You may recognise her as one of South Africa's most loved grannies, but Koko Mantsha's real name is Lydia Mokgokoloshi. This talented actress has blessed our local screens with her characters since the 1990s, and at 81 years old, she is still going strong! Many fans are worried about missing the face of Koko Mantsha on their screens, but we have confirmation that she will still be gracing us with her presence.
For many years, the lovely actress has charmed South African television, and she is also the recipient of numerous awards. Join us as we discover fascinating facts about her life and career.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi's profile
- Full Name: Lydia Mokgokoloshi
- Gender: Female
- Date of Birth: 27 September 1939
- Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s age: 81 (2020)
- Zodiac: Libra
- Place of birth: Botlokwan, Polokwane
- Current residence: Soweto
- Nationality: South African
- Ethnicity: Black
- Eye colour: brown
- Hair colour: brown
- Siblings: Mahuma Rapetsoa; deceased (2020)
- Lydia Mokgokoloshi's spouse: Deceased (1990's)
- Lydia Mokgokoloshi's child: Deceased (2003)
- Dependants: She cares for her grandchildren
- School: Teaching Diploma at Mokopane
- Occupation: Actress, educator
Lydia Mokgokoloshi's family of five lived in Botlokwan, Limpopo. She spent her early years at Manthata Tribal School, followed by Botlokwa Primary. She attended Mokomene High School, where she was inspired by Mr D. Sekgota.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s biography
Mokgokoloshi's goal was to become a teacher, like her father and Mr Sekgota, so she applied for training at Mokopane. She received her diploma and was a teacher in Limpopo for ten years before she bought a house in Soweto. She continued teaching until her retirement in 1997, and only after that did Mokgokoloshi take to the entertainment business.
Mokgokoloshi shares qualities with Koko Mantsha in real life, as she is also a grandmother who cares deeply for her family. Her only son died in 2003, and since then, Lydia Mokgokoloshi's house has been a safe haven for his children.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s career
Lydia Mokgokoloshi's debut role was as the evil mother-in-law, Mma-Nkosheng, on Bophelo ke Semphekgo in the 1990s.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi’s awards
- South African Film and Television awards presented her with a Lifetime achievement award in 2017.
- A Golden Horn Award in celebration of her role in Skeem Saam.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi's net worth
Is Lydia Mokgokoloshi still alive?
It has been officially confirmed that Mokgokoloshi is not dead, contrary to a statement posted on an unverified SABC 1 Facebook page. This fake news soon went viral over Twitter as well, as condolences flooded through from despairing fans.
How old is Lydia Mokgokoloshi?
Mama Mokgokoloshi is currently 81 years old. She will be celebrating her next birthday in September 2021. This typical Libra lady is diplomatic and idealistic, and seems to always have something to offer to her community.
Is Lydia Mokgokoloshi leaving Skeem Saam?
Koko Mantsha will continue to appear on the show but not as frequently as before. According to the Skeem Saam spokesperson, Sumaya Mogola, the decision was made to reduce her screentime because the strenuous hours on set could have a negative effect on her health, and the team wants to give Lydia the chance to rest up whenever necessary.
Is Koko Mantsha from Skeem Saam dead?
Fans received quite a shock when the lovely Koko Mantsha decided to leave Turfloop, Limpopo, where the storyline of Skeem Saam is predominantly situated. Although she will not appear on the show as regularly, have no fear because Koko is well and truly alive.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi has been an influential woman in her community for the majority of her life. She spent many years giving back to the youth as a teacher and uplifting the communities in Limpopo and Soweto. She continues to bless us with her presence on Skeem Saam, stating that she aims to inspire parents and children to form healthier and stronger relationships with one another.
You may be sad to see less of Koko Mantsha on your screens, but the new addition to the Skeem Saam team will uplift your mood. Join us as we discover more about Fundi Zwane!