Sdumo Mtshali

Sdumo Mtshali is a South Africa actor who first came to public attention as a contestant and eventual winner of the first season of the reality competition Class Act and has since gone on to star in Donovan Marsh’s feature film iNumber Number (also known as Avenged in other territories), Mzansi Magic’s telenovela turned soap opera Isibaya and SABC 1’s hit drama series Tempy Pushas.

Sdumo Mtshali
Born Sdumo Tsepo
March 03, 1983
Montclair, Durban
South Africa
Education DUT
NY Film Academy
Occupation Actor
Since 2010 – to date
Agent MLA
Website Unknown

Sdumo Mtshali was born Sdumo Tsepo Mtshali at King Edward VIII Hospital in Umbilo in the south of the city of Durban.

He was raised in Montclair, a Durban suburb situated in the south of the city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

He is a son of a nurse (mother) and a school principal (father), this is according to an article published in the City Press.

Sdumo Mtshali has a twin sister and is one of four children to his parents; he and his twin are middle children, he has an older brother who has since passed away and has a little brother.

He went to Glenmore Primary School located in the suburb of Glenmore in Durban; he credits Mrs Byrd, a teacher at that school, for encouraging him to take part in the arts.

Sdumo Mtshali later attended New Forest High School in the suburb of Woodlands in Durban, he matriculated from that school.

After matriculating he enrolled at Durban University of Technology (DUT) to study a National Diploma in Drama Studies.

While at Durban University of Technology he met actor/ playwright Bheki Mkhwane who became his mentor and toured with him doing industrial theatre.

As a result of meeting Bheki Mkhwane, Sdumo Mtshali also met his (Bheki Mkhwane’s) famed associate and frequent collaborator Ellis Pearson, a veteran South African actor/ playwright, who also served as his (Sdumo Mtshali’s) mentor until he (Ellis Pearson) relocated to Australia – at which point Sdumo Mtshali decided to relocate to Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

In 2010, following a series of informal jobs, he auditioned for the first season of then news SABC 1 reality competition show titled Class Act; hosted by Kenneth Nkosi, judged by Rapulana Seiphemo and Moonyeenn Lee of Moonyeenn Lee and Associates.

Sdumo Mtshali went on to become a winner of Class Act season 1; as part of the winners’ prize he received representation from Moonyeenn Lee and Associates (MLA), went to New York Film Academy for eight weeks to study there and received a role in a feature film.



Acting Career, 2010 – to date

In late 2010 after winning Class Act season 1 which had earlier in the years, Sdumo Mtshali starred in a new SABC 1 drama series titled Intersexions as DJ Mo.

Intersexions, a drama series that follows the chain of HIV/AIDS infections, was a runaway success and at the 6th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) it received 23 nominations and went on to win 11  including Best TV Drama Series.

In 2011 Sdumo Mtshali was cast on’s soap opera Rhythm City as Maidi Kotwe, he also portrayed Spikiri in the Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Fana Mokoena fronted South African feature film titled Inside Story.

In 2013 he was cast in a starring role as Kuti Daniels on the SABC 1 original SABC 1 drama series titled Tempy Pushas alongside Paballo Moganedi, Tumie Ngumla, Pallance Dladla, Akhumzi Jezile and Mothusi Magano.

In that same year he starred in the South African feature film, iNumber Number (Avenged), directed by Donovan Marsh and also stars Hlubi Mboya, Brandon Auret, Presley Chweneyagae, Pallance Dladla, Brendon Daniels, Daniel Hadebe and Israel Makoe.

Also in 2013 Sdumo Mtshali was cast in a lead role as Sibusiso Ndlovu in a Mzansi Magic telenovela turn soap opera, Isibaya, and stars alongside Siyabonga Thwala, Thembi Nyandeni, Mampho Brescia, Nomzamo Mbatha, Pallance Dladla,  Jessica Nkosi, Bongani Gumede and  Bongani Gumede.

In 2014 he was cast as Ndumiso Khumalo in a Mzansi Magic drama series, Saints and Sinners, which also stars Nthati Moshesh, Tumisho Masha, Nompilo Gwala and  Tshepo Maseko.

In 2015 Sdumo Mtshali returned to Tempy Pushas for the second season and after briefly leaving Isibaya he was brought back and continues to portray the character of Sibusiso Ndlovu.




Year Title Role Notes
2010 Class Act Himself Contestant
2010 Intersexions DJ Mo Lead Role, Drama Series
2011,2013 Rhythm City Maidi Kotwe Supporting Role, Soap Opera
2011 Inside Story Spikiri Supporting Role, Feature Film
2013 – to date Tempy Pushas Kuti Daniels Lead Role, Drama Series
2013 iNumber Number (Avenged) Chili Ngcobo Lead Role, Feature Film
2013 – to date Isibaya Sibusiso Ndlovu Lead Role, Soap Opera
2014 Saints and Sinners Ndumiso Khumalo Drama Series