Luyanda Zwane biography: Vundlakazi on Shaka iLembe, Age, Relationship with Xulu and more

Luyanda Zwane (born 2004) is a 19-year-old South African actress and model best known for playing Sibongile in Sbongile and the Dlaminis. She is also popular for her role on Shaka iLembe as Vundlakazi.

She is currently dating fellow actor Sparky Xulu as of 2023, and their romance has left many wishing to fall in love. So, in this article, we will look at her career and personal life.

Biography of Luyanda Zwane

A picture of Luyanda Zwane,, who plays Vundlakazi on Shaka iLembe
A picture of Luyanda Zwane,, who plays Vundlakazi on Shaka iLembe

Full name: Luyanda Zwane
Date of birth: 2004
Place of birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Kingsway High School
Height: 1.65m
Occupation: Actress and Model
Known for: Sibongile from Sibongile and the Dlaminis, Vundlakazi from Shaka iLembe,
Partner: Zenzeli Sphesihle Xulu
Net worth: $250,000
Nationality: South African

Early life

Luyanda Zwane was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2004. So, as of 2023, she is 19 years old. She always enjoyed acting from an early age.

So, when she enrolled in higher education at Kingsway High School, she opted to do drama studies. And she would participate in the school’s drama competitions and musicals.

The Sibongile and the Dlaminis actress studied at kingsway High School
The Sibongile and the Dlaminis actress studied at kingsway High School

And that’s where she got her headstart in her acting skills. While much is known about her acting career, very little is known about her personal life as of 2023.

However, some sources state that the actress was raised Christian, and this is also corroborated by her interviews. She has shown some reasonable trust in God. We hope she stays faithful to her values.

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Education of Luyanda Zwane

Zwane is the literal definition of beauty and brains; the actress matriculated with five distinctions at her high school. So, she was among the few students who are exceptionally gifted academically at her school.

She couldn’t further her tertiary education as a result of her scholarship application being denied. Zwane is said to be doing short courses and has an acting coach to help her sharpen her skills.

Luyanda Zwane was born in 2004
Luyanda Zwane was born in 2004

After she was rejected for a scholarship, she immediately decided to move to Johannesburg to pursue more real opportunities. At that point, she had already landed a role on Durban Gen as a teenager.

And it really worked out for her, as she trusted the training and education she already had. Since going to Johannesburg, Zwane has landed role after role in major productions, showing that she had it in her all along.

Personal life of Luyanda Zwane

While much of her early life is unknown, Zwane has not shied away from showing off her man.

She has shared many snaps with her boyfriend, Sparky Xulu, also known as Zenzelisphesihle Xulu. Xulu is also an actor and presenter, and he has been in the industry for a while.

Luyanda Zwane is currently dating Sparky Xulu
Luyanda Zwane is currently dating Sparky Xulu

The two obviously started dating quite recently, as Zwane only appeared on the acting scene very recently.

However, Zwane is head over heels with her man and is very proud of him. Xulu has a very young daughter, whose baby mama we simply don’t know yet.

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Full Career of Luyanda Zwane

Her career began on Durban Gen, where she got the cameo role of Lelo, a young teenager. However, she wanted more and decided to move to Johannesburg for better opportunities.

So, when she got to Johannesburg, she landed the role of Nomonde Gumede on the BET telenovela Redemption. A role most still remember her for, as it is still airing now on etv.


This was indeed the beginning of great things, as she landed the role of Vundlakazi in Shaka iLembe afterwards. Whom Shaka Zulu was interested in romantically in the story. This cemented her presence in the South African film industry.

Her first lead role on TV was the role of Sibongile in Sibongile and the Dlaminis. The series premiered in July 2023. A year prior, she had received a call from her agents that she would be part of Miseducation, playing Aphiwe Ndima.

Luyanda has been grateful for all the opportunities she has had and hopes to keep giving more to her fans. Furthermore, she has teased that more will come in the future in her recent interviews. So, it means you’ll be seeing more of her.

Zwane has also commented on her newly found fame saying it was a bit of a shock but she believes she’s handling it well. Moreover, she has expressed gratitude for working alongside industry Legends like Siyabonga Shibe. People she grew up watching and admiring.


According to all her agencies, Luyanda Zwane us 1.65m tall. So, she is at least 5cm taller than the average South African woman. Whose height is between 1.55m-1.6m. And, she’s only 5cm shorter than the average South African man, whose average height is 1.7m.

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Net worth

According to general estimates, the young actor is believed to be sitting on a net worth of above $250,000 as of 2023. This is because she is also a model and gets endorsement deals from sponsors when she’s not acting.

Social media

Luyanda is both on Facebook and Instagram. On Instagram, she goes by the username @luyanda_zwane and has over 180k followers at the time of this publication. On her Facebook, she has a little over 7k followers and goes by her real name, Luyanda Zwane.

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