the age of just 15 years old, beating professional and established models. She became the youngest and the second black South African beauty to be featured on the cover of the local Cosmopolitan magazine. And boom some couple of years she is one of the most celebrated people in Mzansi. Check these stunning pictures of her40th birthday…

Claire Mawisa


I celebrated my birthday with my jewels @posh.mechka & @snanza ?????? #NMC40th #78wasagreatyear#theultimate40th

Claire Mawisa


The artwork for our invite was the one! thank you so much…

Claire MawisaYou look amazing! So graceful! Happy 40th birthday Claire, may it be a magical year????❤?

Claire Mawisa


Thebe and the icons that are celebrating #TheUltimate40th… We love you Mechelle, Nnana and Claire.

Claire Mawisa


#TheUltimate40th #NMC40th #78wasagreatyear.More It’s a party!!!!! Celebrating phenomenal women!