Lusanda Mbane profile

Lusanda Mbane rose to fame with her role as Naomi Maltana on the SABC1 soap opera Generations.


Lusanda Mbane (born 16 May 1979), formally Lusanda C. Sangoni, is a South African radio personality, entrepreneur, and actress. One of her best-known roles is as Boniswa in the soap opera Scandal!

Other roles she has appeared in include Advocate Macheke in Muvhango and Makhosazana Langa in Imbewu. She caught the attention of many viewers for playing Naomi Malotana in Generations.

Lusanda Mbane
Lusanda Mbane biography
Lusanda Mbane is a businesswoman, actress, radio personality, speaker and brand ambassador.
Short Profile
Full name:Lusanda C. Sangoni
Other names:Lusanda Mbane
Born:16 May 1979 (age 44 years old)
Place of birth:Eastern Cape
Nationality:South African
Alma mater:University of South Africa
Occupation:Actress, radio personality, speaker, entrepreneur
Years active:2007-date
Children:Liqhawe, Lihlome
High school:Clarendon High School for Girls

Early Life

Lusanda Mbane was born Lusanda C. Sangoni on 16 May 1979 in Butterworth, aka Gcuwa, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.


Mbane attended Clarendon Girls’ High School in East London. She later enrolled at Technikon Witwatersrand in 1998. She holds a B.Com in Marketing from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Lusanda graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program (GIBS) in Entrepreneurship. She has a post-graduate qualification in Entrepreneurship.


Lusanda Mbane film
Lusanda Mbane plays Martha in season one of Smoke & Mirrors.

Her career started in the corporate space, where she worked her way up to the Executive level. She headed Marketing Departments and started an HR Department in the Engineering and Telecoms industries.

The actress joined many advertising campaigns before she began to act. She has worked with Knorrox, Kellogg’s (Chocos), Brand Power (Ponds), Rama, Milo, and Dettol. She appeared in a lead role for McCain.

Mbane has done commercials for other brands – Google, Edgars, KFC, DStv, IDZ, SALGA, UIF, Enterprise, Blue Ribbon, Sanlam, African Bank, and ECSA.

In 2009, Lusanda Mbane appeared first in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango. She portrayed Advocate Macheke in the soap opera.

Generations was another television show where she appeared. She played Naomi Malotana in the soap opera. The role became one of the most talked about, but she left after a year.

After her exit from Generations, Lusanda played Joyce, a guest role, in season eleven of the SABC1 drama series Soul City. Next, she landed a starring role of Zodwa in the SABC1 sitcom Abo Mzala. She left after season one, and Thembsie Matu replaced her.

The actress appeared in many soap operas in 2013. She played MaKhumalo in The Khumalos until 2015. In the SABC1 drama series Tempy Pushas, she played Aliah.

Lusanda appeared as a doctor in season three of the Mzansi Magic soap opera Isibaya. Aside from acting, she voiced and performed in SA Airways in-flight safety video.

More of her acting credit is from playing the guest role of Penney in season two of the SABC1 romantic comedy series Dream World in 2016.

Appearing in season three of the SABC1 legal drama series Sokhulu & Partners followed. She portrayed the guest role of Nobuhle Pasha. Many viewers know her for playing Boniswa in the soap opera Scandal!

The actress continued in the role until 2021. She won the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the Royal Soapie Awards. She appeared as Sis Puleng in season two of the drama series Z’bondiwe.

Mbane got another role in the soap opera Isibaya and Scandal! She played Makhosazana Langa in Imbewu and Prudence in Good Men.

When she is not acting, Lusanda is the Managing Director and Founder of the women empowerment movement Zazi Zithande Zithembe in 2012. She founded the recruitment company “Ellenina Professional Recruitment in 2008.

Lusanda Mbane hosts the Vuka Mzantsi on Umhlobo Wenene FM on Saturday morning from 07h00 to 09h00. 

As a speaker, Mbane has spoken to large audiences of international organizations such as MTN, Clientele Life, and Imperial Logistics Af.

Personal Life

Lusanda Mbane and her husband, Luzuko, have spent over fifteen years in marriage. The duo is proud parents of two children – Liqhawe and Lihlome.


Awards and Recognition

  • Award-winning Actor for Outstanding Lead Actress.
  • Brand Ambassador: South African Airways & Brand South Africa
  • Brand Ambassador: Vodacom SA (The Khumalo’s 2015)


  • 1802: Love Defies Time as Nkosazana
  • Abo Mzala as Zodwa
  • Dream World as Penney
  • Generations as Naomi Malotana
  • Good Men as Prudence
  • Imbewu as Makhosazana Langa
  • Isibaya as Doctor
  • Muvhango as Advocate Macheke
  • Mzali Wami as Joyce
  • Scandal! as Boniswa
  • Smoke & Mirrors as Martha
  • Sokhulu & Partners as Nobuhle Pasha
  • Soul City as Joyce
  • Tempy Pushas as Aliah
  • Z’bondiwe as Sis Puleng

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