Nefisa Mkhabela biography: age, education, house of zwide, background

Nefisa Mkhabela (born around 2001 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a fast-rising South African actress. She rose to prominence for playing the role of Onalerona Molapo in House of Zwide.

Ona, the character in the rag to riches fashion drama, is a young lady chasing her dreams.

This was not her first role on television, she was cast in the recurring role of Mbali in Unmarried. She appeared first on the 1Magic drama series on 2 February 2018.


Nefisa Mkhabela biography
Nefisa Mkhabela made her television debut on the 1Magic drama series Unmarried on 2 February 2018.
NameNefisa Mkhabela
Bornaround 2001 (age 20 years)
NationalitySouth African
EducationGreenside High School
FamilyKedebone Mkhabela
LanguagesEnglish and Sesotho


The actress was born around 2001 in Soweto, a township of the City of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa.

Popular radio personality Kedebone Mkhabela is her aunt. Kedebone is also a television personality, dancer, singer, and fashion designer.


The young actress studied at Greenside High School in Randburg, Gauteng. She excelled in cultural studies in high school. She holds a certificate in Traditional Dance.


The actress is best for playing Ona Molapo, a starring role, in the soap opera House of Zwide.

Nefisa appeared first on television as an actress in February 2018 after she was cast as Mbali on the 1Magic drama series Unmarried

She played the lead role in Ispaza Sasekhaya, a Mzansi Original Movie, in 2021. In the same year, she was cast as Ona Molapo, her first starring role, in House of Zwide. The character is a young fashion designer who navigates the world of fashion with her BFF.

House of Zwide

Since the premiere of the soap opera, viewers of the show fell in love with her character.

Nefisa was cast as Onalerona “Ona” Molapo who goes to Rosebank in pursuit of her dream to be a fashion designer. She gets and begins to work at Zwide. 

Ona met with Faith Zwide, the wife of Funani Zwide (played by Vusi Kunene).

Since Ona is better than Faith’s children, Mrs. Zwide did not like her. To complicate things, Ona discovers that Faith and Isaac are behind the death of her mother.

The funny part is that Ona is the daughter of Funani while Faith’s children are not his children biologically.


Television viewers saw the actress on screen in the drama series on 1 Magic titled Unmarried. Nefisa made her first appearance in 2018. In the show produced by Ferguson Films, she was cast as Mbali.


House of ZwideOna Molapo

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