Nandi Nyembe biography, age, sangoma, background

Nandi Nyembe (born 19 August 1950 in Kliptown) is a veteran South African actress. She is popular for appearing in sports dramas like Soul City and Zone 14. She has also landed acting roles in other television serials and feature films.

She appeared in the 1987 film Saturday Night at the Palace as Miriam. In 1994, she was cast as Rachel Ndlovu in A Reasonable Man (1999). 

She also appeared as Sangoma in the 2004 film titled Yesterday. Similarly, she practices sangoma in real life and had her initiation as a teenager.


Nandi Nyembe biography
Nandi Nyembe is a veteran South African actress known for her roles in Zone 14, Soul City, among others.
NameNandi Nyembe
Born19 August 1950 (age 71 years)
Kliptown, Johannesburg
NationalitySouth African
Active Years1986-date


Nandi Nyembe background

Nandi was born on 19 August 1950 in Kliptown, Johannesburg, South Africa. As a young girl, she stayed in various places including East London and Botswana.


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She is popular for playing the role of Nandi Sibiya in Zone 14 (season 1-4). The actress also played the role of Lily in the SABC1 teen drama Yizo Yizo for 3 years (2001-2004).

She also played the leading character in Izoso Connexion, an SABC1 sitcom (2006-2007).

Nyembe has also appeared in feature films like Reasonable Man (1999), Yesterday (2004), Saturday Night at the Palace (1987).

She was cast as Thembe Makhubu in the drama series Jacob’s Cross in 2007.

She made a guest appearance in episodes of many primetime series like Hillside, Soul Buddyz, 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls, and Erfsondes.

In The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, she appeared in a guest-starring role.

Nandi starred in an episode of Sticks and Stones, an SABC1 drama series in 2006. She has also been cast in many TV shows like Isibaya, The Road, and Isithunzi.

The veteran actress was also cast in Ashes to Ashes, an drama series in 2016. In the following year, she landed the role of Dolly in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Isithembiso.

She also practices Sangoma and was initiated when she was a teenager of seventeen years.


The veteran actress Nandi Nyembe made waves after her character died in the eTv show House Of Zwide. The role of MaZwide came to an end after the character was killed but people took her onscreen death into real life.

Many who thought she died in real life sent condolence messages to her family triggering rumors that she is dead in reality.

“I am well and alive. There is not even one part of my body that is in pain. The news of my passing came as a shock to me, and really unsettled the people around me. I can’t believe one can run with such a malicious story, and even added my age. People broke into tears when they heard my voice when I answered the phone, and some were even afraid to call me. They resorted to calling friends to confirm the news,”

She said


1994Rachel NdlovuA Reasonable Man (1999)
1987MiriamSaturday Night at the Palace


HillsideNtshebo Maloka
Zone 14 Nandi Sibiya
RootsGrandma Yaisa
Yizo Yizo Lily
LithapoMa Shezi
The Road Gogo
Jacob’s CrossThembi Makhubu
The QueenGcina West-Nkabinde
Izoso ConnexionMaria
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencySenior Mma Makgothi
The CoconutsMrs. Hlatshwayo
Still BreathingInnocent
Thula’s VineNtombi
Sticks and StonesPatience
GenerationsGuest Star
Soul BuddyzGogo
IsibayaGog’ Mkhithi
ErfsondesBig Jo
Gaz’lamLerato’s Mother
Ashes to AshesMa’ Mazibuko
Soul CitySister Lizzie Dlamini
4Play: Sex Tips for GirlsMa ka Brian
Ses’Top LaGuest Star
How to Ruin Christmas: The WeddingGogo Twala


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