Sophie Ndaba

Sophie Ndaba is a South African actress best known for her role as Queen Moroka on the SABC 1  long running  – and – South Africa’s most watched television show, Generations. She had been on Generations since its first episode, until August 18, 2014 when she was controversially released from her contract along with other 15 actors from the show, Sophie Ndaba was the last remaining actor or actress from the shows’ original cast.

Sophie Ndaba
Born Sophie Mphasane
1972
Soweto, Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa
Occupation Actress
Since 1992 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Sophie Ndaba was born Sophie Mphasane in Soweto, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa – at the time Transvaal Province of apartheid South Africa.

She had a sister, Tiny Mphasane, who passed away.

In a women24 article, Sophie Ndaba mentioned that she grew up in an orphanage and in foster homes as a child.

She went to primary school in Soweto, where she was born and then moved to Zimbabwe where she continued her higher primary school education.

Sophie Ndaba later attended high school in that country and matriculated there.

She began her career in the entertainment industry as a fashion model.

Sophie Ndaba made her television debut with a television series titled Class of ’92. She followed it up with supporting roles on Thlaranthlophe and Egoli.

 

As Queen Moroka on Generations

In 1993 Sophie Ndaba auditioned for the role of Karabo Moroka on the newly commissioned television series. She did not get the role and it was eventually given to Connie Masilo, today better known as Connie Ferguson who would become legendary in her portrayal of Karabo Moroka.
In 1994 Sophie Ndaba joined the cast of Generations as Queen Moroka – although the character of Queen may not have always been “Queen Moroka” as she is the sister-in-law of Karabo Moroka – who would also become a legendary character in the South Africa entertainment industry.
Sophie Ndaba’s character on Generations, Queen Moroka, is the last remaining member of the Moroka family with her son Prince Moroka (Gauta Takalo) – with the Moroka family essentially on the brink of extinction, the character of Queen Moroka no longer features prominently in the story-lines. In recent year, and with the departure of Connie Ferguson who portrayed Karabo Moroka, the story-lines have revolved around Sibusiso Dlomo (Menzi Ngubane) and his Dlomo family.
The Dlomo family, during the time of Busi Dlomo (Leleti Khumalo) took over the Moroka family business, New Horizons and placed it under Ezweni Communications which would later be split between the Dlomos (Sibusiso), Morokas (Queen and Karabo) and the Mashabas (Dineo) – more recently, the Memelas through Caleb Moeletsi.
Queen Moroka remains a receptionist or secretary at Ezweni Communications where she owns a share and she is the co-owner of Mocha Mamas. She has a son, Prince Moroka, with Terrence who was imprisoned, his fate remains unknown his character would be mentioned briefly by Queen Moroka.
The character of Queen Moroka was discontinued, this is after on August 18, 2014 Generations producers released the entire principal cast (Menzi Ngubane, Anga Makubalo, Atandwa Kani, Katlego Danke, Mandla Gaduka, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Patrick Shai, Slindile Nodangala, Seputla Sebogodi, Thami Mngqolo, Thato Molamu, Winnie Ntshaba, Zenande Mfenyana, Zikhona Sodlaka, Zolisa Xaluva as well as Sophie Ndaba) of the soap in the wake of the strike that was deemed unauthorized.

Other Work

In 1999 Sophie Ndaba starred in the first season highly acclaimed controversial SABC 1 youth drama, Yizo Yizo. The series featured a number of seasoned actors such as Patrick Shai and Patrick Mthembu but it also feature a lot of young up and coming actors who have become big names in the entertainment industry, among them Sonia Mbhele later known as Sonia Sedibe, Meshack Mavuso, Innocent Masuku and Tshepo Ngwane.
While Yizo Yizo returned for the second and third season, Sophie Ndaba did not return. In 2002 she was a guest host of the reality show, Zola 7, a show dedicated to helping people realize their dreams hosted by Zola (Bonginkosi Dlamini) of Yizo Yizo 2 fame. In 2006 Sophie Ndaba guest starred on City Ses’la as Queen.
In 2013 she was among the award presenters at the 19th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) held at the Superbowl in Sun City in the North West province.

Departure from Generations, 2014

On Monday August 18, 2014 MMSV Productions with the permission of the SABC sent shock-waves across South Africa when they announced that they had fired the entire principal cast of the show which included Sophie Ndaba (who as the time was the longest serving cast member of the show) as one of sixteen members of the show’s principal cast.
“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,” the statement read.
Shortly after the news broke, Generations executive producer Mfundi Vundla spoke to Xolani Gwala of 702 Talk Radio to confirm that the news were true and further elaborate. Talking to Gwala, Vundla who sounded jittery and uncertain confirmed that the actors have been fired, the decision was final and the show will go on.
The fired sixteen (16) actors – including Sophie Ndaba – are as follows: 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).

Philanthropy

In 2006 Sophie Ndaba founded The Sophie Foundation of Hope, a Not for Profit Organization which works as a philanthropic intermediary between the donors and those in need or the recipients.

The foundations assist school children in need of school uniforms and schools in need of essential teachings tools and equipment.

The Sophie Foundation of Hope runs a Wheelchair of Hope  initiative, through this initiative, companies donate money which is used to buy wheelchairs which are donated to disabled children.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
unknown Class of ’92 unknown TV Drama
unknown Egoli unknown TV Sopie
unknown Thlaranthlophe unknown TV Drama
1994-2014 Generations Queen Moroka TV Soapie
1999 Yizo Yizo 2 Dumi Mkhalipi Feature Film
2002 Zola 7 Herself, as Host Reality Show
2006 City Ses’la Queen Sitcom
2013 SAMA 19 Herself, as Presenter Award Ceremony

 

 

Personal Life

Sophie Ndaba was married to fellow actor Themba Ndaba from 1994 to 2007. Together, they have two children; a daughter Rudo Ndaba and son Lwandle Ndaba. Her second daughter, Shallon Ndaba, is adopted; she was born to her late sister Tiny Mphasane.

On Tuesday December 20, 2011 Sophie Ndaba wed boyfriend Bishop Keith Harrington in what was described as a surprise wedding – presumably for the guests who were reportedly told that they were being invited to a thanksgiving ceremony.

The wedding ceremony was attended by a number of celebrities among them, fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee and  former Sophie Ndaba’s co-star on Generations, Connie Ferguson who also served as her maid of honour.

Shortly after the surprise wedding, in early 2012 reports began to emerge that couple was having difficulties, it was reported that Sophie Ndaba related their difficulties to Bishop Keith Harrington’s trust issues and she feared for her life as he owned a gun. She later asked him to move out of her house in Constantia Kloof, Johannesburg.

Bishop Keith Harrington rubbished the claims that he was unable to trust her and further rubbished the claims that he owned a gun, stating that at one point he owned a gum but he has since sold it. It later came out that he did in fact own  Norinco 9mm pistol when Sophie Ndaba applied for a protection order at the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court suspecting that he may have lied about selling it.

Bishop Keith Harrington insisted that he sold the firearm and said it was still registered in his name because the buyer was struggling to obtain a firearm license. He had also previously applied for a protection order at the Secunda Magistrates’ Court in Mpumalanga, accusing Sophie Ndaba of verbally and emotionally abusing him on social networks and speaking to reporters about their marriage.

Bishop Keith Harrington’s character was also brought to question following reports that he was having an affair prior to being asked to move out by Sophie Ndaba. The spotlight was also cast on his doctorate he claimed to have earned at International Theological Seminary of California in the United States of America (USA).

The Sunday World made attempts to contact the institution in the USA but could neither establish conclusively if the doctorate was authentic nor conclusively debunk it as fake.

In August 2012 the couple tried to reconcile but their problems persisted and their decided to end their relations.

 

Accolades

Year Award Work Category Result
2002 Duku Duku Award Generations Best Soap Actress Nominated
2003 Duku Duku Award Generations
Best Soap Actress
Winner
2003 Elle – Sunday Times Award Miscellaneous Most Stylish Actress Winner
2003 Elle – Sunday Times Award
Generations
Most Stylish Actress in a Sopie
Nominated
2003 People Magazine Crystal Award
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Nominated
2004 People Magazine Crystal Award
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous Nominated
2004 Star in You Kids Award
Generations
Favourite Soap Actress
Nominated
2004 Children’s M-Net Award
Generations
Best Soap Actress
Nominated
2005 People Magazine Crystal Award Miscellaneous Miscellaneous
Nominated
2006 SAFTA Generations
Best Soap Actress
Nominated
2006 Duku Duku Award
Generations
Best Soap Actress
Nominated
2006 Star in You Kids Award Generations
Favourite Soap Actress Nominated
2008 People Magazine Crystal Award Miscellaneous Miscellaneous Nominated
2008 You Magazine Spectacular Award Generations
Favourite Actress
Winner
2008 You Magazine Spectacular Award
Miscellaneous
Most Popular Celebrity
Nominated
2009 SAFTA Generations
Best Comic Actor
Winner

 

 

 

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