Generations: The Legacy Actors And Their Professional Qualifications/Degrees

As one of South Africa’s most popular and longest-running soap opera, Generations: The Legacy has featured a wide array of supremely talented actors. Despite their huge talents, however, some of these actors also attended tertiary education institutions where they acquired professional qualifications.

Below are some of the Generations: The Legacy‘s actors as well as their professional qualifications.


Jo-Anne Reyneke

The talented Jo-Anne Reyneke who plays the role of Refilwe Zungu is an accomplished actress who has also starred as the receptionist Pearl on SABC2’s Muvhango and as Prudence Oliphant, the uptight office manager for Redemption Records, in’s Rhythm City.

Reyneke’s interest in the performing arts started in her youth and she took up drama in high school before continuing with the trade in college.

Reyneke studied performance and music at the Durban Movietech Film and Television School.

Tina Redman

The multi-talented Tina Melissa Redman plays the role of Hlubi on Generations: The Legacy. Apart from being an actor, Tina is a presenter, professional beatboxer and model.

Tina matriculated from Durban Girls High School in 2012. She then did her higher education at the University of Pretoria where she graduated with a BA in Drama and Film Studies degree.

However, Tina did not end there. She went on to qualify as a digital content creator at Live magazine, where she completed their full internship.

Vuyo Dabula

Vuyo Dabula is famous for his portrayal of villainous gangster Gadaffi or Kumkani Phakade on Generations. The talented actor has also featured in international productions Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and the 2017 film Five Fingers for Marseilles.

Vuyo currently stars as Shandu, a spy turned rebel as well as a love interest to Pearl Thusi’s character in Netflix’s first African original series, Queen Sono.

Surprisingly, however, after matriculating from the P.H Moeketsi Agricultural High School in 1995, Vuyo went to Wits Technikon, where he graduated after a year in 1996.

However, he realised that he was not interested in this particular career path and instead, started acting. For acting, Vuyo attended AFDA, the South African school of motion picture medium and live performance.

Busisiwe Kondleka

Busi Kondleka is famous for playing the role of “Melokuhle”, a young women’s rights activist, on Generations: The Legacy.

Busi matriculated from West Bank High School where she did her Secondary Education before relocating to Cape Town to pursue her higher education studies.

She graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town with a degree in public relations and media communications.

Nathaniel Junior Singo

Actor and producer Nathaniel Junior Singo, who plays Mpho on Generations became part of South Africa’s entertainment industry at a very young age and continues to deliver great performances with each appearance.

Junior matriculated from Sir John Adamson High School in the south. After finishing high school, Junior studied Sound Engineering. Unfortunately, he had to drop out before graduating due to life’s challenges.

Buntu Petse

Emerging actress, Buntu Petse landed her first acting role on the long-standing soapie Generations: The Legacy.

She plays the character, Nontle Majola, Ayanda’s daughter, a high school teenager on a mission to deal with climate change.

Buntu graduated from Witwatersrand University in 2019, with an Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts

Paballo Mavundla

Paballo Mavundla has been making headlines for all the right reasons in the entertainment world. He is currently featuring on Generations: The Legacy, where he plays a varsity student, Jerah Moroka, aka Crazy J.

Paballo obtained a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from the National School of the Arts in 2017.

Letoya Makhene

Talented actress Letoya Makhene plays the role of Tshidi, the notorious gangster wife of Kumkanmi Phakade aka “Gadaffi”.

Letoya left the screen in 2003 to take an eight-month training course at an initiation school in KwaThema, Springs to become a sangoma (traditional healer).

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However, Letoya did not finish the course. After a while she put her sangoma duties to one side until she could find a safe place for her practice. However, she seems to have focused on her acting career.

Musa Ngema

Legacy. The suave and polished Ngema is the opposite of his character Mazwi who is brash and arrogant.

Ngema studied drama at the Durban University of Technology.

Manaka Ranaka

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Manaka Ranaka who plays the role of Lucy Diale matriculated from Dinwiddie High School and went into acting soon after matriculation. She did not get any professional qualifications.

Vusi Kunene

Renowned veteran actor Vusi Kunene who is best known for his role as the ruthless Jack Mabaso in Generations and its continuation, Generations: The Legacy holds a degree in dramatic art from the Wits Drama School.

Refilwe Madumo

Refilwe Madumo is best known for her role as Palesa Mooki-Letswalo, an HIV-positive character, on the soap opera Scandal! and Fikile on the long-standing Generations: The Legacy.

Refilwe went to the Tshwane University of Technology where she graduated in drama.

Pearl Monama

Pearl Moname is best known for her role as Sphesihle Moroka.

Pearl Monama received all her academic qualifications in Afrikaans schools. She went to Witbank’s Laerskool Kragbron and then to Hoërskool Brandwag in Benoni.

Her higher education (Honours degree) was done at the University of Pretoria. At the university, she studied film and drama studies.

Kope Makgae

Born in Lebowakgomo, Polokwane, he graduated from the University of Limpopo with a degree in media studies, after which he relocated to Johannesburg to pursue a career in entertainment.

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Luyanda Mzazi

Luyanda Mzazi known to many as Lesedi from the soapie Generations: The Legacy secured her first major acting gig at just 19 years old, although her acting passion goes back to 8th grade and is among the best young talents in the South Africa entertainment industry.

The young talented actress perfected her craft at the National School of the Arts, for 5 years. She is also studying HR at UNISA.

Samela Tyelbooi

Samela Tyelbooi (sometimes credited as Samantha Tyelbooi) is a South African actress best known for her starring role as Ayanda Majola.

Affectionately known as Sammy by those close to her, matriculated at Victoria Girls’ High School. She completed a BTech in Information Technology at Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).

Mpho Joseph Molepo

Mpho Joseph Molepo plays the role of Kabisi Moroka.

He holds a B.A. Hons (Drama for Life) WITS University School of Arts, 2 Years Acting/Directing/Improv & Story Telling at The Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg and Producer’s Workshop with ROOFTOP Promotions in Zimbabwe.



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