Manaka Ranaka

Manaka Ranaka is a South African actress who currently stars on SABC 1’s long running soap opera, Generations, as Lucy Diale. She previously starred as Lerata Khumalo on SABC 2’s long running sitcom, Stokvel  and as Portia in SABC 1’s hit drama, Gaz’lam.

Manaka Ranaka
Born Manaka Ranaka
April 6, 1979
South Africa
Siblings Dineo Ranaka
Mpumi Ranaka
Occupation Actress
TV Personality
Since 1999 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Manaka Ranaka was born in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

She was raised in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Manaka Ranaka has a little sister, famed radio DJ and television personality Dineo Ranaka; and lesser known sister, Nompumelelo “Mpumi” Ranaka-Malchartzeck.

She attended Dinwidie high school and matriculated in 1998.

In 200 Manaka Ranaka joined the cast of a popular SABC 3 soap opera, Isidingo, where portrayed the character of Nandipha Sithole.

Shortly after she joined Isidingo Manaka Ranaka fell pregnant with her first child and after she informed he producers of the show she was fired.

The role of Nandipha Sithole was later given to Hlubi Mboyi who went on to immortalize it.

Manaka Ranaka subsequently appeared in theater productions Drumstruck, On My Birthday and Torong, among others.

In 2002 she was cast in a SABC 1 original drama, Gaz’lam, as Portia.

The drama helped launch the career of then unknown Siyabonga Shibe who has since found enduring success portraying the character of Kila Ngcobo on’s Scandal.

Gaz’lam also starred Thembi Seete of Boom Shaka fame, Bubu Mazibuko of Yizo Yizo fame, Gcina Mkhize as well as legendary South African actors Menzi Ngubane and Israel Makoe, among others.

The drama, Gaz’lam, was a critical and a smash success; it was renewed for a further three seasons with Manaka Ranaka reprising her role as Portia on the second, third and the fourth (final) season.

In 2003 Manaka Ranaka was cast on the SABC 2 original sitcom, Stokvel, as Lerata Khumalo.

On Stokvel she starred alongside Thembi Mtshali-Jones, James Ngcobo, Moagi Modise, Tshamane Sebe, Limakatso Manotwane, Andrea Dondolo and Lele Ledwaba.

In 2005 she appeared as herself on the episode titled “Media in South Africa/Vaginas/A Moment with… Suze Randall” of the seventh season of the documentary series, SexTV.

Manaka Ranaka went on to appeared and star in all eight seasons of Stokvel from 2003 to 2013 and for that role she won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) in 2007 for Best Actress in a Television Comedy.

In 2006 Manaka Ranaka appeared on the first season of One Way, an SABC 3 drama series, where she portrayed a character of Nozuko.

Also in 2006 Manaka Ranaka had a supporting role Vinolia Ntuli on the SABC 1 youth Drama series, Tshisa, she repriced her role for the second season but did not return for the delayed third and final season.

In 2007 she appeared on the fourth season of Home Affairs where she portrayed the character of Neli. Also in 2007 she starred in the SABC 1 drama series, Society, where she portrayed the character of Ayanda.

On Society she starred alongside Zandile Msutwana, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Samela Tyelbooi and fellow Stokvel co-star Lele Ledwana.

In 2012 Manaka Ranaka had a recurring role on the soap opera, Rhythm City, where she portrayed the character of Zanele Kgaditse – the wife of villainous Rocks Kgaditse.

In that year she was feature in the reality series of her little sister, Dineo Ranaka, titled Dineo’s Diary: Mogul in the Making. Manaka Ranaka went on to appear on the show on the second and third season.

In 2013 she starred alongside Seputla Sebogodi, Baby Cele and Thami Afrika in the Mzansi Magic/ Mzansi Wethu soap opera, Zabalaza.



Generations, 2014 – to date

In November 2014 Manaka Ranaka was among the actors revealed to replaced the fired “Generations 16”.

On Monday August 18, 2014 South Africans were shocked to learn that the most watched television show in the country at the time, Generations, had released the entire principal cast from it’s contracts.

“MMSV Productions, following consultation with the SABC , have today [Monday August 18, 2014] terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations. The termination follows calls by both parties for the actors to return for recordings, following the start of their illegal strike,” as per MMSV Productions statement.

The move forced the show to an unexpected hiatus after the filmed episodes had all aired, the hiatus lasted from October 1 to November 30, 2014.

The sixteen (16) actors released from their contracts were: Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga).

In the wake of the mass dismissal a casting call was sent out by MMSV Productions statement.

At the beginning of November 2014, after relentless speculation, the new Generations cast was announced.

It included former stars of the same show; Connie Ferguson and Rapulana Seiphemo; former supporting actors Andisiwe Dweba, Denise Zimba and Ronnie Nyakale; as well as Musa Ngema, Ivy Nkutha, Letoya Makhene, Vuyo Dabula and Thulisile Phongolo as well as newcomer Moopi Moothibeli.

On December 1, 2014 Generations returned from the hiatus as Generations: The Legacy.

On Generations: The Legacy, Manaka Ranaka portrays the character of Lucy Diale.




Year Title Role Note
2000 Isidingo Nandipha Sithole #1 Soap Opera
2002 – 2005 Gaz’lam Portia Drama Series
2003 – 2012 Stokvel Lerata Khumalo Sitcom
2005 SexTV Herself Documentary Series
2006 One Way Nozuko Drama Series
2006 – 2009 Tshisa Vinolia Ntuli Drama Series
2007 Home Affairs Neli Drama Series
2007 – 2010 Society Ayanda Drama Series
2012 Rhythm City Zanele Kgaditse Soap Opera
2012 – 2014 Dineo’s Diary: Mogul in the Making Herself Reality Show
2013 – 2014 Zabalaza Buhle “Beauty” Cele Soap Opera
2014 – to date Generations: The Legacy Lucy Diale Soap Opera



Personal Life

Manaka Ranaka is a mother of two daughters. She has previously stated that she is not married.