Lusanda Mbane Biography
Lusanda Mbane, a renowned South African actress, radio personality, and entrepreneur, has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. She is best known for her role as Naomi Maltana in the SABC1 soap opera Generations, which catapulted her to fame.
Born as Lusanda C. Sangoni on 16 May 1979, Lusanda Mbane hails from the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She is also known by her married name, Lusanda Mbane. She is married to Luzuko and is a proud mother of two children, Liqhawe and Lihlome.
Early Life and Education
Lusanda was born in Butterworth, also known as Gcuwa, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She attended Clarendon Girls’ High School in East London. After high school, she enrolled at Technikon Witwatersrand in 1998. She holds a B.Com in Marketing from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Furthering her education, Lusanda graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program (GIBS) in Entrepreneurship and holds a post-graduate qualification in Entrepreneurship.
Initial Career in Corporate Space
Lusanda’s career began in the corporate world, where she climbed the ladder to reach the executive level. She led Marketing Departments and even established an HR Department in the Engineering and Telecoms industries.
Transition to Acting
Before stepping into the acting world, Lusanda was part of numerous advertising campaigns. She worked with well-known brands like Knorrox, Kellogg’s (Chocos), Brand Power (Ponds), Rama, Milo, and Dettol. She also played a lead role for McCain and did commercials for other brands like Google, Edgars, KFC, DStv, IDZ, SALGA, UIF, Enterprise, Blue Ribbon, Sanlam, African Bank, and ECSA.
Breakthrough in Acting
Lusanda made her acting debut in 2009 in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango, where she portrayed Advocate Macheke. She then landed a role in Generations, playing Naomi Malotana, which became one of her most talked-about roles. However, she left the show after a year.
Continued Success in Acting
After leaving Generations, Lusanda played Joyce, a guest role, in season eleven of the SABC1 drama series Soul City. She then landed a starring role as Zodwa in the SABC1 sitcom Abo Mzala, but left after the first season and was replaced by Thembsie Matu.
In 2013, Lusanda appeared in several soap operas. She played MaKhumalo in The Khumalos until 2015 and Aliah in the SABC1 drama series Tempy Pushas. She also appeared as a doctor in season three of the Mzansi Magic soap opera Isibaya. In addition to acting, she voiced and performed in the SA Airways in-flight safety video.
Lusanda continued to expand her acting portfolio by playing the guest role of Penney in season two of the SABC1 romantic comedy series Dream World in 2016. She also appeared in season three of the SABC1 legal drama series Sokhulu & Partners, portraying the guest role of Nobuhle Pasha. Many viewers recognize her for playing Boniswa in the e.tv soap opera Scandal.
Lusanda Mbane is not just an actress; she is a businesswoman, radio personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. Her journey from the corporate world to the entertainment industry is inspiring, and her contributions to South African television are noteworthy. With her talent and dedication, Lusanda Mbane continues to leave an indelible mark in the hearts of her audience.
Lusanda Mbane is not just an actress and entrepreneur; she is also a radio host. She hosts the Vuka Mzantsi on Umhlobo Wenene FM every Saturday morning from 07h00 to 09h00, reaching out to a wide audience.
As a speaker, Mbane has spoken to large audiences of international organizations such as MTN, Clientele Life, and Imperial Logistics Af. Her speeches are known to inspire and motivate listeners.
Lusanda Mbane and her husband, Luzuko, have spent over fifteen years in marriage. The duo is proud parents of two children – Liqhawe and Lihlome. Their family life is filled with love and mutual respect.
Awards and Recognition
Lusanda Mbane is an award-winning actor, having won the Outstanding Lead Actress award. She is also a brand ambassador for South African Airways & Brand South Africa and Vodacom SA (The Khumalo’s 2015), further enhancing her public image.
Lusanda Mbane’s filmography is extensive and diverse. She has played various roles in numerous shows, including:
- 1802: Love Defies Time as Nkosazana
- Abo Mzala as Zodwa
- Dream World as Penney
- Generations as Naomi Malotana
- Good Men as Prudence
- Imbewu as Makhosazana Langa
- Isibaya as Doctor
- Muvhango as Advocate Macheke
- Mzali Wami as Joyce
- Scandal! as Boniswa
- Smoke & Mirrors as Martha
- Sokhulu & Partners as Nobuhle Pasha
- Soul City as Joyce
- Tempy Pushas as Aliah
- Z’bondiwe as Sis Puleng
Her diverse roles in these shows demonstrate her versatility and talent as an actress.