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Digging Gold with 27 Dresses

By Faeza
27 July 2015

After taking a break from the entertainment industry in 2014 to stabilize her PR business, Thandy Matlaila came back on our screens as Mpumi in the local sitcom “Ithuba Lokugcina” in early 2015.

Many kept wondering what’s next and we can reveal that she is part of the cast for the long awaited telenovela “Gold Diggers”. This goes on air from 10th August 2015 featuring a pool of talented actors in our industry.

The petite actress is best known for playing the rebellious teenager Lindiwe Ngema on Tshisa and Violet in cop-series Streets Of Mangaung. Though her acting profile also boasts some great productions like Soul City 11, Intersexions 2, award-winning films Jerusalema & uGugu noAndile amongst others, she still believes Mpumi was one of her challenging roles. “Mpumi is a lot toned down than me…and the rest of her peers in the sitcom, but she has to work because it’s in a comical environment. How do you bring interest to such a boring individual so that audience finds her funny, since it’s a sitcom? A question answered only when you watch the show,” Thandy revealed.

Acting is not her only focus this year but growing her charity initiative "27 Dresses" which she successfully hosted last year.

Being a lover of film, this CSI project is titled after one of her favourite movies, “27 Dresses” but the main aim is to collect and donate dresses for deserving matriculants for their matric farewells. The dress recipients will be determined by how well they do at school and how they have contributed to a better community; either by sport participation, excelling at school despite home circumstances and contribution to the community via community projects.

This year’s dresses will come from personalities like herself, Zizo Beda, Zenande Mfenyana, Sonia Sedibe and Jessica Nkosi to mention a few. Some industry gentlemen have also pledged suits #27Suits and they include Lehasa Moloi and Tumisho Masha. They will then be distributed to the chosen scholars across the schools post the event.

This will take place in celebration of Thandy’s birthday on the 23rd of August 2015. “Every little girl dreams of attending a matric farewell ball but most of their dreams are shattered when they can’t afford the gown for the dance. My goal is to make it a reality for some girl out there who has this desire. Your matric farewell is one of life’s most cherished moments ... and I want to give those memories to someone out there who is deserving,” Thandy says.

The drive is to encourage the youth to not be molded and shaped by their current or past situations but they have TODAY to create a better tomorrow for themselves, participate in schooling activities and always be their best and have no fear of being great.

To get your school involved in the CSI project or for more info and enquiries, email info@aptitudeconsulting.co.za. Note that the girls and boys will keep the outfits so that they can cherish these memories forever.

“Run your own race and the only time you should look behind is to see how far you’ve come.”

Pic: Gaenor