ALTHOUGH Ivy Nkutha portrays a strong character on Generations – the Legacy as Gog' Flo, she is carrying a deep sadness in her heart after losing her son.
LOSING HER SON
Ivy has been married for 51 years, and says she is still in love with her husband. She says they went through a lot and that is why their love is still strong. “I gave birth to two daughters, and one handsome boy. Unfortunately I lost my son. I felt so lost, with so many questions. He had pneumonia and it didn’t take long before it took his life,” she explains. She says she wishes for no mother to ever go through what she experienced. “I was not the only one who took my son's passing hard. The most difficult part was seeing my children deal with losing their brother. But I am grateful that my husband was there for guidance,” says Ivy.
WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS
Ivy is the eldest of five children. She was born and raised in Alexandra. ”My father passed away in 1953 when I was 13 years old, and my mother followed in 2008. It was a difficult time for me, but I had to be strong for my siblings and look after them,” says Ivy. She matriculated from Ithute Community School, and went to St Thomas Training Institution for her nursing training. “I practiced corporate nursing at the Westrand Administration Board until I moved to a marketing organisation,” she says. Ivy then joined a dental care school as a dental educator, travelling across the country to educate butchers on how to clean their meat for the good health of their customers' teeth.
ROAD TO STARDOM
Ivy tells Move! that the reason she is in the entertainment industry is because of her granddaughter, Noluthando Maleka, who played Dudu on Yizo Yizo. “When Noluthando went to her first audition for a Stork margarine advert, she was three years old and I remember accompanying her. I never wanted to be an actress, I knew nothing about acting,” she says. After her granddaughter got the job on the advert, she got gigs non-stop. “When I went with her to the set of Soul City, the director asked me if I could do a part for them. I didn’t hesitate, I did it and they liked it,” she says. Ivy got the part on Soul City, playing the grandmother of a patient, and that is where her acting career started.
A LASTING CAREER
After Soul City, every production wanted to work with Ivy. In 1997, she joined Muvhango, where she played Edward Mukwevho’s advisor. “I left Muvhango to join Isidingo. I never had a stable role, but I didn’t stop working as an actress. I then joined the cast of City Ses’La and later Zabalaza. What people don’t know is that this is not my first time on Generations. I was once on Generations, but as a guest actress.Generations then called me again to audition for the role of Gog’ Flo,” she says.
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY
Ivy says the industry has been amazing since she started acting. “I have been receiving love since I became an actress. It's been overwhelming.” She adds that being in the industry can be tough sometimes, but you have to love and be passionate about what you do.