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Simphiwe "Simz" Ngema has not had it easy. Only a few months after her marriage to Dumi Masilale, he, unfortunately, lost his life in a botched hijacking incident. After her period of mourning, she managed to pick herself up and rebuild her career, growing stronger and staying as fierce as ever.

Personal Life

Simphiwe Ngema, age 32, is an actress, singer, MC and television presenter born on 29 August 1989 in Klipspruit, Soweto, Gauteng in South Africa. This is where she grew up with her two sisters. Boxolile and Ziph’ezinhle Ngema are Simphiwe Ngema sisters.  

Simz enjoys a good relationship with her parents. She has told the story of how her parents were expecting a baby boy. They even had the name Simphiwe picked out. Simphiwe is a male name that means “our gift”. When it turned out that the baby was a girl, they decided to retain the name.   

Schooling

Not much is known about Simphiwe Ngema’s early education but for her university education, she pursued journalism at the Boston Media House.  

Career

Simphiwe Ngema says that she always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She used to dance in the church and mimic television personalities at home. Simphiwe’s career started in theatre when she was 16. 

In 2008, she was part of The Game, a play written and produced by Duma Ndlovu. Simphiwe appeared in the play alongside some of the biggest names in the industry like Leleti Khumalo, Sindi Dlathu, Londiwe Mthembu, Luciya Mthiyane and Mary Twala. Working with such a stellar cast Simphiwe says, gave her motivation to go the extra mile.  

Duma Ndlovu handed Simphiwe her television debut in 2011. He cast Simphiwe in his show Muvhango on SABC, where she played the role of Thuli Nkosi. After five years on the show, Simphiwe left in 2015 after her role was written off. It has been reported that the producer deemed her role “useless”. 

Despite the setback, Simphiwe would go on and feature on Vuzu’s reality television show Preachers Kids, a show that depicted the life of kids whose parents are pastors. Simphiwe’s father, Givens, is a pastor. She also acted in The Queen as Buhle, Isidingo as Phindile, Greed and desire as Noni, Broken Vows as Dudu. 

Simphiwe Ngema has also taken part in the drama series Bone of my Bones, PKs, and Rockville.

Apart from acting, Simphiwe Ngema is also a singer, MC and television presenter. She presented the 20th South Africa Music Awards (SAMA). Simphiwe also presented the eKasi+ documentary series Isiko.

Music

Simphiwe Ngema is famous for her acting but she also sings. After the sudden passing of his husband Dumi Masilela, she completed an album that he was working on. The album, labelled Eternal Crush, was released on 6 December 2018 posthumously. It contained nine tracks.

Dear Fear, Destiny featuring Gzy Falour, Hamba, Dreams, Yena, Smomoza, Uphushiwe feat Global Decaphfe, Diphiri featuring Gzy Falour & Shona Phansi featuring Global Decaphfe.

Simphiwe has had an on and off music career. She concentrated on acting then as she switched to music, she fell pregnant and music had to take the back seat. Now, she is back at it again. Simphiwe is an independent artist and is deliberate about that. She is interested in not just making music but also learning the business of music.

She recently released a song “I Love Me More” featuring AyaProw. She is sending a message to women to put themselves first. Simphiwe has also revealed that she is working on a new album that she expects to release in the coming year.

Simphiwe’s music career has gone international. She features in the song “I love you so” part of Malawian reggae musician’s Dan Lu new album Game Changer. 

Business

With her status now, Simphiwe Ngema has attracted sponsorships from various brands. Currently, she is a brand ambassador for beauty cosmetics Gold Series South Africa. She’s also been associated with motor brand Haval and insect spray Raid. 

Relationship

Simphiwe Ngema and Dumi Masilale

Simphiwe Ngema and Dumi Masilale were very private about their relationship. On the Podcast and Chill show, Simz revealed that they met through her best friend. Simz was single at the time when her friend planned for her to meet Dumi. Simphiwe was not aware that she was going to meet Dumi. When it finally happened, Simz revealed that Dumi was straightforward and “knew what he wanted.” 

Dumi was Simphiwe Ngema’s boyfriend for three years before they finally got married in a traditional wedding in 2017. However, their marriage was short-lived. On 2 August the same year, Dumi Masilale was killed in cold blood in a hijacking incident in Tembisa. He suffered a gunshot wound on his stomach, was rushed to hospital for surgery but died while receiving treatment.  

Simphiwe Ngema husband's funeral took place in Kempton Park Ekurhuleni in Johannesburg. Simphiwe has since revealed how difficult it was to come to terms with her late husband’s death. In an interview with a local publication, she disclosed how she waited for Dumi to “fetch her”. This was in reflection of the promises they made to one another. The pact was that they would grow old together. Dumi would die first and come back for Simphiwe.

“I took a bath, got dressed and went into the restroom. I sat there for a good one hour waiting for him to fetch me. People kept knocking at the door but I sat there crying. In my mind, getting up meant that I was accepting Duma’s death and betraying him, and so I stayed sitting, asking for Dumi to come to fetch me, but he didn’t come.”  

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani 

After the tragedy of losing her husband, Simphiwe Ngema found love in the arms of Zimbabwean actor, model and television personality Tino Chinyani in 2020, three years after Dumi’s passing. The two kept their romance a secret until Tino let it known, via social media, that he was Simphiwe Ngema’s new boyfriend. Many people did not readily welcome the news. They opined that it was too insensitive of Tino to have a relationship with Simphiwe only after three years of Duma’s demise.

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani’s age difference was another big talking point about their relationship. Simphiwe is 32 while Tino is 27, a five year age difference between the two.

Even though the pair seemed to be having the best time of their lives, we don’t think anyone was really expecting Tino to be Simphiwe Ngema’s new husband. That is a commitment that perhaps Simphiwe is not ready for yet just three years after being widowed.

That notwithstanding, Simphiwe and Tino have a son named Tiyani Kemorena Michael Chinyani born on 23rd June 2020. But they kept the news about Simphiwe Ngema’s pregnancy quiet until September.

Break Up

Just when Mzansi was enjoying a romantic fairytale between Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani, the script took a shockingly dramatic twist. Simphiwe Ngema’s breakup to the Zimbabwean television personality in September, just days after they made news about being parents was unexpected. This also came days after Simphiwe celebrated her grand 32nd birthday.

In a post on Instagram, Simphiwe was very appreciative of the relationship. 

“This has been one of my greatest experiences, a beautiful love story of two people fighting all the odds to be together. I have learnt to love again, to feel again, to live again and to smile again. I will forever be grateful for everything you have taught me.”

Simphiwe did not reveal what led to the decision to break up.

Family

Simphiwe Ngema was brought up in a Christian home. Her father is a pastor but Simz disclosed that they aren’t forced to go to church or be Christians. It is well known that Simphiwe has a strong bond with her mother, Ethel Ngema. In fact, Simphiwe describes their relationship as unbreakable. 

“As early as I can remember, my mother has always been open with my sisters and me. We were allowed to talk about anything and everything. She would encourage and compliment us every chance she got. She also never held back in giving us advice.”

Simphiwe has two sisters. Boxolile and Ziph’ezinhle Ngema

Controversy

Simphiwe Ngema’s break up with baby daddy Tino Chinyani shocked the nation after weeks of pouring romance on one another on social media. This also came after she celebrated her 32nd birthday. Fans have been left wondering what led them to make this decision.

Elsewhere, Simphiwe Ngema let her thoughts known about controversial Bishop Makamu. Makamu was recorded asking for sexual favours from a woman who was part of his congregation. In her interview with Podcast and Chill, she said:

“I honestly felt like, what are we doing as Christians - it’s a lot man. There’s no respect anymore for Christianity or for churches. Now, it’s almost like everyone wants to be seen.”

The outspoken actress has also revealed that she had a difficult pregnancy. She thought she wasn’t going to be able to carry her baby to full term. She shared:

“It’s still so unbelievable that I carried a whole human being. I had the most difficult pregnancy ever! At some point, I didn’t think we were going to make it.”

Car

Simphiwe Ngema finally got her dream car, a black BMW 3 series, although the actor rubbished these claims. She stated that an impersonator was behind the posts that led to the news. 

That aside, she recently posted a black land rover on her Instagram. This definitely seems to be hers. She posted: “God you are so good. First a beautiful house and now this! I am lost for words…”

House

Simphiwe Ngema’s house has stirred debate. Some fans accused her of using her late husband’s insurance money to purchase the house. Simphiwe has come out to clarify these rumours. She stated that she didn’t get any insurance money. 

“Three Years ago, I became a 27yr old widow. My husband passed away two months after our wedding (with no life insurance) and I was left with nothing. I didn’t have a job and I was left with a car that he was murdered in. My family was all I had. I remember posting a picture of me at the beach with my family and people talking about how I’m spending my late husband’s insurance money (which I didn’t have) and wishing I actually had it. I was fortunate that I had a family that could take care of me (most widows don’t),” she wrote.

“Three months later, I got a job at broken vows and three months after that my aunt died in my arms and it felt like things were just getting worse. I promised myself that I would work so hard that when people look at me they would actually think that I did get that insurance money. Mission accomplished??????.”

Net Worth

Simphiwe Ngema’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million.

Social Media

Simphiwe Ngema’s Instagram: @SimzNgema 

Simphiwe Ngema’s Twitter: @SimzNgema_ 

Simphiwe Ngema’s Facebook: @SimzNgema 

Q&A

Is Simphiwe Ngema engaged to Tino?

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani broke up in September under unknown circumstances. They were not engaged.

Does Simphiwe Ngema have a child?

Yes. Simphiwe Ngema has one child. A son named Tiyani Kemorena Michael Chinyani, whose father is the Zimbabwean television personality Tino Chinyani.

What does Simphiwe Ngema do for a living?

Simphiwe Ngema is an actor, singer, television presenter, MC and entrepreneur.

Is Simphiwe Ngema related to Mbongeni Ngema?

Yes. Simphiwe Ngema is related to Mbongeni Ngema. Mbongeni is her uncle.

Who is Simphiwe Ngema's husband?

The late Dumi Masilela was Simphiwe Ngema’s husband until his untimely death in 2017.

How old is Simphiwe Ngema?

Simphiwe Ngema was born in 1989. She is 32 years old.

Also known as:
Simz Ngema
Birthday:
29 August, 1989
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Klipspruit, Soweto, Gauteng
Height:
5'6

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Also known as:
Simz Ngema
Birthday:
29 August, 1989
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Klipspruit, Soweto, Gauteng
Height:
5'6

About

Simphiwe "Simz" Ngema has not had it easy. Only a few months after her marriage to Dumi Masilale, he, unfortunately, lost his life in a botched hijacking incident. After her period of mourning, she managed to pick herself up and rebuild her career, growing stronger and staying as fierce as ever.

Personal Life

Simphiwe Ngema, age 32, is an actress, singer, MC and television presenter born on 29 August 1989 in Klipspruit, Soweto, Gauteng in South Africa. This is where she grew up with her two sisters. Boxolile and Ziph’ezinhle Ngema are Simphiwe Ngema sisters.  

Simz enjoys a good relationship with her parents. She has told the story of how her parents were expecting a baby boy. They even had the name Simphiwe picked out. Simphiwe is a male name that means “our gift”. When it turned out that the baby was a girl, they decided to retain the name.   

Schooling

Not much is known about Simphiwe Ngema’s early education but for her university education, she pursued journalism at the Boston Media House.  

Career

Simphiwe Ngema says that she always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She used to dance in the church and mimic television personalities at home. Simphiwe’s career started in theatre when she was 16. 

In 2008, she was part of The Game, a play written and produced by Duma Ndlovu. Simphiwe appeared in the play alongside some of the biggest names in the industry like Leleti Khumalo, Sindi Dlathu, Londiwe Mthembu, Luciya Mthiyane and Mary Twala. Working with such a stellar cast Simphiwe says, gave her motivation to go the extra mile.  

Duma Ndlovu handed Simphiwe her television debut in 2011. He cast Simphiwe in his show Muvhango on SABC, where she played the role of Thuli Nkosi. After five years on the show, Simphiwe left in 2015 after her role was written off. It has been reported that the producer deemed her role “useless”. 

Despite the setback, Simphiwe would go on and feature on Vuzu’s reality television show Preachers Kids, a show that depicted the life of kids whose parents are pastors. Simphiwe’s father, Givens, is a pastor. She also acted in The Queen as Buhle, Isidingo as Phindile, Greed and desire as Noni, Broken Vows as Dudu. 

Simphiwe Ngema has also taken part in the drama series Bone of my Bones, PKs, and Rockville.

Apart from acting, Simphiwe Ngema is also a singer, MC and television presenter. She presented the 20th South Africa Music Awards (SAMA). Simphiwe also presented the eKasi+ documentary series Isiko.

Music

Simphiwe Ngema is famous for her acting but she also sings. After the sudden passing of his husband Dumi Masilela, she completed an album that he was working on. The album, labelled Eternal Crush, was released on 6 December 2018 posthumously. It contained nine tracks.

Dear Fear, Destiny featuring Gzy Falour, Hamba, Dreams, Yena, Smomoza, Uphushiwe feat Global Decaphfe, Diphiri featuring Gzy Falour & Shona Phansi featuring Global Decaphfe.

Simphiwe has had an on and off music career. She concentrated on acting then as she switched to music, she fell pregnant and music had to take the back seat. Now, she is back at it again. Simphiwe is an independent artist and is deliberate about that. She is interested in not just making music but also learning the business of music.

She recently released a song “I Love Me More” featuring AyaProw. She is sending a message to women to put themselves first. Simphiwe has also revealed that she is working on a new album that she expects to release in the coming year.

Simphiwe’s music career has gone international. She features in the song “I love you so” part of Malawian reggae musician’s Dan Lu new album Game Changer. 

Business

With her status now, Simphiwe Ngema has attracted sponsorships from various brands. Currently, she is a brand ambassador for beauty cosmetics Gold Series South Africa. She’s also been associated with motor brand Haval and insect spray Raid. 

Relationship

Simphiwe Ngema and Dumi Masilale

Simphiwe Ngema and Dumi Masilale were very private about their relationship. On the Podcast and Chill show, Simz revealed that they met through her best friend. Simz was single at the time when her friend planned for her to meet Dumi. Simphiwe was not aware that she was going to meet Dumi. When it finally happened, Simz revealed that Dumi was straightforward and “knew what he wanted.” 

Dumi was Simphiwe Ngema’s boyfriend for three years before they finally got married in a traditional wedding in 2017. However, their marriage was short-lived. On 2 August the same year, Dumi Masilale was killed in cold blood in a hijacking incident in Tembisa. He suffered a gunshot wound on his stomach, was rushed to hospital for surgery but died while receiving treatment.  

Simphiwe Ngema husband's funeral took place in Kempton Park Ekurhuleni in Johannesburg. Simphiwe has since revealed how difficult it was to come to terms with her late husband’s death. In an interview with a local publication, she disclosed how she waited for Dumi to “fetch her”. This was in reflection of the promises they made to one another. The pact was that they would grow old together. Dumi would die first and come back for Simphiwe.

“I took a bath, got dressed and went into the restroom. I sat there for a good one hour waiting for him to fetch me. People kept knocking at the door but I sat there crying. In my mind, getting up meant that I was accepting Duma’s death and betraying him, and so I stayed sitting, asking for Dumi to come to fetch me, but he didn’t come.”  

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani 

After the tragedy of losing her husband, Simphiwe Ngema found love in the arms of Zimbabwean actor, model and television personality Tino Chinyani in 2020, three years after Dumi’s passing. The two kept their romance a secret until Tino let it known, via social media, that he was Simphiwe Ngema’s new boyfriend. Many people did not readily welcome the news. They opined that it was too insensitive of Tino to have a relationship with Simphiwe only after three years of Duma’s demise.

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani’s age difference was another big talking point about their relationship. Simphiwe is 32 while Tino is 27, a five year age difference between the two.

Even though the pair seemed to be having the best time of their lives, we don’t think anyone was really expecting Tino to be Simphiwe Ngema’s new husband. That is a commitment that perhaps Simphiwe is not ready for yet just three years after being widowed.

That notwithstanding, Simphiwe and Tino have a son named Tiyani Kemorena Michael Chinyani born on 23rd June 2020. But they kept the news about Simphiwe Ngema’s pregnancy quiet until September.

Break Up

Just when Mzansi was enjoying a romantic fairytale between Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani, the script took a shockingly dramatic twist. Simphiwe Ngema’s breakup to the Zimbabwean television personality in September, just days after they made news about being parents was unexpected. This also came days after Simphiwe celebrated her grand 32nd birthday.

In a post on Instagram, Simphiwe was very appreciative of the relationship. 

“This has been one of my greatest experiences, a beautiful love story of two people fighting all the odds to be together. I have learnt to love again, to feel again, to live again and to smile again. I will forever be grateful for everything you have taught me.”

Simphiwe did not reveal what led to the decision to break up.

Family

Simphiwe Ngema was brought up in a Christian home. Her father is a pastor but Simz disclosed that they aren’t forced to go to church or be Christians. It is well known that Simphiwe has a strong bond with her mother, Ethel Ngema. In fact, Simphiwe describes their relationship as unbreakable. 

“As early as I can remember, my mother has always been open with my sisters and me. We were allowed to talk about anything and everything. She would encourage and compliment us every chance she got. She also never held back in giving us advice.”

Simphiwe has two sisters. Boxolile and Ziph’ezinhle Ngema

Controversy

Simphiwe Ngema’s break up with baby daddy Tino Chinyani shocked the nation after weeks of pouring romance on one another on social media. This also came after she celebrated her 32nd birthday. Fans have been left wondering what led them to make this decision.

Elsewhere, Simphiwe Ngema let her thoughts known about controversial Bishop Makamu. Makamu was recorded asking for sexual favours from a woman who was part of his congregation. In her interview with Podcast and Chill, she said:

“I honestly felt like, what are we doing as Christians - it’s a lot man. There’s no respect anymore for Christianity or for churches. Now, it’s almost like everyone wants to be seen.”

The outspoken actress has also revealed that she had a difficult pregnancy. She thought she wasn’t going to be able to carry her baby to full term. She shared:

“It’s still so unbelievable that I carried a whole human being. I had the most difficult pregnancy ever! At some point, I didn’t think we were going to make it.”

Car

Simphiwe Ngema finally got her dream car, a black BMW 3 series, although the actor rubbished these claims. She stated that an impersonator was behind the posts that led to the news. 

That aside, she recently posted a black land rover on her Instagram. This definitely seems to be hers. She posted: “God you are so good. First a beautiful house and now this! I am lost for words…”

House

Simphiwe Ngema’s house has stirred debate. Some fans accused her of using her late husband’s insurance money to purchase the house. Simphiwe has come out to clarify these rumours. She stated that she didn’t get any insurance money. 

“Three Years ago, I became a 27yr old widow. My husband passed away two months after our wedding (with no life insurance) and I was left with nothing. I didn’t have a job and I was left with a car that he was murdered in. My family was all I had. I remember posting a picture of me at the beach with my family and people talking about how I’m spending my late husband’s insurance money (which I didn’t have) and wishing I actually had it. I was fortunate that I had a family that could take care of me (most widows don’t),” she wrote.

“Three months later, I got a job at broken vows and three months after that my aunt died in my arms and it felt like things were just getting worse. I promised myself that I would work so hard that when people look at me they would actually think that I did get that insurance money. Mission accomplished??????.”

Net Worth

Simphiwe Ngema’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million.

Social Media

Simphiwe Ngema’s Instagram: @SimzNgema 

Simphiwe Ngema’s Twitter: @SimzNgema_ 

Simphiwe Ngema’s Facebook: @SimzNgema 

Q&A

Is Simphiwe Ngema engaged to Tino?

Simphiwe Ngema and Tino Chinyani broke up in September under unknown circumstances. They were not engaged.

Does Simphiwe Ngema have a child?

Yes. Simphiwe Ngema has one child. A son named Tiyani Kemorena Michael Chinyani, whose father is the Zimbabwean television personality Tino Chinyani.

What does Simphiwe Ngema do for a living?

Simphiwe Ngema is an actor, singer, television presenter, MC and entrepreneur.

Is Simphiwe Ngema related to Mbongeni Ngema?

Yes. Simphiwe Ngema is related to Mbongeni Ngema. Mbongeni is her uncle.

Who is Simphiwe Ngema's husband?

The late Dumi Masilela was Simphiwe Ngema’s husband until his untimely death in 2017.

How old is Simphiwe Ngema?

Simphiwe Ngema was born in 1989. She is 32 years old.