- 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
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.
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.”
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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