'Skeem Saam'

‘Skeem Saam’ actors Cornet Mamabolo as first Tbose and Hungani Ndlovu as second Tbose Maputla. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela and Twitter @SSITVSA

‘Skeem Saam’ star Hungani Ndlovu: ‘I grew up in Polokwane’

Actor Hungani Ndlovu, who joined ‘Skeem Saam’ as Tbose Maputla says he’s not trying to replace Cornet Mamabolo and knows Sepedi.

'Skeem Saam'

‘Skeem Saam’ actors Cornet Mamabolo as first Tbose and Hungani Ndlovu as second Tbose Maputla. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela and Twitter @SSITVSA

Former Scandal! actor Hungani Ndlovu, who will play the role of Thabo “Tbose” Maputla on Skeem Saam says it’s impossible to replace actor Cornet Mamabolo.

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The popular actor Hungani Ndlovu, who will appear on the SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam Tbose Maputla from 3 July tells City Press that he feels blessed to have landed the popular character.

“I feel very blessed and grateful for this opportunity, but I also feel nervous and anxious about just how people are going to receive my take on Tbose because, of course, it’s a recast and Cornet, having played the role for over 11 years, built a character who many people have engaged with, come to love and journeyed with.”

Ndlovu also tells the publication that he’s aware that taking up this role might come with a lot of expectations from the fans of the educational soapie, who have their own interpretation of who Thabo Maputla is and what he means to them.

He assures fans: “I’m not trying to replace (Mamabolo). It’s impossible to do that. He did such a great job portraying this character.”

He also revealed to Daily Sun that the role was a challenging one to take on but he was excited as it would allow him to grow.

“I am super excited about this role. It’s a huge opportunity to be on a show like Skeem Saam. Going to the auditions for it was something else. At some point I thought I wasn’t going to get it as there were lots of great talents during the auditions.”

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The Skeem Saam actor Hungani Ndlovu also tells City Press that speaking Sepedi [which is not his home language] won’t be a challenge for him as Tbose as he grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo province,

“Do I know how to speak Sepedi? Yes, I do because I grew up in Polokwane [Limpopo] and it’s not a foreign language to me.”

Viewers of the educational soapie will start seeing Ndlovu in the new season from Monday, 3 July 2023 at 6.30pm.

According to reports, the soapie will also welcome a new and modern opening title sequence and an updated logo.

Popular actor and businessman Cornet Mamabolo exited the SABC 1’s educational soapie, Skeem Saam in November  2021 as Tbose.

The former SABC1 soapie actor brielfy joined 1Magic’s telenovela The River season five as serial killer Lerumo in 2022.

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