Born Uyanda Barbara Sibiya, Uyanda Mbuli is a South African on-screen sensation. She isn’t a regular celebrity doing regular stuff. She is multitalented and good at her craft. Uyanda is a businesswoman, marketer, events manager, dancer, fashion designer, actor, award show host, and model. With all these on the table, one can conclude that Uyanda Mbuli is a successful career woman.
She is famous as a model, presenter, and actor. More than that, she has also been able to combine her multiple career ventures with family life, thereby making it look easy to be a career mum. The public drama surrounding her relationship with her ex-husband also boosted her fame profile. The beauty queen appears to put in her very best in whatever she does as she seems to leave a good track record where ever she has worked. So if you need inspiration on how to make a living on multiple streams of income, then you may find a mentor in Uyanda Mbuli, as she has proven that it can be done.
Uyanda Mbuli Is A Well-Educated Woman
Uyanda was born on December 29, 1978 in KaNyamazane, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. She spent her childhood between Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Johannesburg. The 42-year-old seems to have been raised in a stable home despite growing up in different locations. The reasons for her family’s move to various places during her childhood are unknown.
She is the youngest child of her parents and has four siblings. Her parents are Rannie and Tamary Sibiya. Uyanda has a supportive family structure, although not much is known to the public about her siblings. However, one of the said siblings is Pastor Khosi Nyezi. Nyezi is a pastor at New Light Christian Center Church and often hosts women-centered programs.
Uyanda Mbuli is well educated. Part of her early educational endeavors was at the Guardian Angels Catholic Girls School. She later proceeded to Damelin College, where she obtained a Diploma in Sales & Marketing Management. She also holds a degree in Commerce from the University of the Western Cape and another in Project Management from the University of Johannesburg. It is no wonder the all-rounded woman can hold such an intimidating career profile.
With such professional training, she worked at SABC1 as a Publicity & Events Manager from 2005 to 2006. She also was Communications Director for the Media Manager at City Power and the Mpumalanga Tourism Ambassador, both in 1997.
She is a Beauty Queen and Actress
Uyanda Mbuli rose to fame when she won the Miss Cape Town pageant in 1996. This was her breakthrough moment as a budding model. As a beauty queen at the age of 18, Uyanda had the doors of fame and possibilities open to her, and she did make good use of each opportunity that came her way as she would later prove to the world that there is more to her than just a beautiful face and a gorgeous body. After scooping the Miss Cape Town crown, she was crowned winner of the Miss Mpumalanga Province pageant in 1997.
Uyanda made other exploits in her modeling career, and in 2005, she contested in Mrs. Globe beauty pageant and made it to the sixth position overall out of about 37 contestants. Although she was not crowned Mrs. Globe 2005, she won herself some enviable prizes. She was awarded: the People’s Choice, Contestants’ Choice, and Motivator of the Year awards. The South African socialite has been a presenter at some point in her career. She played host at the Kora All Africa Music Awards in 2006 and 2006 Daytime Emmys.
Mbuli debuted into acting with the popular SABC1 series, Tshisha. Tshisha follows the story of two youngsters on the journey to realizing their dreams and the choices they have to make to achieve these dreams. She also appeared in a musical comedy, Underground Music in the United States.
It was released in the US in July 2007. Uyanda played the role of Stephanie Hall, a young lady that had just arrived in New York to pursue a career in music but eventually became a backup dancer for a hip hop group. In 2008, she participated in the fourth season of the SABC2 reality dance show Strictly Come Dancing with Ryan Hammond as her professional dance partner.
The South African Socialite Was Married To Sisa Mbuli
The love affair, which lasted for about 13 years, began with Sisa proposing to Uyanda atop a New York skyscraper. Uyanda’s marital life was both famous and dramatic, as most celebrity unions are. She tied the knot with Sisa Mbuli in 2002, and their marriage was blessed with a son named Landa Mbuli in 2003. However, contrary to widespread expectations, their marriage was short-lived. Their home was overrun by marital woes from an early stage. They eventually became divorcees around 2012.
The Couple Was Involved In a Messy Divorce
Uyanda and Sisa’s separation was not an easy one. It can best be described as acrimonious, considering how they constantly bashed each other in public. They made constant headlines as their divorce battles intensified. The duo was in and out of court demanding protection orders, each claiming the other was capable of violence and physical harm. At one point, Uyanda claimed her husband was abusing her.
Another contended issue was the couple’s joint estate. Sisa accused his wife of being a spendthrift and alleged that she often brought a boyfriend to their Kyalami home after she demanded an R119,000 monthly maintenance fee as part of their divorce settlement. She, however, got half the monetary value of her matrimonial home paid to her.
How Much Debt Is Uyanda Mbuli In and Where is She Now?
2020 was a challenging year and a tough one for Uyanda Mbuli, as she is believed to have been faced with potential bankruptcy and was up to her neck in debts at the time. She even risked getting blacklisted. The information available at the time showed that she owed about R4,279 in arrears on her Foschini account, which she secured on May 4, 1995, with an opening balance of R19,408.
She also defaulted in servicing her ABSA credit card for several months, thereby accruing an estimated R46,042 in debt. Her account was handed over to LGR Attorneys in Pretoria. Uyanda Mbuli did not discuss this alleged financial crisis in the media. Her supposed move back into her ex-husband’s home in Kyalami sort of gives credit to this rumored debt situation. What is not certain is whether this move back to her former marital home means the ex-flames are getting back together.