Presenting the real Sinazo
AKING over from a popular personality on a much-loved TV show is not easy. But Sinazo Yolwa is not sweating it. The model, actress and TV presenter made her debut on gossip show Real Goboza as the new face after Pearl Thusi last night.
It’s exciting (to host Real Goboza) because it’s a huge platform. A lot of names have been made on it,” Yolwa told Sunday World this week, after the curtain came down on her stint as host of So You Think You Can Dance.
They (the producers) felt confident in selecting me for the job and I feel confident, too. I’m bringing my own flair as I dish out the gossip while engaging and entertaining viewers.
She has some practise dishing out gossip as co-host of SABC1’s The Link, alongside Lerato Kganyago. The Link changed my life in ways I haven’t imagined. I write my own script and choose how juicy or catty it gets; it’s my corner of paradise. It’s all me.”
Kganyago, with her mediacourting lifestyle, is the better known of the two. But Yolwa (25) is no novice. This buxom babe s CV is impressive, and includes ads, a stint on Top Billing and acting time on The Wild and PEP’s radio drama, Impilo.
Sunday World’s gossip diva, Shwashwi, has not been too kind to Yolwa’s fashion sense, calling for an intervention as the starlet goes from one unimpressive outfit to the next. But there are no hard feelings from Yolwa, who admits to fashion floundering at times.
I’m still trying to find my signature style. Sometimes I think I’ve got it right, then I see it in the papers and think: Oh, my god, why didn’t somebody tell me?’
We go through these trial and errors… I chose a job where I’m going to be in the public eye. You cannot win them all,” she says pragmatically.
She hopes that her new clothing label, Purfect 8, which specialises in leggings, tops and accessories, will score her some fashion points. But before you raise an eyebrow on her being a designer, Yolwa quickly sets the record straight: she buys the fashion instead of creating it.
I’m not out here trying to be a designer. I’ve had to learn to look at things that work for my target market.”
The Mthatha-born beauty is adding businesswoman to her résumé and wants to venture behind the camera with her own production company.
I want to be in production like Basetsana Kumalo. My MacBook is my best friend… I’m playing around with all these different programmes. I don’t want to look back 20 years from now and wish I had started my own production company.”
As for modelling, Yolwa dismisses it as never being a career for her. My daily bread and butter was presenting, which turned from a hobby to making a living. What sets me apart is my personality. I’m an easygoing person. I’m a homebody. I’m most comfortable reading a cheesy novel in bed with a cup of rooibos no milk, please,” she laughs.
Although Yolwa graduated with a BCom accounting degree from the University of Cape Town in 2010, her family supported her career in the entertainment industry.
There are no riddles or games when it comes to her men; she sticks to the oldfashioned way. Until a man sends those cows to my home and I mean actual livestock he’s not getting anywhere. I want cows walking on all fours. Men paying money for lobola doesn’t work for me, I’m keeping it traditional. I don’t know where my mother is going to keep them all, but she’s just going to have to find a place.”