It's been a year since Isidingo had its final episode on SABC 3, but some people still call him Sechaba.
Since the big shock of the ending of the popular show, Motlatsi Mafatshe hasn't been idle.
He was one of the lead cast members on Netflix’s How to Ruin Christmas - The Wedding and he has also shot a film, which is coming out at the end of February. The film is called One Night kwa Mxolisi.
Speaking to Drum, Motlasti says the canning of Isidingo was a learning curve for him.“Look, I must be honest, at first I was a bit bitter because I had been on Isidingo for 10 years and suddenly it was all over. But I have grown and matured since then. The love I received from members of the public was heart-warming and people were just wishing us all well. I will forever appreciate the time I spent there as well as the opportunity from the broadcaster.
“My brand has grown since then. Thankfully I have a studio at home, and I was able to work from home when the hard lockdown hit and I was doing voiceover work for shows like Celebrity Mystery Box. I was also selling eggs on WhatsApp and you know it was a reminder that just because you are on TV does not mean that you cannot be on the street corners selling things when the need arises,” he says.
Motlatsi emphasizes the importance for artists to invest in their craft with courses, training or whatever equipment they may need in order to improve their skills.
He has been auditioning for a couple of shows and lockdown has also pushed him into writing more of his own work.
His upcoming show promises to be a great production.
“It's incredible. Most of us there [in the show] are either married or in committed relationships so sonke sikhulile (all of us are grown) and it was a great experience. When they say cut, we all go home to our families and prepare for the next day and come back razor sharp again.
“Hey kuya actwa laphaya (people were acting there) and it was not just people wanting to be famous and let me tell you, umsebenzi wabantu abafundile uyabonakala (the work of educated people is clear to see). You don’t find people who are ill-prepared or who do not even know their lines, people are there to perform and that pushes everyone to bring their age and you can see that.
“I must commend Sisanda. He was an amazing director and even though the budget was not as massive as Netflix, you could see where the money was spent and we were treated right. I also believe that it is the sort of environment where one is able to create lifelong friendships built on mutual respect,” he says.
When he's not in front of cameras and doing voice over work, he's dedicated to his family. He believe that parents need to do right by their children so that they can grow up to be contributing members of society, he says.
I love my children so much that I want them to have their mother. My dream is for her and I to be together for the longest time possible because children need their parents. So many children out there are scarred and you can see that when they grow up and are in the work place, people are mean and they are bullies and I think if we do better as parents, the next generation can be awesome. I enjoy seeing my children grow and being able to equip them to be better than I could ever be,” he adds.