Unearth the life story and personal experiences that define Joseph Dweba

Unearth the life story and personal experiences that define Joseph Dweba

Helix Odhiambo
February 26, 2024 at 10:38 AM

Growing up in an informal settlement often poses threats and danger to young talents, but for Joseph Dweba, it was a stepping stone to chasing his dream. The South African rugby star grew up in Carletonville, nurturing his talent to become one of the best hookers. His journey and achievements have inspired many globally.

South Africa's Joseph Dweba
Joseph Dweba has become one of South Africa's best rugby players. Photo: Ashley Vlotman, Grant Pitcher (modified by author)
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Dweba plays for South Africa's national team and the Stormers. He is a unique player known for his skills, hard work, and determination. Besides rugby, Joseph often spends time with his supportive wife and two children. This article highlights more about the rugby star, from his origin to his family and career.

Joseph Dweba's profile summary

Full name

Joseph Dweba


25 October 1995


28 (as of February 2024)


Carletonville, South Africa


South African


1.80 m (5' 11")


108 kg (238 lbs)

Hair colour



Hoërskool Florida, Roodepoort, Hoërskool Jan Viljoen, and Randfontein


Rugby Union Player

Current teams

Stormers, South Africa national rugby team (The Springboks)


Sam and Nomaca


Nomonde Dweba


Khayone and Luna

Net worth

$1 million - $8 million

Social media

Instagram, Facebook, X (Twitter)

How old is Joseph Dweba?

South Africa's Joseph Dweba (age 28 as of February 2024) was born and raised in an informal settlement in Carletonville, south-west of Johannesburg.

Joseph Dweba's height and weight

How much does Joseph Dweba weigh? The Springbok weighs 108 kg or 238 lbs. He stands at 1.80 m or 5 feet and 11 inches tall. Dweba is 6cm shorter than the average height of Springboks players (1.86 m).

Facts about Joseph Dweba
Joseph Dweba of South Africa A at Cape Town Stadium on 14 July 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: MB Media
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Joseph Dweba's early life

He grew up in a poverty-stricken family and faced multiple obstacles on his way to the top. His family could barely afford to buy him boots. Joseph's father, Sam Dweba, was a miner, and his mother, Nomaca, was a domestic worker.

Sam had seven children from his previous relationships, while Nomaca had three. In an interview, the rugby star told SuperSport how he burned their home using a candle. His mother was angry but luckily forgave him since he was a kid.

"I came back from primary school, and there were a lot of insects in the house, so I took a candle, lit it up and wanted to kill them. The fridge started sparking and burned the whole house down."

Dweba studied in four high schools in South Africa, where he also played for their rugby teams. His rugby journey began at Hoërskool, Florida, before moving to Roodepoort, Hoërskool Jan Viljoen, and Randfontein.

Joseph Dweba's stats and career

Joseph Dweba of the Stormers
Joseph Dweba of the DHL Stormers on the ball against the Harlequins during their Heineken Champions Cup game at DHL Stadium on 1 April 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: EJ Langner
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Dweba used to play as a centre, flanker and No. 8 in his early years before settling in the front row. At first, Joseph disliked rugby, but his local coach, Mr Badenhorst, awakened his passion for the sport. He stated at RugbyPass how the coach opened his eyes.

"I didn't understand what he was doing in my life, picking me up, taking me home, buying me food. Only now, as I sit back, do I realise that this guy had a huge impact on my life to get to where I am today."

Golden Lions

Joseph played for the Golden Lions, representing their Under-16 side in the Grant Khomo Week competition and the Under-18 team in the Craven Week tournament. His performances in the events opened the doors for more opportunities.

Free State Cheetahs

Joseph Dweba of Toyota Cheetahs
Joseph Dweba (R) of Toyota Cheetahs up against Matt Healy (L) of Connacht during their Guinness Pro14 match at Toyota Stadium on 1 December 2018 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo: Frikkie Kapp
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The Carletonville native moved to Bloemfontein to join the Cheetahs. He represented the Free State U19 side in 2014 and the Bloemfontein Crusaders in the 2015 SARU Community Cup. Joseph also played for Free State XV in the 2015 Vodacom Cup.

In 2017, the Randfontein graduate debuted in the Currie Cup against Boland and the Super Rugby against the Western Force. He won the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year award for guiding the Cheetahs to the title.

According to All Rugby stats, Joseph made 38 appearances for the Cheetahs, scoring 70 points, including 14 tries, before moving overseas for a new experience.


Joseph Dweba of Bordeaux
Bordeaux's star Joseph Dweba runs with the ball during their European Champions Cup round of 16 against Bristol on 4 April 2021 at the Chaban Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. Photo: Romain Perrocheau
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Dweba signed for the French club in May 2020 and played in the TOP14 competition. He played 30 games, scoring 25 points, including five tries for the club between 2020-2022.


Joseph returned to his homeland in May 2022 to join the Stormers of the United Rugby Championship. He penned a three-year deal with the team and has made 35 appearances, scoring 35 points, including seven tries as of February 2024.

National team

Stormers' Joseph Dweba represented South Africa's Under-20 side in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship, where they lost to England in the final. He was also part of the Junior Springboks in the 2014 and 2015 Junior World Championships.

Dweba joined South Africa's 46-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour in June 2021. He played for the South Africa A team, helping them win 17-13 over the Lions. Joseph debuted for the Springboks senior team against Argentina on 14 August 2021. The Springboks captain, Siya Kolis, had encouraging words for the debutant.

"We've tried to make it special for him, and he's enjoyed it. What's left now is for him to step onto field and do his thing. It's been a journey and a half for him, going overseas to create opportunities for himself, and now he's been granted it."

Joshua has struggled to get minutes with the Springboks, managing six appearances without scoring a point. Despite that, he has shown the potential of becoming a regular starter.

Frequently asked questions

Joseph Dweba of the Springboks
South Africa's Joseph Dweba (C) runs with the ball past Argentina players during their Rugby Championship Test match at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 14 August 2021. Photo: Michael Sheehan
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The rugby star has enjoyed an illustrious career and made gigantic steps towards improving his performance. Many acknowledge his talent and believe he deserves a regular slot in the Springboks squad. Here are some facts about him.

What is Joseph Dweba's salary?

Joseph's salary details remain undisclosed, but he reportedly earned well in France. Joseph Dweba's net worth according to Buzzlearn ranges between $1 million and $8 million.

Who is Joseph Dweba's wife?

Joseph Dweba and Nomonde
South Africa's Joseph Dweba (L) with his wife and kids. On the right is his wife Nomonde Dweba. Photo: @dweba_dynasty (modified by author)
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The Springbok is married to Nomonde Dweba. She holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture. The couple got engaged on 1 August 2020 and they have two children. The firstborn is a son, Khayone, born on 15 July 2018, followed by their daughter, Luna, born in March 2021.

How good is Joseph Dweba?

Dweba is a world-class talented player and one of the best hookers in world rugby. He is a strong, dominating, and mobile athlete known for his fighting spirit.

Is Joseph Dweba on Instagram?

The father of two is active on Instagram, with 17.9k followers as of February 2024. He is also available on Facebook with 3.3k followers and on X (Twitter) with 2.4k followers.

Final word

Joseph Dweba's meteoric rise from Carletonville to starring on the international stage has touched many hearts. His talent and skills have also made him famous. Joseph's fans hope to see more of his actions in the coming years.

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