Nkanyiso Makhanya is a South African actor currently playing Njeza on SABC 1’s Uzalo. Known to most as a child star, the actor is proving he is not a kid anymore.

He is always in his element as he pulls off his role “Njeza” in Uzalo flawlessly. His career trajectory is quite exciting, and as a rising star, he is unstoppable.

Early life

Nkanyiso Makhanya was born on May 23, 1993, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was raised together with his siblings in KZN.

After completing his primary education, he joined the University of Zululand, where he graduated with a degree in communication sciences.

Acting Career

The actor’s first experience on TV is when he is an intern at 1KZN TV. He is exposed to everything related to production (camera work, voiceovers, research, directing and pre-production).

“I got to work behind the scenes before jumping on screen, which taught me a lot about television,” he says.

A controversial video makes rounds on social media, leaving the impression that Nkanyiso is gay.

Whether it is true or not, the actor is dating Duma Ntando’s older sister Thando. They have been booed up for five years now, and boy, are they cute!!

Getting a job at Craz-e in 2015 is the next step in his career journey. Even if it is a huge gig, the actor gives himself a time frame. He treats this opportunity as a stepping stone to help him get better.

“When I got the call from the producers at Craz-e back in 2015 to say I got the job, I was excited and couldn’t wait to start working on such a huge platform.

“I told myself, God and the universe, that I didn’t want to spend more than three years at Craz-e before moving on to a bigger platform.

“Two and a half years later, that’s exactly what happened. I’m grateful for my time at Craz-e; it taught me everything that I now know about live TV,” Makhanya says.


Although he plays the jailbird “Njeza” now, the actor once fails an audition at Uzalo. “I auditioned in Johannesburg because I didn’t know about the Durban auditions.

“So I took a bus, got there at 6 am and only auditioned at 6 pm. It was my first acting audition. I didn’t know what to expect, but the experience taught me a lot about acting auditions and how to be confident and wear your character before you get on stage.

“The whole experience taught me to be patient,” he says. Well, patience pays off; look at him now.

Through his unmatched acting skills, Njeza has fast become one of the best actors on the soap Uzalo.

He is currently killing the role of Njeza as he portrays the abusive husband to his wife Nosipo. His role as Njeza has made him a household name despite that it’s his first television role.

What Car does Nkanyiso Makhanya drive?

Good fashion sense and a good taste in cars too. The actor recently splashes on an Audi, which according to carmag costs no less than R430 000.

Nkanyiso Makhanya’s Net Worth

He is an upcoming star, and his net worth is R800 000. He, however, seems to be making big bucks from his acting gigs, being an MC and TV presenting.

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