- South African actress Relebogile Mabotja has been living her dream as entertainer for 15 years
- The star feels she has learned a lot in her time in the media industry
- Relebogile does feel that there is a lack of female producers in the entertainment world
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Relebogile Mabotja is an icon in the South African media industry. She's been doing her thing for 15 years now and the 32-year-old is happy with what she achieved.
The gorgeous starlet says she has learned a lot in her time in front of and behind the screen. She's been active as radio host, presenter and actress.
Relebogile was first seen on South Africa's screens as a CrazE presenter. She was soon after that seen in many popular TV series like Generations, Home Affairs and Zone 14 to name but a few.
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Relebogile's latest role was as Maphuti Mphahlele in popular TV series Isidingo. Relebogile said she had a lot in common with the character.
She is so strict, so driven and sometimes a bit stubborn. Similar to me, she is very passionate and driven.
Before taking on the role of Maphuti, Relebogile was actually feeling nervous. She had taken a bit of a break from acting before then, but she did splendidly.
It wasn’t a break. A lot of people think it was a conscious decision. I didn’t wake up and say ‘I am not acting any more’. What I did was wake up and say: ‘I am a businesswoman, I want to take myself seriously. And what that means is, I can’t be watched on TV being a schoolgirl while I still have to walk into a board meeting and be taken seriously.’ I always said I would act if the right role came along. In the meantime, I just took on projects, building my business and doing me. When the right role came along - a businesswoman on Skeem Saam, I took it.”
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Relebogile is a director on Afro Café as well. After years of working behind the scenes, she feels there is a lack of female directors in the industry.
But she also feels blessed that she's been able to work with top female directors and producers.
The reality is that there is a need for more. It is not easy for a man to be taking orders from a woman. But I am thinking people are coming okay now.
Relebogile now wants to start working on a foundation that will focus on sharpening and building young female talent in the arts.
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