South African actress Manaka Ranaka turned a whole year older and that much wiser. Having been in the game for as long as she has, Ranaka knows a thing or two that many are yet to experience.
Turning 42, Ranaka took time to share her wisdom with her fans. From preventing pregnancy to general life issues, she knows it all.
In celebration of her 42nd birthday, Briefly.co.za brings you 10 facts about Ranaka that let you in on who she really is, not just a Generations: The Legacy actor.
Happy birthday, mamma!
1. Family and upbringing
Manaka was born on 6 April, 1979 to parents Kgotlaesele and Nonceba Ranaka and raised in Soweto. Manaka was brought up together with her sisters Mpumi Ranaka and Dineo Ranaka.
2. Momma Bear
Manaka is the proud mother of three children - Katlego, Naledi and a brand-new baby.
Ranaka attended Dinwiddie High School in Germiston, Gauteng before becoming a household name in the Mzansi entertainment industry.
4. Soapie star
Manaka has not only been a Generations: The Legacy star, in 2000, she played the role of Nandipha Sithole on Isidingo.
5. Life lessons
The star was involved in a tragic accident that left a schoolgirl dead in December, 2015. Manaka cites this experience as once that taught her some powerful lessons about life and undoubtedly strengthened her character.
6. Award-winning actress
Manaka won the Golden Horn for Best in TV Comedy at the 2007 SAFTAs.
7. Comedy greatness
Stokvel is where Ranaka got her name for comedy in her role as Lerata. Fans have loved every comedy role ever since.
8. Famous family
Dineo Ranaka is her sister, another famous face of the Ranaka family.
Ranaka is 1.62m tall.
10. Love life
As far as anyone knows, Ranaka has only dated Thabo Monareng, who is nine years younger than her.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi actress Manaka Ranaka is grateful for the gift of her beautiful children. She spoke highly of her kids and if one thing is clear, it's that she would go above and beyond for her babies.
Taking to social media, Manaka posted a picture of her children and captioned her post:
"My children are my world! We bring them up, nurse their wings so they can take flight. We need to trust that they will be able to handle the turbulence."
It was also reported that Manaka Ranaka has taken to social media to react to comedian William Last KRM's emotional music video. The Generations: The Legacy actress took to Instagram recently and shared a clip of William and his music director, Director Mo.
The pair were watching William's latest music video for his track titled How It Feels. In the clip, William could not hold his tears back and ends up leaving the room to get some fresh air.
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