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After facing turbulent times, Melusi has picked up the pieces

By Faeza
13 January 2017

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WELL-TRAVELLED actor Melusi Yeni is shifting gears to focus on other things than being in front of cameras. The star, who featured in a number of soapies such as Generations, Muvhango and Rhythm City, is now nurturing new talent. Melusi (39) has taken a leap of faith to dedicate his time and energy in grooming youngsters from Durban and also equip them with acting skills. As he walks away from the limelight, he says that he is a proud person who made things happen in his illustrious career, even though there are certain

things he did, which he is not proud of.

MENTORING YOUNG TALENT

Through his company Langa Libalele Enterprises, which is a consortium of theatre production and events management, Melusi says that his mission is to unearth new talent and mould it to perfection. “I had my own opportunities in life and through the guidance that I got from my mentors; I managed to change my life for the better. Through my organisation, I am using the skills and experience I got while doing theatre and TV productions to teach these youngsters and mould them for bigger things in their lives,” he says. “I have already worked on two musical theatre productions which are making waves in and around KwaZulu-Natal. The cast and crew for AmaBlesser and Zithande Umuntu OMusha are made up of youngsters who are hungry for success.” He urges seasoned actors to also focus on nurturing aspiring actors. “There is a gap between seasoned actors and aspiring actors. There is always a need for youngsters to ask questions and understand how the industry works,” he says. “We should empower youngsters and teach them

about being responsible and also to tell them about the good and the bad things of the industry.”

LIFE IS A CLOSED BOOK

Melusi says that he made mistakes like everybody else and he has also learned from his flaws. He also says that as a human being, he is bound to face challenges in life, but whatever he experienced made him a better person. “I have had my own fair share of misfortunes and greatness in life. Truth be told, I am not proud of certain things that happened in my life, but as a human being I’ve made wrong choices when it comes

to life. I have grown to learn that in life there is no one who is perfect. I have realised that I can be a better person,” he says. He also says that while facing challenges in life,

he was never judged by anyone when he went back home in KwaMashu, Durban. “People in my hometown are supportive and I am grateful that when things were not looking good for me, people in Durban were supportive,” he says. “They encouraged me to do better in life as they believed in my talent. I am grateful for the opportunities I had and I feel blessed for my talent.”

WALKS BY FAITH

The actor – who recently finished shooting a new mini-series titled Madiba, alongside Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones and Terry Pheto, where he plays the role of Prince Mangosuthu ‘Mtwana waka Phinda Ngene’ Buthelezi – says that he walks his everyday life through faith. “I have never been so happy in my life. The smile on my face says it all because I am in a better space. I have learned that if I have done any wrong, I should find the means to rectify it,” he says. “I was raised by a single mother who wanted me and my younger sister to be great achievers in life. She used to tell me that whatever I want to achieve, I should work hard for it.”