Mbali Maphumulo Biography: Husband, Age, Uzalo, Breast Cancer

Mbali Maphumulo biography


Mbali Maphumulo (born November 24, 1980) is a renowned South African singer, dancer, and actress. She has appeared in many television series like Uzalo and 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls, among others.

The actress has had some bitter experiences and underwent mastectomy surgery. She was diagnosed twice with breast cancer in 2001 and 2006.

Mbali Maphumulo
Mbali Maphumulo biography
Thandiwe Mbali Maphumulo is a veteran South African actress, singer and dancer.
Full Name:Thandiwe Mbali Maphumulo
Born:November 24, 1980 (age 42 years old)
Place of Birth:Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nationality:South African
Occupation:Actress, Singer, Dancer
Spouse • Husband:Dumisani Mbebe
Years Active:1997-date
Popular Series:Uzalo

Early Life

Thandiwe Mbali Maphumulo was born on November 24, 1980, in Umlazi, a township in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She lost her parents at the age of thirteen. Her aunt raised her.


Mbali Maphumulo entered the entertainment industry in 1997. She started with the Shell Road to Fame talent contest. She stayed in Pretoria for a while and worked with a stage company.

Later, the actress relocated to Gauteng, the smallest province in South Africa. She got a job and worked for two weeks. Her talents fished her out after she landed a role in the stage play Umoja – Spirit of Togetherness.

Maphumulo performed in the play The Lion King. She recorded solo songs for both The Lion King and Umoja. She was crowned Miss Kaizer Chiefs in 1997 and kicked off a career in modeling.

The actress played Fikile in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango in 2008. Later in 2010, she landed the lead role of Amira Mokoena in the drama series 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls.

In 2013, Mbali played a starring role in the miniseries Abangani aired in Mzansi Magic. She was also cast in the telenovela Isibaya both telecast in Mzansi Magic.

In the SABC1 drama series Tempy Pushas, Maphumulo played Stella. She appeared in the Mzansi Magic drama Is’thunzi as Nomonde in 2016.

The veteran actress appeared in the anthology series eKasi: Our Stories in 2015. She returned for season 2 of Is’thunzi.

Mbali played the role of Cebile Buthelezi in the serials Hush Money. She is well-known for playing Wenzile Nhlapo in Uzalo. She has also featured in films like State Enemy No.1 and Safe Bet. Mbali Maphumulo appeared in the Moja Love series Erased in 2020.

Personal Life

Mbali Maphumulo is a wife and mother. Her husband, Dumisani Mbebe, is a South African actor best known for his role as Dumisani Shabani in Generations. She is a strong person and always takes the bull by the horn.

Breast Cancer

To fight cancer strength and courage are necessary. Mbali Maphumulo displayed both when she battled cancer twice. In 2001, the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer.

According to her, the disease made her feel pain when breathing in and out. Her breasts started to itch even after an appointment with the doctor. The itching on her breast did not stop instead, pimples and discoloration were formed.

After asking for a biopsy, the doctor discovered she had breast cancer. Mbali Maphumulo went into remission, but cancer returned in 2005.


Muvhango as Fikile
Is’thunzi as Nomonde
TBD State Enemy No.1 as Grace
eKasi: Our Stories as Happy
Uzalo as Wenzile Nhlapo
Safe Bet as Dash #1
Hush Money as Cebile Buthelezi
Tempy Pushas as Stella
Abangani as Bongi
The Wild as Thandi
4Play: Sex Tips for Girls as Amira Mokoena
Isibaya as Buhle

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