There is nothing that unites South Africans like soap operas, as seen on the respective Twitter hashtags. These shows have amazing storylines that keep viewers glued to their TV screens and offer a lovely escape from the daily bustle. Numerous actors and actresses have gained popularity for playing different characters in celebrated soapies, and one of them is Thato Molemu.
Thato Molamu is a celebrated South African actor. Those familiar with the actor might think that he is a brat in life, as portrayed on the popular TV Soap Opera Generations, which aired on SABC1. Nevertheless, this is not the case, as Thato is a kind-hearted individual focused on helping his community. Here is the inspiring life story of Thato Molamu.
Thato Molamu profile summary
- Full name: Sehume Thato Ishmael Molamu
- Date of birth: 02 December 1984
- Place of birth: Mafikeng, North West
- Nationality: South African
- Horoscope: Sagittarius
- Relationship status: Single
- Children: 2
- Thato Molamu Twitter: @ThatoMolamu
- Thato Molamu Instagram: @thatomolamu
- Profession: Actor, TV personality, philanthropist, brand & marketing strategist, social entrepreneur, and creative director.
- Famous for: His role as Nicholas Nomvete in Generations
Thato Molamu biography
Thato Molamu was born and raised in Mafikeng, North West. How old is Thato Molamu? Thato Molamu age will be 37 years later in 2021.
Mr. Molamu pursued his high school studies in his hometown and was an average scholar. Thato’s love for acting started at a tender age, as he featured in various shows, such as The Grandball and Jack in the Box.
In 2005, Molamu joined Damelin College to pursue a course in Film and Broadcasting. Besides, he was a regular actor at the North West Arts Council, which propelled his love for drama even more. Additionally, he excelled in theatre and musicals, as he was featured in numerous stage performances, like Hamlet, A Midsumer Nights Dream (2001), Romeo and Juliet (2008), and Meropa (2006).
Thato Molamu TV career
One of Thato’s notable roles on television was when he played the role of a devious ‘Nicholas Nomvete’ on the popular Msanzi Soap Opera dubbed as Generations, which aired on SABC1. Molamu joined the cast of the show back in 2011 and was there until 2014. Thato is a gifted actor and has been featured in recurring roles in various prominent shows. His roles include:
- 2010- Tshepo on Intersexions
- 2015- TK Morare on Umlilo
- 2016- Tshepang in Mfolozi Street Season 2
- 2016- Maru Makhetha on Greed and Desire
- 2019- Losing Lerato
Thato Molamu The Queen
Thato Molamu was lucky to join The Queen cast as ‘Bakang Nkwe,’ a triumphant lawyer who is handsome, charming, and scores well with ladies. What happened to Bakang from The Queen?
Bakang was one of the most venerated roles on the Queen, and it came as a surprise to the lovers of the show when Thato Molamu’s character was assassinated. The loyal viewers who were expecting Thato and his lover to confess about Kaizer’s death were astonished when the attorney was discovered hanging by a rope. Most fans of the show remained hopeful and convinced that Thato will make a comeback.
Besides acting, Thato is a skilled radio and TV personality and has been witnessed flaunting his expertise on numerous commercial appearances. He hosted a show that aired on the East Coast Radio in Durban. Furthermore, in 2014, he was the host of a reality TV game show dubbed What’s Behind the Wall, which aired on SABC2. Furthermore, Thato was a co-host in the Mzani Magic Entertainment magazine programme alongside Nomalanga Shozi in 2016.
Thato Molamu business ventures
After retiring from active acting, Thato got involved in various business ventures. One of such undertakings include his company, Gateway Media, which he started back in 2013. The company is an integrated marketing communications firm that aims at creating and developing ground-breaking solutions to build, grow, and transform brands.
When Covid-19 hit, most businesses were shut down due to social distancing, and Thato’s marketing business outshined the expectations, forcing the actor to focus on the business. Moreover, Thato and his business associates founded Leaders in Motion Academy (LIMA), a digital platform that aims at teaching and growing creative, technical, and business expertise among the members of Eersterut in the Tshwane township.
Thato Molamu Foundation
The celebrated actor also supports his community by establishing The Thato Molamu Foundation in 2012. This is a non-profit tasked with assisting the disadvantaged by transforming their lives. Besides growing the youth's expertise, the foundation also aims at building a cancer centre.
Is Thato Molamu married?
No. However, Mr. Molamu has been romantically involved with numerous ladies, some of whom he worked with on similar projects. One such woman is the talented scriptwriter known as Bongi Ndaba who, at one point, was the brains behind the TV series, Generations. The relationship between Bongi Ndaba and Thato Molamu received a lot of media attention as she was 10 years older than him.
The two dated for a while and even had a son together. Rumours began to spark that his relationship with the head writer and co-producer favoured the actor to flourish on the soap opera. However, Thato Molamu denied the allegations during his interview with Drum Magazine and claimed that such rumours are downplaying his competence. Besides Bongi, Thato also dated Xoli Zondi, who played Zodwa, his onscreen lover in Generations.
Thato has 2 children who live in Mafikeng with his parents, while he stays with his cousin.
Thato Molamu car
Thato is a luxury car fanatic. He drives a Jaguar. It was purported that he was once drunk driving, and he was also pictured leaving the courthouse.
Even though he no longer graces the TV screens with his wit, Thato Molamu has successfully transitioned from his acting job into business. Presently, he is an accomplished capitalist with various investments in the digital world. He is also giving back to the community that helped him grow into the individual he is today.
He is mostly famous for his acts in Criminal Minds, Life After Beth, Suburban Gothic, and The Beauty Inside mini-series.