Underrated: Thandeka Nodada and her full life story, husband, children, height and age

Thandeka Nodada (born 8 March 1983) is a South African actress who is best known for her 2006 appearance in the drama series Tshisa on SABC1. Where, she played the part of the make-up artist Thuli. However, in recent recent months she played Nonzi on e.tv’s Scandal.

While most knew her only as Thandeka Malinga, now her full name is Thandeka Nodada Malinga. Since, she recently got married. In this article we will cover her full biography, her husband, children, height, salary and more.

Biography: Thandeka Nodada

A picture of Thandeka Nodada from Scandal e.tv (source: Instagram @thandsm
A picture of Thandeka Nodada from Scandal e.tv (source: Instagram @thandsm)

Name: Thandeka Nodada Malinga
Date of birth: 8 March 1983 (39 years)
Place of birth: KwaMakutha in KwaZulu-Natal
Education: BTech in Drama (Tshwane University of Technology)
Occupation: Actress, Casting director and Producer
Known for: Nonzi on Scandal e.tv
Spouse: Zuko Nodada
Children: 3
Net worth: Unknown
Height: 1.65m estimate
Nationality: South African

Early life

Thandeka Nodada Malinga is was born Thandeka Malinga on the 8th of March 1983. And as of 2022, she is 39 years of age. Nodada was born in KwaMakutha in KwaZulu-Natal which is her hometown. When Thandi made her first television appearance. She became the talk of the town.

Since she was the only person from her hometown of KwaMakutha to have ever studied acting. While there’s a fair amount of information on Nodada online, this is all that is known of her early. Her childhood school or high school isn’t known. Neither are her siblings or parents if she has any. She has kept quiet too private about that.

Education of Thandeka Nodada

After completing her high school in KwaZulu-Natal (supposedly). She moved to Tshwane to obtain a B Tech in Drama from the Tshwane University of Technology.

While she may be portrayed in roles that may not highlight her education, Thandeka Nodada is highly educated
While she may be portrayed in roles that may not highlight her education, Thandeka Nodada is highly educated

Thereafter a National Diploma in Drama from the Durban Institute of Technology. Furthermore, she also pursued a BA in Communication Science at UNISA. So, she’s quite educated to be honest.

You may like: Thobile Silindane full biography, husband, kids, age and more

Personal life (marriege and children)

Thandeka and her husband Zuko Nodada who is a film producer and director
Thandeka Nodada and her husband Zuko Nodada who is a film producer and director

While most may associate her with the home-wrecking Nonzi on Scandal. Thandeka Nodada is actually a family-oriented woman. And, she has been married for eight years. So, by now you would know not to form an opinion about someone based off of the TV roles they play.

Thandeka Nodada and her husband Zuko filming a movie together in her home town
Thandeka and her husband Zuko filming a movie together in her home town

Nodada got married to a man named Nozuko Nodada.  Moreover, the pair wed in Durban in a spectacular ceremony that was attended by friends and relatives in 2014.

Thandeka and her oldest daughter who is supposedly in her earliest 20s
Thandeka and her oldest daughter who is supposedly in her earliest 20s

Furthermore, when things couldn’t be more perfect. Her husband is aninternational film director. Who is also a filmmaker. They are still happily married to date and have three kids together.

Nodada's 15 year old daughter who is doing her 10nth grade as of 2022e
Nodada’s 15 year old daughter who is doing her 10nth grade as of 2022e

However, the age gap between the kids is what is interesting. Now, aside from her three biological kids, the Nodada family also has a dog. Which can be seen as an extra member of the family. The dog’s name is unknown however.

Bio: Ontitetse Radipabe and some interesting things about Martha from the Black Door

Why Thandeka Nodada lost weight?

I’m gonna put it to you that Nodada is stronger willed than most of us. She is a dedicated person to building her body. But, it didn’t start there. Few years ago Nodada gained a considerable weight.

Thandeka at her house
Thandeka at her house

While the cause of weight gain was unknown neither was it addressed. The rumor has it that it was because of childbirth. But it could be anything, but the weight increase was around the time after she had given birth.

But as of recent, most of her pictures from social media show a considerable weight loss. And she has been seen exercising and going to gym and it clearly paid off as she can be seen in perfect shape to date.

Career journey in acting

While her career span is really large. Her acting credits include Medea, Grease, Showboat, You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock, Animal Farm, and Loving Lulu, among other plays. Moreover, she also appeared in a cameo in Mtunzini.com when the Tshisa producers saw her and offered her the part of Thuli.

Furthermore, Nodada can also be seen in the episodes of TV shows like A Place Called Home, Bay of Plenty, Erfsondes, Izoso Connexion, and Mtunzini.com. In extension to this, she has also acted in a number of television commercials for big product companies. For example, Ricoffy, Vanish dishwasher, MTN, Vodacom and Assupol to name a few. Her corporate and industrial theatre credits include IEC, South African Airways, BHP Billiton, Sun International and Edcon. And apart, from acting, Thandeka is a Director, Producer and Casting director. She was the Executive producer of THE FINAL CHAPTER PRODUCTION from 2018.

Recent prominence

Nodada gained a lot of prominence when she landed the role of Nonzi on the e.tv‘s soap opera Scandal in 2021. The actress’ fame grew as people labelled her as a homewrecker because of the role that she was playing. Even though that’s clearly not the case. Currently in 2022, the actress is playing the role of Palesa in Showmax’s hit series The wife.

Contacts and Social media

If you’re trying to reach out to her. Well, I can assure you it will be hard if it unsolicited. However, Nodada is mostly active on Instagram where she shares her life through pictures and video reels. Her handle on the social media platform is @thandsm.