Wiseman Mncube, born in 1990, is a versatile South African artist known for his accomplishments as an actor, playwright, singer, and director. Hailing from Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal, he grew up in a family of five siblings, including his elder brother Ntando Mncube, famous for portraying “Bhekile” in the serial Ifalakhe, and his younger brother Omega, known for his role as “Phelelani” in Uzalo.
Mncube’s journey in the world of arts began with a National Diploma in Drama from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 2011. Tragically, he faced the loss of his wife in 2017, and currently resides with his daughter, Lwandle. In February 2021, he welcomed a son, marking a new chapter in his personal life.
During his time at DUT, Mncube ventured into theatre, showcasing his talents in plays such as Nothing But the Truth, Horn of Sorrow, Meet Bro Six Two, Culture Clash, Amambazo The Musical, Have We Been Heard, and Mashu the Musical. In November 2012, he wrote and directed the acclaimed play The Weeping Candle, earning him accolades for Best Production and Best Script at the isiGcawu Festival.
His theatrical success continued with awards such as The Best Newcomer Award at the Mercury Theatre Awards and Best Actor at the Musho Festival in 2012. The play Giving Birth to my Father further solidified his standing, winning the Standard Bank Ovation Award. Mncube’s prominence soared as he clinched three National Arts Festival (NAF) awards in Grahamstown in 2014 and later served as one of the directors of the Musho Festival in 2015.
In 2016, Mncube transitioned to television, making his debut in the drama serial The Kingdom-UKhakhayi as “Mfanufikile.” This marked the beginning of his small screen journey, leading him to the e.tv telenovela Gold Diggers. Notably, his role in the TV Mini Series Liberty as “Reggie” in 2018 showcased his diverse acting abilities.
The year 2019 saw Mncube in the television serial EHostela, portraying the character “Jama.” His outstanding performance earned him the Best Actor Award in the TV Drama category at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in 2020. Simultaneously, he garnered recognition at the Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards.
Adding another dimension to his career, Mncube assumed the role of “Sibonelo” in the popular soap opera Uzalo. Beyond television, he showcased his acting prowess in feature films like The Turning Son (2019) and Rage of a Lioness (2020).
In addition to his acting endeavors, Wiseman Mncube is also a talented singer. He collaborated with Vukani Khoza to release the gqom song “Pick & Choose.”
Navigating through personal loss and professional triumphs, Mncube’s journey is a testament to his resilience and multifaceted talents. As a prominent figure in South Africa’s entertainment industry, he continues to captivate audiences with his compelling performances on both stage and screen.