Fanele Ntuli (born on March 7th, 1991) is a 32-year-old South African actress, voice artist, and presenter known for her role as Dr. Thandekile Zondo in Durban Gen, the e.tv medical drama series. Fanele is not yet married but is reportedly dating Durban Gen co-star Mike Ndlangamandla.
Having been a private person, the actress successfully kept her love life on the down low. Hence, she is yet to reveal who her boyfriend is. Besides her starring role in Durban Gen, Fanele Ntuli has appeared in other widely known South African soapies such as Uzalo and Isibaya. She ranks as one of the rising stars in the SA film industry.
How Old is Fanele Ntuli from Durban Gen?
Fanele Ntuli, who plays Dr. Zondo in Durban Gen, is 32 years old. In Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, the up-and-coming actress was born on March 7th, 1991. She is a Zulu native and can fluently speak Zulu and English. Fanele had her childhood experiences in Durban.
However, there are vague details regarding her parents and siblings. The Durban Gen star attended Durban Girls High and graduated in 2008. She subsequently enrolled in Oaksfields College. There, she obtained a Higher Certificate in Dramatic Studies in 2013.
How Did Fanele Ntuli Start Acting?
While studying at Oaksfields College, Fanele Ntuli put her acting career to the get-go by participating in some theatre productions. She landed the role of Lady Macbeth in the theatrical production of In Love With Shakespeare in 2013. That same year, she had roles of nurse Coco and magician Michelle in two theatre productions―The Story of Jane Doe and Imagine, respectively.
How Playing Dr. Zondo in Durban Gen Made Ntuli Famous
Before landing her career breakthrough with Durban Gen, Fanele Ntuli played minor roles in Isibaya and Uzalo. In 2015, she bagged the role of a school girl in Mzansi Magic’s drama series, Isibaya. The following year, she debuted as Mandisa in Uzalo, which ranks as the most-watched South African TV show.
Even though Fanele Ntuli gained recognition for her portrayals in Uzalo, her role as Dr. Thandekile Zondo in Durban Gen made her quite popular with the local TV series audience. Durban Gen, a medical drama series, is an e.tv original production based in Durban. It follows the story of the everyday lives of doctors and nurses working at Durban General Hospital.
In the series, Ntuli can be seen trying to pursue a romantic relationship with her colleagues, including Dr. Mthembu (Cedric Fourie) and Dr. Ngcobo (Thulane Nkululeko Shange). Sadly, her blossoming love affair with the latter ended when he was transferred to another hospital and relocated.
Having been part of the series’ cast since the first season, Fanele Ntuli has been able to win the hearts of the viewers with her performances. And this has helped her solidify her celebrity status in the country.
Dr. Zondo Has Other Interests in The Entertainment World
In addition to having a passion for acting, Ntuli has been passionate about TV, presenting, and performing voiceovers. In the year 2013, she clinched her first TV presenting gig. She served as the host of Capitec Roadshow. She also worked as a roadshow presenter for Dark & Lovely in 2014.
In the following year, the Uzalo actress presented the Ponds Roadshow. Meanwhile, in 2014, she performed a voiceover in a Dettol Corporate video. The same year, she had another voiceover role in the ER24 Corporate Training video.
Fanele Ntuli’s Farming Activities
In December 2019, the talented actress cum TV presenter surprised her fans when she started sharing snaps from her inspection at her farm situated in the Chibini area in KwaZulu-Natal province. She rears cattle on some hectares of land and often checks up on her cattle to ensure they are well-fed.
Ntuli has proven herself to be versatile and not only focused on her works in the entertainment industry. She is a well-focused farmer who engages actively in farming activities when she is not busy shooting for Durban Gen scenes.
Who Is Fanele Ntuli’s Boyfriend?
Although Fanele Ntuli might be in a romantic relationship at the moment, she has successfully kept her boyfriend away from the prying eyes of the media. Though she has been in the limelight since 2014, there’s no tangible information regarding the man in Dr. Zondo’s life.
The voiceover artist hardly shares anything about her personal life on social media, where her posts are mainly about her work engagements. However, she had been in relationships in the past years as she is reportedly a mother of one. Fanele is said to have welcomed a son in the late 2010s but has decided to keep the identity of her baby daddy secret.
Are Dr. Zondo and Dr. Zulu from Durban Gen Dating in Real Life?
Dr. Zondo and Dr. Zulu (Mike Ndlangamandla) from Durban Gen began trending in Mzansi as a real-life couple after they shared loved-up pictures of themselves on their various Instagram accounts on August 4th, 2021. They captioned the pictures with cryptic messages. While Fanele’s caption read, “If I got your back was a person,” Mike’s caption was, “I Got Your Back.”
Following the cryptic love captions, it was soon assumed by many people that the Durban Gen co-stars were dating at the time. Despite the rumor gathering momentum, both actors never commented on it. Instead, they hardly share cozy snaps of themselves on social media. Nevertheless, on Fanele Ntuli’s birthday celebration on March 7th, 2022, Mike shared pictures of himself and Dr. Zondo with love emojis caption.
With both actors yet to confirm their relationship status, it’s still uncertain whether they are a couple or not. Like Fanele Ntuli, Mike Ndlangamandla is a proud father to a daughter. He is also private about the details of his personal life. Thus, he is not known to be married or in a relationship.
The 33 years old actor is a graduate of DNA Academy at Johannesburg Theatre. He is best known for playing the supportive role of Pastor Max in the SABC2 drama series, Muvhango and his lead role as Dr. Lindelani Zulu in Durban Gen.