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These two look so much alike even their mom gets them mixed up, so it’s no sur­prise fans of’s Im­bewu: The Seed have a hard time believ­ing there are two ac­tresses play­ing the parts of Zakithi and Futhi.

Nok­wanda and Nokubonga (34) don’t mind the oc­ca­sional con­fu­sion and love work­ing to­gether. “We try to for­get that we’re sis­ters and just do the work,” Nokubonga says.

While they look the same, the twins have very dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties: Nokubonga is out­go­ing and Nok­wanda is more re­served.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Nokubonga al­ways wanted to be an ac­tress. “It was just in me ever since I can re­mem­ber,” she says.

But for Nok­wanda, the bug bit a lit­tle later. “The pas­sion was slower for me but I have al­ways loved singing and per­form­ing for the fam­ily.”

The pair made their joint on­screen de­but in Im­bewu al­though they’ve per­formed to­gether pre­vi­ously. In 2003 they took part in the play Madiba’s Magic Song at the Gra­ham­stown Arts Fes­ti­val.

For fun, the sis­ters some­times trick peo­ple into believ­ing they’re each other.

“But we’ve never done any­thing hec­tic. I’ve called my­self Nok­wanda too many times to get my­self out of trou­ble – to a point I even be­lieved I was her!” Nokubonga says, laugh­ing.

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