Queen with a heart

By admin
17 September 2010

Poor Queen. Generations’ much-loved busybody just can’t stop sticking her nose in other people’s business.

And the bubbly receptionist in South Africa’s No 1 soapie is the only one who doesn’t realise she interferes because she has nobody in her life other than Prince, her son.

The same can’t be said of the actress who plays Queen.

Unlike the woman she portrays, Sophie Ndaba(37) is happy and fulfilled, thank you very much.

The stylish star is always ready to offer motherly advice to her children, adopted Shallon (22),Rudo (20) and 10-year-old Lwandle.

There are plenty of hugs dished out in the Ndaba household along with tips on how to handle dilemmas.

In that way she’s very much like Queen, Sophie says.

“She can never be bored or be boring. She has a great spirit and, like me, is there for a purpose.”

And that purpose, Sophie says, is to help others.

Growing up in Soweto she dreamt of becoming a doctor or social worker.

But money was tight and her family couldn’t afford the university fees.

“So I changed my vision and rerouted,” Sophie says.

“My Plan B is what I’m living now. People know me as a star and I’ve been given the gift of being able to change lives.”

Her high-profile lifestyle has helped attract donors to The Sophie Foundation of Hope.

The foundation targets companies with social responsibility programmes or wealthy individuals to help improve the lives of underprivileged South Africans.

They focus on four big campaigns a year, such as supplying kids with school equipment and distributing warm clothes and blankets during winter.

“Our vision is to deliver what people tell us they need. Donors listen because I’m Sophie Ndaba. If I wasn’t they wouldn’t care.”

Read more about this formidable woman in YOU, 23 September.

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