Xolani Gwala biography: Age, Wife, Family, Death & More

Xolani Gwala is a South African media personality who was born in 1975. He was known for his outstanding job and contribution in the media industry.

The talented radio show host who has been serving in the industry for at least two decades, was born in Impendle, Kwa Zulu Natal Province.

Gwala died at the age of the 44 after a long battle with cancer. In this article, you will get to know more about his background, wife & family, awards, net worth, death and so much more…

Xolani Gwala family background

Xolani Gwala 702 is the eldest child in a family of five children. He, therefore, has four siblings. He has three brothers and one sister. Both his parents are alive and are happily married.


Xolani attended St. Marys Secondary School, where he completed his Grade 12 education. He went ahead to study a diploma in Public Relations Management or Media Studies at Natal Technikon, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, in 1993. He graduated with his diploma in 1995.

Marriage, income and fatherhood

Xolani married former Miss South Africa, Peggy Sue Khumalo. The media personality proposed to the beauty queen and investment banker on his fortieth birthday. The proposal happened at his celebration party that was held in Impendle, Kwa Zulu Natal. Xolani Gwala Wife Peggy Sue Khumalo is now the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank South Africa Wealth Division. The presenter is also a proud father of the two adorable girls.

Awards and recognitions 

In 2004, he was nominated for the Best Male Programme Presenter award for his role in Asikhulume. The show was also nominated for Best Talk Show. In 2009, he was recognised in the list of top 300 Young South African media workers by Mail and Guardian.

Asikhulume was recognised as second out of the top five talk shows in South Africa. It ranked 755th out of all the 2127 shows in the country. The show has over 1 million viewers. His shows, Asikhulume and PM Live, were recognised at engaging and the best places to learn about politics and current affairs in South Africa and across the world.


Xolani Gwala career began while he was still a student at Natal Technikon, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal. A year after graduation, he landed his first job in the media. He was employed as a newsreader at the Durban-based Ukhozi FM. After a while, he moved to P4 Radio which is also based in Durban.

He secured a new job as a reporter for Talk Radio 702 that is located in Johannesburg. The Xolani Gwala Show, one of the Radio 702 podcasts, explores local and international news and current affairs. In 2000, he secured another job with SABC Africa. At this new station, he became a talk show host of News Hour, on SABC 3. The show addressed all current affairs in the country. In 2008, he exited SABC Africa and joined 93.6 RAM FM, a Middle Eastern station. He joined as a news editor in the Palestinian territory station.

Net worth

His salary is not disclosed in public. The Xolani Gwala’s net worth is estimated as $1 million in his career. He earned more respect, love and fame than money in his life.

Xolani Gwala cancer 

In 2017, the journalist was diagnosed with cancer. In September 2017, he announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer of the colon. Before the diagnosis, he had a fever and was feeling ill. After conducting tests, the doctors discovered that he had cancer in the liver and traced it back to the colon.

On Ist November 2019, Xolani Gwala succumbed to colon cancer. His death came months after there had been a gleam of hope for his cure. He had sought medication in Israel, and between February and June, he had been part of the world-first clinical trial that was held in Israel. He has been on treatment since then until his demise.

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