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 founded and chairs Morula Pictures. He is also the creator for Generations: The Legacy.
In a family of 11, he is sixth. His mother was a nurse and his father a clerk at the Crown Mines Hospital when they met.
Mfundi Vundla Age
He was born on 10 September 1946 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is 72 years old as of 2018.
Mfundi Vundla Education Background
He did his primary studies in Johannesburg. She later studied Standard 8 (Form III) in Healdtown in the Eastern Cape. He later 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
He met his spouse, Karen in 1973 and later married her in 1976 before moving to New York. While in New York, Mfundi worked both as a fund-raiser for the Funding Exchange (a foundation supporting local and international grassroots organisations) and also 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 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 Daughter
He was once accused to be financing young women and claimed to be a sugar daddy. Mfundi refused the claims saying, “Don’t make things up. I’ve never been to Hong Kong. I’ve been in Mzansi all along. I don’t know those girls. Don’t interrogate me like that. Ngi mdala kuwe (I’m your elder). Amanga lawo (It’s all lies). Voetsek man!”. he has no daughter but has only one son.
Mfundi Vundla Job History
He is the executive chairman of Morula Pictures
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.
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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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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.
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These days I find myself Surrounded by Living Legends…. legends Who put our country on the Map when it comes to Television, Theatre and Art as a whole…. People I Grew up looking up to and who inspired me to Study The Arts (Graduating Next Month in Musical Theatre Studies ) I ask myself but God are you trying to tell me…. what are you trying to say to me?? This is deff a Signal lol A sign!!!… ???♩??????? Amazing time with Baba @Mfundivundla or Generation and More and Baba @mbongeni_ngema yesterday at Nelson Mandela Musical Launch. ????? Photocred : @johnoseamedia thank you sir for amazing pictures ?? #mamakabafana #Nomathemba #maskandiqueen #MbongeniNgema #MfundiVundla
Mfundi Vundla News
Generations warns against scam: There is no Mfundi Vundla Academy.
Updated on: 31 January 2018.
Cape Town – The SABC weekday soap Generations – The Legacy is warning the public against yet another fraudulent scam trying to lure victims to fake auditions they have to pay for, purportedly done by The Mfundi Vundla Academy, with the TV production telling Channel24 that a “Mfundi Vundla Academy” doesn’t exist.
Fraudsters annually entice gullable South Africans to so-called “soap auditions” – mostly in Johannesburg – trying to cash in on the hugely popular genre’s appeal under ordinary South Africans who watch these shows and like the characters they see, dream of riches and fame.
Soaps that have been most susceptible over the past few years have been the longrunning Generations and Muvhango on SABC2, as well as Scandal! and Rhythm City on e.tv due to these brands’ wide appeal under the viewing audience on free-to-air terrestrial TV channels.
Besides specialised talent agencies doing closed castings, open casting calls are done directly by TV shows themselves and it doesn’t happen very often. People should also never have to pay for any casting call for a potential TV role or “soap audition”. People should never pay a model scout or to be seen by any modeling agency – and should definitely never undress, send or do naked photos, pay for interviews or sign contracts.
After several bogus casting calls last year, 2018 has started off with the first fradulent “casting call” targeting SABC1’s Generations produced by Morula Pictures, asking people to come to a fake audition at the Market Thearte Lab in Johannesburg on 2 February, trying to cash in on the name of the show’s creator and executive producer Mfundi Vundla. Generations tells Channel24 this is fake.
“It has come to our attention that there are fake auditions being held at the Market Theatre Lab on 2 February. The perpetrators are using Mfundi Vundla’s name to lure unsuspecting victims. There is no such thing as a ‘Mfundi Vundla Academy’ and there are no real Generations auditions held at the Market theatre on 2 February 2018,” says the show.
“With the rise of human trafficking we fear this could be one of the tools used to lure young people so it’s imperative that word gets out. Mfundi Vunda does not have anything to do with the advertised audition.”
Adopted from: www.channel24.co.za