Biography: Zenande Mfenyana is a South African model and actress who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She is best known for her roles as Noluntu Memela on SABC 1’s Generations and Goodness Mabuza on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen. She is also a voice-over artist, MC, and philanthropist who supports various causes.
Zenande Mfenyana Early Life and Education
Zenande Feziwe Mfenyana was born on 11 October 1985 in Kagiso, Gauteng. She is the daughter of Sheila Meiring Fugard and Athol Fugard, who are both renowned playwrights and actors. She has a sister named Akhe Mfenyana, who is also an actress.
Zenande moved to Queenstown, Eastern Cape, where she completed her matric at Queenstown Girls’ High School. She then enrolled at the University of Pretoria and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama in 2009.
Zenande Mfenyana Career Highlights
Zenande started her career behind the scenes of theatre and film productions, where she provided casting assistance and did voice-overs for children’s projects. She also went on a music tour to schools in Gauteng.
Zenande rose to fame in August 2011 when she joined the cast of Generations as Noluntu Memela, the daughter of media mogul Mawande Memela. She played the role for three years until she was fired in August 2014 along with 15 other actors due to a strike over salaries and contracts.
In January 2015, Zenande starred as Reba Namane on e.tv’s Ashes to Ashes, alongside Tina Jaxa and Menzi Ngubane. She then played the main role of Babalwa on seasons one and two of Igazi, a Xhosa drama series produced by Ferguson Films for Mzansi Magic.
Zenande then played the main role of Goodness Mabuza on The Queen, another Mzansi Magic series by Ferguson Films. She portrayed the daughter of a drug lord who falls in love with a police officer. Her performance earned her praise from critics and fans alike.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Zenande is very private about her personal life and does not reveal much about her relationships or family. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in September 2020. She has not disclosed the identity of her baby daddy or husband.
Zenande is passionate about giving back to society and supporting various causes. She is an ambassador for Always Keeping Girls in School, a campaign that provides sanitary pads and education to underprivileged girls. She is also involved in other initiatives that promote women’s empowerment, health awareness, and environmental conservation.