Chit Chat:Tazz Nginda

2011-07-08 09:36

How does it feel to be named after a car?

My modelling agency gave me that name because they couldn’t pronounce my name, Mthetheleli. We had to sit down and come up with a name I could use in the industry. It wasn’t a name for a car back then; the car was called a Conquest. Tazz was a catchy name and who knew Toyota would use it at a later stage.

What is the secret behind Intsika’s success?

It touches people’s reality and what they go through. It’s not fictional; it’s about how people get screwed and how others screw them. It’s what is happening in people’s lives. People relate to the story.

How does your role add value to the story line?

I play Ndoda, a successful chartered accountant who lives in Joburg. His family lives in the rural areas. His father calls upon him to take care of family matters in the village and he gets asked by the chief to conduct an unofficial audit of the unscrupulous mayor’s dealings. But the mayor paid for his education and his father works for the local municipality, so he has to make tough decisions.

Is the story a commentary on our current political environment?

It is appropriate just after the local government elections. It educates people and makes them want to do something about corruption and authorities who steal their money. It also makes communities aware about watching and admiring corrupt officials as they squander public coffers.

What’s your take on service delivery?

We are on the right track after taking over from the apartheid government. There’s so much to do. There have been lots of houses, roads and schools built, but because there’s still so much more to do, people don’t notice what has already been done. However, there is room for our government to improve service delivery.

What’s your Mandela Day plan?

I am hoping to work for a Joburg charity and spend 67 minutes giving away blankets.

What were your acting credentials before you joined Intsika?

I played a care-centre manager in Soul City and a soccer coach called Jungle in Zone 14. I was also Lindile in Mthunzini.com as well as Tebogo in eGoli. Every role has added to my repertoire and for the first time I feel like I am an actor. I used to be an insecure actor, but now I’ve found my feet.

Your dream role?

I have never played a villain. People perceive me as a good guy, but I would like to play a badass – a menace to society, a serial killer or a rapist. Researching for these roles would be exciting.

Will you ever play soccer again?

I came to Joburg from Motherwell in Port Elizabeth to play for Wits University, but an injury sidelined me. That dream is in tatters. I am too old now. But I still play on a social level.

What’s the greatest compliment you ever received from a fan?

On my Facebook page, someone said I was the epitome of God’s work. I don’t know why she said that, but it was the best thing any human being has ever said to me. No one can top that.

What do you value the most about being famous?

I give hope to people without doing or saying anything. They look at me and they think it’s gonna be fine and they get a sense of hope. This is fulfilling for me as a person.

Which life role do you cherish the most?

Being a father to my children, Yolani and Milani. They are spiritually better than me. For some reason, I look up to them more than they look up to me. They inspire me to do more.

Who is the one person you credit for your success?

Apart from Beauty, my late mother (that’s where I got my looks), it would be the mother of my children. She’s supported me through thick and thin, and instilled confidence in me. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother for my kids.

What does South Africa need right now?

We need to fast-forward to the next generation leader who doesn’t remember much about the past and holds no grudges; one who can see past your skin colour and wants to build the country into one of the best.

What do you know for sure about life?

That God is the future.

What’s next for Tazz?

To change my name to Bentley.


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