- Although Imbewu, The Seed actor, Khethani Sibiya, grew up in a poverty-stricken home, he knew from a young age that acting was his one true love
- Despite being a bright young science pupil in school, Sibiya went against his parents' wishes to follow his dream
- Once he landed his Imbewu gig, Khethani said: "I never imagined being beside the big names in the acting world"
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Khethani Sibiya never dreamed he would find himself sharing the stage with some of South Africa's best-loved actors, such as Thembi Mtshali and Leleti Khumalo, but today he’s part of the cast of Mzansi soapie, Imbewu, The Seed on ETV.
Khethani acts alongside the Bhengu brothers where he plays a construction worker on Imbewu. He has big hopes and dreams for his acting career.
The young actor was born in KwaMhlabuyalingana where he was schooled at Ezindloviini Primary School and matriculated from Lihlithemba Technical School. There, he excelled at science.
Although he already knew from a young age he had a passion for acting, his parents had another path planned for him. They wanted him to study science, but eventually, after much soul-searching, he decided to take the leap and enrolled in acting classes at the OCA Actors Studio.
It wasn’t long before his talent was noticed and he got his first TV appearance in the movie The Fragile King. Acting alongside local stars has brought pride and joy to his disadvantaged community.
“Growing up was tough,” he says, “I would go to school with an empty stomach and an old and torn uniform. But I thank God that we made it through the hunger. My family's situation is much better now.”
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The young actor said he felt overwhelmed the first time he found himself among the famous actors on the set of Imbewu.
“It was a great experience for me. I felt my heart skip a beat. I never imagined being beside the big names in the acting world. Being on set with big actors was super great. Coming from such a poor background, it was a dream come true.”
Khethani is currently involved with an NPO, New Generation Youth Development Group, that helps keep youth active in sports at school.
“Keeping youth active in sports is another way to broaden their minds. It prevents them from being involved in dodgy activities. That's why we want to make sure that sports are kept in schools. It is my dream to see youth strive towards turning their dreams a reality.
"I have proven to myself that anything is possible, with belief. One has to hold on and not give up. It may seem impossible for now, but it can be done. You can become anything you want in life, no matter the circumstances.”
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