Simphiwe Majozi is a South African actor who was thrust into the spotlight after he began starring in South Africa’s most viewed television show, Uzalo. Though relatively new as an actor, he has made quite an impression in the industry. He is highly respected among his contemporaries for his acting skills, creativity, and incredible on-screen performance.
Majozi started entertaining people with his multiple talents way before his appearance in Uzalo. He has remained a delight to many since then and has had nothing short of a spectacular acting experience ever since his journey in the South African entertainment industry began. He owes his sudden rise to stardom to his performance in Uzalo, which can be best described as endearing and relatable.
Simphiwe Majozi Was Born Into A Large Family
Simphiwe Majozi is a native of Mtwalume (near Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast), South Africa. He was born in the city in the 1980s – the particular date and year he was born are not publicly known, and the actor seems to be reluctant about revealing when his mother brought him into the world.
Majozi is the last child of his parents. He has nine older siblings – seven brothers and two sisters. Not much is known about most of his siblings except for one of them who is doing great as well in the South African entertainment industry. Although the actor is not married yet, he has no plans of having more than two children when he eventually ties the knot.
Summary of Simphiwe Majozi’s Personal Profile
- Real name: Simphiwe Majozi
- Year of Birth: 1980s
- Place of Birth: Mtwalume, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Popularly Known as: “Sbu,” his Uzalo character
- Most Notable Work: Uzalo
- Education: Studied Marketing Management at the Universal College Outcomes in Pietermaritzburg
- Marital Status: Not married but in a serious relationship with his long-time girlfriend
He Was Raised By His Siblings
Following the death of Simphiwe’s mother in 1999, the actor’s dad and siblings took over the responsibility of raising him. Majozi was still in primary school when his mother passed on, which led to his siblings playing the role of their mother in his life.
Majozi’s father was a respected pastor, who was known for instilling moral values in all his children. Sadly, he has since joined his ancestors, leaving behind his nine children. Before fame, the Uzalo actor and his siblings lived together until his brother Xolani rented an apartment, so Simphiwe moved in with him.
The Actor Began Showing Signs Of Greatness At A Very Young Age
Simphiwe Majozi developed a keen interest in art as a kid, precisely at the age of seven. He started by singing and taking part in plays in the church before he eventually won his first acting job on a play that was produced by his brother. Pleased with his performance and the feedback he received from the audience, he decided to become an actor to fulfill his dream.
From that time onwards, the actor began making more appearances in plays and investing much of his time rehearsing scripts for plays. Although Majozi is yet to win a major award as an actor, he is an in-demand performer, and his journey to greatness has been rewarding and fulfilling.
Majozi Was Encouraged To Get A Backup Before Venturing Into Acting
After he matriculated, the actor met his siblings and inform them of his plans to fully pursue a career in acting. In response, the actor’s siblings gave him their blessings, but advised him to further his education and apply for a course he could fall back on should his acting career fail to work out as desired.
The Uzalo actor eventually enrolled at the Universal College Outcomes in Pietermaritzburg, where he majored in Marketing Management. The actor’s degree is one of his biggest accomplishments in life.
Simphiwe Majozi Was Originally Hired To Appear In One Scene In Uzalo
One of the memorable days Majozi will never forget in his life was the very day he was handed a script documenting his role in Uzalo. It was a dream come true for him, and an opportunity he would forever be grateful for. As gathered, the actor was originally meant to appear in one scene in the TV show, but he delivered his part so well that the directors and producers of Uzalo decided to specifically create a storyline for him.
He once shared that he auditioned thrice for the show, specifically in Durban and Johannesburg. Majozi’s Uzalo character is just as much of a genius as the actor himself. His character, Sbusiso “Sbu” Rememberance Makhathini, is a funny thug and drug addict. Sbu makes a living by indulging in criminal acts like car hijacking for his master Xulu. He is the boyfriend of Fikile (played by Nelisa Mchunu), and a member of Sibonelo, MaNgcobo, and Nkunzi’s workforce.
He Has Other Side Hustles
Aside from acting, Majozi has other ventures he manages between acting gigs. He is a singer, an occasional music video choreographer, and the public relations officer with the renowned South African male choral group Lady Smith Black Mambazo. His brother Xolani works as the manager of the choral group.
Besides Uzalo, the actor has been featured in a couple of South African plays, including Mike Mvelase’s play “Kwasuka Sukela,” as well as a musical by veteran director, television actor, and theatre writer Bheki Mkhwane at the Durban ICC.
Though Majozi has established himself as one of South Africa’s fast-rising actors to watch out for, he still hopes to spread his tentacles by venturing into producing and directing television shows. Recently, he was nominated for the Royalty Award for his roles in Uzalo. Looking at his current pace, Majozi is bound to achieve much more than he has done in the past years.
His Music Career Recently Got A Boost Following The Release Of His First Single
Simphiwe Majozi recently launched his music career after many years of hesitancy. His song, which was titled Nizobona Ngomophu (You will reap what you sow), made its way to the competitive market during the Covid-19 period as a form of awareness. It was greeted with massive positive feedback, which made the actor return to the studio for more hits.
My debut single Nizobona Ngomopho is out. Please go get it!!!https://t.co/ljQBy0ygKl
— simphiwe majozi (@simphiwemajozi) July 21, 2020
Simphiwe Majozi Has Experienced His Fair Share Of Life’s Challenges
Simphiwe, like most actors, is no stranger to challenges. Although he hardly opens up about his real-life challenges as much as his Uzalo character does, his fans believe that he has had his fair share of life’s troubles from the moment he embarked on his journey to greatness.
Sometime in 2018, the actor almost lost his job for arriving on set behind schedule on several occasions because he was taking a taxi to work. The actor stated that his decision to take public transport to work resulted in him coming in contact with so many people at the park who always asked for pictures and some moments for private discussions.
Simphiwe Majozi has since got a befitting ride for himself, but will never forget his experience that year. The actor has also had his fair share of fake news on several occasions. Recently, he expressed sadness over a Facebook post claiming that he was involved in a fatal car crash.
The Actor’s Professional Life In Summary
- Occupation: Actor, singer, dancer, public relation officer
- Also notable For: Making appearances in Mike Mvelase’s play “Kwasuka Sukela” and Bheki Mkhwane’s musical at the Durban ICC.
- Award/Nomination: Royalty Award nominee (2020)
- From Acting to ‘Action!’, Simphiwe wants to become a film director and producer in the nearest future.
- The actor almost lost his job in his budding years due to transportation hassles.
- Majozi recently released a song about Covid-19. He is working on his album currently.
- He was once a victim of fake news. The event left him traumatized and disappointed.
Simphiwe Majozi Is In Love With One Woman And She Is A Politician
Like his Uzalo character, Majozi is in a serious relationship in real life. Even though he doesn’t speak much about his personal life, sources have it that he and his sweetheart have been seeing each other for over a decade. The actor is dating Elundini local municipality Democratic Alliance (DA) councilor called Kekeletso Mahlelebe. The politician is from Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape, and has been supportive of the actor’s fast-growing career.
It is said that the actor has become a better person since he fell in with the politician, who also happens to be his high school lover. The lovebirds have been spotted together at notable places in South Africa, including the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga.
The Actor And His Uzalo On-Screen Girlfriend Are Just Friends In Real Life
Contrary to popular belief, the actor and his Uzalo co-star Nelisa Mchunu (Fikile) are not dating in real life. Although Fikile has been linked to the actor due to their roles, we can confirm that the chemistry between them only exists on the screen. Recently, Mchunu was rumored to be pregnant for Simphiwe Majozi, but it turned out to be false.
Key Takeaways From The Real-Life Sbu from Uzalo
1. Simphiwe Majozi may not be a philanthropist, but he doesn’t hesitate to take part in charitable causes. He was among notable South Africans who helped to pack food parcels at Duzi Park warehouse, Camp Drift. The items were later distributed across KwaZulu-Natal province to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. His role model is none other than veteran actor Bheki Mkhwane.
3. He is more of a theatre actor.
4. Majozi is one of South Africa’s beloved actors and it’s all because of his comic role in Uzalo.