Manaka Ranaka (born 6 April 1979), is a South African actress known for playing her starring role for long standing soap opera Generations: The Legacy. In 2000, she played the role of Nandipha Sithole on Isidingo soap opera aired on SABC 3.
In 2007, She won the South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Actress in a Television Comedy.
Early life and career
Born on April 6, 1979, in Soweto South Africa, this lady is a famous South African actress who started by performing in productions like drumstruck. She was thrust in the limelight by her role of Lucy Diale on Soap Generations. Her parents Kgotlaesele Ranaka and mother Nonceba Ranaka raised her together with sisters Mpumi Ranaka and Dineo Ranaka. Dineo is famous TV and radio presenter who hosted the show ‘Dineo Live on Drive’ on Y-FM.
She attended Dinwiddie high school from 1995 to 1998, where she completed her education. Manaka seems to have been cut out for the stage because immediately after school, she went into acting. She started with performing in productions like On my Birthday, Drumstruck and Trong.
Parents and family
Manaka Ranaka parents are Kgotlaesele Ranaka (father) and mother, Nonceba Ranaka raised her together with sisters Mpumi Ranaka and Dineo Ranaka. Dineo is famous TV and radio presenter who hosted the show ‘Dineo Live on Drive’ on Y-FM.
So far, you may be wondering, has anybody ever spotted Manaka Ranaka and her husband? Well, the answer is NO. She has only dated Thabo Monareng, who is nine years younger. When their relationship was working, they were quite upbeat and would often share their photos on Manaka Ranaka Instagram. Lately, though, nothing exciting seems to be coming out of the friendship. In one public interview, she owned up to the fact that their relationship was facing challenges.
I love him, and I don’t want to give up”, she said. She says that for her, dating a man without children is out of the question. In Ranaka Manaka opinion, a man who does not have children also doesn’t understand parenthood, and that may complicate things for her.
“I want a man who understands that I am a mother first before I am a lover”, she said.
She, however, is a mother of two daughters but born of different fathers. 16-year-old Kagiso and Lasedi, 7 are so close to her heart, and she has once been quoted saying that she has no problem raising them all alone. So far, she has made no mention of the fathers to her daughters.
While the actress does not like the fact that her children’s fathers are not part of their life, she says that it does not bother her at all because raising those kids are her God-given responsibility. “I have no idea where Katlego’s dad is and the last time I met Naledi’s dad was ten years ago”, she said.
She is the mother of 3 children , Katlego, Naledi and her last born.
She is a proud mother of three children, namely Katlego, otherwise called KG (21), Naledi (13), and Sibongiseni. Her baby father happens to be Nthuthuko Mdletshe.
Manaka Ranaka has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million – $2 million.
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