EASTERN Cape actor Phikolomzi Magongoma – who portrays Sabelo Ndlangisa in Generations – is having the time of his life playing a master manipulator in the soapie.
Born in King William’s Town, the 36-year-old’s character is Senzo Dlomo’s cousin in the long-running SABC1 show.
“Life is good for me at the moment. I am where I always wanted to be,” Ndlangisa said.
In Generations, Ndlangisa and his wife Babalwa (played by Port Elizabeth-born actress Talita Ndima) are battling to have a child.
Meanwhile, Dlomo gets Noluntu Memela pregnant, but soon realises they can never be together.
He decides to palm the baby off on his cousin, believing that the child should grow up with family.
Dlomo also promises to save his cousin from bankruptcy.
“Sabelo cannot let such an opportunity slip away, but the problem is his wife. He manages to convince her [but] there is still drama to come,” he said.
Magongoma, who studied drama at the University of Cape Town, is no stranger to TV.
“I have had a lot of small roles in the past,” he said.
These include parts in Bubom’sana, Interrogation Room, Sokhulu and Partners, Zone 14 and Stokvel.
“In 2005 I also had my own show at Bush radio where I started working as a director and producer. I then presented a show called For Art’s Sake,” he said.
He moved to Johannesburg in 2010 to pursue his acting career. “My big break came in June. I heard that Generations was hosting auditions for Sabelo and I went for it.”
But it was not easy to secure the role.
“My name was not on the list so I called my agent, who managed to get me in. There were thousands of people trying out.”
Two days later he got the job.
Magongoma said he was grateful to be acting alongside Ndima.
“I have gained a lot of experience in Generations and everyone there is just great,” he said. Asked to describe himself, Magongoma said he was humble, unlike his manipulative character in the show.
“I am easily hurt and work hard.”
He is also busy shooting a movie for DStv’s Mzansi Magic.
“I have also just finished shooting three other movies. In the first one, I played a dumb thug in a movie called Poppy.”
He also acted as a minister in a film called Pastor Bhande and as an upmarket thug in Life Yeskorokoro.
When he is not shooting movies or acting in Generations, Magongoma likes to spend time with his three children.