Director, Actor, and Writer in Johannesburg, South Africa
Themba Ndaba is an award winning African Actor and Creative Director from South Africa.
Themba Ndaba was born in Johannesburg Soweto, South Africa on the 14th of February 1965. He grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland where he began school in 1970 and completed high school at St Mark’s High School in Mbabane Swaziland 1982.
He studied Economics and Statistics in Zimbabwe. He worked in a bank for three years prior to going to Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe from 1986-1988 where he studied for a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies with distinctions in Economics and Statistics.
Upon to his return to South Africa he assisted with English literature in a drama school based in Daveyton that was mainly patronized by high school drop outs. Themba then found an interest in the arts and cultivated his writing and acting skills in which finally saw him in mainstream theatre and later into television and movies 1989-1996. In this time Themba was also involved in the story inception of the Isidingo and wrote a comedy series for SABC1 and children’s programme.
In 2002 Themba and a few liked minded individuals formed the award wining Vutha Advertising Agency one of the first leading black agencies, where he was Creative Director. The company handled a few of the most sorted accounts within the SA government and corporate sector. At its height the company was billing between R15m-R20m per anum. After the voluntary closure of the company, Themba took some time and ventured into acting in SA’s leading drama series’, Soul City and Hopeville where he was nominated for Outstanding Actor in the Drama category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 2009. Themba Ndaba recently won SAFTA Award for Best Actor in Film for Hopeville and on the continent the much celebrated AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) for Best Actor in a movie Hopeville. He has since starred in local and international sitcoms such as The Road (DSTV), Zone 14 (SABC), Machine Gun Preacher and many more.
Themba is currently a Managing Creative Director and Co-founder of Visual Republic Media, www.visualrepublic.co.za A Creative agency based in South Africa.
Themba Ndaba is married to Josey Ndaba and they have two children, Lwandle Ndaba and Sibusiso Ndaba.