Nomzamo Mbatha Biography: Corruption, Covid-19 Donation, Age, Family, Education, Career, Awards, Boyfriend, Controversy - Updated, 23rd April 2020

She's always dripping with so much sauce and looking like a dream.

By  | Apr 23, 2020, 10:42 AM

Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African accountant, actress and television personality best known as one of the three finalists in the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search. She landed her first acting role in the Mzansi Magic telenovela-turned-soap-opera Isibaya in 2013.
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This gorgeous Mzansi icon holds many titles including being a model, accountant, human right activist and an entrepreneur. Her hard work by speaking for the voiceless has gained her so much recognition. 

Let's take a look at the life of Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha Effects of Corruption 


One of the greatest things that has affected most governments in Africa and the entire world is corruption. Most top officials are always looking at getting a big cut from where they are not supposed to be dipping their hands. Funds are mishandled, projects are not finished and at the end of the it's the ordinary citizen that bears the brunt.

As a human rights activist, Nomzamo does not shy away from expressing her opinions on issues that are affecting the continent at large. Nomzamo has used her platforms to fight for injustice in the country and has been a voice for the ordinary South African.

It seems the actress has just had enough and decided to vent her frustrations in a tweet. Nomzamo said corruption has to be one of the most disheartening tools of destruction, it stunts growth, change, justice and liberation.


It cannot be denied that corruption has certainly torn down many structures and services in the country. Whilst all this is happening, the top officials get to live a lavish life whilst some ordinary citizens live in abject poverty. Tweeps couldn't agree more with Nomzamo's sentiments. See their responses here

Nomzamo Mbatha Gives Back


Nomzamo is always commanding the spotlight for her incredible philanthropic work and she continues to aid our continent with passion. She is the epitome of 'blessed is the hand that gives'.

In a bid to her her bit, the SA beauty will be also playing her part to ease the crisis that the African continent is currently enduring. Speaking to SABC news anchor Chriselda Lewis, Nomzamo said her foundation The Lighthouse will be donating, 1.5 million towards the Covid-19 relief.


Glad to see celebs doing all they can to help fight this pandemic. 

Nomzamo Mbatha Age


Nomzamo Nxumalo Mbatha was born on the 13th of July 1990. She is 29 years old.

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Nomzamo Mbatha Family


Mbatha was born in KwaMashu, north of Durban. The beautiful TV queen was born and brought up in KwaMashu Township that is situated 21 kilometers Northwest of Durban in South Africa, to father Skuta Nxumalo and mother Manatuku Mbata.

Ever since she was a small kid, she used to model at beauty pageants even though she expressed on her social media that her late father was not enthusiastic about it.

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Nomzamo Mbatha’s sister Carla, who was younder than her, committed suicide in December 2014. However, she has a brother Zamani Mbatha who is an actor best-known for his role on the Isithembiso soap opera.

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Nomzamo Mbatha Education


Nomzamo was enrolled at Sihlezi Primary School. She then attended Bechet High School. While still at school she used to be invited to speak at other schools around Durban and was subsequently invited to become Madam Speaker in the KZN Youth Parliament.

For her tertiary education, Nomzamo joined the University of Cape Town where she pursued a degree in Bachelor of Commerce. Her specialization in the university was accounting which she successfully completed in 2018. Her dress on her graduation surely took hold of the social media streets as everyone was raving about it. Nomzamo explained all the faces of the people on her were people she was very close too as well as her late father and sister.

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Nomzamo Mbatha Career


Nomzamo Mbatha is what we may call a jack of all trades. As mentioned earlier, she was one of the finalists for the MTV VJ Search, but she did not win. However, this opened a gate for her to the public domain and she’s never looked back since. Her days on Isibaya were her happy days on set.

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In 2015, her acting profession led her to play in two soap operas namely "Tell Me Sweet Something" and "Umlilo." To add, she landed a gig in the same year to host a reality travel show dubbed "Holiday Swap" that was aired on SABC. Other films that she has acted include, The Jakes Are Missing (2015) and All about Love (2017). 

Her amazing talent in acting has allowed her to brush shoulderswith some Hollywood A-listers such as Taraji P Henson who plays the role of ‘Cookie Lyon’ on Empire, Terrence J, Tiffany Haddish, and Ryan Destiny.

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Nomzamo is also a brand ambassador for various products. For instance, she was the first ever South African to become the face of Neutrogena products in 2015. Additionally, the vivacious beauty also works in partnership with other well-known brands such as L’Oreal Paris, AUDI, PUMA and her Instagram bio reads the same.

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In 2019, Ms. Mbatha was chosen to be a Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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The very same year saw her acting talent taking her international. In August she announced that she was joining Eddie Murphy on the movie 'Coming 2 America'.

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TV Career

Umlilo - Season 1 - Season 4
Zaziwa - Season 4
Lockdown - Season 1 - Season 2
Isibaya - Season 1 - Season 7
The Close Up - Season 6
Lip Sync Battle - Season 1
Ridiculousness Africa - Season 1
The Comedy Central Roast - Season 3
MTV Africa Music Awards - Season 6 (Host)
SAFTAs - Season 10 and 12 (Host)
SAMAs - Season 25 (Host)

Nomzamo Mbatha Awards


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2013 - Rising Star Award in the DRUM Darling Awards
2013 - Hot Chick of the Year at the Feather Awards
2018 - Okay Africa 100 Women Honoree
2018 - Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Creatives
2019 - Philanthropy Award from EAfrica!
2019 - SASTAs, Best Actress Nomination

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Also read - Nomzamo Breaks The Internet With Her Abs And Makeup-Free Look

Nomzamo Mbatha Boyfriend


Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane, a media personality, dated back in the days but the two parted ways in 2018 after it was allegedly reported that Maponyane cheated on her. Maps was believed to have been cheating on the media darling with a number of women, including Cape Town blogger, Nadia Jaftha.

In January 2019, Nomzamo was seen in the company of cricketer Kagiso Rabada, and as always, media blogs began speculating that the two could be romantically involved. However, the two were just seated next to each other in a yacht in Cape Town.

However, later in the same year sometime in March, Nomzamo did reveal her relationship status. The actress's revelation could possibly be calling a stream of suitors to see if they have a chance with her. 

Nomzamo Mbatha Controversy


Well like any one out ther whether they are in the spotlight or not, people do fight. Nomzamo was once close to her Isibaya co-star Jessica Nkosi. The two reportedly stopped being friends because they were fighting over Khaya. However, Nomzamo during an interview with Khanyi, she asked people to leave them alone as she does not have time to entertain petty feuds.

There was a lot of chitter chatter that Jessica Nkosi who was Nomzamo's friend had actually grabbed Khaya Mthethwa from her. Khaya believed he could have done better and had this to say about the whole saga.

Her role also as an activist came under heavy scrutiny last year after she was posing for a pic with court accussed abuser Aurthur Mafokate. This particular incident drew light to celebrity activism and made many people question if the Isibaya actress had the right to call herself an activist, despite her range of work with the UN and other similar organisations. This drew a lot of debate on what true activism really is.

The actress seems to be having the time of her life. Recently she was spotted in Abu Dhabi rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest A-listers on the planet. Nomzamo Mbatha was a special guest at Sunday's Abu Dhabi grand prix in the United Arab Emirates alongside the likes of Swizz Beatz.

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