Xolile Tshabalala: "The South African TV industry is full of people with no talent"

The actress and director is tired of work being given to those who have not earned it.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Xolile Tshabalala 

Xolile Tshabalala: "The South African TV industry is full of people with no talent"

Speaking to Drum about her upcoming role in the SABC 1 drama, Ingozi, Tshabalala also shared the insight she gained during her time spent behind the camera in a directorial capacity. 

While many think she left the industry because they haven't been seeing her in acting roles, it just turns out that Tshabalala was still working in TV, just not as an actress. 

As such, she had noticed a new trend. 

“The South African TV industry is full of people with no talent, who can’t act and are chosen because of their looks and connections,” she told the publication

Tshabalala believes that this trend has led to less and less "actors" who have actually studied the art form making it on screen and more and more pretty faces who just happen to know the right people. This then leads to less people actually making the effort to get the necessary education needed to become an actor. 

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She also addressed another misconception surrounding the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the support it provides the industry. 

“As a black woman, the South African filmmaking industry is shocking. Opportunities are given to few people and NFVF is also shocking because it does not provide enough opportunities for us,” she said.

Ingozi SABC 1 screenshot

Although she hasn't yet disclosed what prompted her return to acting, Tshabalala will be playing the mother of the spoilt Dali Ndamase (Senzo Radebe). 

She will also star alongside Jet Novuka, Mmabatho Mogomotsi, Wiseman Mncube, Lunathi Mampofu and Nkanyiso Mchunu.

She described the show as informative and says that it “speaks about road safety awareness and addresses issues faced by rich, privileged families in South Africa.”  Hmm... We wonder what kind of look into the life of the rich and the famous this show aims to provide. 

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Ingozi starts on Sunday, 12 February at 7:30 pm on SABC1.

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