Thulisile Phongolo

Thulisile Phongolo is a South African actress known for playing the role of Zama on the third season of the SABC 1 drama series titled Tshisa. She had a brief spell as a presenter on e.tv’s Craz-e where she worked alongside Zola Hashatsi, Kriya Gangiah and Stephanie Sandows among others. In 2014 Thulisile Phongolo was cast as Namhla Diale on Generations.

Thulisile Phongolo
Born Thulisile Phongolo
1994
Soweto
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa
Also Known As Thuli Phongolo
Occupation Student, Actress
TV Personality
Since 2012 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Thulisile Phongolo was born and raised in the township of Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

She was quoted by the Sunday World saying, “I grew up in Jabulani, Soweto, and we also stayed in Fox Lake, so I am a typical Sowetan girl.”

She is also known as Thuli Phongolo and has a little brother and a little sister.

Thulisile Phongolo attended Allen Glen High School in the suburb of Weltevreden Park in Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa.

She is currently enrolled at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to study towards her Strategic Marketing Communications degree.

In 2009 while a grade 9 learner at Allen Glen High School  in Roodepoort Thulisile Phongolo entered the inaugural Miss Teen Soweto.

That inaugural event took place at the historic Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto.

Thulisile Phongolo was unsuccessful in that event as Khatutshelo Mphapela from Chiawelo, Soweto was crowned first ever Miss Teen Soweto while Tintswalo Msiye was crowned first princess and Tebogo Mphale, second princess.

In 2012 Thulisile Phongolo was cast as Zama on third season of the SABC 1 drama series Tshisa.

The third season of the series went on air a little over three years after the second season went off air, this was after the SABC was unable to renew contracts due to financial constraints.

Thulisile Phongolo along with Mxolisi Masango and Vatiswa Ndara were newcomers on the show joining the cast which consisted of actors and actress of good repute, such as: Bongani Masondo, Innocent Masuku Mbali Mlotshwa and Zukisa Matola.

On Tshisa she portrayed a character of Zama, new Tshisa presenters who presented a fictional televison show within the drama series, furthermore, Thulisile Phongolo’s role on Tshisa marked a television debut as well as her introduction to the acting and the entertainment/ performing arts industry.

In 2013 Thulisile Phongolo joined Craz-e, an e.tv kids and youth programming block alongside Stephanie Sandows.

The pair was joining the waning down crew of the aging presenters that once consisted of the likes of; Pearl Modiadie, Zola Hashatsi, Lee-Roy Wright, Kriya Gangiah, Babalwa Rasane and Morena Sefatsa among others.

At the time of Thulisile Phongolo’s arrival Pearl Modiadie had become content producer on Craz-e’s Sistahood while Zola Hashatsi and Kriya Gangiah remained in front of the camera.

She worked alongside Kriya Gangiah and Stephanie Sandows on Sistahood, a youth talk show targeted at   a teen female audience, and focuses on female teen issues.

Thulisile Phongolo worked with Zola Hashatsi on Frenzy, Shiz Niz and Craz-e World Live.

e.tv Kasi Tour: Siphiwe Mtshali, Itumeleng Bokaba, Thuli Phongolo and Amogelang ChidiOn April 20, 2013 Thulisile Phongolo was among the stars of the e.tv shows that embarked on a Kasi Tour, the list included:

Amogelang Chidi (Renilwe), Itumeleng Bokaba (Mampho), Mduduzi Mabaso (Suffocate), Mpho Molepo (Fats), Nokuthula Ledwaba (Tshidi), Setlhabi Taunyane (Kop) and Siphiwe Mtshali (Bash)- all from the e.tv soap opera Rhythm City.

Brighton Ngoma (Quinton) , Kagiso Modupe (Mangi), Sello Maake Ncube (Daniel)  and Siyabonga Shibe (Kila) – all from the e.tv soap opera Scandal!.

Zan D of Club 808 and Zola Hashatsi of Craz-e.

In mid 2013, at the introduction of Craz-e new presenters – Chanley Wong, Evan Ceamer, Itumeleng Mashiloane, Lerato Kgalamono, Mpho Sebeng, Ntokozo Molefe, Phemelo Kabini and Thabile Ngwato who has since gone on to become an English news anchor on SABC – Thulisile Phongolo and Stephanie Sandows fell away from Craz-e and never resurfaced.

 

Generations: The Legacy, 2014 – to date

On Monday August 18, 2014 MMSV Productions released the entire principal cast of Generations from their contracts after they embarked on an authorized strike. The move forced the show to an unexpected hiatus after the filmed episodes dried up, the hiatus lasted from October 1 to November 30, 2014. The actors released from their contracts were:

Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga).

At the beginning of November 2014 the new principal cast of Generations was announced and Thulisile Phongolo was among them, the others being: Connie Ferguson, Rapulana Seiphemo, Denise Zimba, Ronnie Nyakale, Manaka Ranaka, Letoya Makhene, Musa Ngema, Andisiwe Dweba, Vuyo Dabula, Ivy Nkutha and Moopi Moothibeli.

On December 1, 2014 Generations returned from the hiatus as Generations: The Legacy. On Generations: The Legacy Thulisile Phongolo portrays the character of Namhla Diale. The character she portrays, Namhla Diale, has been major part of Generations: The Legacy since it returned.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Tshisa Zama Drama Series
2013 Craz-e Herself Youth Programming Block
2014 – to date Generations Namhla Diale Soap Opera

 

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