Mary Makgatho gets her TV groove back
AFTER three decades in the local TV industry, Mary Makgatho’s star is shining as brightly as ever as she makes her return to Rhythm City.
Makgatho, one of the pioneers of the South African TV industry, made her debut on the e.tv soap in 2008.
Since then she’s been on and off the series in a supporting role.
She plays Connie, who lives in Mahikeng, North West, and regularly visits her sister Lucilla in Gauteng.
She will be back on the soap on Friday.
“It does not really bother me that I’m not a regular on the soapie, what’s important is that the character doesn’t die and comes alive now and again, ” she said.
“I know the call will come for a shoot and I will be able to put bread on the table and pay the bills. That keeps me going.”
Connie is emotional and erratic because of the misfortunes that have befallen her.
“Connie cries and screams at the drop of a hat as a result of her daughter and son who were killed. She can’t get over it.
“There will be more about her second son being harassed and abused, but he bottles up the trauma and keeps everything a secret,” she said.
But when pressed to reveal more, Makgatho said she could not get into detail because diehard Rhythm City fans had to find out for themselves.
“It’s going to be interesting, though,” she promised.
Makgatho, whose first choice was to become a teacher or a model, said financial problems back home in Moruleng, Rustenburg, prompted her to take up acting because her parents could not afford paying for her teacher training college fees.
“In hindsight, I think I wanted to be a teacher for all the wrong reasons: at the time, for a person to get a job at the SABC, you had to be trained as a teacher, ” Makgatho said.
“In modelling I was told I’m not tall enough to walk the fashion ramps.
“I fell back on acting because I always wanted to be on TV,” she added.
Her credits include the role of Puleng on Generations.
The seasoned actress will also be remembered for her role in the famous Takalani Sesame children’s educational series.
She had a stint on the drama series Malimpho and appeared in the 2011 movie 31 Million Reasons as Captain Ndaba, the head of the police.
She has also done numerous radio and TV adverts and voiceovers, as well as dramas when SABC had the monopoly on the small screen.
In the 1980s, there was only one pay-per-view channel, MNet, before the advent of DStv ’ s Africa Magic, with its Nigerian Nollywood lowbudget films.
Recent additions in terms of local movie content have been Mzansi Magic and Bioskop.
Over the years Makgatho has looked up to actress and former model Nakedi Ribane and TV drama stalwarts Lillian Dube, Boiki Motlhamme and the late Roseline Morapeli as role models.
Makgatho said the ultimate goal for her was to nurture acting talent as a producer for the local TV industry.