From Uncle Brutus to Pastor Charleston, South African actors who actually studied in Zimbabwe
31 July 2022
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Several actors across the globe have travelled abroad for better education. However, South Africa wasn’t spared from the mix. In the early 19s, some of our now celebrated soapie actors flocked to Zimbabwe for better education for various reasons, including Apartheid. Against this backdrop, we have all been wondering and trying to connect the dots on actors who ditched South African education for Zimbabwe. Well, let’s dive into South Africa’s actors who studied in Zimbabwe before their thrust into the limelight.

Themba Ndaba – Uncle Brutus on The Queen

Dupped as South Africa’s favourite Uncle, Themba Ndaba has fast become one of Mzansi’s finest regarding small screens. He is best known for his on-screen character in the Mzansi Magic drama series The Queen. He stars with some of the finest actors, like Connie Ferguson.

Despite doing his high school education in Swaziland at St Mark’s High school, he went on to further his education in Zimbabwe. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies from Harare Polytechnic. Of interest is the fact that he once worked in Zimbabwe before switching the floor to acting.

Chrispen Nyathi – Pastor Charleston on DeipCity

Dupped as the next big thing on South Africa’s small screen Chrispen Nyathi has since established himself as a celebrated actor. The famous Zimbabwean-born actor, who has since found South Africa as his new home, was born in Bulawayo and did his primary school in Zimbabwe.

He attended school at Madlambuzi and later matriculated with Devner High School. In 2019 he moved to South Africa to furnish his craze for acting. He is best known for his on-screen character as Paster Charleston. In 2021 he won the Viewers Choice Award as the best actor at the 2021 Royal Soapie Awards.

Sophie Lichaba – Queen Mororka on Generations

She made all sorts of headlines with her unmatched acting flair on Generations as Queen Moroka. It is a shocker that the bubbly actress completed her high school in Zimbabwe. In the wake of her completion, she even pursued a modelling career at an orphanage in Eastlea, Harare, Zimbabwe. This was the time in which South Africa was in the apartheid era.