In Pictures; Uzalo actress MaDongwe’s business empire and net worth revealed.
Zama Magubane Ngcobo plays the role of MaDongwe on Uzalo; her role is a mother to Lily and aunt to Nonka, Njeza and Mbuso. MaDongwe is a board member of KwaMashu Kingdom Church; she is close MaMadlala – the role played by Ntombifuthi Dlamini, and the two are community gossip mongers.
Over the Uzalo storyline, MaDongwe previously married former KKC Pastor Mbatha; their marriage didn’t last and left MaDongwe with a lifetime debt. During their engagement, MaDongwe borrowed money from loan shark MaThabethe to buy an engagement ring hoping to be reimbursed by Mbatha, who failed to pay off the debt. Her debt attracted interest and ballooned to millions leaving MaDongwe in a precarious position and unable to pay off.
Zama was born on 3 August 1983 in Madadeni, Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal; she grew up in Pietermaritzburg. Growing up, Zama Magubane Ngcobo wanted to be an accountant as she was exceptional with numbers. During the late years of primary school, she fell in love with public speaking and drama and joined the debate club. MaDongwe is qualified with a Degree in Drama and Performing Arts from Durban University of Technology (DUT).
Her television breakthrough role came on Uzalo; her talent was spotted while showrunners auditioned for church extras. She joined Uzalo as an extra, and through her exceptional talent and dedication, she was awarded a lead role in the storyline. Initially earned R16 000 per month for her MaDongwe role, she recently signed an improved contract of R 21 000 per month.
Zama Magubane Ngcobo’s business empire and net worth
Zama Magubane is a full-time businesswoman and music composer, apart from entertaining us during prime time. She owns a chain of traditional clothing outlets across KZN and an acting training academy. In 2020 she opened doors for her training academy, which targets young and upcoming talent.
Her music is not as prominent as her acting career, but sis is not giving up on her talent. In 2022, Zama Magubane Ngcobo’s Net Worth is valued at R 2.4 million