Vatiswa Ndara Biography
Vatiswa Ndara, born on September 28, 1970, is a renowned South African actress and media personality. With her birthplace in Middelberg, located in the Eastern Cape province, she has made significant strides in the entertainment industry since her career inception in 1994.
Early Life and Education
Vatiswa Ndara was born and raised in Middelberg, a town situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Her early life experiences in this region played a crucial role in shaping her future career in the entertainment industry.
Vatiswa Ndara’s career journey began in 1994 when she took up the role of a news reader and compiler at Radio Transkei. Her talent and passion for broadcasting led her to work as a presenter at several other radio stations, including Radio Bob, Kaya FM, Metro FM, 5FM, and Highveld Stereo.
Her acting career took off when she was offered the role of Ma’mfundisi in the popular television series “Generations”. Since then, she has starred in numerous television series such as Gaz’lam, Nomzamo, Home Affairs, Tsha Tsha, and Society. In 2019, she made her film debut in “Salvation”.
Vatiswa Ndara’s filmography is extensive, showcasing her versatility as an actress. Some of her notable works include:
- Home Affairs
- Shooting Stars
- 90 Plein Street
- Ihawu le Sizwe
- Tsha Tsha
- Salvation (2019 film)
On October 8, 2019, Vatiswa Ndara took a bold step by writing a six-page open letter to Nathi Mthethwa, the arts and culture minister. The letter, which she posted on Twitter, alleged that Ferguson Films, owned by Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson, was mistreating actors in the entertainment industry. This letter went viral and sparked widespread debates on the internet.
Awards and Recognition
Vatiswa Ndara’s exceptional talent and dedication to her craft have earned her several awards and recognition:
- In 2006, she won the inaugural SAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress.
- She was selected as a juror of the 2008 and 2009 International Emmy Awards, where she judged in the category Best Performance by an Actress.
- In 2016, she was nominated in the Best Actress in a TV Comedy category for the 2016 SAFTA.
- In 2017, she received DStv’s inaugural Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Award for Favourite Actress.
Vatiswa Ndara continues to inspire many with her remarkable career in the South African entertainment industry.