Mzansi Profiles! People Ayanda Daweti Biography: Early Life | Acting Career | Personal Life

Ayanda Daweti Biography: Early Life | Acting Career | Personal Life

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Biography: Ayanda Daweti, also known by his stage name Tuckshop Bafanaz, is a South African actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Chumani Langa in the popular television serial Scandal!


Early Life and Education

He was born in 1990 and raised in Tsolo, South Africa. His mother Nomalizo Daweti died of heart complications in her sleep when Ayanda was 13 years old. After the death of his mother, he moved to Mhlakulo, Tsolo in the Eastern Cape with his aunt Stella Sondaba and grandmother Nomonde Sondaba. Years later, Ayanda moved to Johannesburg. After completing his matric, studied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.

He however dropped out due to financial challenges. Ayanda then went to study at the Market Lab in Newtown taking Saturday classes. He further acquired more acting knowledge at the Duma Ndlovu Acting Academy.


Ayanda Daweti Acting Career

Ayanda Daweti Biography

Ayanda Daweti Biography [Image: @ayandadaweti/Instagram]


His most notable and popular television role came through the eTv soap opera Scandal!, where he played the role of Chumani Langa, a man coming from a rich family. In 2018 he won the Golden Horn award for the Best Made for TV Movie at the South African Film and Television Award for his film Okae Molao. In 2022, he joined Mzansi Magic’s award-winning telenovela Gomora as Sizwe, who gets embroiled in township crime activities.

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Apart from acting, he is also a musician who uses the stage name ‘Tuckshop Bafanaz’. He started music in respect of his aunt, where he released a six-track debut EP.2 In 2019, he released an album dedicated to his mother.


Ayanda Daweti Personal Life

Ayanda dated a girl named Xola from 2007 until her death by a tragic car accident in 2010. Later, he dedicated the song ‘Xola’ for her remembrance. Currently, he is not married and does not have any children. He is however in a relationship with a woman named Nokwanda, whom he met in 2019.


Ayanda Daweti Biography

Ayanda Daweti Biography [Image: @ayandadaweti/Instagram]


Ayanda is a fan of soccer and supports the Kaizer Chiefs. He enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music in his spare time.



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