It’s not every day that a stranger’s prophesy over your life comes true. But he’s grateful he chose to follow a dream he didn’t even know he had.
Siya Raymond Sepotokele was in high school when he met actress Florence Masebe, who told him he had the makings of being an actor.
Fast-forward a few years and he’s living the prophecy.
The actor plays Njabulo in 1Magic’s The River and he’s just joined Muvhango as Dr Sechaba.
He plays a cancer survivor and a love interest to Imani Nkosi (played by Zonke Mchunu).
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Getting cast in Muvhango was exciting, Siyabonga says.
“It was quite exciting for me because I was getting into a new space. I had never really shot soapie style before.
“And I was quite interested in playing the character because the brief I had received didn't really give me much, but it gave me enough for me to have that excitement and look forward to playing the character.”
He can’t wait for viewers to fall in love with Dr Sechaba.
“He's a very kind, gentle guy. He does his work very well. He's got a deep story of his own, but he's one of the good ones.”
Dr Sechaba is a cancer survivor-turned-doctor who has been in remission for three years. He fell in love with Imani almost at first sight and they will take viewers through their love story.
“Every character I take on is a challenge, I just always make sure to put in the work. Dr Sechaba is very different from the other guys I've played but is an overall amazing and passionate guy,” Siya says.
Shooting the show during lockdown has been an interesting experience.
“We've had production shut down about two times while I was there because of Covid-19-related concerns. So as much as we've been grateful that we've been working, it's also been it's been pretty challenging because you constantly have to look out for yourself and the next person.
“As much as it has changed the way things are, people in the film industry are the first people to adapt.
“People must just stay safe and keep praying. We will get through this as a nation and as the world,” Siya says.
He loves getting a chance to flex his acting muscle. Siya grew up on Orlando East in Soweto.
His parents, dad Shadrack Ntsibande and his late mom Phyllis Sepotokele, were unemployed but they made sure he had everything he needed, he told DRUM’s sister magazine Move! in a previous interview.
“They made sure I went on every school trip because they didn’t want me to feel different from my classmates. I can’t think of anything we didn’t sell at home to make ends meet.
“Those who live close to my house can attest that my mom used to make the best kotas in the ’hood,” he says proudly.
Muvhango airs Monday to Friday on SABC2 at 9pm.