Mogau Paulina Motlatswi as Mapitsi on Skeem Saam


Skeem-Saam-Mapitsi-Paulina-MotlatswiMogau Paulina Motlhatswi was born in Limpopo close to Lebowakgomo on the 13th July in 1992.  She moved to Johannesburg and attended Piet van Vuuren Primary school in Brixton where she did athletics, cross country and played netball.”

“I went to high school at St. Mary’s in Waverly where I took drama, history and geography up to matric. My favourite subjects were dramatic arts and history. I was a weekly boarder and absolutely loved the experience, the bonds formed and lessons learnt will stay with me forever. I am now studying my first year in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Johannesburg.”

Mogau plays the role of Mapitsi in Skeem Saam.

When Mogau was little she wanted to be a lawyer, then a radio personality. That dream changed when she learnt about film and theatre, now she ultimately wants to be an impactful, amazing director.

Edwin Cameron is Mogau’s inspiration, “he is the most amazing man I have ever met, and his success is something I would like to aim for. He is respected worldwide and has a heart of gold. My grandmother Sophie Kekana, the strongest woman alive is also an inspiration, she is very strict and we didn’t see eye to eye but it took a lot for her to take care of the family as she did and continues to do.”

Mogau is terrified of failure and scared of frogs.  She is inclined to be short tempered and a tad stubborn.  She gets angry at people who still believe that men are superior to women.

In her leisure time Mogau listens to music and spends time with those she loves. She enjoys listening to Yfm, “the presenters are great and they play good music. Siyabonga Ngwekazi is also inspirational.”  Vusi Kunene, Jamie Bartlett, Robert Whitehead, Xolile Tshabalala, Leonardo Di Caprio and Meryl Streep are Mogau’s favourite movie stars.

Mogau’s only regret is one she would like to share with other youth “I regret not working to my fullest potential in school, it is important later in life.”

You can see more of Mogau in Skeem Saam on SABC1 Monday to Friday at 18:30.   Skeem Saam is a blend of stories about the journey to manhood. The local drama series examines the plight of today’s male children and the tough challenges they face transitioning into manhood.

Skeem Saam is on SABC1 Mondays to Fridays at 18h30.