SIMPHIWE Majozi was given a chance for only two shoots on Uzalo and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The director of SABC1 telenovela Duma Ka Ndlovu was impressed by the way he played his character of Sbu. Now Sbu is a star at his kasi of KwaMashu, north of Durban and in Mzansi.
He plays the character of a young thug from KwaMashu who makes a living by hijacking cars and doing other criminal activities.
Sbu said: “It’s an honour to be seen on national TV.
“I’m glad that I went through auditions competing with well-known actors for this character. I’m proud for being chosen.
“People from Mtwalume are very proud of me. That is where I grew up. I’m flying the south coast flag high.”
He said it was not an easy journey. His elder brother Xolani Majozi told Simphiwe that he had to be educated first before he could pursue a career in acting.
He now thanks his brother for encouraging him to go to school.
After completing matric, Simphiwe studied marketing management at the Universal College Outcomes in Pietermaritzburg.
He opted to study marketing because he realised that talent without proper skills was not good enough in the showbizz industry.
From there, he started attending auditions.
His first performance was in theatre in a musical produced by Bheki Mkhwane.
It was called Have We Been Heard.
The musical was staged last year at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban as part of the 20 years of democracy celebrations in Mzansi.
He was lucky to work with acclaimed actors and actresses like Thembi Mtshali-Jones of Sgudi Snaysi fame, Nomzamo Mbatha, Hamilton Dlamini of Emzini Wezinsizwa, Celeste Ntuli of Isibaya and many others.
He was also featured on Mike Mvelase’s play called Kwasuka Sukela.
Mike used to play Khaphela in Generations.