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Tal­ented ac­tresses Mapaseka Koe­tle-Nyokong, Gugu Gumede and Linda Mtoba tell us about their jour­neys in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try

THE RIS­ING STAR

Mapaseka was born and raised in Bloem­fontein in the Free State. The ac­tress has been cre­at­ing a lot of buzz over the years for her por­trayal of Din­tle on e.tv soapie Scan­dal!. What started out as a small role in 2011 has blos­somed into a seven-year act­ing ca­reer.

BORN TO EN­TER­TAIN

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, Mapaseka was raised by an un­em­ployed sin­gle mother. Although life was tough, she says there was al­ways food on the ta­ble, filled with her mother’s love. A quiet child grow­ing up, it was only in high school that she saw a change in her per­son­al­ity. “When you’re of pri­mary school-go­ing age, you don’t know who you are as your per­son­al­ity is not yet fully de­vel­oped. But, things changed when I got to high school. I learnt how to get out of my shell, and that was fun,” she says.

Ac­tresses Mapaseka Koe­tle-Nyokong (29), Linda Mtoba (27) and Gugulethu “Gugu” Gumede (27) are worth keep­ing an eye on. They

share how they worked their way into the hearts of many South Africans. By Amanda Mtuli Pho­tog­ra­phy by Andile Mthembu

THE JOUR­NEY OF A LIFE­TIME

Mapaseka got her first taste of act­ing when the out­come-based ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum was in­tro­duced at her school. It al­lowed her to take arts and cul­ture classes. And dur­ing her teen years, she re­alised that she wanted to pur­sue a ca­reer in act­ing. Af­ter ma­tric­u­lat­ing in 2006, she suc­cess­fully ap­plied for a stu­dent loan. Two years later, she moved to Jo­han­nes­burg to study at the South African School of Mo­tion Pic­ture Medium and Live Per­for­mance (AFDA). “I did my first year at AFDA. But be­cause it was ex­pen­sive, I had to con­tinue at City Var­sity. I grad­u­ated in 2011 with a diploma in act­ing for cam­era.”

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