Thulisile Phongolo

Thulisile Phongolo is a South African actress best known for her portrayal of Namhla Diale on SABC 1’s flagship soap opera, Generations. She began her acting career when she landed the role of Zama on the third season of the SABC 1 drama series, “Tshisa”.

BornThulisile Phongolo
22 January 1994
Soweto, Johannesburg
South Africa
EducationUniversity of Johannesburg
Since 2012 – to date

Thulisile Phongolo was born 22 January 1994 in Soweto, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

She is one of three children and the oldest among her siblings. She has a little brother and a little sister.

Thulisile Phongolo attended Allen Glen High School at Allen’s Nek in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. She later studied Strategic Marketing Communications at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

She began her acting career in 2012 when she portrayed the character of Zama on the SABC 1 drama series Tshisa.

In 2013 she joined the youth block programme, Craz-e, when she hosted and presented various shows alongside Zola Hashatsi, Kriya Gangiah, Stephanie Sandows among other.

In late 2014 Thuli Phongolo became part of the new look Generations; this after the 16 principal cast members of that show were fired in the wake of the salary dispute  which reached an impasse. She was cast as Namhla Diale, a 17 year old high school learner and daughter of ex-convict Lucy Diale (portrayed by Manaka Ranaka).



2012TshisaZamaDrama Series
2013Craz-eHerselfYouth Programming
2014 – to dateGenerations: The LegacyNamhla DialeSoap Opera