Nyalleng Thibedi Biography

Nyalleng Thibedi Biography

Nyalleng Thibedi is a celebrated South African actress, best known for her role as Zekhethelo on the popular TV show “Uzalo”. Initially, she took up acting as a therapeutic hobby, but it soon became a passion, leading her to become the superstar we all admire today. She embodies the phrase “black doesn’t crack”, leaving many curious about her secrets to maintaining her youthful appearance. This detailed biography will provide insights into her life, career, and more.

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Personal Details

Born on September 4, 1980, in Rockville, Soweto, Nyalleng Thibedi has made a name for herself as an actress, brand ambassador, and engineer. She is currently single and is a proud mother to a son. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and has studied Dramatic Arts in New York. Her net worth is estimated to be around R1 million.

Career Journey

Contrary to the stereotype that people in the entertainment industry lack intellectual prowess, Nyalleng is a certified Chemical Engineer. However, her love for the arts led her to study acting in New York City, where she participated in several movie productions.

She recalls, “I learned about the concept of the actors’ studio and decided to move to the Americas. I spent a total of SIX years in the US working, taking classes, being part of a theatre group and acting in any stage production I could get involved in.”

Role in Uzalo

Nyalleng’s portrayal of Zekhethelo, the stepdaughter of KwaMashu’s notorious criminal, Nkunzi (Masoja Msiza), in “Uzalo” has won her many fans. Her character undergoes a series of emotional upheavals, from discovering that Nkunzi is not her biological father to experiencing destitution and drug addiction. In a surprising twist, Zekhethelo returns in season 5 as a police officer, leaving social media users astounded. Nyalleng describes Zekhethelo as a privileged young woman who constantly strives for independence.

Other Endeavors

Apart from acting, Nyalleng is also a model and brand ambassador. She has appeared in commercials for well-known brands like Cell C and DSTV.


Despite her youthful appearance on “Uzalo”, Nyalleng is actually 40 years old and a mother. She openly shares that motherhood is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of her life. Her six-year-old son has taught her the value of selflessness.

Speaking Out Against Abuse

Nyalleng has been vocal about the issue of women staying in abusive relationships. She bravely shares her own experience of escaping an abusive relationship, although she does not reveal the identity of her abusive ex-partner. She recalls a conversation they had about his childhood, during which he revealed that his stepfather had abused his mother. This was a red flag for her, but she initially ignored it, believing she could change him. However, she eventually realized the importance of prioritizing her own safety and well-being.

Acting Career

Thabedi, also known as Sis, has been a part of the acting industry for over a decade. Her journey in the field of acting began with her debut role in the film “Picture Perfect” in 2008. This opportunity came her way while she was associated with the New York Film Academy.

In 2012, she made a guest appearance in a South African drama series titled “Streets of Mangaung”. This role opened up more opportunities for her, leading to roles in various series and films. Some of the notable ones include:

  • The Society
  • iLobolo
  • Single Mothers
  • Uzalo

Net Worth

As an actress and model, Thabedi is dedicated to her work and is constantly striving to increase her income. She is estimated to have a net worth of R1 and earns between R20 000 – R30 000 per month from her role in Uzalo. In addition to her acting and modelling gigs, she also earns a significant income from her engineering career.

Television Roles

Thabedi has played a variety of roles in different television series. Here are some of her notable roles:

  • “4 Hours” – Season 1 as Rose Dlamini
  • “Ashes to ashes” – Seasons 1 and 2 as Mpho Rankoane
  • “Mamello” – Season 1 as Naledi
  • “Mfolozi Street” – Season 1 as Aviwe
  • “Single mothers” – Season 1 as Rama
  • “Streets of Mangaung” – Season 1 as School teacher
  • “Task Force” – Season 1 as Slindile
  • “Uzalo” – Seasons 3 and 4 as Zekhethelo

Cars Owned by Zekhethelo

Zekhethelo, Thabedi’s character in Uzalo, has a refined taste in cars. She owns a BMW 2 Series Convertible, which is worth no less than R723 000, and a Range Rover, which is approximately of the same value.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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