Kwanele Mthethwa full biography: From Ayanda on Isthembiso to Faith on Redemption

Kwanele Mthethwa (born May 23, 1996) is a South African actress and singer best known for playing Ayanda on Isthembiso and Faith on Redemption. Moreover, she also played Phumeza on The Queen.

In this article, we will look at the actress’s career and personal life. So, read this till the end to learn a bit more about her.

Biography of Kwanele Mthethwa

Kwanele Mthethwa played Ayanda on Isthembiso Pic Source: Insta @kwanele.xx
Kwanele Mthethwa played Ayanda on Isthembiso. Pic Source: Instagram: @kwanele.xx
Full name: Kwanele Mthethwa
Date of birth: May 23, 1996 (27 years old)
Place of birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Burnwood Secondary School
Height:  1.56m
Occupation:  Actress and Singer
Known for: Ayanda from Isthembiso, Thembelihle from Umbuso, Faith from Redemption
Instagram: @kwanele.xx
Net worth:  $250,000 (around R4.8 million)
Nationality:  South African

Early life of Kwanele Mthethwa

Kwanele Mthethwa was born on May 23, 1996. So, as of 2023, Mthethwa is 27 years old. She was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and raised in a Zulu-speaking family. So, she’s fluent in Zulu and English as a result. However, most of her early life is unknown.


Kwanele studied at the Burnwood Secondary school source: IG @Kwanele.xx
Kwanele studied at Burnwood Secondary School. Source: IG @Kwanele.xx

According to some sources, she attended the University of Cape Town. However, that’s not yet confirmed. What we do know is that she attended a high school named Burnwood Secondary School. Which she finished in 2018, according to TVSA.

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Personal life

Her personal life, like that of most celebrities, is private. She has posted several posts about wanting a boyfriend. However, she has not revealed herself to be with anyone.

Career of Kwanele Mthethwa

According to numerous sources, the actress’ career began in 2018 after she finished high school. She landed the role of Ayanda on Isthembiso, and her first appearance was on February 4th, 2019. However, she was later moved to a lead role in the last season of the show.

She also played Faith on Redemption
She also played Faith on Redemption

This role catapulted her career in the industry, and as a result, she even ended up landing a role in a film. So, in 2020, she landed a role in the Mzansi Telemovie ‘Indandatho Yokukhanya’. Furthermore, the actress got the role of Boity in the Mzansi Magic drama called Abomama.

Kwanele Mthethwa, who played Ayanda on Isthembiso
Kwanele Mthethwa, who played Ayanda on Isthembiso

Her streak in movies didn’t end there. So, in 2021, she landed a lead role in Umhlukanisi. Thereafter, she appeared in The Executives as Dudu and in Entangled as Mbali.

Moreover, the actress appeared in Redemption as Faith. Furthermore, she also played Nolitha in the series ‘In the Dock’. Then, in 2022, she played Khethiwe Shibe in the Showmax original movie Induku.

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Net worth

According to some sources, the actress makes around R40k a month from her acting gigs. However, her net worth is estimated to be way more than that, reaching over $250,000. Which is around R4.8 million in rands after conversion.


According to her agency, she is only 1.56 meters tall without shoes on. Which is pretty normal for South African women. However, her short stature has not come as a limitation to her career and ambitions as she continues to conquer her dreams.

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Social media

On social media, we recognize Kwanele Mthethwa’s instagram account with over 230k followers and over 130 posts. Moreover, she is also on X (formerly Twitter), with over 72.4k followers on the platform. She is also on Facebook but her account looks too old and inactive.


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