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A man with master plan

By Faeza
26 July 2017

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Ntokozo Dlamini (26), who is popularly known as Mastermind on the SABC1 drama series, Uzalo tells Move! that there is a lot that people don’t know about him. He says as much as people might know him for being a great actor, he is also a businessman. He describes himself as the ultimate go-getter and says he wants to grow in both the entertainment industry and business world.

LIFE BEFORE TV

The Pietermaritzburg-born and bred star says he first had to please his parents by going to university before pursuing his dream of becoming an actor. “My parents wanted me to study, but I wasn’t happy because I knew what I wanted, which is to be in the arts and entertainment industry. So to please them, I studied towards an international marketing management diploma at Varsity College in Durban,” says Ntokozo. He says after he finished school, he went to Joburg to pursue a career in the arts. But the voice-over artist says being in Joburg was not easy. “I was not stable and moved from one place to another staying with friends. I even went to stay at a student residence with a friend of mine who was studying at Wits.”

GETTING INTO THE INDUSTRY

Ntokozo says in 2012, things got better. He had cameo roles on Rhythm City, Single Girls and Soul City and in 2014, he landed a role on Uzalo and hadto move back to Durban. “Uzalo is my big break. However, I did not audition to play Mastermind, I auditioned to play Mxolisi, but I ended up getting cast as Mastermind,” he shares. TK-Dee, as he refers to himself, says his role was meant to be a small one, but it grew bigger and he is grateful for this. “People love the aggressive and crude Mastermind and this means a lot to me. But the popularity that comes with being on TV is sometimes overwhelming, however I’m appreciative of the support I’m getting,” he says.

BEING A BUSINESSMAN

Ntokozo says his focus is currently on things that mean a lot to him, including his businesses. He owns an events company called TKD Holdings and a construction company called Sokhulu D Constructions. The entrepreneur says he has been business-minded from a very young age. “I also used to do jackets, tracksuits, caps, jerseys for matric learners from schools around Durban, but I’ve moved from that because of my acting job.” He is also the founder of KZN Youth Development Expo, an organisation that helps and educates young people about the entertainment industry. “The expo was launched last year and the event was huge. A lot of people in the industry came through and it has now grown bigger. We will start touring KwaZulu-Natal to reach more people and my plan is to make the expo bigger and add other careers as well,” says Ntokozo.