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About

When Manaka Ranaka became pregnant, her acting career almost came to an end after her bosses at 'Isidingo' fired her. She carried her baby to term and went back to set. Now, she is one of the most decorated actresses in the long-running soap operas Generations: The Legacy'. Here's Manaka Ranaka's biography.

Personal Life

Manaka Ranaka was born in Soweto, Johannesburg on 6 April 1979 to her parents Kgotlasele Ranaka (father) and Nonceba Ranaka (mother).  

Manaka Ranaka and her mother | Source: Instagram

She has four siblings - Dineo Ranaka, a popular television and radio presenter, producer, DJ and actress, Mpumi Ranaka a writer, motivational speaker and businesswoman, Ranaka Ranaka a DJ, actor & events organiser and Mzingisi ‘Ziggy’ Ranaka an entrepreneur.

Manaka Ranaka's Schooling

Not much is known about her primary and university education but Manaka Ranaka went to Dinwiddie High School.

Manaka Ranaka's Career

Manaka Ranaka's Career | Source: Instagram

It seems as though Manaka Ranaka was destined to be an actress. ‘Drumstuck’, ‘On my Birthday’ and ‘Trong’ were the first productions she acted in straight out of high school in 1998. 

In 2000, she stepped onto the big stage when she joined the cast of SABC 3’s soap opera ‘Isidingo’ and played the role of Nandipha Sithole. 

Manaka Ranaka’s time at 'Isidingo' came to a controversial end after she was fired for being pregnant. Manaka revealed that her bosses asked her to abort her child to remain part of the cast but she decided to carry her baby to term.

Manaka Ranaka with Generations The Legacy cast | Source: Instagram

Two years later, Manaka Ranaka acted on SABC 1's ‘Gaz’lam’ as Portia. 

In 2003, Manaka Ranaka was on SABC 2, this time for 'Stokvel'. She acted in all eight seasons of the show as Lerato Khumalo.

In 2005, the Documentary series 'Sex TV' was her next gig. She took part in its seventh season in the ‘Media in South Africa’ episode.

The following year, Manaka Ranaka fronted the line-up of ‘One Way’ on SABC 3. She played the role of Nozuko. In the same year, she got a support role in 'Vinolia Ntuli' on SABC 1.

‘Home Affairs’ was Manaka Ranaka’s next show. She joined the cast in its fourth season and also starred in a drama series ‘Society’.

Source: Instagram

In 2012, Manaka Ranaka was part of 'Rhythm City' where she played the role of Zanele Kgaditse.

In 2013, she was in the Mzansi soap opera 'Zabalaza'.

Manaka Ranaka is currently part of 'Generations: The Legacy'. She plays the role of Lucy Diale. 

Unlike her experience on 'Isidingo' where she was fired for being pregnant, Manaka Ranaka left 'Generations: The Legacy' in 2020 for four months to go on maternity leave and announced her comeback in February 2021. 

Manaka Ranaka's reality television show | Source: Instagram

Apart from her acting roles, Manaka Ranaka also features in her family's reality television show named The Ranakas. Its first season premiered in 2018 on Mzansi Magic and is currently in its fifth. 

Manaka Ranaka's Relationship

Is Manaka Ranaka married?

Manaka Ranaka is not married. That noted, she's known to have dated Thabo Manoreng, who is nine years younger than her.  

Manaka Ranaka's Family

Manaka Ranaka and her daughters | Source: Instagram

Ranaka Manaka has two daughters, Katlego and Naledi. The actress admitted that she doesn’t know the whereabouts of Naledi's father.

However, Ntuthuko Mdlethse is reportedly the father of Manaka Ranaka's first daughter Katlego. 

The actress gave birth to a third baby Seni in January 2021 whose father is suspected to be Ntuthuko Mdlethse.

Source: Instagram

Before the arrival of Manaka Ranaka's third baby, her eldest daughter Katlego who was 18 at the time, gave birth to her first grandchild. 

Just like her mother, Katlego is an actress and has made an appearance on the soap opera 'Rhythm City'.

Manaka Ranaka's Controversy

Manaka Ranaka kills a schoolgirl

This has got to be the saddest part of Manaka Ranaka’s profile. In 2015, Manaka Ranaka accidentally knocked dead a schoolgirl on Leondale road near Roodekop. 

The girl identified as Millicent Mbonanai was crossing the road when Manaka crashed into her. She still says that the incident haunts her to this day.

Manaka has visited the girl’s family and is willing to help her mother heal from the tragedy.  

Manaka Ranaka’s a homewrecker

Manaka Ranaka was on the receiving end after she was accused of stealing her friend’s man, Ntuthuko Mdlethse. 

Manaka Ranaka was exposed through a tweet in which Mtuthuko is seen with his ex-wife. She commented on it with the words “favourite couple’ which suggested they might have been friends. 

According to reports, Ntuthuko’s relationship with his wife Bronwyn Zungu began experiencing problems after Manaka came into the picture. 

The two have since separated. Manaka and Mdlesthe welcomed a new baby in December 2020.

Is Manaka Ranaka dead?

Since her car accident in 2015, there’s been speculation about Manaka Ranaka’s death. The truth is that the Generations: The 'Generations' actress is alive. She gave birth to her third child in 2020.

Manaka Ranaka's Car

When Manaka Ranaka was involved in a car accident in 2015, she was driving a BMW. Details about the vehicle she owns now are not available.

Manaka Ranaka's House

Manaka Ranaka keeps some of her details private like the location of her house. Thus, we cannot ascertain the type of house she lives in.

Manaka Ranaka's Net Worth

Manaka Ranaka's net worth of $1 million has been built over the course of her more than 10-year-acting career. Manaka Ranaka’s salary for her role as Lucy Diale in 'Generations: The Legacy' is reportedly R95, 000 per month.

Awards & Recognition

2007: South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) for Best Actress in a Television comedy.

Social Media

Manaka Ranaka Instagram: @ManakaRanaka

Manaka Ranaka Twitter: @ManakaRanaka

Manaka Ranaka Facebook: Manaka Ranaka 

Q&A

How old is Ranaka Manaka?

Manaka Ranaka’s date of birth is 6 April 1979. This means Manaka Ranaka’s real age is 43.

How old is Manaka Ranaka's boyfriend?

Manaka Ranaka dated Thabo Manoreng who was nine years younger than her. Ranaka is 43 which means Thabo is 34.

Who is the father of Manaka Ranaka's baby?

Manaka Ranaka’s daughters come from two different fathers. Ntuthko Mdletshe is said to be Katlego and seni's father while Naledi’s father remains unknown. 

How many kids does Manaka Ranaka have?

Manaka Ranaka has three kids. Her first two daughters Katlego and Naledi are with two different fathers while his son’s baby daddy is said to be Thabo Manoreng.

What happened to Manaka Ranaka?

Manaka Ranaka tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine. She was separated from her newly born son but later revealed that she tested negative. She is one of the 'Generations' cast who returned a positive test result.

Is Manaka Ranaka still alive?

Yes. Manaka Ranaka is alive. Death rumours about Ranaka have circulated since her accident in 2015. Recently, after she lost her friend, her post on Instagram confused people and led them to believe she was dead.

Who did Manaka Ranaka kill?

Manaka Ranaka knocked dead a schoolgirl in 2015 identified as Millicent Mbonani. She was crossing the road when the accident happened.

Also known as:
Lucy Diale
Real name:
Manaka Ranaka
Occupation:
Actress, TV personality, singer
Birthday:
6 April 1979
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Aries
Birth place:
Soweto, Johannesburg South Africa
Height:
5’4" or 162 cm
Children:
Katlego and Naledi
Net Worth:
$1 million or R16.7million

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Image of Manaka Ranaka's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Family, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Lucy Diale
Real name:
Manaka Ranaka
Occupation:
Actress, TV personality, singer
Birthday:
6 April 1979
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Aries
Birth place:
Soweto, Johannesburg South Africa
Height:
5’4" or 162 cm
Children:
Katlego and Naledi
Net Worth:
$1 million or R16.7million

About

When Manaka Ranaka became pregnant, her acting career almost came to an end after her bosses at 'Isidingo' fired her. She carried her baby to term and went back to set. Now, she is one of the most decorated actresses in the long-running soap operas Generations: The Legacy'. Here's Manaka Ranaka's biography.

Personal Life

Manaka Ranaka was born in Soweto, Johannesburg on 6 April 1979 to her parents Kgotlasele Ranaka (father) and Nonceba Ranaka (mother).  

Manaka Ranaka and her mother | Source: Instagram

She has four siblings - Dineo Ranaka, a popular television and radio presenter, producer, DJ and actress, Mpumi Ranaka a writer, motivational speaker and businesswoman, Ranaka Ranaka a DJ, actor & events organiser and Mzingisi ‘Ziggy’ Ranaka an entrepreneur.

Manaka Ranaka's Schooling

Not much is known about her primary and university education but Manaka Ranaka went to Dinwiddie High School.

Manaka Ranaka's Career

Manaka Ranaka's Career | Source: Instagram

It seems as though Manaka Ranaka was destined to be an actress. ‘Drumstuck’, ‘On my Birthday’ and ‘Trong’ were the first productions she acted in straight out of high school in 1998. 

In 2000, she stepped onto the big stage when she joined the cast of SABC 3’s soap opera ‘Isidingo’ and played the role of Nandipha Sithole. 

Manaka Ranaka’s time at 'Isidingo' came to a controversial end after she was fired for being pregnant. Manaka revealed that her bosses asked her to abort her child to remain part of the cast but she decided to carry her baby to term.

Manaka Ranaka with Generations The Legacy cast | Source: Instagram

Two years later, Manaka Ranaka acted on SABC 1's ‘Gaz’lam’ as Portia. 

In 2003, Manaka Ranaka was on SABC 2, this time for 'Stokvel'. She acted in all eight seasons of the show as Lerato Khumalo.

In 2005, the Documentary series 'Sex TV' was her next gig. She took part in its seventh season in the ‘Media in South Africa’ episode.

The following year, Manaka Ranaka fronted the line-up of ‘One Way’ on SABC 3. She played the role of Nozuko. In the same year, she got a support role in 'Vinolia Ntuli' on SABC 1.

‘Home Affairs’ was Manaka Ranaka’s next show. She joined the cast in its fourth season and also starred in a drama series ‘Society’.

Source: Instagram

In 2012, Manaka Ranaka was part of 'Rhythm City' where she played the role of Zanele Kgaditse.

In 2013, she was in the Mzansi soap opera 'Zabalaza'.

Manaka Ranaka is currently part of 'Generations: The Legacy'. She plays the role of Lucy Diale. 

Unlike her experience on 'Isidingo' where she was fired for being pregnant, Manaka Ranaka left 'Generations: The Legacy' in 2020 for four months to go on maternity leave and announced her comeback in February 2021. 

Manaka Ranaka's reality television show | Source: Instagram

Apart from her acting roles, Manaka Ranaka also features in her family's reality television show named The Ranakas. Its first season premiered in 2018 on Mzansi Magic and is currently in its fifth. 

Manaka Ranaka's Relationship

Is Manaka Ranaka married?

Manaka Ranaka is not married. That noted, she's known to have dated Thabo Manoreng, who is nine years younger than her.  

Manaka Ranaka's Family

Manaka Ranaka and her daughters | Source: Instagram

Ranaka Manaka has two daughters, Katlego and Naledi. The actress admitted that she doesn’t know the whereabouts of Naledi's father.

However, Ntuthuko Mdlethse is reportedly the father of Manaka Ranaka's first daughter Katlego. 

The actress gave birth to a third baby Seni in January 2021 whose father is suspected to be Ntuthuko Mdlethse.

Source: Instagram

Before the arrival of Manaka Ranaka's third baby, her eldest daughter Katlego who was 18 at the time, gave birth to her first grandchild. 

Just like her mother, Katlego is an actress and has made an appearance on the soap opera 'Rhythm City'.

Manaka Ranaka's Controversy

Manaka Ranaka kills a schoolgirl

This has got to be the saddest part of Manaka Ranaka’s profile. In 2015, Manaka Ranaka accidentally knocked dead a schoolgirl on Leondale road near Roodekop. 

The girl identified as Millicent Mbonanai was crossing the road when Manaka crashed into her. She still says that the incident haunts her to this day.

Manaka has visited the girl’s family and is willing to help her mother heal from the tragedy.  

Manaka Ranaka’s a homewrecker

Manaka Ranaka was on the receiving end after she was accused of stealing her friend’s man, Ntuthuko Mdlethse. 

Manaka Ranaka was exposed through a tweet in which Mtuthuko is seen with his ex-wife. She commented on it with the words “favourite couple’ which suggested they might have been friends. 

According to reports, Ntuthuko’s relationship with his wife Bronwyn Zungu began experiencing problems after Manaka came into the picture. 

The two have since separated. Manaka and Mdlesthe welcomed a new baby in December 2020.

Is Manaka Ranaka dead?

Since her car accident in 2015, there’s been speculation about Manaka Ranaka’s death. The truth is that the Generations: The 'Generations' actress is alive. She gave birth to her third child in 2020.

Manaka Ranaka's Car

When Manaka Ranaka was involved in a car accident in 2015, she was driving a BMW. Details about the vehicle she owns now are not available.

Manaka Ranaka's House

Manaka Ranaka keeps some of her details private like the location of her house. Thus, we cannot ascertain the type of house she lives in.

Manaka Ranaka's Net Worth

Manaka Ranaka's net worth of $1 million has been built over the course of her more than 10-year-acting career. Manaka Ranaka’s salary for her role as Lucy Diale in 'Generations: The Legacy' is reportedly R95, 000 per month.

Awards & Recognition

2007: South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) for Best Actress in a Television comedy.

Social Media

Manaka Ranaka Instagram: @ManakaRanaka

Manaka Ranaka Twitter: @ManakaRanaka

Manaka Ranaka Facebook: Manaka Ranaka 

Q&A

How old is Ranaka Manaka?

Manaka Ranaka’s date of birth is 6 April 1979. This means Manaka Ranaka’s real age is 43.

How old is Manaka Ranaka's boyfriend?

Manaka Ranaka dated Thabo Manoreng who was nine years younger than her. Ranaka is 43 which means Thabo is 34.

Who is the father of Manaka Ranaka's baby?

Manaka Ranaka’s daughters come from two different fathers. Ntuthko Mdletshe is said to be Katlego and seni's father while Naledi’s father remains unknown. 

How many kids does Manaka Ranaka have?

Manaka Ranaka has three kids. Her first two daughters Katlego and Naledi are with two different fathers while his son’s baby daddy is said to be Thabo Manoreng.

What happened to Manaka Ranaka?

Manaka Ranaka tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine. She was separated from her newly born son but later revealed that she tested negative. She is one of the 'Generations' cast who returned a positive test result.

Is Manaka Ranaka still alive?

Yes. Manaka Ranaka is alive. Death rumours about Ranaka have circulated since her accident in 2015. Recently, after she lost her friend, her post on Instagram confused people and led them to believe she was dead.

Who did Manaka Ranaka kill?

Manaka Ranaka knocked dead a schoolgirl in 2015 identified as Millicent Mbonani. She was crossing the road when the accident happened.