South African movie industry is one industry in Africa that has being underestimated. This is even after the production of movies that have flown the world including The God’s Must be Crazy and District 9.
It gets even more wired when one considers some of the great actors the industry has given the African continent like Rapulana Seiphemo.
Rapulana Seiphemo was born into a rather large family of five children, in November 1964 in Soweto. He attended his education at the Anchor Comprehensive High School in Orlando West in Soweto, Gauteng.
Seiphemo continued his education with a BA. in Theater Arts in 1991 from the Texas A and M university in Texas United States of America.
Rapulana Seiphemo’s wife is Olga Rubeiro. The actor has been married to her since 2003 at at Royal Swazi Sun in Ezulwini in Swaziland. The couple has three children.
Although with a case of alleged cheating and assault on a girlfriend against him, Rapulana Seiphemo’s wife has been able to hold the marriage together.
As early as 1989, he showed his prospects when he acted in a play; My children, My Africa, which toured South Africa and America.
Before landing to play a huge role in the movie industry, Rapulana taught at Fuba Academy in 1995. After leaving Fuba in 1996, he joined Sibikwa Community Theatre Group.
His recorded acting began in 1997 when he appeared in Jump the Gun. He continued in 1998 with his role in SABC3’s soap opera Isidingo. In the soap opera he acted the role of Godlieb Mofokeng. The opera ran till 2001. In the same year, he appeared in Tarzan and the Lost City as Kaya.
Before 1997 however, he appeared in a documentary drama called Rhythm and Rights in 1995. In 1996, he was a part of a mini-series; Deafening Silence.
Since from the beginning of his career in 1996, Rapulana Seiphemo has acted in over thirty movies, documentaries and soap operas. His climax seem to be the times between 2009 and 2011. In these times he appeared in over 10 productions. The productions include hosting a TV Game Show, Ambush; appearing as a Judge in a reality TV show, Class Act between 2010 and 2011; and appearing as a guest star in a TV drama, Silent Witness.
Rapulana Seiphemo’s white wedding is one of his most successful movies. The movie which stands out among other South African movies had Seiphemo as one of the producers, writers and cast.
The movie was produced in South Africa in Five languages including English and Xhosa. It tells about a groom and his best friends who embarked on an adventure across the country to attend a wedding. The movie achieved a massive success in South Africa and beyond.
In his journey as an actor, Rapulana Seiphemo has achieved much as a producer, writer and Director. He co-produced or produced the following; Mzansi Magic’s comedy drama series Bomba and TT, White wedding, and Task Force. Others are Perfect Shishebo, and paradise Stop. He as well co-produced a documentary, State of Emergency: How to Make a Protest Movie.
He direct Laugh Out Loud TV series in 2011 and edited the TV drama Taskforce in 2014. Among the movies he has written are White wedding and Paradise Stop.
Among the Awards he won are
In February 2016, Rapulana Seiphemo was involved in a car crash that left three people dead. Two other people and himself were left in a critical condition.
The accident as claimed by the actor was as a result of car hijacking attempt. Investigations into the matter however added a case of culpable homicide to that of car hijacking, as Seiphemo was the driver of the car.
The actor said the accident occurred as a result of a struggle that ensued between him and the two men who tried to take his car and kill him. Others however raised questions on whether or not Seiphemo was drinking and driving.
After the crash, the White Wedding actor underwent a minor surgery after the crash before returning to work in March.