First, her home was broken into - not once but three times. She then had to sell one of her properties as she was no longer making money from it.
As if that wasn't enough, she had to deal with the very public breakup with her ex Vusi, which was tabloid fodder for weeks.
But even with all that, life's been good to dancer and media personality Zodwa Wabantu. She has a lot to celebrate, despite all the misfortunes that have been surrounding her life this year.
“Life in Joburg is great,” she tells Drum. “And I am busy shooting my reality show.
“It’s been great, and I am fully booked as an entertainer.”
Drum caught up with the dancer and businesswoman who tells us what has been happening in her life.
Why did you decide to move to Joburg?
I moved to Joburg because I had three break-ins at my home in Durban. I felt it was a sign that I was done with the place, it was no longer productive but taking me backward. And that gave me a reason to really look deep within myself for change.
How has life been like since you moved?
Life in Joburg is great. I am shooting my reality show, I signed a contract with Sony Music Entertainment for master royalties for a song named after me, Zodwa Wabantu by TNS.
I also enrolled at the Star Quality Performing Arts College (SQPAC). Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa is the one who told me about the school. I am focusing on work opportunities and not the party life of Joburg.
What motivated your decision to go back to school?
I am always learning something new in life. So, what motivated me is the opportunity to challenge myself to want to know more about anything that I want to do.
I’m a go-getter and it felt right for me to go back to school because I can now afford it. I didn’t finish school nor liked it because of the poverty we were faced with at home while growing up.
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Why did you choose Star Quality Performing Arts College?
I wanted to find a place that could understand me and my needs.
Star Quality Performing Arts College is owned by two black females and that already meant they would be able to connect and understand what it is that I want.
Also, the school has black teachers and they teach in both vernac and English, and they understand the South African television market as the owners Zinzi and Miranda are not only actors themselves, but they run an acting agency meaning they will know where I would fit in this industry.
Have you always wanted to be an actress?
I am an entertainer, meaning that I was born for the performance of art. Whether I am dancing or doing my shows, that is me performing. Now, acting is my next step in my journey.
Which roles do you see yourself playing?
I see myself playing whichever role I set my mind to. That is why I am going to be studying for acting so that I can have the tools to take on any role that’s put in front of me.
You see characters like me on tv all the time, so I know that there is space for me.
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What are your plans for the festive?
This festive I will be working, but I will also be traveling with my boyfriend.
What else can fans expect from Zodwa Wabantu?
My future is too bright because God is leading me.
Currently, I am busy with my reality show. The petroleum jelly and lipsticks are ready. I will be receiving them next year in February, as the lockdown has us in a tight corner and I couldn’t move my products from China to South Africa. So, 2021 is my year.
And in the future, I want to own a salon.