Meet Mathabo Mothibe, an alumnus of the Tshwane University of Technology, where she graduated with a B-tech in drama in 2015.
The young actress plays the role of Khensani Mudau on the popular SABC 2 drama, Giyani – Land of Blood.
Mathabo was born in Alexandra and raised in Leondale, Gauteng.
She told GLAMOUR that she was a proud young South African woman who would have probably been among the thousands of women who took on the then apartheid regime when they marched to the union buildings in Pretoria on August 9.
Mathabo described the 1956 generation as "determined and courageous."
“For me its super awesome as a young woman. I would have loved to be part of the women who marched. I can imagine how determined they were,” she said.
The shy young actress adds that she missed her father who died while she was still a little girl, as a result, everything that she was now achieving as an actress was dedicated to him.
She said; “The loss of my father made me feel like I got robbed from having a father as he passed on when I was young and hadn't achieved anything yet or share moments with him as an adult. Now everything I do I dedicate it to him, he is my drive-in life because I believe wherever my father is, he is looking down on me feeling proud.”
Mathabo has advised young woman who would like to follow in her footsteps to make sure that acting was what they wanted as the industry wasn’t as easy as it seems.
Mathabo also shared that she has been influenced by many things which were around her as she believes that she could learn something new from everyone she meets.
“If someone or something inspires me at a time in my life or speaks to what I am experiencing at that time then I look up to them but as time moves and my life shapes itself to a different form, I end up relating to someone else or something else, but more than anything my mother has been my greatest influence, she always encouraged me to be myself and to follow my heart at all times. I am who I am because of her, “Mathabo said.