Pre­sent­ing the real Si­nazo

Sunday World - - Life & Style -

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.”

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