Sphelele shines

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

On the small screen she plays the role of a naïve ru­ral girl, but in real life Sphelele Mz­imela is a thriv­ing ac­tress, model and dab­bles in the world of ra­dio broad­cast­ing.

She is also a mu­si­cian, dancer and stage per­former who has made a name for her­self over the past five years.

Hail­ing from the green hills of Gingindlovu, Sphelele de­vel­oped a love for tele­vi­sion and mu­sic when she was only 10 years old.

As a teenager she was in­spired to tell South African sto­ries while watch­ing SA’s award-win­ning movie Yes­ter­day, star­ring Leleti Khu­malo.

‘Watch­ing that par­tic­u­lar movie showed me the power ac­tors have in describing some­thing to so­ci­ety, and I wanted to be part of that. The film also in­spired me to sing and dance,’ she said.

Since then this young lo­cal beauty never looked back and worked hard to achieve her dreams.

She re­ceived train­ing as a singer and dancer while study­ing to­wards a na­tional di­ploma in drama at the Dur­ban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (DUT), which she ob­tained in 2012.

After her grad­u­a­tion, she pur­sued a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion at AFDA Acad­emy, where she broad­ened her knowl­edge of film and live per­for­mance.

After com­plet­ing her de­gree in 2015, Sphelele joined the cast of the Mzansi Magic te­len­ov­ela Isi­baya, where she por­trays the role of Ken­tucky.

‘Por­tray­ing the role of a naïve ru­ral girl on one of the most watched soapies in the coun­try has made me ap­pre­ci­ate the role of ru­ral women. Grow­ing up in the coun­try­side my­self, Ken­tucky has also made me re­alise the predica­ment marginalised women face on a daily ba­sis.’

She in­tends to con­tinue be­ing a house­hold name on South African tele­vi­sion.

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