All her hard work, discipline and sacrifices have paid off. She's proud of what she's accomplished so far and she's got every right to be.
She's made both hers and her moms' dreams come true.
Bubbly actress, TV, and party host Ntando Duma (25) first built her mother a house. Now she has bought herself her own house.
“Building my mother a house is one thing I have always wanted to do,” The Queen actress says.
She is still in awe of what her mom was able to do, given the environment they were raised in and how the situation was when they were growing up in Orange Farm, Johannesburg.
“I always admired how she managed to pull off such an incredible job in raising women like us. I come from a family of four girls, and she managed to do that when we stayed in a shack,” Ntando tells us.
She didn't want her mom to live like that forever. Ntando has been working for years to make a difference in the lives of her family.
It started when she was 17, when she was rising to prominence as a Craz-e (etv kids show) presenter. Ntando was already a breadwinner at home.
At the time, she did not have the resources to build her mom a house but she knew that one day, she would.
“I decided that she has to get a house. A house she is going to call a home, her own space and a shelter that is beautiful.
“I thought of building myself a house before her, but I thought it would not make sense for me to not build my mom's house first,” Ntando says.
She set these goals and nothing would convince her to stray from them.
But she admits, there were times she craved a new car and all other ‘nice’ things.
“The process taught me discipline. I mean I could have done so many other things than building and buying houses. So, I have been very dedicated and straight-forward," she adds.
It has been a journey of sacrifice.
“Waking up at 5am every day to be on set and work is not child’s pay,” Ntando says.
From the picture she shared on her Instagram story, Ntando and Sbahle now live in a grey double-storey house at an upmarket suburb.
Her biggest motivation for buying the house and everything else she has achieved has always been her three-year-old daughter, Sbahle Mzizi.
They have been joined at the hip from the day her daughter was born.
Sbahle is as bubbly as her mom.
“I have an amazing daughter that I am raising, she needs a proper and warm home. Honestly, I did this for her more than myself.
“When you are a mom, you think of someone else first before you think of yourself,” Ntando says.
Ntando says apart from the discipline and patience the process has taught her, it has also shown her the depth of love.
“Building a house for others and for yourself is an embodiment of love, it shows just how much you care for yourself and the people around you."
“I have always believed in God’s timing. I never rush things. I would rather put in the work because I know I will reap the rewards of my hard work,” Ntando says.
“I know when it didn’t happen, it was not my time yet. I had to patient, persistent and keep the faith that it was going to happen.
“I am so proud of myself for achieving things I have always wanted to achieve,” Ntando adds.