Sindi Dlathu Biography, Age, Movies, Husband, Salary, Twin Sister, Children
Sindi Dlathu Biography
Sindi Dlathu (Sindiswa Dlathu) is a South African actress popularly known for her role as Thandaza Moekoena, the wife to Ranthumeng Moekoena on Muvhango. She was born on 4th January 1974 in Meadowlands, Soweto Johannesburg (JHB) in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
Sindi Dlathu Career
At the age of 12 Sindi Dlathu received mentorship from Mahotella Queens, a member of the famed South African Mbhaqanga band after she reached the finals of ‘A Shell Road Fame, a talent competion but she did not win.
At the age of fifteen she won a miming competition after she performed an Aretha Franklin cover of The Beatles song “Let It Be”. She attended the auditions for Mbongeni Ngema’s play, Sarafina which saw her cast as the understudy for the title character and went to perform in the United States of America (USA). While on tour with Sarafina she met Randy Crawford who asked to stay behind and perform with her.
In the screen version of Sarafina, Sindi Dlathu worked alongside Whoopi Goldberg and was commissioned as an assistant choreographer to Michael Peters, the man responsible for many of Michael Jackson’s dance routines.
In 1997 she was in the FNB Vita Award-winning Game, where she performed with Mary Twala, Abigail Kubheka, and Nomhle Nkonyeni. Her first TV part was in Khululeka, where she completed an outstanding series.
Sindi Dlathu threatre productions include Madiepetsana and a FNB Vita Award in 2003 for Best Actress in the The Suit, locally performed at the Civic Theatre with an international run at an Amsterdam festival.
Sindi Dlathu has sung backing vocals for Billy Ocean and Randy Crawford. Performing with Mary Twala, Abigail Kubheka, and Nomhle Nkonyeni in Duma Ka Ndlovu’s award winning stage play The Game, she went to London with his production of The Ritual.
She was cast as Nomthandazo “Thandaza” Buthelezi on Muvhango. When she first cast her role was minor but it grew overtime to become one of the key characters.
According to a Sunday World article of 2011 she was supposed to release a music album “We’re working hard to have it on the shelves before the year  ends or early next year . We hope Sindi’s [Dlathu] fans will be delighted with what she has to offer. We at Gallo Records are behind her all the way. We’re just tying up loose ends,”.
Sindi Dlathu leaving Muvhango after 20 years
Sindi Dlathu revealed that she was leaving Muvhango after 20 years with the production so that she can grow as an artist and as a brand.
‘After 20 years I’ve decided to give the Thandaza character a break in order for me to grow as an artist, Muvhango has been more than a job to me, it has been my life for 20 years and I’ve loved and cherished every single moment of playing Thandaza. However after a long 20 years, I’ve decided to give the Thandaza character a break in order for me to grow as an artist, venture out to explore new opportunities and discover what I can do as an actress and as a human being.’
Her last episode was aired in March 2018. Muvhango’s associate producer Morishe Matlejoane said the production is not bidding her a permanent farewell, but freezing of a character.
Sindi Dlathu Salary
Sindi Dlathu, who plays Thandaza on SABC2’s Muvhango, is the highest- paid actor in the corporation, with a salary of about R85 000 a month. This is as revealed by the tabloid.
Sindi Dlathu’s Twin – Sindi Dlathu Sister
Sindi Dlathu has a twin Sister known as Zanele Sangweni who is married to Matome Meela, a local businessman who owns a pawn shop and sells used cars in Soweto.
Sindi Dlathu Movies
- 1997 – 2007: Sarafina
- 1999: Escape from Angola
- 2001 – 2008: Soul City
- 2003 – 2018: Muvhango
- 2004: Married
- Justice for All
- 2010: Generations
- 2015: Ngempela
- 2018: The River
Sindi Dlathu Husband
Sindi is married to Bheki Shongwe and they have two kids together.
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Sindi Dlathu on playing Lindiwe Dlamini in the telenovela ‘The River’ and Leaving Muvhango.
The new thrill-a-minute telenovela, which airs on 1Magic, will leave viewers gasping for more. The River stars seasoned actress Sindi Dlathu in the lead role as Lindiwe Dlamini, a part that was written for her by the executive producers as a tough as nails mining magnate, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
The show sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is populated by society’s upper crust in exquisite mansions who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth. The other world is inhabited by the exploited common folk who constantly toil and have little to show for it.
Others characters include Hlomla Dandala as Zweli, Lawrence Maleka as Zolani, Don Mlangeni as Thato, and Moshidi Motshegwa as Malefu.
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“In my perspective, the show is about the situation our country is in right now. It’s about the haves and the have-nots. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The rich steal from the poor and they’ll do whatever it takes to stay on top.
“The show follows the lives of characters who are brought together and divided by a diamond discovery in Cullinan, which is just outside Pretoria,” Dlathu said.
She said her character, Lindiwe, came from a hard life, so she learnt from an early age that the world is not for the weak or those who feel sorry for themselves.
“She hardly allows herself to be vulnerable, but when she does, it’s usually for her children. She’s a femme fatale who will stop at nothing to get what she wants,” she said.
The actress said she enjoyed playing Lindiwe as she’s such an imperfect person in the perfect world she has created for herself, and she has to constantly strive to stay on top.
“The show intrigued me. The creators of the show, Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon, are two gentlemen I’m very familiar with. We worked together on Muvhango many years ago and I’ve always admired their storytelling talents and their work ethic.
“The space that Lindiwe finds herself in means that she can never rest on her laurels. Of course, the fact that I’m on the same show as consummate actors such as Tinah Mnumzane, Hlomla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa and many other amazing people is just a bonus,” she said.
Some of the themes that the show brings to light is that of greed, hunger for power and sacrifice.
Dlathu said leaving Muvhango was a difficult decision to make, but once she got on the set of The River, she just immersed herself in the character.
“There really wasn’t a lot of time for preparation because the schedule was hectic. I’m a method actor, so it meant really diving into it.
“Leaving Muvhango was difficult. That had become my home, and Duma had been my mentor for as long as I can remember.
“When you’ve been on a show for that long, everyone becomes family – you’re not just colleagues. Things that happen to your fellow cast and crew members affect you. But for me, all of this happened at the right time when I was ready for change and growth,” she said.
Sindi Dlathu said everyone should catch this uniquely South African story.
“It has a storyline with twists and turns for days and a wide variety of talented actors and actresses.
“Also, I love the way more and more young black people are being given the chance to tell their own stories; stories that affect us to this day. I think that broadcasters are being more open-minded to investing in young talent. I look forward, though, to a time when creatives will be able to own their intellectual property,” she said.
Source: iol.cp.za (5th February 2018)
Sindi Dlathu on industry changes: ‘People aren’t warm anymore’
Sindi Dlathu, who has been in the industry for more than two decades believes that the changes in the industry has also helped actors evolve.
In an interview with Drum, Sindi said she was fascinated by peoples’ behaviour both in the industry and in general.
“It’s not like before, we have evolved, but I don’t know whether it’s positive or not. People aren’t warm anymore. A person can befriend someone because of what they can do for them. I wish we could go back to God, be humble and have love above because I think we’re going in the opposite direction.”
Sindi Dlathu said she was happy that the number of women in power in the entertainment industry has grown and it was refreshing to witness.
“The number of women has grown. Women are executive producers, directors and some own production companies. The channels are open for everyone but the doors aren’t wide open for all of us. Yet, overall, the industry has evolved positively.”
When Sindi Dlathu announced her departure from Muvhango late last year, she said she wanted to grow as an artist.
“Muvhango has been more than a job to me, it has been my life for 20 years and I’ve loved and cherished every single moment of playing Thandaza. After 20 years I’ve decided to give the Thandaza character a break in order for me to grow as an artist, venture out to explore new opportunities and discover what I can do as an actress and as a human being,” she said on social media.
Earlier this month, Sindi Dlathu joined the cast of The River, a new telenovela to air on 1Magic (a channel replacing Vuzu Amp).
The show also includes actors such as Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni and Moshidi Motshegwa.
Source: Sunday Times ( 19th January 2018)