Skeem Saam’s Meneer Manaka Quits Radio For Acting.
Could he have found acting more lucrative than radio presenting?
Probably one of the most loved SABC1 soapie characters, Skeem Saam‘s Meneer Manaka has found a way to charm his fans both on the show and on the radio.
Real name— Skhumbuzo Mbatha, Meneer Manaka joined Skeem Saam nine years ago and has done nothing but charm the soapie lovers to a point that many are obsessed with him and wouldn’t like to miss any of the soapie’s episodes without him.
The secret is his ‘people’s person’ character that also translates to his character on Skeem Saam.
And those that have been following him for some time now would attest he is even more charming on the radio.
It’s unfortunate for radio fans who won’t be hearing from him anymore as his journey at Capricorn FM came to an end in March.
Skhumbuzo Mbatha says he left his job so that he could fully focus on his acting career on Skeem Saam.
Now nine years into the career he thinks it has taken a direction he never expected, especially considering that he joined the show with no previous acting experience.
“I was offered the role of MeneerManaka nine years ago by the show’s casting team.
At the time I was quite sceptical. I had no previous acting experience. They convinced me to do it and, almost 10 years later, my character has grown.
I’ve been getting nothing but love from the show’s viewers.
They tell me MeneerManaka represents what the country needs rights now.
That always warms my heart because, through my character, I touch people’s lives: Skhumbuzo Mbatha told SunBuzz
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