Zonke Mchunu

Zonke Mchunu is a South African actress who made her acting debut portraying the character of Imani Nkosi on the SABC 2 flagship soap opera, Muvhango. She was discovered by the creator of that soap opera, Duma Ka Ndlovu, after she was an extra on the other show, Uzalo, which he created for SABC 1.

Born Siziwe Ntombizonke
D.O.B. Unknown
South Africa
Known As Zonke Mchunu
Education DUT
Occupation Actress
Since 2015 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Zonke Mchunu was born Siziwe Ntombizonke Mchunu in KwaMaphumulo near KwaDukuza located in the north of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

She was raised there (KwaMaphumulo). Her father passed away when she was 11 years old. Her mother works as cleaner at the high school she (Zonke Mchunu) previously attended.

Zonke Mchunu is one of six children; she is the fifth child having four older sisters and a little brother. She was quoted by TVSA saying, “It wasn’t very easy. There were a lot of us in a very tiny shack but we went through everyday – it was okay, I was happy.

“It was one of the things that drove me to be hungry for success and that drove me to give it my all at school, to achieve success to get my family out of poverty.”

After completing her matric she she left KwaMaphumulo for the city of Durban in 2010 to go study Civil Engineering at Berea Technical College. She never completed her Civil Engineering studies at that college due to financial problems.

She later applied at Durban University of Technology to study drama studies there; this was due to the availability of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

“Civil Engineering is something I’ll look to as time goes on. I really love it. I wouldn’t mind going back to finish it but you know, drama is my first love. I wanted to do drama even when I was doing Civil Engineering. I think I might go back to finish it when the time is right but for now I just want to focus on acting,” she was quoted saying.

Zonke Mchunu attended Uzalo workshops for newcomer actors held by the creator of that show, Duma Ka Ndlovu, who is most famous for creating SABC 2’s flagship soap opera, Muvhango. It was at these workshops that she met Duma Ka Ndlovu and learned about the role of ‘Imani Nkosi’ on Muvhango. Duma Kan Ndlovu encouraged her to audition and she later landed the role after multiple screen-tests.



Muvhango, 2015 – to date

In August 2015 Zonke Mchunu debuted on Muvhango as Imani Nkosi,  Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Mukwevho’s (portrayed by Sindi Dlathu) niece who moves to Johannesburg from KwaZulu-Natal to do a year’s internship after her studies. On Muvhango she acts alongside Brian Themba, Cynthia Shange and Sindi Dlathu among other notable South African actors. It is understood that Muvhango is her first major acting television role.




Year Title Role Notes
2015- to date Muvhango Imani Nkosi Soap Opera