Gomora actress Siphesihle Ndaba as Mazet. Image via Twitter @Joy_Zelda and @WinnyMelanin

‘Gomora’ star Siphesihle Ndaba: ‘I almost studied music’

Actress Siphesihle Ndaba, who plays a gangster Mazet in ‘Gomora’ shares how she landed the role in the Mzansi Magic telenovela.


Gomora actress Siphesihle Ndaba as Mazet. Image via Twitter @Joy_Zelda and @WinnyMelanin

Gomora actress Siphesihle Ndaba, who plays Mazet shares her background, and some of her defining moments. 

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The talented actress Siphesihle Ndaba tells True Love Magazine how she joined Gomora as Mazet, that she grew up in Mofolo, Soweto, and that she was raised by her single mom along with her two brothers.

“Although we didn’t have it easy financially, my mom was a resourceful woman — she got subsidies from the government to ensure that we attended good schools. Owing to my academic record, I was accepted into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) from Grade 10 to matric.”

She also tells the publication that she almost studied for a Bachelor in Music as she was a music student at OWLAG, played in the Johannesburg Schools Orchestra, and also took part in the school’s annual musical.

“A last-minute change derailed my plan. After a conversation with someone, I realised that a music degree wouldn’t work out, so I decided to broaden my scope.”

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The Soweto-born actress Siphesihle Ndaba also tells True Love that she took part in the musical I’m An Emotional Creature in 2015 and that solidified her love affair with the performance arts.

“I then studied towards a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Rhodes University, and that allowed me enough time to figure out what I wanted to do.”

“I was initially torn between the arts and commerce but ended up triple-majoring in psychology, drama, and economics. One of my highlights was writing and directing a production on rape culture on campus for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown while doing my second year.”

“I was supposed to do my Masters in Arts Management … but that would have meant being at Rhodes full time for another two years. I was ready to do it until I auditioned for Gomora. I received a call-back while on an academic travel bursary to London. Luckily, I was allowed to self-tape, and the producers liked me. When I returned, I re-auditioned, and once again, they loved and wanted to work with me.”

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