The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zim Actor Hot Property in South Africa

Ndlovu's Acting Skills Were First Discovered in Bulawayo At Amakhosi Cultural Centre Through Ndebele Television Series Such As 'Isithembu' and 'Amakorokoza'

Former Amakorokoza actor Earnest Ndlovu is one of the most sought after actors who features in two top South African soaps - "Inkaba" and "Generations" as Vukani Khoza, who is the father to Zamani and Ajax.

The Bulawayo-born actor has also featured in a number of South African television series such as "Egoli", "African Skies", "Going Up", "Tarzan: The Epic Adventures", "Justice for All", "Home Affairs", "Sokhulu and Parners", "Angel", "Okavango", "Rhodes," "Soul City", "Madam and Eve", "Charlie Jade", "Izingani zo Baba" and "Crusoe".

He played the role of "Minister of Home Affairs" in the second season of the SABC2 drama series "90 Plein Street", in 2009.

Probably the hot property in South African showbiz, Ndlovu has featured in films which include "A Dry White Season", "The Endangered", "Ipi Tombi", "Beat the Drum", "Primeval", "Dark City", " Rutanga Tapes", "The Fourth Reich", "I Dreamed of Africa", "African Story", "Whiskey Echo" and "Lethal Force".

Ndlovu has ditched his role in "Generations" to take up a new role in a television series called "Inkaba". The series has been showing since March on Mzansi Magic. Currently, he stars as Mzi Khumalo, a gas and coal sales and deliveryman in the Mzansi Magic telenovela "Inkaba", from 2012-2013.

Ndlovu remains humble although he is rubbing shoudlers with the likes of John Kani, Nakedi Ribane and Dumisani Mbebe, who are some of the South Africa's most celebrated actors.

"I am one of the few foreign actors who have managed to make it in South Africa. I am very grateful to the producers of the many films I have starred in.

"It's a privilege to be acting alongside some of South Africa's greats," he said.

Ndlovu's acting skills were first discovered in Bulawayo at Amakhosi Cultural Centre through Ndebele television series such as "Isithembu" and "Amakorokoza". He said the experience he gained from the arts centre was invaluable.

"I started acting in Zimbabwe before I went in search of greener pastures in South Africa. Zimbabwe provided me with the basic skills which took me to where I am today," he said.

He said the Zimbabwean film industry was still lagging behind countries like South Africa and Nigeria.

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