Getting to know Sindi Dlathu

By Drum Digital
01 June 2012

A blue Audi A4 pulls up at the Hala Eco Boutique Hotel and Spa in leafy Bryanston, northern Joburg. The sassy actress steps out in style, dressed in jeans and a khaki coat. Her neat cornrows go with the striking winter outfit.

Stares from guests and staff alike gravitate towards the beautiful woman they know as Thandaza on Muvhango. “I’m sorry for being late,” says Sindi Dlathu as she catches her breath. “I got lost. I don’t really know this side of town – I grew up in the south,” she adds.

As she glides gracefully across the foyer to where her make-up will be done she encounters more hotel staff who instantly recognise her and greet her with admiration.

They’re shy at first, half expecting a snooty actress who feels she’s owed the idolisation of her fans. They need not worry. She humbly greets each one of them and they glow with admiration and newfound respect for a true star worthy of the name.

When the stylist displays the clothes, excitement is written all over Sindi’s face as the collection meets her personal sense of style. “I’m up for anything as long as the outfits don’t make me look like Thandaza,” she says in reference to her serious character on the soapie, which airs on SABC2 from Monday to Thursday at 9 pm.

It’s somewhat ironic how 38-year-old Sindi doesn’t want to look anything like her character when all she wants to talk about is her work. “My personal life is a no-go area,” she warns. “I’m known for the work I do and that’s all I want to be seen in the media for.”

Sindi is known for being one of the most private celebrities in the industry. She never talks about her personal life – only her work. And today she lets DRUM in on why she has always been so private about her life, not allowing even a glimpse of it to give her fans an idea.

Read more in the latest DRUM. 7 June 2012

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