Local lad appears on television

2018-05-31 06:00
Phumlani Gidigidi (23) hopes to make it big on the television screen in the near future.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Phumlani Gidigidi (23) hopes to make it big on the television screen in the near future.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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A young local actor Phumlani Gidigidi (23) from Nomzamo has finally made his debut on national TV.

Gidigidi plays a character named Duma, a married man who is cheated on by his wife in the film Isigqibo, which is produced in Philippi.

The film is currently shown on DStv channel 263.

“I saw an advert that said Philippi TV was looking for a presenter,” said Gidigidi, who is also a radio presenter at Elgin FM – a community radio station based in Grabouw.

“When I arrived there the producers asked me if I could try out acting too. I agreed and they liked me.”

He started acting in February last year and said he is learning a lot from his character. Gidigidi says the experience has been great and also exposed him to how other people live.

“I have grown as an actor from this experience,” he reckons.

Gidgidi says there are similarities between him and the character he currently portrays in the film.

His proud mother, Nokwanda Gidigidi, told City Vision she never saw her son as an actor.

“I was surprised when he pursued acting and presenting, because I knew him as a reserved, quiet child,” she said. “I was very happy to see him on TV and I wish him all the success. I want him to act in a popular television programme on SABC.”

Gidigidi wishes, one day, to work for a bigger production company.

“The production company I [currently] work for is community-based, and I am volunteering there,” he said. “My dream is to grow and follow the path of other great actors who started small just like me.

Gidigidi advised other actors to take up opportunities as volunteering, because they open doors for them. He says he looks up to actors such as Hlomla Dandala and Shona Ferguson.

“They are humble, but can also adapt to playing any character given to them,” Gidigidi points out.

To veer between the two media, radio and acting, according to him, is “very demanding and challenging because I lose a lot of family time.

“I am not travelling to Philippi TV every day. Sometimes we shoot only on weekdays then over weekends I go to the radio. That is not easy. There is a lot of sacrifices and knowing what you want keeps you going despite the challenges.”

Gidigidi was also part of Kuyakhanya Production from Strand.

“We were trained from acting to dancing,” he says, proudly.

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