Nomzamo Mbatha

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Nomzamo Mbatha
Born Nomzamo Nonzwakazi Mbatha
(1990-07-13) July 13, 1990 (age 32)
KwaMashu, Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Alma mater University of South Africa
University of Cape Town
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012 - to date
Height 1,58m
  • Skuta Nxumalo † (father)
  • Manatuku Mbatha (mother)
Relatives Zamani Mbatha (brother)
Matu Dlamini † (sister)
Wendy Mbatha (sister)
Carla Pereira † (cousin)

Nomzamo Mbatha (born 13 July 1990) is a South African actress. She initially gained public attention as a runner-up in the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search where she lost to Nomuzi Mabena. At the time Mbatha was a student at the University of Cape Town where she was studying BCom Accounting. She went on to gained widespread fame as an actress on then new telenovela IsiBaya where she portrayed a character of Thandeka Zungu.

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Early Life

Nomzamo Mbatha was born on 13 July 1990 in the KwaMashu township in the north west of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. She has four brothers including actor Zamani Mbatha and at least two known sisters - one of whom, Matu Dlamini †, has since passed away.


Nomzamo Mbatha attended Sihlezi Primary School in KwaMhlanga and Bechet High School in Sydenham. Upon matriculating she enrolled at the University of Cape Town where she studied a Bachelor of Commerce accounting, she initially dropped out following her near successful run on the 2012 MTV Base Africa VJ Search and IsiBaya call up, however she returned and completed her degree graduating in 2018.

Career; 2012 - to date

In 2012 Nomzamo Mbatha auditioned for the MTV Base Africa VJ Search and made it to the top three, along with Naledi Radebe, they lost to Moozlie.

In 2012 she was cast on the then new Mzansi Magic telenovela, IsiBaya, alongside acting heavyweights Siyabonga Thwala, Thembi Nyandeni, Tumisho Masha and Bheki Mkhwane. While she often spoke modestly of those early days, Nomzamo Mbatha shone from the onset, her portrayal of Thandeka Zungu was a subject of praise, as well as her onscreen chemistry with co-star Sdumo Mtshali.

In 2015 Nomzamo Mbatha hosted a 13 part SABC 1 television show, Holiday Swap. That same year she began starring on the original drama series, Umlilo, where she portrayed the character of Khwezi and acted alongside Hamilton Dlamini, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Gcina Mkhize, Omuhle Gela and Thato Molamu.

She portrayed the character of Palesa on the Mzansi Magic prison drama,Lockdown. Nomzamo Mbatha hosted the tenth season of All Access Mzansi and the first season of BET A-List. She has also appeared on Code Green, Lip Sync Battle Africa, Ridiculousness Africa, The Bantu Hour and The Comedy Central Roast.

Film Career

In 2015 Nomzamo Mbatha starred in the South African romantic comedy, Tell Me Sweet Something alongside Maps Maponyane. She has also appeared on The Jakes Are Missing and All About Love.


Nomzamo Mbatha is a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s (UNHCR) global goodwill ambassador. It has been reported that she attracted the attention of UNHCR through her extensive work in human rights activism.

"The strength of refugees, their ability to persevere and their ingenuity for making the best of a difficult situation is what I celebrate. Being named a Goodwill Ambassador is an incredible honour and I can’t wait to embark on this journey, learn more and use my voice to truly be an agent of change," Nomzamo Mbatha
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She spoke at the first ever TEDx event to be held at a refugee camp, the TEDxKakumaCamp took place at the centre of Turkana County, a refugee camp situated in northwestern Kenya.

Since 2017 Nomzamo Mbatha has worked in close in cooperation with UNHCR as a supporter and advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign, raising awareness for the forcibly displaced in Africa. Her engagement includes visits to experience UNHCR’s life-saving work in camps and settlements in Malawi, Kenya and South Sudan.

Personal Life

Nomzamo Mbatha was in a relationship with gospel star and winner of Idols SA season , Khaya Mthethwa. Further media reports have claimed that the pair was engaged to be married. The relationship ended amid rumours that Khaya Mthethwa had begum a relationship with Nomzamo Mbatha's friend and IsiBaya co-star Jessica Nkosi. According to a March 2017 Move! magazine article while Nomzamo Mbatha acknowledges the relationship, Khaya Mthethwa denies having been involved with both of them. Khaya Mthethwa later said, in an interview with Pearl Modiadie on Zaziwa, he didn't feel comfortable discussing the relationship as the families were involved. Further adding that he took responsibility, he could have done better and "the whole mishmash" was a disaster.

Nomzamo Mbatha was in a relationship was in a relationship with Tell Me Sweet Something co-star Maps Maponyane. That relationship amid rumours that Maps Maponyane had been unfaithful.


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  1. Times LIVE, Jozi student wins 2012 MTV Base VJ search, 30 July 2018
  2. Marie Claire, Nomzamo Mbatha Celebrates *Another* Achievement, 30 July 2018
  3. IOL., Nomzamo’s family upset by claims about her birth, 30 July 2018
  4. Times LIVE, Nomzamo Mbatha, Arthur Mafokate & the ANC on the pic that left Mzansi helluva angry, 21 February 2019
  5. IOL, Nomzamo Mbatha and buddy Maps clap back at troll, 21 February 2019
  6. IOL, Nomzamo Mbatha and buddy Maps clap back at troll, 21 February 2019
  7. IOL, Nomzamo Mbatha responds to major backlash after Arthur Mafokate pic, 21 February 2019
  8. Channel24/ Drum, Nomzamo Mbatha on her snap with Arthur Mafokate: ‘I wasn’t present enough to say “F*** OFF, no thanks’, 21 February 2019
  9. Information Cradle, Nomzamo Mbatha Biography, Age, Mother, Sister, Boyfriend and Career, 21 February 2019
  10. Citizen, ANC apologises to Nomzamo Mbatha for Arthur Mafokate’s ‘despicable’ conduct, 21 February 2019
  11. All 4 Women, Maps Maponyane hits back at claims that he cheated on Nomzamo Mbatha, 21 February 2019
  12. Destiny Connect, SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha is newest UN Goodwill Ambassador, 21 February 2019
  13. East Cost Radio, Watch as Nomzamo Mbatha reminisces about her matric dance, 21 February 2019
  14. Bona, Rose named after Nomzamo Mbatha revealed, 21 February 2019
  15. MSN, Is this Nomzamo Mbatha's new man?, 21 February 2019
  16. Marie Claire, Thuli Madonsela and Nomzamo Mbatha just had a moment on twitter, 21 February 2019
  18. TVSA, Nomzamo Mbatha, 21 February 2019
  19. IMDb, Nomzamo Mbatha, 21 February 2019
  20. Move!/ Press Reader, Actress Nomzamo reunited with her long-lost brother after 16 years, 22 February 2019
  21. IOL, 'Help is at hand, don't despair', 22 February 2019
  22. The South African, Watch: Nomzamo Mbatha announced as UNHCR global goodwill ambassador [video, 22 February 2019]
  23. UNHCR, Nomzamo Mbatha, 23 February 2019
  24. Daily Sun, ‘Nomzamo and Jessica split over Khaya’, 23 February 2019
  25. Citizen, Nomzamo Mbatha reacts to ‘lucky bugger’ Khaya Mthethwa’s engagement , 23 February 2019
  26. Move!/ Press Reader, Celeb Watch’, 23 February 2019
  27. UNHCR, Popular South African actress and model Nomzamo Mbatha visits Kenya in support of refugees, 23 February 2019
  28. Instagram, nomzamo_m, 21 February 2019
  29. Twitter, @NomzamoMbatha, 21 February 2019
  30. Facebook, NomzamoNMbatha, 21 February 2019


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