Menzi Ngubane has been a regular face on our TV screens for many years.
Whether you know him as, Sibusiso Dlomo on Generations, Judas Ngwenya on Isibaya or Cijimpi on Kwakhala Nyonini, the actor is undoubtedly not a stranger in nailing every role he plays.
Here are 7 things you might have not known about this industry giant.
- Mentors young men
Ngubane started a mentorship programme called “Twelve Auspicious Gentlemen with Menzi Ngubane“.
The programme focuses on the active mentoring of young boys, as well as addressing the influence caused by social ills in many communities.
Through the programme, Menzi hopes to encourage young men to follow a healthy lifestyle.
- He’s lucky in love
Menzi was once married and the couple eventually called it quits in 2013.
In 2018, he then married Sikelelo Sishuba.
- He is from the kingdom
Ngubane was born in KwaZulu Natal in Ladysmith, which was previously known as the Kingdom of Zululand.
The actor who was born 55 years ago he is turning 56 on September 4 2020.
However work brought him to the City of Gold, he still visits his place of birth on a regular basis.
- He’s been in the industry for over 30 years
Ngubane’s showcased his talent in 1987 in the local television series Kwakhala Nyonini.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, amassing a number of major awards and nominations.
This year, he celebrates 33 years in the acting industry as he continues to fully immerse himself in all his roles.
- He is a kidney failure survivor
Following kidney failure, Ngubane was hospitalised for almost 3 weeks and was subsequently put on dialysis for 5 years, from 2010 to 2015 while on a kidney transplant waiting list.
- He worked alongside Samuel L. Jackson
In 2004, Ngubane worked with Samuel L Jackson in the SA feature film In my Country.
The film was based on the 1998 non-fiction novel Country Of My Skull by Antjie Krog.
- His father turned 90 this year
Ngubane is blessed enough to see his father enjoy the gift of life.
In early March, his father turned 90 years old.
Menzi and his wife decided to throw him a special red-and-black themed birthday party in Ladysmith.