John Maputla is one of the most-loved characters on SABC 1’s Skeem Saam. He is a university lecturer/businessman. His life is family orientated as well as of service to his community.
SABC Education describes his character as, “A lot of pressure was put on him as a kid to succeed, and he never disappointed his parents. He became one of the most celebrated lecturers in his community. He wants the very best for his children and will not tolerate anything less than an excellent academic performance from them. He’s a loyal husband and dedicated father. He’s the sort of person you wouldn’t mind facing a crisis with.”
The man behind the no-nonsense character is actor Africa Tsoai. Africa has acted in Mokgonyana Matswale as well as Bophelo ke Semphekgo. We’ve put together a list of interesting facts about the actor. Check them out below.
He Is Younger Than He Looks
Africa was born on July 4, 1967. He is 53-years-old. Many would-be forgiven to think that he is way older.
He Was Born In God’s Window
The actor was born in Graskop in Mpumalanga – not far from the place popularly known as God’s Window. He later relocated to Bushbukridge. His parents stayed in Soweto.
He Is A Family Man
Just like his character of John Maputla, Tsoai is a family man. He is a father of four and a dedicated husband.
He Worked As A Petrol Attended
At one point the actor used to work as a petrol attendant in Johannesburg. He wanted to a lawyer but couldn’t fulfil his dream because his parents didn’t have the means to take him to school.
He Used To Be A Model
Before the fame, he used to model for brands. He was also a photographer.
His Favourite Actress
In an interview with Pearl Modiadie on Zaziwa in 2016, Africa revealed that Lydia Mokgoloshi, who plays Koko Manthsa, is his favourite South African actress.