Brenda Mhlongo Biography
Brenda Mhlongo is a renowned South African actress, singer, and dancer who has made significant strides in the entertainment industry. Her multifaceted talent and dedication have earned her a reputable position in the entertainment circle, making her a household name in South Africa and beyond.
A Remarkable Acting Career
Brenda’s acting prowess is particularly notable in the Mfundi Vundla produced soap opera, Generations: The Legacy. She captivated many viewers with her portrayal of ‘Nandi’, the wife of Jack Mabaso. Her performance was so compelling that it left an indelible mark on the audience, further cementing her status as a remarkable actress.
After years of being a part of the show, Brenda decided to leave, attributing her success to her outgoing nature. Following her departure, rumors circulated that she had been sacked. However, Brenda refuted these unconfirmed reports, clarifying in an interview with Drum Magazine that her contract had not been extended.
Early Life and Interest in Acting
Born on 14 August 1980 in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Brenda grew up in a township located 12 km north of Durban. Her interest in acting began to manifest during her teenage years. By the age of sixteen, she had already started exploring her potential in acting.
Despite her fame as a cast member of the soap opera Generations, Brenda has kept her personal life private. She has not disclosed any information about her family to the media, including The Nation. Similarly, details about her educational background remain undisclosed.
Brenda is married to Edmund Mhlongo, a theatrical director. The couple has been together for over 20 years. Reports suggest that Brenda married Edmund at the age of 18. However, Brenda was heartbroken to discover that Edmund had married another woman, identified as Nkosi Mpanza, without her knowledge or approval. The wedding, which took place at Nkosi’s home in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on Good Friday, allegedly occurred behind Brenda’s back. Brenda is a mother to three children; Zama Mhlongo, Snikiwe Mhlongo, and Nethezeko Mhlongo.
A Balance of Profession and Family Duties
Despite the challenges, Brenda has managed to balance her professional commitments with her family duties. She has made a name for herself in the competitive entertainment industry and continues to thrive. Her 2018 birthday present, a brand new BMW 2 Series with a slick black interior, is a testament to her success.
A Flourishing Career
Following the exit of popular actress Fundiswa Zwane from the South African television drama series ‘Imbewu’, Brenda was appointed as her replacement. She then played the role of KaMadonsela. Brenda’s talent has also seen her perform in stage productions in countries outside the African continent, including Germany, North America, and Hong Kong.
Her exceptional performances have earned her several awards and recognitions, including two international awards from notable award sponsors. For five years, Brenda toured North America while playing the role of Rafiki. She has also made remarkable appearances in other shows, including her first appearance as Mam Ngwenya in the Anthology series dubbed eKasi: Our Stories.
Brenda was also cast in Ihawu as Ntswaki Mhlongo and has worked as a presenter. She was a guest presenter at the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Crown Gospel Music Awards and a guest on the entertainment show Top Billing. In the soap opera Uzalo, Brenda was cast as Buhle. She joins Muzi Mthabela, who replaced Tony Kgoroge as the lead, Zimele Bhengu. The show boasts over three million views daily.
Brenda’s talent and hard work have paid off. She has established herself in the entertainment industry, living comfortably in her apartment and driving her choice of car. Brenda Mhlongo’s estimated net worth is R1 Million, a testament to her successful career in the entertainment industry.