Winnie Ntshaba

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Winnie Ntshaba
Bawinile Ntshaba

(1975-09-01) 1 September 1975 (age 46)
Alma materUniversity of Natal
Known forGenerations as Khethiwe Buthelezi
Thabo Modise
(m. 2007; div. 2014)

Winnie Ntshaba (born 1 September 1975)[1] is an South African actress best known for her role in Generations on SABC 1. She began her career in the 2000s before making her breakthrough in Yesterday (2004 film) (2004).

She is best known for playing Khethiwe Buthelezi on the SABC 1 soap opera Generations (South African TV series). She studied acting at University of Natal (Durban).

Early life[edit]

Ntshaba was born 9 September 1975 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, She has one older sister, who inspired her to further her studies. She attended University of Natal (Durban), were she obtained her BA Drama Honours degree.[2]

Film career[edit]

2000 – 2004[edit]

In 2000 she moved to Johannesburg and participated in educational and industrial theater shows for AREPP Shoe string Productions. Then she starred in the 2004 television drama Jozi Streets.[3]

Ntshaba was cast as a support actress in the 2004 film Yesterday with Leleti Khumalo. This was her major film gig, she received positive reviews for her role.[4] In the same year, Ntshaba was cast in her first leading role in the 2004 film drama Shreds and Dreams directed by Claire Stopford.and later appeared in three productions: Russian Services Lethal Force (supporting role).[5]

Generation (2005–2015)[edit]

In 2013, Ntshaba launched a soapie award ceremony called the Royalty Soapie Awards. The first ceremony took place at the Durban International Convention Centre on 2 November 2013.[6]

In 2005, Ntshaba was Auditioned for the role of Khehiwe Buthelezi on the SABC 1 soap opera Generations (South African TV series), and she has been an integral part of the program ever since,[7] until 2015 when all 16 actors of the show were fired for illegal striking demanding better salaries, after the actors went on strike demanding extension on their contracts and royalties from episodes which had been rebroadcast.[8][9]

After leaving the soap, In 2017 Ntsaba made appearances on Mzansi magic "The Road", and MTV's Shuga.[10]

2018 – Present[edit]

In 2018, After a three-year hiatus from the screen, Ntshaba returned on TV,[11][12] as the lead character on Mzansi Magic hit drama The herd, she played the role of Mam'Ngadi.[13][14] She has a role on Isithembiso as Mam'Lihle Palesa's mom. In 2021, she was cast as Faith Zwide on an eTV soapy House of Zwide. She plays a dodgy wife to Funani Zwide [played by Vusi Kunene], a designer businessmen.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Ntshaba began dating SABC Cameraman Thabo Modise. Ntshaba married Modise in 2006,[15] On 9 July 2009, they welcomed the birth of her son, Phenyo Modise.[16][17] In 2013 after 7 years, Ntshaba filed for divorce, that same year the divorce was finalised.[18][19]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Yesterday (2004 film) Village Women


Year Title Role Episodes Notes
2004 Jozi Streets Cynthia
2005-2014 Generations Kethiwe Buthelezi
2015 The Road Neli
2015–2019 Isibaya MEC Zondi
2018–2020 Isithembiso Lihle
2017,2019 MTV Shuga" Neliswe Chauke
2019–2020 The River Zodwa
2017–2018 Broken Voews Funeka
2018 – present The herd Mam'Ngadi


  1. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba's birthday in pictures". News24. 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ aredifefere (18 September 2014). "Winnie Ntshaba opens up about childhood".
  3. ^ "Winnie's a winner on soapie".
  4. ^ "10 Things you don't know about Winnie Modise". OkMzansi. 18 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba - TVSA".
  6. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba confirms the return of Royalty Soapie Awards 2018". ZAlebs.
  7. ^ "Patience pays off for this rural girl". SowetanLIVE & Sunday World.
  8. ^ "16 Generations actors axed". ECR.
  9. ^ Zinhle Khumalo (16 January 2015). "Generations 16 saga timeline – The Citizen". Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba on soapie return: I think I am ready". TimesLIVE.
  11. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba talks leaving the 'Legacy' and joining 'The Herd'". ECR.
  12. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba: I want to enter 2019 sober and with God". SowetanLIVE & Sunday World.
  13. ^ "'Thanks to Mamngadi I'm gonna need a bodyguard,' says Winnie Ntshaba". TimesLIVE.
  14. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba wreaks supernatural havoc on #TheHeardMzansi - Sunday Independent".
  15. ^ " - Your favorite newspapers and magazines".
  16. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba on co-parenting with her ex". Channel. 10 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Life with my darling boys". News24. 1 December 2010.
  18. ^ "Winnie Ntshaba talks marriage: Next time will be forever". TimesLIVE.
  19. ^ Reporter, Sun (28 July 2017). "WINNIE ON CO-PARENTING WITH EX-HUSBAND". DailySun.

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