Actor Seputla Sebogodi reveals the hardships in SA’s acting industry. 

South African veteran actor Seputla Sebogodi opens up about his struggles in the entertainment industry.

He is well known for his onscreen role as ‘Kenneth Mashaba on Generations. This actor has also appeared on numerous television drama shows, which include The River, Gomora, Scandal!, Woman King, and The Republic. He spoke about his life, profession, and love on King David’s podcast.

“I declined five soap operas or drama shows this year. because they all ask, “Are you fluent in Zulu?” You will go hungry, my brother, if you cannot speak Zulu. I’ll give you a million (rand) if you can tell me one soapie without Zulus. If you are not able to speak Zulu in South Africa, you are worthless. It’s a major deal.” Seputla Sebogodi said.


Two years ago, the actor took home his second South African Film and Television Award (Safta) for his portrayal of Moses, the leader of the Soshanguve rebellion in the Republic.

In 2010, a home invasion ruined Seputla’s first Safta, which he had worn for his part as Mashaba in Generations. He got really emotional when he got his second.

My name was on it, so even though they stole it, it baffled me. Why shatter it?The actor told Sowetan, “I remember my mother saying, ‘My son, you will win another one.'”

“I wanted to tell the elderly woman that it wasn’t like buying chips at the store when she stated that. Giving it your all and competing against the best in the field is what you have to go through.

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