Mbalenhle Mavimbela in 14 Facts: Baby Daddy, The Wife, Isiphetho, Philanthropy, Businesses etc.

Mbalenhle Mavimbela (born January 14, 1997) is a South African actress, mother and Businesswoman best known for playing Hlomu on the Showmax series The Wife. Furthermore, she is currently playing Buhle on Isiphetho: Destiny, which started airing on etv in April 2024.

However, others may know Mavimbela from her other roles, like as a Negotiator on Isibaya and Tandzile on Isipho. And, in this article, we will look at 15 Facts you didn’t know about her. So, read till the end for all the details.

Biography of Mbalenhle Mavimbela

A picture of Mbali Mavimbela, who plays Buhle on Isiphetho
A picture of Mbali Mavimbela, who plays Buhle on Isiphetho

Full name: Mbalenhle Mavimbela
Date of birth: January 14, 1997 (27 years old)
Place of birth: Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Durban University of Technology (Travel and Tourism)
Height: 1.55m
Occupation: Actress, Businesswoman, and Mother
Known for: Hlomu from The Wife, Buhle from Isiphetho: Destiny, Tandzile from Isipho
Net worth: $250,000
Children: 1
Instagram: @mbalenhle_m
Nationality: South African

1. Where does Mbalenhle Mavimbela come from?

Mbalenhle Mavimbela was born on January 14, 1997, in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. And, as of 2024, she is 27 years old. She grew up in Ladysmith and attended Pinetown Girls High School. Furthermore, she was raised by her mother, Tholakele, and grandmother, Thembi Mavimbela.

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2. Who were her biggest supporters before her fame?

Mavimbela says her late grandmother, who passed away in 2021, was her biggest fan and supporter. And her grandmother taught her a lot. Furthermore, her sister was also one of her biggest supporters.

She also persuaded her mother to help her financially. While her mother was very doubtful of taking acting as a career, she later came on board and attended her plays. However, it wasn’t easy to convince her mother that acting wasn’t just a hobby.

3. Where did Mbalenhle Mavimbela get her education?

Unlike most actors and actresses, Mavimbela has no formal education in acting. However, in high school, she did drama and enjoyed it so much. In fact, she got numerous awards for her acting skills in high school.

Mbalenhle Mavimbela learnt acting from the streets
Mbalenhle Mavimbela learned acting from the streets

However, after matriculating from Pinetown Girls High School, she couldn’t further her studies. This was because of the hefty fees at the AFDA in Johannesburg. So, her mother was unwilling to pay the hefty application fees.

As a result, she was forced to study an unrelated course at the Durban University of Technology. However, while doing her course, she would sneak off to auditions and theatres. And that’s where she got most of her training.

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4. Is Mbalenhle Mavimbela married?

We don’t know if the actor is married or not. However, the actress has one child. But she has never revealed the child’s gender or name.

Mballenhle Mavimbela when she was pregnant
Mballenhle Mavimbela when she was pregnant

The child was born between late 2022 and early 2023. However, the child’s father is unknown. Moreover, the actress was surprised with a baby shower by her friends and family.

5. What does the Succour Foundation do?

Mavimbela is also a philanthropist with her foundation, the Succour Foundation. The organization supports disadvantaged people and communities. However, it focuses more on helping women and children. The foundation provides food and other necessities to those in need.

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6. What are her other sources of income?

Mavimbela is also a businesswoman, owning at least three companies. Furthermore, Mavimbela is a DJ and plays at clubs or parties in her free time. So, when it comes to securing the bag, Mavimbela has done so much to make sure she’s financially set.

Buhle from Isiphetho is a multi-busineswoman and model
Buhle, from Isiphetho, is a multi-businesswoman and model

Mavimbela has a wine company called Moments. The company produces red wine and seems to be doing well. Her production company, Mmebela Productions, also creates opportunities for youth and aspiring actors.

7. How did she get into acting?

While most think she picked up acting at a late age,. Mavimbela said that she always loved acting, from as early as her childhood. She used to play with boys when she was young. As a result, she even has a scar on her face due to the rough games she would play with boys.

Tandzile from Isipho (an etv series)
Tandzile from Isipho (an e-TV series)

So, as soon as she got into high school, Mavimbela took acting very seriously. She chose drama as one of her subjects and wouldn’t take off her drama attire. Even on days when they didn’t have drama classes.

So, after completing high school, she wants to study at AFDA. But she couldn’t due to the hefty application fees. As a result, she opted for a degree in travel and tourism at DUT. But during that time, she snuck off to theaters and auditions, leading to her breakthrough.

8. What are some of her notable TV appearances?

As aforementioned, Mavimbela has no official training, but her resilience to learn regardless pushed her into the limelight. Her first television role was on TV’s Isipho as Tandzile. After that, Mavimbela landed the role of Hlomu for the wife.

Her role as Hlomu’s wife opened many doors for her, and she has said the role allowed her to be vulnerable. Other notable roles she played include Negotiator on Isibaya as well as Nothile on Skeem Saam.

Hlomu, from The Wife, owns her own production company called Mmbela Produtions
Hlomu, the wife, owns her own production company called Mmbela Productions

Furthermore, she has also appeared on other Soapies, like Durban Gen as Thandi and now as Buhle on Isiphetho: Destiny. She was also on Judakiss as Zamazulu and has a celebrity guest appearance on Karektas.

Mavimbela is very confident in her acting skills and believes she’ll make it to Hollywood someday. Furthermore, the actress also owns a production company, Mmbela Productions.

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9. What are her accolades and nominations?

Mavimbela hasn’t won any awards yet. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Film on October 5, 2021. This was for her role in Salamina.

With her production company, Mmbela Productions, she has shot 2 films in Greyton featuring young people. This was to empower the youth in the community by giving them a chance to showcase their talents.

10. How tall is Mbalenhle Mavimbela?

While there’s no official agency information,. It is believed that the actress is at least 155cm (1.55 m) tall. However, on screen, she may appear taller when wearing heels. Mavimbela didn’t allow her height to stop her from pursuing a career in modeling and beauty pegeantry.

11. What’s her net worth?

According to estimates, it is believed that Mavimbela earns around R60,000–R80,000 for her etv’s role as Buhle on Isiphetho. Furthermore, the actress owns a wine company and a film production company.

So, her total net worth as of 2024 is believed to range between $250,000 and $350,000. In fact, in February 2024, she bought herself a new Mercedes-Benz. She bought another one on December 24, 2023. Which is believed to be her first car.

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12. What’s her lifestyle like?

Mavimbela enjoys traveling, eating, and modeling. So, on her Instagram, you’ll see her pictures modeling or traveling. She also attends events like parties or concerts. Sometimes she also goes to places as a disk jockey or DJ.

13. How can one reach Mbalenhle Mavimbela?

You can reach out to Mbalenhle Mavimbela for bookings at her email address, Another way to reach her is via her phone number, 0651070439.

But you’re more likely to be answered by an assistant or her manager. You can also follow Mbalenhle Mavimbela on Instagram at @Mbalenhle_m. She’s also on Twitter: @mbalenhlemavim.

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14. Who is her baby daddy?

While we don’t know Mbalenhle Mavimbela’s baby daddy’s name,. She revealed that he was a very prominent Johannesburg businessman. So, it’s someone of high notoriety in Johannesburg. Maybe someday she will let us know who it is.