New Generation of TV Stars

Slowly but surely South African television producers are starting to listen to the cries of viewers and upcomers in the entertainment industry

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:45 PM  | Top of The

Thuso & Makgotso M

There’s been an ongoing conversation on and offline about how we’ve been seeing the same faces on our tv screens. The cries have been about how the industry needs to open up and to give chances to new and upcoming talent. Although it’s slowly happening, there are speculations that there’s an entry level barrier that has simplified it for the new faces we see.

Social Media seems to be playing a huge role on who gets casted on what show. Casting agencies have taken a backseat, producers give roles based on ones following on their personal social media platforms. How fair is it that if you’re a regular Joe with an ordinary social media following, nobody takes you seriously even if you’re talented. Producers have gone this route because they know their shows will make waves on social media.

Some of those people who get roles aren’t all that good. If It wasn’t for their following on social media, they would not have the jobs they have.

Here’s a look at a few new faces on our screens we’d love to see more of.

Makgotso M


She made her TV debut in 2014 when she landed a role on My Perfect Family and has been unstoppable ever since. She’s since been on Isidingo, Muvhango, Saint and Sinners, Sober Companion, Sokhulu&Partners and was a guest on Zaziwa hosted by Pearl Modiadie.

Zimkhitha Nyoka


Best known for her starring role on Mutual friends as Bandile, she then went on to appear on Gold Diggers, Isithembiso and Ngempela.

Zamani Mbatha

Zamani Mbatha

Even though his sister Nomzamo Mbahtha might have paved the way for him, he has embraced his role as ‘’Zamani’’ on Isithebiso pretty well.

Thuso Mbedu


Even though we currently know her as Kitso on Scandal, she's been quiet busy doing one thing or another. Many of us may remember her on shows such as Isibiya, Is’thunzi and Shuga.

Thulisile Phongolo

Thuli Phongolo

Thuli made her debut on television in late 2012 as a Journalist on Tshisa,these days she’s just known as Namhla on generations the legacy.

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