Amanda du-Pont

Amanda du-Pont is a Swazi actress, model and television personality who first came to prominence for portraying Thabisile Dlamini on SABC 2’s popurlar sopie, Muvhango, and is best known as co-host of SABC 1’s celebrity gossip show, The Real Goboza with Phat Joe and Sinazo Yolwa.

Amanda du-Pont
Born Amanda du-Pont
June 26, 1988
Manzini
Manzini District
Swaziland
Occupation Actress, Model
TV Personality
Since 2007 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Amanda du-Pont was born in the city of Manzini, Manzini District in Swaziland.

She is a daughter Henry ‘Tum’ du Pont, son of Princess Ncabile, the daughter of Prince Mshengu who was brother to King Sobhuza II.

It is understood that Amanda du-Pont is of Chinese, Portuguese, French and Swazi ancestry.

She was raised in Manzini Swaziland and later moved to Mpumalanga province of South Africa to finish her schooling.

Amanda du-Pont, as a native Swazi, speaks IsiSwati and has often done so on television. Presumably, due to the close proximity of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa to the Kingdom of Swaziland and similarities in languages, she is capable of understanding and speaking IsiZulu.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in live performance from AFDA.

In 2011 she attended a US Actors, Models and Talent Conference (AMTC), a six-day convention held twice a year at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando.

In 2012, du-Pont was awarded a Diploma in Acting by the New York Film Academy in the USA.

This was after she was reportedly awarded a US$20 000 scholarship to go study in that country.

While at the New York Film Academy, du-Pont was reportedly trained by James Miles, Jennifer Aniston’s personal acting coach.

Amanda du-Pont appeared as Serina in a 2007 American television serial drama, Life is Wild, adapted by Michael Rauch, George Faber and Charlie Pattinson from the popular British drama Wild at Heart.

The show about a New York veterinarian who moves his second wife and their two sets of children to a game reserve run by his former father-in-law in South Africa.

She however, achieved mainstream fame in South Africa after being cast as Thabisile Dlamini on an SABC 2 sopie Muvhango. A role she held for approximately 2 years.

Since that role on Muvhango, du-Pont has remained on the entertainment scene, having spent some time in the United States where she earned a Diploma in Acting from the New York Film Academy.

In 2013 she appeared on City Ses’la as Khanyi Mbuli , A Place Called Home as Yolisa, Mzansi Love: Kasi Style as Khalipha,  End Game as Suzie, Single Guys as Khuli  and Intersexions as Khanya.

She joined Phat Joe on SABC 1’s celebrity gossip show, The Real Goboza with Sinazo Yolwa, both introduced as Pearl Thusi‘s replacements.

She also co-hosted Come Duze 2014 with Lunga Shabalala of Selimathunzi.

In 2014 had a role as Christelle Ndlovu on Task Force starring former Generations and Muvhango star, Rapulana Seiphemo. She also had a leading role on the South African feature film, Between Friends, directed by Zuko Nodada; she portrayed the role of Nisha- a ruthless gold digger – alongside Thapelo Mokoena, Dumisani Mbebe, Siyabonga Radebe, Mandisa Nduna, Lihle Dhlomo, Siyabonga Thwala and Morne DuToit.

Amanda du-Pont was a subject of an episode of Pearl Modiadie‘s Zaziwa and was a subject of the episode of e.tv’s Screentime with Nicky Greenwall.

 

Disputed Royalty Claims

Amanda du Pont’s father, Henry ‘Tum du Pont, is a son of Princess Ncabile, the daughter of Prince Mshengu who was brother to King Sobhuza II.

King Sobhuza II who died on August 21, 1982 in Mbabane, Swaziland aged 83 is the father of King Mswati III – Africa’s last absolute monarch.

In 2014 during an episode of an e.tv talk show – Screentime with Nicky Greenwall – which also featured Jesse Clegg a son of a legendary South African musician, Johnny Clegg, Amanda du Pont told Nicky Greenwall that she (Amanda du Pont) is a Swazi princess.

Amanda du Pont was quoted saying “I am a Swazi princess and people refer to me as ‘Nkhosi’ back home. They also bow when they greet me”.

Amanda du Pont’s claim attracted controversy; Swazi Princess Simile was quoted by the Swazi Times saying “Watching Amanda du-Pont lying about being a Swazi princess on eNCA. I’ve heard about this lie but it’s the first time I watched it come out of her mouth — unbelievable”.

It has been clarified further that in order for one to be a princess they would have to be born of a king – it is not clear whether this is a general royal rule or only applicable to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

 

Ethnicity

Amanda du-Pont is of Chinese, Portuguese, French and Swazi ancestry. Anywhere in the world including Swaziland she is a Black African.

However, in South Africa, people of mixed ethnicity have long been referred to as “Coloureds. The South African apartheid government used  four main racial groups identified by law: Blacks, Whites, Coloureds and Indians  in order to keep divisions and maintain a race-focused society.

Furthermore; Amanda du-Pont speaks her native IsiSwati (official language in Swaziland and South Africa), a Bantu Language of Nguni group of languages (IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, IsiSwazi/ IsiSwati, IsiHlubi, Síphùthì and IsiNdebele).

 

2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards

Amanda du-Pont and Cassper Nyovest KissOn Saturday night of November 29, 2014 during the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards – held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa – Amanda du Pont kissed South African rapper Cassper Nyovest on live television during their presentation segment.

Up to that day Amanda du Pont and Cassper Nyovest have denied being romantically involved, and have continually claimed that they are friends.

The kiss became one of the most discussed subjects from that awards ceremony and Cassper Nyovest was one of the big winners of the night having won the “Most Gifted Male Award”, “Most Gifted Southern” and “Most Gifted Video of the Year” – all three awards for his hit song “Doc Shebeleza”, a second single from his debut album titled Tsholofelo.

The Sunday World claimed “From the look of things that kiss was awkward; Cassper had his eyes open throughout the kiss”.

While Zalebs suggested that the kiss might have been a staged publicity stunt.

 

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Life is Wild Serina TV Drama
2009-2011 Muvhango Thabisile Dlamini  Soap Opera
2010 City Ses’la Khanyi Mbuli TV Sitcom
2013 A Place Called Home Yolisa TV Drama
2013 Mzansi Love: Kasi Style Khalipha TV Drama
2013 End Game Suzie TV Drama
2013 Single Guys khuli TV Sitcom
2013 Intersexions Khanya TV Drama
2013 – to date The Real Goboza Herself As Co-Host, TV Magazine Show
2013 Come Duze 2014 Herself As Co-Host, TV New Year Special
2014 Task Force Christelle Ndlovu TV Drama
2014 Between Friends Nisha Lead Role, Feature Film
2014 – to date Skeem Saam Nompumelelo “Lelo” Mthiyane
Soap Opera

 

 

 

Personal Life

Amanda du-Pont was in a heavily scrutinized relationship with a murder convicted hip hop star Molemo Maarohanye, widely known by his stage name “Jub Jub”  and often referred to as Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, especially during his murder trial.

Amanda du-Pont and Molemo Jub Jub MaroohanyeMaarohanye was found guilty of murder after he ran over a group of school pupils during a drug fueled drag race with his friend Themba Tshabalala in Soweto and is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence.

Maarohanye left then fiancé,  Amanda du-Pont for another celebrity, a South African afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo who later mothered his child.

After Maarohanye was convicted and sent to prison, a photo of him and du-Pont was tweeted by DJ Sbu sparking a huge public interest, at which point du-Pont clarified that she had no gone to the prison to visit Maarohanye but had been there for a charity project.

In September 2013, du-Pont revealed that she was in a relationship with controversial South African hip hop artist Siyabonga ‘Slikour’ Metane who had previously been in a relationship with South African powerhouse celebrity Bonang Matheba. That relationship, between du-Pont and Metane, is reportedly over.

In February 2014, Amanda du-Pont revealed that she was in an abusive relationship and was raped the then boyfriend.

The general assumption was that the unnamed ex-boyfriend was the incarcerated Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye, who was also accused by the mother of his child, Kelly Khumalo, of domestic violence, abuse and use of drugs.

Amanda du-Pont came out in defence of Maarohanye and claimed that he was not the ex-boyfriend who abused her.

As of 2014 Amanda du Pont has been romantically linked to rapper, Cassper Nyovest, of “Doc Shebeleza” fame but both du-Pont and Nyovest have denied this.

On Saturday night of November 29, 2014 during the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards they kissed on live television further fueling the speculation.

In a December 4, 2014 Sowetan article Amanda du-Pont once again dismissed claims that she was involved with rapper Cassper Nyovest “he (Cassper Nyovest) has never been shy to show admiration to me but I don’t think he wants me.  I am an entertainer and I entertain people. That is just what I was doing”, She was quoted by the Sowetan talking about the kiss of November 29, 2014 during the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.

“I am an actress and I am passionate about acting. I mean even if I was in relationship, it doesn’t work to put it out there unless it’s marriage” Amanda du-Pont told the Sowetan.

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