Don Mlangeni Nawa also known as Don Mlangeni started acting career in theatre. But then soon moved to Zulu drama Hlala Kwabafileyo in 1993. Furthermore, he also acted in the Zulu film Ubambo Lwam’ as David.
Then, in 1995, he appeared in the film Cycle Simenon. In 1998, he played ‘Zebedee Matabane’ in the television soap opera Isidingo. Moreover, he played the role until 2014, and he was a huge success. In 2006, he won the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap for his role in Isidingo. He did, however, leave the series in early 2014 due to a disciplinary dispute with the show. Mlangeni was nominated twice for the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap in 2007 and 2010.
In 2018, he played ‘Moseki,’ a royal family member and the queen’s younger brother, in the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela The Throne. In the same year, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the television industry at the 2018 Royalty Soapie Awards. 
He also played the popular role ‘Laqhasha’ in five seasons in the television serial ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi. In 2019, he made his film debut in the film Losing Lerato where he played the role ‘SWAT Commander’. In 2020, he joined the cast of serial Legacy. However, later in 2020, he has confirmed that the serial Uzalo will be his last production as an actor.
Mlangeni Nawa on the Estate and 30 years in the industry
There’s no doubt that as Bra Zeb Matabane, veteran actor Don Mlangeni Nawa helped make the SABC3 the place to be with his storytelling. And, now he’s back as a different man on The Estate. Whom he’s confident will captivate South Africans like no other role he’s played.
Don told TshisaLIVE that his character would cause “righteous chaos”. In the upcoming series and that his return to SABC3 after Isidingo was exciting for him as a storyteller.
“Honestly I feel no pressure. I am looking forward to give our audiences authentic stories they can relate to with ease and genuine responses to issues in a typical South African way,” Don said.
Some things Don enjoyed about playing Shadrack
Moreover, Don discussed what he enjoyed most about playing Shadrack. And, how he was captivated by his character’s passion for community activism. Moreover, the family man he plays feels obligated to defend the land. That their ancestors are rightfully entitled to.
“I was fascinated about how the character navigates his objectives. And the roller-coaster rides he goes through to put his points across. There is nothing exciting as fighting for the rights of your community and doing it diligently. Shadrack is provided with the opportunity to speak truth to power without compromise,” he said.