Meet South Africa's king of Vines

By Nombulelo Manyana
25 April 2017

Ta Fire has set the internet alight with his hilarious skits, which poke fun at South Africa's different racial stereotypes.

Ta Fire, real name Siyabulela Deli, started making his vine videos last year and his Facebook page has already gained more than 100 000 followers.

The Port Elizabeth-born aspiring actor moved to Johannesburg to kick-start his career in 2015 and soon found himself making comic videos.

"I remember being introduced into vines by my friend and at that time I was still doing memes because that's where I started. So in 2016 I took a decision that I'm gonna try bring these memes into life, by portraying them in video form."

Vines are short, usually six-second long looping funny or wacky video clips which are wildly shared on social media.

Deli’s first vine was inspired by the SABC 2 programme, Speak Out, which stared a woman who was confronted about not delivering pots that she sells.

When the woman was asked about the missing pots, she responded: “I made the things that it cannot make that pots to be done.”

The internet was set ablaze after the episode aired and Deli saw this as his opportunity.

"It was after that video when I decided that this is the route I'm going to take. So it was the feedback from my social media friends that inspired me to go forward with skits, vines, vlogs -- whatever people wanna call it."

He is currently a student at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture and Live Performance) and describes himself as a naturally 'funny guy'.

"I'm crazier in person than I am on my videos. ShsjabsgzbNzbzxbdkzamabaaha. See? This is me being crazy right now."

Most of his videos poke fun at South Africans, especially mothers and their reactions to the things their children do.

Ta Fire says his township background and having attended a multi-racial school helped him to understand different cultures.

"I had friends from different races and was fortunate enough to sometimes go spend time with their families. So that way I got to see ukuthi (that) each race does almost everything differently."

It makes him feel good, he adds, knowing that people actually can relate to his work -- and social media has been a great help in getting his work out there.

"It makes me so happy to see that the work I'm putting out there is being appreciated and spread around social media."

"Also social media is a very powerful source. People should use it to showcase their talents and not sit and wait for opportunities to come their way because those opportunities might never come."

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