Jo-Anne Reyneke

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Jo-Anne Reyneke
Born Jo-anne Reyneke
(1988-06-02) June 2, 1988 (age 34)
Vereeniging, Gauteng
South Africa
Education Russell High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008 - to date
Partner(s) Thami Mngqolo (separated)
Children Uvolwethu Mngqolo
Elakhe Mngqolo

Jo-anne Reyneke (born 2 June 1988) is a South African actress best known for her television soap opera roles as Pearl on SABC 2's Muvhango and as Prudence Oliphant, an office manager for Redemption Records, on's Rhythm City.

Early Life

Jo-Anne Reyneke was born on 02 June 1988 in Vereeniging in the Gauteng province of South Africa to a black Zulu mother and a white father. She was raised in Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal province.


Jo-anne Reyneke began drama studies while in high school and went on to study performance and music at Movietech Film and Television College. She began her career at The Playhouse Company in Durban when she was cast in the Duma Ndlovu play titled The Game alongside established actors such as Mary Twala, Lucia Mthiyane and Sindi Dlathu.

It was Duma Ndlovu who later suggested to Jo-Anne Reyneke that she auditions for Muvhango. In 2008 she left Durban for Johannesburg where she successfully auditioned for the role of Pearl on Muvhango and her mainstream television career began. She appeared on the second season of the SABC 1 drama series, InterSEXions, where she played a role of Layla.

In late 2013 Jo-Anne Reyneke joined's Rhythm City playing the role of Prudence Oliphant. During this time she was also featuring in a supporting role as Sindisiwe Dube on yet another Duma Ndlovu prime time show, Uzalo. In 2015 she was cast on the SABC 3 drama series, High Rollers to play the role of Busi Duma. Jo-Anne Reyneke played Thandi on Scandal! and Zenande on Kowethu. She starred on Taxi Cheeseboy alongside Riky Rick.

In 2017 she starred as Thandi on the telenovela, Broken Vows, alongside Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, Thapelo Mokoena, Emmanuel Castis and Mandla Gaduka. In 2018 Jo-Anne Reyneke starred on the Mandla N miniseries, Side Dish, alongside Refilwe Madumo, Thuso Mbedu, Matshepo Maleme, Zali Nxabi and Ntando Mncube. In that same year she joined the SABC 3 flagship soap opera, Isidingo, as Lungi.

Personal Life

Jo-Anne Reyneke was born to a black Zulu mother and a white father. It is understood that she never met her father while he was alive, "I grew up with my mother, so I consider myself black. I met my dad when he passed away but I never got to know anything white about me," she said in a Times LIVE interview. It is understood that she approached SABC 1's Khumbul'ekhaya to help her locate her father. "I have done well for myself. I am successful but I feel the need to meet my father for my life to be complete," Jo-Anne Reyneke reportedly remarked at the time.

Relationship with Thami Mngqolo

Jo-Anne Reyneke was in a 10-year relationship with Thami Mngqolo of Generations fame. The pair had two children before the relationship ended. Speaking to DJ Fresh on Metro FM, she revealed that there was no animosity between her and Thami Mngqolo.

"It's been 8/9 months now but because he is a great guy, it is very easy to be a co-parent with him. He is a wonderful guy; great dad and a good friend to me. It’s just that as partners it wasn’t working anymore. Whenever you get to feel in a relationship that maybe I deserve more, maybe I’m not what you deserve, it’s time to part," she told DJ Fresh during an interview on the Metro FM Fresh Breakfast.

Jo-Anne Reyneke went on to tell the Fresh Breakfast team what attracted her to Thami Mngqolo, "His sense of humour. And he thinks I’m funny as hell; for 10 years straight I kept him laughing. He’s sweet, and a very smart guy that I learnt a lot from." She went as far addressing Thami Mngqolo's sexuality after he portrayed a gay man on Generations, "He’s really straight guys", Jo-Anne Reyneke told DJ Fresh and the Fresh Breakfast team.

Friendship with Simphiwe Ngema

Jo-Anne Reyneke is close friends with former Muvhango co-star, Simphiwe Ngema.


  1. Daily Sun, Jo-Anne on her failed marriage and “problematic” pregnancy!, 01 February 2019
  2. Sowetan LIVE, Thami Mngqolo, Jo-Anne Reyneke go their separate ways, 01 February 2019
  3. TVSA, Jo-anne Reyneke, 01 February 2019
  4. MSN, Isidingo welcomes Joanne Reyneke with open arms , 01 February 2019
  5. Times LIVE, Jo-Anne Reyneke on being targeted for her 'whiteness': They'd ask me to speak English, 01 February 2019
  6. IOL, She’s a Busi bee, 01 February 2019
  7. etv, Jo-Anne Joins Rhythm Cityzens, 01 February 2019
  8. The Mecury/ Press Reader, Jo-Anne high rolling as broker Busi, 01 February 2019


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