Mfundi Vundla Biography
Mfundi Vundla was born on 10th September 1946 in Western Native Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a South African actor. He is the founder and chairman of Morula Pictures. He is also the creator for Generations: The Legacy.
Mfundi is the sixth child of a family of 11. Mfundi’s mother was a nurse and his father a clerk at the Crown Mines Hospital when they met.
Mfundi went to primary school in Johannesburg and up until Standard 8 (Form III), he attended school in Healdtown, in the Eastern Cape. He matriculated at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto.He studied BA in Politics, Philosophy and English in Fort Hare University and was expelled from the Fort Hare University for underground political activity in 1968.
In August 1970, Mfundi went into exile in the USA. He continued with his education, remaining an active member of the ANC. In 1972 he completed a BA in Politics and English at the University of Massachusetts, then went on to graduate with a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University.
Mfundi Vundla Career
In 1973 he met Karen, whom he married in 1976. The Vundlas moved to New York where Mfundi worked both as a fund-raiser for the Funding Exchange (a foundation supporting local and international grassroots organisations) and as a playwright, highlighting the social injustices of apartheid in his work.
In 1986, the Vundla’s moved to California where both Mfundi and Karen worked as television writers for David Milch, creator of NYPD Blue and writer for Hill Street Blues. Along with other South Africans, Mfundi helped found the African Arts Fund which raised money to bring Black, Coloured and Indian South Africans to the United States to study fine arts. The fund helped educate several well-known South African artists, photographers, dancers and musicians.
As an active member of the ANC, Mfundi gave speeches in California to raise awareness about apartheid, fighting for its abolition. After the dismantling of apartheid, Mfundi came back to settle in South Africa in 1992. His wife and son joined him in 1993.
In 1993, an opportunity arose to submit a proposal for a soap opera to the SABC. Mfundi created Generations, which has had an enormous impact on South Africans, being the first local television show to focus on the needs, dreams and aspirations of black people.
In 2000 Mfundi obtained a contract with e-TV for a new youth soap opera, and so Backstage was born. Mfundi broke new ground with the show, using it to develop and showcase South African talent.
Mfundi was also the Executive Producer of the movie In My Country, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche.
He is also the Executive Producer, of the award winning children’s animated television series Magic Cellar, with SABC. Magic Cellar has won over 29 international awards.
Mfundi is also created, a medical drama Jozi-H. The series, inspired by Johannesburg General Hospital was a Canadian-South Africa co-production. It was a groundbreaking series for South Africa as it was shot on 35mm film, it was also the most expensive South African television show ever to be produced with a budget of over R100 million for 13 episodes.
In 2011 in produced the highly rated Opera based on the life of famed icon Winnie Mandela called Winnie the Opera. He also produced the movie How to steal 2 million, which received great reviews.
Mfundi Vundla Salary
His salary is not known. Generations actors said that Vundla falsely escalated their salaries when he revealed to the media that they get, on average, R55 000 per month.
Mfundi Vundla Net Worth
His net worth will be updated soon.
He is the executive chairman of Morula Pictures
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1993 – 2009: Executive producer of Morula Pictures.
Mfundi Vundla Films
- Generations:The Legacy
- How to Steal 2 Million
Mfundi Vundla Generations: The Legacy
In July 2016 some episode of Generations:The Legacy that were aired angered the viewers as they termed them as explicit. Mfundi Vundla defended the episodes and said that before the airing there is a PG13 sign on the screen which warns people and alerts them that if they have kids they should tell them that it’s Mummy and Daddy’s time.
“In Generations, we don’t have explicit sex or nudity. We don’t have scenes where people are making love like in Game of Thrones. People must not now sensationalise the matter. I don’t have a letter from the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa. The SABC does not have such a letter.” He told The Citizen.
Mfundi Vundla Awards
- Duku Duku Award, SABC 1.
- SA Cinematography Award, SACS.
- Sowetan Award.
- Script Award, NTVA.
Mfundi Vundla Wife – Mfundi Vundla Family
He met Karen Vundla in 1973 and married her in 1976.
Mfundi Vundla Children
They have one child, Charlie Vundla.
Mfundi Vundla Contact Details
Company: Morula Pictures
Tel: +27 11 482 1152
Fax: +27 11 482 4621
Postal address: PO Box 5158, Rivonia, 2128, Gauteng, South Africa
Physical Address: 24 Ditton Road, Auckland Park, 2092, South Africa
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