XITSONGA-speaking people will finally be represented on the popular SABC 2 soapie, Muvhango.
A new role of psychologist Dr Patience, played by Confidence “Connie” Mkansi from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, has been created.
On the soapie, Mkansi who appeared for the first time this month, is trying to help Muvhango’s popular and rich businesswoman Thandaza Mokoena, played by Sindi Dlathu, deal with her psychological problems.
“I am happy that the industry is now opening up to accommodate all the people from different clans and tribes,” said Mkansi (30).
Mkansi is not new in the industry.
She has acted on eTV soapie Scandal as Sister Khuzwayo, between 2011 and 2012.
“My experience includes being a drama tutor at an art college. I was also head scriptwriter for a telenovela on Midrand-Tembisa TV (MTTV) called ‘SCARS BOPHELO BO’,” she said.
The actress said that MTTV is a television station that was based in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni, but has since shut down due to financial constraints.
“I was also a trainee producer for a youth educational programme called ‘PASSA-MATRIC’. I worked at MTTV on a volunteer basis,” she explained.
Mkansi holds a BA Dramatic Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.
“I have in the past worked as a promoter, child supervisor, brand ambassador and street performer. I have performed at the Wits Theatre, Soweto Theatre, State Theatre, and at the Grahamstown National Arts festival,” added Mkansi, who graduated in 2007 majoring in performance studies and playmaking.
Born and bred in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, Mkansi moved to Phalaborwa in Limpopo with her parents when she six-year-old.
“Phalaborwa was my home until I matriculated from Nkateko High School in 2003 and moved to Johannesburg to further my studies.”
Many Xhitsonga-speaking people have hailed Mkansi’s entry into Muvhango as a moment of pride.
Tzaneen resident and businessman Dr Rex Mushwana said he was happy to learn that there was an actress speaking his own language on Muvhango.
“That is so amazing, it is happening at long last,” he said.