Zenande Mfenyana is a prominent South African actress, former model, voice-over artist, MC, and philanthropist. She has been active in the South African entertainment space since 2006. She has worked with several notable TV and film personalities over the years on numerous projects.
Mfenyana was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when she bagged a role in the South African popular television series, Generations. Her popularity continued to soar even after she left the show. Today, she is a force to reckon with in the industry, having achieved a lot through acting and other entertainment fields.
Zenande Mfenyana was born in Johannesburg in 1985
Zenande’s life began in a small town in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, Gauteng province called Kagiso. Her parents gave birth to her there and subsequently raised her for some time. At some point in her formative years, the actress relocated to a town in the Eastern Cape called Queenstown.
She was quickly enrolled at the renowned Queenstown Girls’ High School, where she completed her matric. Zenande was subsequently admitted to study Drama at the University of Pretoria. Upon completing her studies, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. Unfortunately, not much is known about the actress’s family, ethnicity, and background.
Her parents’ names are yet to be publicized, and it’s unclear if she has a brother. In one of her Instagram posts, she mentioned that she has sisters, and one of them is Akhe Mfenyana, who starred as the widowed Lucky’s wife in the Queen. No one knows the identities of her other sisters and what they do for a living.
The Johannesburg-born Entertainer Began Her Career as a Model
Though Zenande is popularly known as an actress, she began her journey in the entertainment industry as a model. Unfortunately, information about her modeling is difficult to come by, including the projects and brands she worked for. Again, Mfenyana has never talked about her first love – modeling, which makes it even more difficult to talk about.
Reports have it that she fell in love with on-screen production while working as a model. In 2011, she bagged an opportunity to audition for a role in Generations. Following a brilliant performance, she was hired to play the fictional character Noluntu Memela, who is the on-screen daughter of Mawande Memela.
Zenande’s career experienced a temporary setback in August 2014 when she was dismissed due to a strike that featured 15 of the cast members, including Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Connie Ferguson (Karabo Moroka), and Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka).
The following year, Mfenyana bagged another TV role, precisely in the e.tv’s soap opera Ashes to Ashes, where she played Reba. She also appeared on the Xhosa drama series Igazi as Babalwa in seasons 1 and 2.
Mfenyana began playing the main role of Goodness Mabuza on the Ferguson Films’ Mzansi Magic series The Queen in the year 2017. She left the show in 2021 after a productive acting job.
The Johannesburg-born actress partly owes her rise to popularity to the projects she took part in and the caliber of persons she has shared the filming set with. Some of the respected actors she worked with include Tina Jaxa, Menzi Ngubane, Connie Ferguson, Vatiswa Ndara, the late Shona Ferguson, Jet Novuka, and the late Nomhle Nkonyeni.
As seen on Instagram bio, Zenade describes herself as a talented voice-over artist, an MC, and a philanthropist. However, further details about her other jobs are not open to public scrutiny.
I can’t believe I’m about to watch my last episode of Money Heist 🤧 what should I watch next? What are you guys watching at the moment?
— Zenande Mfenyana (@Zenande_Mcfen) February 14, 2022
- Generations as Noluntu Memela
- Ashes to Ashes as Reba Namane
- Igazi as Babalwa
- MTV Shuga (Down South) as Cynthia Vilakazi
- The Queen as Goodness Mabuza (2017-2021)
A Look At Mfenyana’s Past Relationships
Not much is known about the actress’s past adventures with men. However, she once mentioned that she dated a man who disliked her friends, the kind of clothes she wore then, and the nature of her job. For these reasons, Zenande said she had to sever their friendship.
She, however, did not reveal the identity of the man, the exact period they dated, and how long their relationship lasted. The actress hasn’t been linked to any other man in the past before fame, and she is not willing to talk about her past.
What to Know About Zenande Mfenyana’s Child
Zenande Mfenyana has only one child – a daughter she fondly called Baby Ballerina. A lot is still unknown about the circumstances surrounding her baby’s birth. Till now, the birth name of Zenande’s baby is unknown, the exact month and date she was born are still under the radar, and her mother hardly uploads her pictures on public platforms.
It is believed that the actress gave birth to her child before or sometime in September 2020. Mfenyana disappeared from social media after confirming her pregnancy in May 2020, only to reappear in September, looking good and glowing.
It was after she resurfaced that she announced she had put to bed. She, however, declined to mention the birth details of her daughter. Baby Ballerina is fast-growing, as seen from a handful of pictures her mother posted on Instagram.
When Was Zenande Mfenyana Pregnant for Her Baby Daddy?
Zenande Mfenyana confirmed that she was carrying a child in May 2020 after many months of pregnancy rumors. On May 10, the actress on the internet went abuzz after Zenande shared an Instagram photo of her growing bump under the water with the caption: Happy Mother’s Day.
She did not mention the exact month she conceived or would be due for delivery. However, the pregnancy announcement was met with positive reactions and joy from her fans, including some South African celebrities.
She subsequently shared a ‘behind the scene’ video of the maternity shoot and thanked her sisters for making the shooting smooth and possible.
Who is Zenande Mfenyana’s Baby Daddy?
Zenande’s alleged baby daddy is none other than the hunky Tino Chinyani. Unfortunately, neither Tino nor Mfenyana has either confirmed or debunked reports on the paternity of baby Ballerina.
Ballerina’s alleged biological father, Tino, is a Zimbabwean model, voice-over artist, director, and actor. Born in Harare on September 9, 1994, Chinyoni graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School and St. John’s College, both in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The model moved to South Africa to further his education at Monash University. He graduated from the institution with a degree in Marketing and Management. As a professional model, he has worked with top brands such as Polo, Axe, Edgar’s, MacDonald’s under the modeling company Boss Models.
Before fame, Zenande’s alleged baby father represented Zimbabwe’s under-19 rugby team at international competitions as he was very good at rugby and basketball. The Zimbabwean celebrity model has appeared on MTV VJ search and is currently a host on a morning show on e.TV.
Tino has also promoted products by renowned personalities such as David Tlale, Sheria Ngowi, Tokyo James, Rich Mnisi. Meanwhile, Chinyani shares a baby boy with Simphiwe Ngema, who they had in June 2020.
The Actress Enjoys Huge Fanbase On Social Media
Zenande Mfenyana has a massive following on her social media pages. She is being followed by more than one million people on both her Instagram and Twitter pages. She reaches out to her fans and updates them about her profession, life, and family through her social media pages.
Frequently Asked Questions About Zenande Mfenyana
1. What is Zenande Mfenyana’s Age?
Zenande Mfenyana is currently 36 years old. She was born on October 11, 1995.
2. Who are Zenande Mfenyana’s Parents?
The names and occupations of Zenande Mfenyana’s parents are not known publicly. The actress is yet to reveal their identities and what they are up to currently.
3. Is Zenande Mfenyana Married?
Mfenyana, in a Twitter post she shared on January 2, 2021, mentioned that her husband is the person who inspires her to take her fitness course seriously. However, she did not reveal the identity of her man and what he does.
My hubs is so fit, he inspires me each morning to work harder at my fitness goals…I’ve got such a long way to go 😢 but at least I’m trying. I grew a human in me in 202🤰🏽, in 202🚶🏾♀️need to get back into shape
— Zenande Mfenyana (@Zenande_Mcfen) January 2, 2021
4. Which of Zenande Mfenyana’s Hairstyles are Popular?
Zenande’s hairstyle is what makes her outstanding. She is known for her healthy-looking and glowing dreadlocks. In 2017, she revealed in a Facebook post that she had had her dreadlocks for more than 11 years. The actress has been seen wearing numerous dreadlock styles over the years.