Harriet Manamela biography, age, profile, tv roles, qualifications

Harriet Manamela (born 13 October 1971 in Diepkloof) is a South African actress. She is best known for playing the role (starring) of Meikie Maputla in Skeem Saam.

She appeared first on 13 October 2011, the premier of the SABC1 youth soap opera. The actress has also appeared in several other series.


Harriet Manamela biography
NameHarriet Lehabe
Other nameHarriet Manamela
Born13 October 1971 (age 49 years)
Alma materSt. Anthony’s Centre, Boksburg, East Rand
Squints Artists Community Theatre Group, Alexandra
NationalitySouth African
Active years1998-date


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Harriet Manamela was born in the large zone of Soweto township of Diepkloo on 13 October 1971.

The actress has been active in the entertainment industry since 1998. With her two decades and three years in the industry, she has achieved a lot and has left a mark.


The veteran actress had her matriculation at St. Anthony’s Centre in Boksburg East Rand, Gauteng.

Manamela became a member of Squints Artists Community Theatre Group, Alexandra. There she appeared in several performances.


The actress has been in the industry since 1998 and has left a mark. She performed for two years at the Young Writers Festival at The Market Theatre.

In 2006, she was cast in the mini-series When We Were Black. She started her television profession in 1998 with a role in Yizo Yizo II, Soul City, Isidingo, Justice For All.

She has also appeared in Soul Buddyz, Zero Tolerance, and Behind The Badge.

Her film credits include Dr. Lucille, Hijack Stories, Yesterday, and Country of My Skull. Harriet landed the lead role in My Other Mother.

In 2013, she made it as cast on the e.tv soapie Rhythm City portraying as Nomzamo. The character is the alcoholic mother of Suffocate who is a heavy drinker for decades.

In 2012, the actress bagged the Best Supporting Actress at SAFTA. Her role in the film Life Above All earned her recognition.

She has also being a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the Vita award. Her exceptional performance in the soap opera Isidingo earned her recognition.

Still, in her career as an actress, she starred as Elizabeth Malinga in Swartwater in 2014. The character is an optimist with strong moral values in the SABC2 drama series.

The same year, she played the role (starring) of Dieketseng Mofokeng in Thola. The character is Dibuseng Makwarela’s sister forced to assist her sibling fight for the value she once forgot.

Harriet appeared in episode nine of the SABC1 docu-drama series Ngempela in a guest-starring role.

Television Roles 

Zone 14Aunt Felicia
Zero ToleranceLebo Mahlangu
Yizo YizoNurse
When We WereAunty
uGugu no AndileBusi Dlamini
TjovitjoAusi Tshidi
TholaDieketseng Mofokeng
The WildGladys Sedibe
The LabGlory Laqhasha
SwartwaterElizabeth Malinga
Soul CityThandeka Maponya
Soul BuddyzDefence Attorney
Sokhulu & PartnersNtombi Ntshebe
Skeem SaamMeikie Maputla
Rhythm CityNomzamo

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