Thuli Phongolo leaves Generations for new challenges

JOHANNESBURG — Actress, Thuli Phongolo won’t be joining the UIF line after she stops getting those Generations: The Legacy cheques, because the star has big plans to move her career forward.


After a year of contemplation, Thuli recently decided to call time on her role as Namhla and told Trending SA she was off to pursue other projects.

“Even last year, when my contract was renewed, I was thinking of going but I was scared because I didn’t know what I was going to do next. Being on a soapie in this country gives you some stability. So when the story came up (the soapie’s new storylines), I thought it was a great time (to leave),” she said.

And while she will miss her time on Generations, she said she has plenty of things to keep her busy.

“Since I have started DJing, things have been going well. I am going to have my mixes on one of the stations here and of course I have been working with (shoe brand) Footwork. There are upcoming roles where you will see me in a different light, not as a kid anymore, and I hope fans will like that and can relate,” she said.

“After I kept talking about my extensive love for music, DJ Zoe said to me, why don’t you just do it because you have an ear for music. So she began mentoring me. I had only 12 lessons before I could go to my first gig because Zoe started advertising for her event that was coming up and put me on the line up. My PR people sent out a press release saying I was a DJ, and at that time I didn’t even know how to play properly.”

Although she was tight-lipped on what show she was joining and rumours of it being Mzansi Magic’s The Queen, she did hint at possibly being cast on a show “about something regal.”

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