Simphiwe Ngema may have gained national recognition as an actress for her role as Thuli Nkosi on ‘Muvhango’ the SABC 2 soap opera.
However, Simphiwe is more than just an actress. She is also a singer, MC, choreographer, presenter and journalism graduate from the Boston Media House.
Simphiwe Ngema is also the co-founder of Still We Rise (SWR) Trading with one of her sisters – Baxolile Ngema who serves as the CEO for the Johannesburg based company.
Still We Rise Trading is an incredibly diverse enterprise which provides services that include: Project and Events Management, Software and Stationery Supplies, Hardware provision, IT, Cleaning Services, Construction and Civils & Fleet Management.
When ‘Still We Rise’ began, the Mining industry was its area of focus. It specialized in transportation and logistics within the industry.
She has cited one of her fellow Muvhango actresses – Sindi Dlathu – as a sister-like role model in the entertainment business.
Simphiwe Ngema has been active in South Africa’s entertainment industry since 2008.
Simhiwe was born on the 29th of August, 1989. She was born in Klipspruit in Soweto which is located in Johannesburg.
She is the middle child with two sisters – an older and a younger sister.
Along with her sisters and parents (who are both pastors), Simphiwe was raised in Zuurbekom, which is also in Johannesburg.
In 1998, her father founded a church in Zuurbekom.
Simphiwe Ngema went on to attend a combined school in Sandton, Johannesburg – Chinese Kuo Ting School.
After graduating from the Chinese Kuo Ting School, she worked as receptionist before enrolling in the Boston Media House to study Journalism.
Whiile Simphiwe always had a love for performing since high school; she began to see performance as an actual career choice after she enrolled in the Boston Media House in 2008.
In high school, she auditioned for a part in Lebohang Morake’s stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 America musical animation – The Lion King.
She did not get the part, but in a positive twist the auditions for the play were held by Duma Ka Ndlovu who later created Muvhango for SABC 2.
Duma suggested that Simphiwe Ngema audition for The Game – a play he was producing.
Simphiwe was successful in that audition and she played the part of Pretty Khumalo – a prostitute who had been jailed for murdering her father.
Other notable actresses who were involved in the play include Lucia Mthiyane, Sindi Dlathu, Mary Twala, Leleti Khumalo, and Jo-Anne Reyneke
After the Game’s conclusion, Simphiwe returned to her studies at Boston Media house. She graduated with her Journalism degree in 2010.
“It was not smooth sailing though. I auditioned 17 times, starting with other roles. But eventually I got the part of Thuli…” Said Simphiwe Ngema on her part as Thuli Nkosi on Duma Ka Ndlovu’s hit show – Muvhango.
While acknowledging that her appearance on the show has opened doors for her, she also easily admits that acquiring the role was no small feat.
During an interview with Bona magazine in 2014, Simphiwe States, “I started auditioning between 2008 and 2009, at first I auditioned for the receptionist, then it was Vuyiswa – Phila’s sugar mommy then Juby – James girlfriend…then finally they Created Thuli which they felt was suitable for me”.
Simphiwe is has become a fan favorite during her time on the show.
Muvhango was nominated for the South African Film and Television Award for best soap opera in 2006.
The show which premiered in 1999, became the first TV with Venda as the primary language. However, as the series progressed, the show became multilingual in an attempt to showcase the various wonderful languages and cultures that thrive in South Africa.
Simhiwe is currently married to Dumi Masilela.
The couple confirmed they were in a relationship the day after they got married.
Dumi who was born on the 31st of May, 1988 is South African actor and singer.
Fun fact: Dumi is also a former Soccer player.
He is mostly known to the South African public for his on the e.tv’s soap opera – Rhythm City.
On Rhythm City, he portrays Sifiso Ngema – a character who basically hustles his way through life.
Prior to joining Rhythm City, Dumi Masilela previously appeared on the Idols South Africa where he made it to the top 18 category.