Nambitha Mpumlwana biography, age, net worth, house, son

Nambitha Mpumlwana (born 12 February 1967 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape) is an award-winning actress. She is also a presenter and producer.

As an actress, she is best-known for playing the role of Mawande Memela in the popular SABC1 soap opera Generations.

Boasting of over a decade of years in the entertainment industry, still she remains one of the viewer’s favorite. She also does motivational speaking and voice coaching when not doing other professions.


Nambitha Mpumlwana biography
Born 12 February 1967 (age 54 years)
Mthatha, Eastern Cape
Nationality South African
Gender Female
Origin Eastern Cape
Profession actress
Son Vangile Mpumlwana
Active years 1999-date
Net worth 8 million


She was born on 12 February 1967 in Mthatha, the main city of the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. She entered the industry in 1999 and has remained active to date.

Many fans were in for a shocker when they knew that the “young-looking actress is in her fifties. Defying the laws of aging, she has maintained that sweet-sixteen looks and her photos say more.

Though she was raised in the Eastern Cape, she relocated to Canada as a teenager of 13 years. She moved to the new location with her mother who was studying there.

She maintained a closer relationship with her mother and her grandma. According to her, she had to return from Canada in the nineties on purpose to know more about her father and family.


Her passion for the arts especially the film industry was born while she was in Canada. Today, passion has become her source of livelihood. She earns from being an actor, director, and writer.

She has actively participated in several workshops including exploring racism. 

Private Life

Though little information is known regarding her husband, she is a proud mother. The name of Nambitha Mpumlwana’s son is Vangile.


She appeared in the television series Shado’s, Interrogation Room and The Lab. The actress underwent training in music, theatre, and film before she came back to South Africa.

She then kicked off her profession as an actress and presenter. First presenting job was as a continuity presenter for SABC TV. She later moved as a presenter to SABC2 wildlife show 50/50.

Ever since acting roles keep coming one after another on television. She appeared on several series in a starring role. Mpumlwana starred in Justice for all, Yizo Yizo, Interrogation room, The Lab, and Shado’s.

Other acting credits include guest appearances on several TV shows like Joburg Blues and 7de Laan. She also appeared in Generations and Isindigo

More to her acting career are roles in Saints, Sinners & Settlers, and La Crime de monsieur, and Diamond Hunters.

Speaking of her role as a presenter, she presented the show Lebone and Practical Parenting on SABC2. She also was the presenter behind the SABC3 show Money.

Mpumlwana landed in several feature films including;

  • Tama Ba? Tama Na!
  • Crazy Joe’s Coco
  • Land of a Thousand Hills
  • Beyond Borders
  • Country of My Skull
  • Red Dust
  • Tsotsi

As an actress, he has also landed roles and appeared in many theatre productions. Nambitha acted in;

  • The Dead Wait
  • Black Age
  • Whale
  • In Search of Dragon’s Mountain
  • Love and Other Strange Things
  • Beauty and the Beast of Oracle
  • Apart
  • The Power of Harriett T


The veteran actress owns and lives in a single-story Randburg house. Though her house went viral for the wrong reasons, it lacked proper maintenance.

Many were quick to conclude that the actress was broke to maintain the building. Nambitha did not keep quiet as she refutes such claims.

Net worth

Nambitha Mpumlwana is estimated to have a net worth of $8 million. Her acting profession with other projects is her main source of wealth.


2007 Golden Horn Award Best Actress in a TV Drama SAFTAs


Unlike many celebrated personalities of her age, Nambitha Mpumlwana is active on social media. 

On Instagram, she has grown her fan base with her pictures and videos. Many admire the ever-young-looking woman and they have a thing to say with a reply. She boasts of over 22.8k followers on Instagram.

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