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‘I Don’t Have Time For Anything Else’: Jessica Nkosi Speaks On Her Acting in Exclusive Interview

Jessica Nkosi speaks to QuenchSA.com exclusively about her character on Isibaya and how her rise to prominence has not changed the way she sees her role as Qondi.

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Jessica Nkosi has completely changed the landscape of Mzansi Magic‘s telenovela Isibaya and what it means to be leading lady of the show. The role of leading lady has swapped very capable hands from Mkhabayi (Thembi Nyandeni) to Iris (Mampho Brescia) in the past, with both women toiling for absolute power through the chess-like displays of brute force and might. Qondi’s use of her allure might just be the oldest and the most powerful, the power of seduction.
Of course, with her role  being cast in a rather violent and misogynistic world, the power wielded by a female can take an unprecedented turn. She presently reigns over eBhubesini with her husband Bhekifa while her blood lusts for the tender touch of the Zungu’s hitman Fezile. She swiftly manoeuvres her way through a tricky maize with both men willing to lay their lives on the line for the once coy and soft-spoken Qondi, while her sway over what happens to eBhubesini is at her whim.
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We caught up with Jessica Nkosi to find out more about her character and whether her shoulders have started to feel the weight of carrying such a blockbuster of a show. Unphased by the task at hand, Jessica explains that she doesn’t feel anything remotely akin to pressure. “There’s no pressure! Literally I get a script, I see it, I interpret it and I do me which is act it up. I see Qondi going through a lot which might be interpreted as growth and it is growth in my eyes, but with regards to pressure, no there is no pressure. I don’t necessarily look at it as Qondi is now lead. She now has a life, she’s now going through a whole lot in her life, that is how I look at it”, she said.
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We pestered on the nitty gritty things she does as Qondi to find out if she relates to any of the morally shunned upon activities she portrays. ‘Hardly so! I probably go through it with her but that is because that’s what the script says. The script writters are the bosses’ Jessica remarks . With such versatility, we pointed to the development of the character Qondi, starting out as a coy aid to the Zungu household to a woman with an opinion.
‘For me it’s not a difficult job. Acting is my job and it’s what I studied. I have a BA in drama and performing arts so whatever character that is written for me I will try interpret it the best way I know how. The beautiful thing about Ayeye‘s Eve and Qondi from Isibaya is that they were roles that were on two opposite sides of the spectrum and that is the beauty of acting, we don’t get type casted and we know we can play multiple roles’, she said passionately.

HER PROCESS…

Seeking a more in depth and personal reason to how she churns out such great emotion, we asked Jessica to share with us the various steps she takes in her preparation for a new role.
‘It’s reading the entire script and then getting a back story. Getting the history of the character and it’s not getting it through asking the, producer, director and the writer but forming a story on my own, in my head. So if this girl is a certain way, why does she act like this? There must be a story from the top, so I usually use that and make up a story, make up a history for my characters and that way it gives me a way forward’, she explains.
QondiAsked whether she intends on showcasing her talents on the big screen in the near future, she confessed that she currently has a lot on her plate. ‘Definitely! I would like to do movies but as you know I’m on a soapie that is on 24/7 single day on TV. So everyday I’m shooting six o’clock till half past six, 12 hour days. So with that being said I don’t have time for anything else, I’ve had to rejected a lot of work because Isibaya was my first call’, Nkosi explains.
Lastly and probably the most important question considering that Jessica could have easily been part of the Victoria Secret catalogue, we asked her what she would do if she wasn’t an actress. ‘My calling is acting, I would be acting…I studied law for three years. I really wanted to do that so maybe I would have done that’, she giggles.

Catch Qondi on Isibaya every week day at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic Dstv channel 161.

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Kay Sibiya and Judie Confirm They’ve Broken Up

They’ve asked to be granted space.

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They often treat their followers to awe-inspiring glimpses of their romance on social media. So locals were shocked when Kay Sibiya announced that he and long term girlfriend, Judie Sbahle Kama, have gone their separate ways.

The actor asked to be “granted space” in the statement shared on Instagram on Friday.

Accompanied by a snap of the former couple twinning their outfits in happier times, the lengthy note explained that the two have decided to end things amicably. In simpler terms, there’s no drama here.

“After much thought and consideration Judie and I have decided to separate on amicable terms”, he revealed. “I have much respect for her and I will always hold her in high esteem and regard.”

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Sibiya acknowledged that the news might come as a bit of a shock to fans, but they needed to be given some room to conduct their split privately. “We know this might come as a sudden shock but please can you grant us space there is a lot on the balance and this decision is bigger than us as it effects many people 🙏🏽  (sic)”

After all, the former broke tiny bits of the internet when they shared snaps from their pregnancy photoshoot.

Kay Sibiya and girlfriend Judie

The two will remain friends after the breakup. Photo: Kay Sibiya/Instagram

The news of their break up comes just two weeks after another high profile celebrity break up made headlines.

Lootlove and Reason also contained the front page spread of their split by putting out a statement on their social platforms to confirmed that they had ended their relationship.

More recently, Lerato Kganyago and Thami Ndlala also called it quits after two months of marriage.

It’s sad to see people we like breaking up, but we can only hope they can remain friends.

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Dineo & Solo Reflect on First Year as a Married Couple

“You grasp it at a different level once you understand the forever.”

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The Langas, one of South Africa’s most loved celebrity couples, are a gift that keeps on giving. They are really nurturing our hopes in love while keeping it real, real and real.

One year after Dineo and Solo Langa tied the knot in a spectacular wedding that was captured on the Kwakuhle Kwethu 3 part wedding TV Special, the two have come back to distill their experience so long.

In a couples vlog shared on YouTube, the couple reflect on their one year as not-so-newlyweds (even though it feels like yesterday because the entire 2020 has frozen time), while treating fans to new footage from the show as part of their anniversary.

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Married couples often say that marriage flips the landscape of the relationship and shifts the dynamics. For Dineo, while their marriage has elevated, transformed and elevated their outlook on life, nothing really changed. The two had already dated 7 years prior to getting married, but their flow has only intensified.

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“I don’t feel anything really changed”, she said. “This was always our frequency as a couple throughout the 7 years before we got married. We were always like this. It’s been really good.”

“I think marriage has added a nice texture to us. For us becoming one… the understanding of the unity. You grasp it at a different level once you understand the ‘forever’. Forever is, for any human, hard to grasp. You can’t really wrap your head around it. Day to day, we understand our commitment to each other deeper and deeper…”

The couple melted the hearts of South Africans when they documented the journey to marriage on the wedding TV special, which can be streamed on Showmax.

Viewers got glimpses into the hectic reality of putting together a wedding, the very real uniting of families, the stresses around the logistics of the actual ceremony, as well as all the emotions as a young couple commit each other, for ever.

But while the show’s crisp picture and awe inspiring scenes captured viewers, the whole experience was no walk in the park. As with any wedding, things don’t all go smoothly.

Amongst other things, Dineo reveals getting lost in the Vaal on her way from KwaThema, while Solo reveals that the slaughtering of the cow was delayed so far that it has to take place around midnight.

KwaKuhle Kwethu initially premiered it’s 3-part wedding TV special on 1Magic in 2019, before the show was windowed down to Mzansi Magic. Those who still want to catch feels can stream it on Showmax.

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Vodacom Durban July 2020 To Be Held Behind Closed Doors

No spectators for this year’s Durban July.

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The annual horse race extravaganza was under threat this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fears over the possible cancellation of the event were laid to rest after the president gave an address yesterday, citing a possible relaxation of restrictions. While the Vodacom Durban July will continue as scheduled, there will be no spectators on the stands. This measure is in line with government health protocols to ensure that they curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

The race has been held annually since 1897 without any interruptions, and it morphed into a lifestyle event with celebrities and politicians alike making cameos. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, 25 July. Initially, the race was scheduled to be held on the first week July on the 4th, Saturday.

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The host of the Vodacom Durban July, Gold Circle confirmed that the race got the green light after consultation with all the relevant stakeholders. Even though the date was extended, the host stressed caution over further changes possibly taking place because of the “extremely fluid nature of the current pandemic”.

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