Nyalleng Thibedi Biography: Age, Son, Cars, Net Worth, Pictures, Salary, Uzalo, Durban Gen, Abuse

Nyalleng Thibedi age
Nyalleng Thibedi made her final appearance on Uzalo on Friday, September 10, 2021.


Nyalleng Thibedi (born September 4, 1980) is a South African actress. She has played many roles but is best known for appearing on the SABC1 soap opera Uzalo as Zekhethelo.

The actress is also a model and qualified chemical engineer. In 2013, viewers began to talk about her after she appeared as Rama in the Mzansi Magic drama miniseries Single Mothers 2013.

Thibedi has appeared in other television productions such as 4 hours as Rose Dlamini, Ashes to Ashes as Mpho Rankoane, and Durban Gen as Mrs. Dhlomo.

Nyalleng Thibedi
Nyalleng Thibedi biography
Nyalleng Thibedi is a South African actress, model and qualified chemical engineer
Quick Facts
Full Name:Nyalleng Thibedi
Born:September 4, 1980 (age 42 years old)
Place of Birth:Rockville, Soweto, Gauteng
Nationality:South Afrcan
Education:Chemical Engineering
Alma mater:University of Cape Town
Years Active:2008-date
Known for:Zekhethelo on Uzalo
Net Worth:R2 million

Early Life

Nyalleng Thibedi was born on September 4, 1980, in Rockville, Soweto, Gauteng. She studied in primary and secondary schools in South Africa.


Nyalleng Thibedi education
Nyalleng Thibedi graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

Thibedi obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 2001. 

Later, the actress branched out into acting and modeling. She studied acting in New York and appeared in many productions.


The actress guest starred in an episode of an SABC2 police procedural drama series, Streets of Mangaun, in 2012. She has appeared in other Lokshin Bioskop series and films for Mzansi Magic, such as iLobolo, Single Mothers, and The Society.

Nyalleng Thibedi has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years. She made her debut in 2008 in Picture Perfect while she was with the New York Film Academy.

The prominent actress played Rose Dlamini in the local TV thriller miniseries produced by Magic Factory, 4 Hours. She has appeared in many series, such as Streets of Mangaung as a History Teacher.

Apart from acting, she makes extra bucks as a model. She has worked for several top companies and brands, such as Cell C and DSTV.


Her character Zekhethelo on the SABC1 soap opera Uzalo gives viewers chills once she appears. The character’s stepfather, Nkunzi, is one of the notorious criminals in KwaMashu.

Zekhethelo had to discern that the criminal Nkunzi wasn’t her biological father. However, she started to do drugs in the long run. Later in season five, her character returned as a police person.

Personal Life

Many viewers of the soap opera Uzalo think the actress is in her late twenties. Shocker alert, she is in her forties. Her ever-young-looking stature had many confused about her age.

The Uzalo star is also a proud mother and says it is one of the most exciting and pleasurable experiences. She says nothing about her boyfriend and the baby daddy to publications.


The actress has continued to raise concerns about ladies remaining in abusive relationships. Though it’s hard for many, she came out bold to share her experiences and how she left her abusive ex.

Although she has not mentioned the name of her abusive ex but has tried to voice her concerns, maybe, many ladies in similar relationships can learn from her experience. 


Nyalleng Thibedi leads a comfortable life and drives a ride of luxury. She owns a BMW 2 Series Convertible and a Range Rover, each estimated to be worth around R723,000.

Net Worth

Nyalleng Thibedi earns a fortune from her acting career and has bagged many roles. She also makes money from paid sponsorships and others. She works hard and smart to keep money flowing in. 

The actress has a net worth of R2 million as of September 2022. Her main stream of income is her acting career.


Her role in the soap opera is one of the most talked about by viewers. She receives a salary of R20,000 – R30,000 for playing Zekhethelo on Uzalo.


  • 4 Hours as Rose Dlamini
  • Ashes to Ashes as Mpho Rankoane
  • Durban Gen as Mrs Dhlomo
  • Mamello as Naledi
  • Mfolozi Street as Aviwe
  • Single Mothers as Rama
  • Streets of Mangaung as History Teacher
  • Task Force as Slindile
  • Uzalo as Zekhethelo