Rina Nienaber biography: age, background, education, awards

Rina Nienaber (born circa 1953) is an award-winning television and film personality. She is an actress and has appeared in productions on stage, films, and television.

She is also a director and is popular for playing the role of Baba Swanepoel in Generations. She appeared in the soap opera in 1993 and played the role until 2003. She also played the role of Heidi in Skwizas.


Rina Nienaber biography
Rina Nienaber is an award-winning writer and actress, known for Moeggeploeg, Road to your Heart, and Gemini.
NameRina Nienaber
Born1953 (age 68 years)
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of the Free State
University of Stellenbosch
OccupationActress, director
AwardsRadio Artes for playing as Anna Braun in the radio drama Anastasia in 1990


The actress was born in 1953. She has been featured in movies dating back to the eighties. She played the role of Gemini in 1980. 


She holds an academic qualification that has given her an edge, exposure experience to remain relevant in the entertainment industry to date.

Rina attended the University of the Free State (UFS). After completing the academic program, she graduated with a degree in drama.

She further underwent training under Rina Botha at the University of Stellenbosch.


Her student production credits include Die Kaukasiese Krytsirkel (UTS 1973), Die Wintersprokie (UTS 1974). As an actress, she has appeared in many television roles including in Die Van Aardes van Grootoor in 1978.

At the Market Theatre, she took part in The Lesson. In 1981, she also appeared in Die Tragedie van Romeo en Juliet (PACOFS) and Met Permissie Gesê.

More roles to her name is Charley se Tante (PACT 1983), Agter Geslote Deure (1998), and Hartsoet (2003).

She has further held performances in several productions including Libertas Teaterklub directed by Marie van Heerden. In 2009, Rina landed a role in the radio drama Die Beskermengel.


Rina Nienaber was honored with a Radio Artes for the role she played as Anna Braun in the radio drama Anastasia in 1990.



  • Moeggeploeg (2013)
  • Road to your Heart (2014)
  • Gemini (1980)

Television Roles

  • Die Sonkring as Aanklaer
  • Dryfsand as Juffrou Visser
  • Erfsondes as Matron
  • Generations as Baba Swanepoel
  • Getroud met Rugby: Die Sepie as Katryn “Koekie” Koekemoer
  • Konings as Vroulike Radiostem
  • Konsternasie Oppie Stasie as Gevaarlike Antie
  • Moeggeploeg as Vlerkies Vorster
  • Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond as Karen Cronje
  • Parlement Parlement as Gas-deelnemer
  • Skwizas as Heidi

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