Industry Updates

Newcomer from Limpopo, Mogau Paulina Motlatswi in Skeem Saam coming to SABC1

29 Sep 2011

My name is Mogau Paulina Motlhatswi.  I was born in Limpopo close to Lebowakgomo on the 13th July in 1992.  I moved to Johannesburg and attended Piet van Vuuren Primary school in Brixton where I did athletics, cross country and played netball.”

“I went to high school at St. Mary’s in Waverly where I took drama, history and geography up to matric. My favourite subjects were dramatic arts and history. I was a weekly boarder and absolutely loved the experience, the bonds formed and lessons learnt will stay with me forever. I am now studying my first year in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Johannesburg.”

Mogau plays the role of Mapitsi in Skeem Saam, “Mapitsi is a 15 year old girl who has difficulties keeping up with her boyfriend’s emotional trials. Skeem Saam is a new drama that will change the way parents and children think; it will definitely promote the beautiful language of sePedi.  Landing this role is my first achievement in this industry.”

When Mogau was little she wanted to be a lawyer, then a radio personality. That dream changed when she learnt about film and theatre, now she ultimately wants to be an impactful, amazing director. 

Edwin Cameron is Mogau’s inspiration, “he is the most amazing man I have ever met, and his success is something I would like to aim for. He is respected worldwide and has a heart of gold. My grandmother Sophie Kekana, the strongest woman alive is also an inspiration, she is very strict and we didn’t see eye to eye but it took a lot for her to take care of the family as she did and continues to do.”

Mogau is terrified of failure and scared of frogs.  She is inclined to be short tempered and a tad stubborn.  She gets angry at people who still believe that men are superior to women.

In her leisure time Mogau listens to music and spends time with those she loves. She enjoys listening to Yfm, “the presenters are great and they play good music. Siyabonga Ngwekazi is also inspirational.”  Vusi Kunene, Jamie Bartlett, Robert Whitehead, Xolile Tshabalala, Leonardo Di Caprio and Meryl Streep are Mogau’s favourite movie stars.

Mogau’s only regret is one she would like to share with other youth “I regret not working to my fullest potential in school, it is important later in life.”

You can see more of Mogau in 13 episodes of Skeem Saam on SABC1 Thursdays at 20h30 starting 13 October 2011.  Skeem Saam is about three teenage boys who grapple with tough conflicts as they navigate their journey to manhood in a Limpopo township. A hit and run accident throws 16-year-old Tbose Maputla and his friend Kwaito Seakamela into incredibly challenging situations, testing their friendship to the limit.

The series begins on the day of Thabo ‘Tbose’ Maputla's 16th birthday.  A day Zamokuhle ‘Kwaito’ Seakamela discovers he’s won a trip to London. It is also the day Katlego ‘Kat’ Petersen attempts a tiny rebellion. The boys are young and happening, fun and unpredictable.

Their massive craving to be men is the engine that drives their behaviour. Tbose's parents throw him a small 16th birthday party at home, but his friends have other celebration plans. When the festivities are over and the Limpopo light of day dawns over Turfloop Township, a horrific discovery is made: an upstanding member of the community, Ben Kunutu, has been killed in a hit and run accident.

A wave of shock reverberates through the community. Slowly the safe, unique and harmonious township of Turfloop splits itself into numerous fragments of suspicion, mistrust and secrecy. The police find themselves investigating more than just a hit and run accident. They are drawn into the trail of a syndicate that operates on the roadsides. Someone in Turfloop knows exactly what happened to Ben Kunutu and they are doing everything they can to hide it.

Lesley Fahey
SABC Education Marketing
Tel:  +27 (0) 11 714 6085