From just being a young kid with dreams in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, to growing up to become one of Mzansi’s stride takers in the entertainment industry, Siyabonga ‘Siya B’ Radebe has undoubtedly come a long way in his career.
The 36-year-oldactor has been striding in the film industry, appearing on productions like,Rhythm City, Saints and sinners, Ring of lies and much more, and as he is knownto be one of the most prolific actors, it’s no surprise that he got a chance to work alongside international actor Idris Elba.
Radebe might be dabbling four different titles in his career and managed to solidify a name forhimself in the entertainment industry, however, for a child who was raised in a township, like many others, his roots have followed him to the suburbs, and he expressed how he had to constantly deal with poverty even after moving away.
“The township is something that is always following me…my parents are in the township, the problems of the township are always my problem, I alwayshave to lend a helping hand, which means that when I try and accumulate moneyand revenue, I have to work twice as hard from absolutely nothing. People may call it black tax because it’s easy to phrase it like that, I don’t like to call it ‘black tax’, let’s just call it poverty… constantly having todeal with poverty, and it’s not just my mom and dad, it’s so many people who I love. Yes, maybe I think I’m a hero for believing I can carry the pains of all these people, but the reality is, I know that I’m the first one to go to university at home…”
Reminiscing on his first experience as a director, Radebe revealed that he shared his first stint with his baby mama actress, musician and director, Lerato Mvelase. “I had an opportunity to produce a television show called ‘Him, her and the guys.’ I produced for the SABC with my baby mama. It was a learning curve, this was the first time we produced a show, this was the first time I was in the producer’s seat. There was so much that I didn’t know and there is so much that I learnt and it is something that I would like to continue with because I know that there is so much we haven’t seen yet on our television.”