She is actually one of our fave girls at the moment, but not even that could have possibly influenced the recent conversation we had with actress and media personality Thando Thabethe when we caught up with her to talk all things her life and career. In it, the star shed some light on juggling her massively successful career, diversifying the portfolio by taking on more than just the bare routine minimum and, her social activism.
As with many, we were still curious though – how does she squeeze everything in the 24 hours we all have?
Some of us can barely get through a cup of coffee in time to make the next meeting but the girl is on TV, on the radio, on photoshoots as the face of Nivea. But she has now also taken up the world of social activism, which saw her spend the better part of August – dubbed Women’s Month in South Africa – to get young women involved in building a character and to raise awareness on violence against women.
The key, for her, lies in action. When we asked her what advise she can give young women during their month and far beyond, Thando said starting is the most crucial aspect.
“The most important thing is to start”, she asserted. To begin is to set everything in motion toward a goal, and the rest will fall into place.
DJ Zinhle & AKA – Are They Really Back Together?
New backstage pictures spark rumours of an AKA and DJ Zinhle romantic reunion
We’ve been part of the DJ Zinhle – AKA – Bonang rollercoaster for so long that in another world, we’d all be invited to the family cookouts.
While we aren’t, damn… is everyone involved!? Snaps of DJ Zinhle sharing a kiss on the lips backstage at his recent AKA On The Orchestra concert got everyone immersed again this past Monday.
DJ Zinhle popped in to support the rapper for his big moment at Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.
Glimpses of an awe inspiring backstage gathering of the AKA’s loved ones – including their daughter Kairo, and AKA’s parents, came along with one picture of the two sharing a kiss that many have seen as going far beyond the co-parenting call of duty.
Well, are they back together?
Both Zinhle and AKA have remained tight lipped on the subject, even though AKA did alter some of the lyrics on his hit single – Beyonce, during his performance at Times Square.
The Touch My Blood single, which was rumoured to have been dedicated to Bonang, his ex, was remixed with “Thank God me and my baby mama are in a better place.”
The Beyonce single came hot on the heels of his highly publicised split from Bonang, whom he began dating after breaking up with DJ Zinhle over cheating allegations.
The DJ and entrepreneur claimed in a heartfelt blog that AKA and Bonang had been seeing other behind her back, during her pregnancy.
Almost two years after AKA dubbed his former relationship with Bonang “the pinnacle of South African pop culture”, he’s now moved on to other things. The latest photos have fans thinking he’s really moved on, or back with, DJ Zinhle.
Thando Thabethe Slammed Over ‘Open Up The Industry’ Defiance
Thando Thabethe joins Lerato Kganyago in challenging #OpenUpTheIndustry
She’s one of the hardest working women in the South African creative industry, and there’s no shred of doubt that a lot of hard work goes into juggling the many projects Thando Thabethe dabbles in.
But, Thabooty ruffled feathers when on Wednesday, the multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur was ensnared in the throes of a public counter-blast following her tweets on the persistent #OpenUpTheIndustry movement.
Thando, who feels that she’s “worked very hard” to get where she is, does not believe that there’s any capacity for her to open anything up, especially seeing she does not really call the shots. “I will be damned before I’m told to open up the industry!!!”, she wrote.
“Open it up for yourself like all of us did!!! To this day… I audition!!! I’ve worked very hard to get where I am…and I’m only just getting started.”
The actress followed with many more tweets expanding on her sentiment.
Thabethe’s tweets sparked a dialogue about the rarity of opportunity vs. entitlement. Your thoughts?
Directors and producers opened up the industry for you, the call is made towards them to do the same for other talented ppl, hopefully you’ll grasp this concept when you get to that level.
— Moiketsi_Mutsi (@MoiketsiMutsi) January 30, 2019
@Thando_Thabethe you spewing nonsense because your mother worked at SABC. That how you got an opportunity to be on television. You never worked your damn backside but you got it on a silver plate via connection. #OpenUpTheIndustry
— Not Adv Ngcukaitobi (@AdvNgcukaitobi) January 30, 2019
Remember what Beyonce Knowles did to vogue they had a list of well renowned visual photographers but she chose an unknown young black men the world was shook yet she says opportunities aren’t given to young talented people did she die
— Ngwane (@Vusi74537763) January 30, 2019
Truth of the matter all the doors you opened someone was on the other side and some doors opened because someone was told you were coming and the assisted you.
Get off your horse please
— 🇿🇦Ramalata Walter (@ramz_maphongo) January 30, 2019
Nomzamo’s Activism Put On Blast on Twitter
Nomzamo apologizes for taking a picture with Arthur Mafokate at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban.
Black Twitter opened up the floodgates on Sunday to release a furore of attacks directed at TVs Nomzamo Mbatha for taking a picture with former 999 head Arthur Mafokate. Both were in attendance at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban on Saturday where the picture was taken. The backlash was sparked in relation to the actress’ Cosmopolitan Magazine cover for the Activist issue. At the time when the issue dropped, there was much uproar in the Twitter streets as tweeps were of the opinion that she wasn’t deserving to grace the cover.
Twitter objected to Nomzamo’s picture, seemingly all smile with Arthur who has a history of women abuse.
I love @NomzamoMbatha and think she’s such a Queen and I Stan. But a social activist never takes off their activist hat. This tweet is not for me it’s for the young woman that will bump into this and continue to be silent because you choose to be polite to an abuser. 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/YBmXpTNO0d
— #BUSISIWE👑 (@cici_worldwide) January 13, 2019
Nomzamo was quick to defend herself, taking to social media to detail how the picture came about. The was also masses of fans that came to her defense, arguing that the picture shouldn’t cloud all the work that she’s done to advance women empowerment.
I’m cringing with you.
I was walking past, post the concert and looking for my manager when he greeted and whipped out his phone for a picture. Being polite I absent ‘mindedly’ obliged
I’m definitely not a fan and I’m sorry I wasn’t present enough to say “FUCK OFF, no thanks.” https://t.co/aksdsQeWtC
— Nomzamo Mbatha (@NomzamoMbatha) January 13, 2019
The ANC further distanced themselves from the disgraced Kwaito artist, stating that he was not invited to the manifesto. “The African National Congress condemns the conduct of Arthur Mafokate at its Manifesto Launch rally on 12 January 2019 when he stormed the stage uninvited and caused undue mayhem. While the ANC has worked with and supported Mafokate over many years, however, reports of his alleged abusive conduct towards a female accomplice go against the values and policies of the ANC which denounce gender-based violence,” the ANC said in a statement.
Will Black Twitter ever give Nomzamo a break? Is her apology accepted? Leave a comment below and continue the conversation.