Sindi Dlathu

Sindi Dlathu is a South African actress who has portrayed the character of Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Buthelezi on SABC 2’s flagship soap opera, Muvhango, since it first went on air in 1997. She previously portrayed the character of Nomfundo SABC 1’s longest running drama series, Soul City, from season 5 to 7 and 12.

Sindi Dlathu
Born Sindiswa Dlathu
January 4, 1974
Meadowlands
Soweto, JHB
Guateng
South Africa
Occupation Actress
Since 1988 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Sindi Dlathu was born Sindiswa Dlathu in Meadowlands, Soweto, Johannesburg (JHB) in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

She entered the entertainment industry at a very young age; according to numerous publications she entered the National Miming Competition in which she performed an Aretha Franklin’s song “Let it be” and went to win it.

When she was 12 years old Sindi Dlathu entered a another talent competition, Shell Road to Fame, and reached the finals but failed to win. She received mentorship from a member of the famed South African Mbhaqanga band, Mahotella Queens.

It has been reported that it was this member of who took her to the auditions for Mbongeni Ngema’s play, Sarafina!, which saw her cast as the understudy for the title character and went to perform in the United States of America (USA).

While on tour with Sarafina! she met Randy Crawford who asked to stay behind and perform with her; when she went joined the show she had not completed her matric, however, upon return to South Africa she went back to school and matriculated in 1996.

In 1997 she joined the Duma Ka Ndlovu’s stage play titled The Game where she performed alongside Abigail Kubheka, Mary Twala and Nomhle Nkonyeni. Down the years Sindi Dlathu has also worked alongside other notable international figures such as Billy Ocean and Whoopi Goldberg.

It has been reported that Sindi Dlathu made her television debut on the Joe Mafela fronted television series, Khululeka and later joined SABC 1’s now enduring educational drama series, Soul City, in its fifth season through to the seventh where she portrayed a character of Nomfundo. In 2014 She returned for Soul City 12th season where she reprised her role as Nomfundo.

 

 

Muvhango, 1997 – to date

In 1997 Sindi Dlathu was cast to portray the character of Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Buthelezi on the then television show, Muvhango, it has been reported that at the time her role was a minor but grew over time to become what is essentially one of the key characters.

Now Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Mukwevho; her character is married and has a son named Vusi; she is also a businesswoman who ran Mukwevho Milling later MMC before forming her own company, Basadi Construction.As

As of July 2015 Sindi Dlathu is one of three Muvhango original cast members; the others being Murabeli Rasalanavho who portrays the character of Vho-Mukondeleli and Maumela Mahawu who portrays the character of Susan.

 

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
Unknown Khululeka Unknown Series
1997 – to date Muvhango Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Mukwevho Soap Opera
2001 – 2003, 2014
Soul City Nomfundo Drama Series

 

 

Other Work

Sindi Dlathu is also musician; her early stage comprised of singing as much as it did of acting. According to a 2011 Sunday World article she was scheduled to release a music album under Gallo Record Company. “We’re working hard to have it on the shelves before the year [2011] ends or early next year [2012]. We hope Sindi’s  [Dlathu] fans will be delighted with what she has to offer. We at Gallo Records are behind her all the way. We’re just tying up loose ends,” Matwetwe Ntombini was quoted at the time.

 

 

Personal Life

Sindi Dlathu is married to Bheki Shongwe, this is according to a 2011 Sunday World article titled “Sindi is Back on Song”. It is very important to note that very little is publicly known about her personal life and she has said on numerous occasions that her personal life if off limits. “My personal life is a no-go area, I’m known for the work I do and that’s all I want to be seen in the media for,” she was once quoted.

 

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