Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
Some celebrities across the world are cagey about their ages. They don’t want to discuss how old they are. Don’t take into consideration their ages on television dramas and plays. They are fictional. They have been created to fit the characters they play.
At least drama actors can tell their true ages. If you don’t want to be lied to, don’t ask a soccer player how old he is. You’ll be surprised to discover that he has a twin and, miraculously, there’s a 3-4 year age gap between them. Ouch!
South African television prince, Menzi Ngubane, best known for his role on SABC 1 Generations as S’busiso Dlomo will be turning 51 this year. Yes, fifty one. This hunk that leaves ladies drooling with excitement should guard safely his ID. Soon he’ll be going in and out of the SASSA offices.
Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. Menzi has over a decade to go before receiving old age social grant but I know someone who is close by, Peter Se-puma who plays the role of Miles Vilakazi in Rhythm City is 61 years old.
Sindi Dlathu who plays the role of Nomthandaza Mokoena in Muvhango is over fourty years. You’ll instantly mistake her for being thirty. Whatever she’s using to look young is working magic. Kindly share the secret sister. We are all ears.
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mancha may be energetic and hilarious on screen but the person making sure the character comes to life, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is 76 years old. In four years time she’ll be turning 80 and we are still counting but she’s still sharp-witted. She says out her lines beautifully. Her acting is of higher standard. I guess as Cynthia Shange (Mankosi in Muvhango) braggingly said to Raphael Griffith (Vusi in Muvhango) “it goes with experience.”
Joyce S’kefu, once referred to as a “crowd puller” because of her role as Doris Mokoena with the infamous punch line, “you must never” is the same age as Menzi Ngubane; she’s turning fifty one this year. S’kefu currently plays the role of a devoted Christian and good hearted Maletsatsi Khumalo in etv multi award winning flagship soapie, Scandal!