Africa Tsoai plays the role of Mr Maputla in Skeem Saam coming to SABC1 soon. He says “the character John Maputla is a professor, businessman and strict, very loving father. Skeem Saam will impact so well with ordinary South Africans and help bring back lost morals and encourage family values.”
Africa was born in Hebron-Graskop in Mpumalanga, a place just below God’s Window. He grew up with his granny, uncles, cousins and extended families as parents. He says “I was a very good, obedient child who wanted to be a lawyer but as I grew up learning about other careers I became interested in land surveying and agriculture.”
After matriculating Africa studied graphic design at Rudolph College in Johannesburg, “I was a self taught fine arts enthusiast, and I got my diploma in 1989 and did my sound engineering course at Inhouse Records in Randburg in 2000.”
Highlights of Africa’s career include starting his small business in 1996, his showbiz highlights include ramp work as a model, photographic stills and extensive extra work in international movies and SABC dramas. Behind the scenes he is involved in music, transportation, voice overs, translating, producing and copywriting.
Africa has four beautiful, handsome and respectful children. His granny is his inspiration; she always gave very good advice. He gets angry when people take advantage of him. He has plenty of unfulfilled ambitions and is not afraid of anything. In life, he knows death and disappointment are ‘for sure’. He regrets not saving more money.
In his spare time he enjoys fishing and attending soccer matches, he listens to Thobela fm, “it represents my heritage.” His favourite movie is Heat, “I like the military precision action and good acting.” Mind Your Language is his favourite TV show “it’s hilarious and straight forward.” His favourite movie stars are Ving Rhymes, Roseline Morapedi and Lydia Mokgokoloshi.
Africa enjoys reading about nature conservation because it brings his mind back to reality. If granted three wishes Africa says they would be “to be healthy, wealthy and have lots of respect.”
Watch Africa Tsoai as Mr Maputla in Skeem Saam is on SABC1 Mondays to Fridays at 18h30.