Phindile Gwala on her new fiery character on e.tv’s Imbewu: The Seed

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Phindile Gwala in her home.
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She’s back and already causing havoc.

After five years of playing Nonny – a vibrant and bubbly receptionist whose life was always full of drama – on the SABC 2 popular soapie Muvhango, she took a step back.

Now, Phindile Gwala-Ngadu has joined e.tv’s award-winning drama series, Imbewu: The Seed.

“It’s a dream come true. I have always wanted to be a part of the cast, Imbewu is one of the greatest local soapies,” says Phindile.

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She made her debut on the hit series with much fanfare.

In her first scene, she stands up to say a few words without being called at Ngcolosi’s funeral.

And leaves viewers wondering who she is and how she knew Ngcolosi.

“The debut scene was hilarious,” she says.

“It was a nice surprise to my fans. They made it clear that they missed me so much on local soapies; I got only good reactions and responses.”

The actress says viewers must expect a lot of drama and action from her role as Fikile.

“Fikile is very calm and loving, but if you try to make her life difficult, she slams back hard,” says Phindile. “Acting-wise, I am still settling in with Imbewu and so far, so good.”

She and her character have quite a bit in common, she tells us.

“Phindile and Fikile have many similarities. They're both hard workers, who have put in the work for their success.  

“The only difference is that when Fikile feels pressure, she responds to it whilst Phindile walks away from it.”

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When she was taking a break from TV during lockdown, she spent more time with God, her family and did her share of helping those who are less fortunate.

“I spent more time with God, and it has been worth it,” she says.

“I played my part in helping those who are less fortunate with food and accommodation. I own a few flats in Sunnyside, Pretoria and it only made sense to put them to good use.”

The star, who was forced to close her tshisanyama and car wash business due to the lockdown says she and her husband have recently ventured into the transport business and she is still looking for other business opportunities.

“We are still moulding it. And I am still looking for other business opportunities around Durban.”