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Profile Feature: Makgofe Moagi

Makgofe Moagi

“I believe in a purpose led existence. To be, is not enough. If I can have all the success but never change a life for the better, I don’t know if I want success at all. My vision is to work and move with a purpose.”

From a young age, Makgofe Moagi has had a vision to better the lives of those around her. Having grown up in the small mining town of Phalaborwa in Limpopo,  she began her philanthropic spirit of making a difference and helped children in impoverished communities.

Today, a successful actress, television presenter, businesswoman and mistress of ceremonies, she has become a multifaceted force to be reckoned with, as a passionate philanthropist and change agent.

The entertainer

Makgofe has over two decades of experience in all round entertaining, from acting, television advertisement cameos, modelling and voice-over work for some of the country’s most notable brands, such as banking titan FNB,  FMCG brand Kellogg’s, telecommunications giant MTN, South Africa’s electricity provider Eskom and SAFM- to name but a few. Today, Makgofe is most fondly known for her role as Charity Ramabu in the popular drama series Skeem Saam, which boasts over 5 million viewers every weekday.

The businesswoman

Not only talented but with a sharp instinct for business, Makgofe is the owner of various business interests across the board. She co-owns SelMak- a wellness and healthcare facility that promotes a homeopathic approach in healing operating in Phalaborwa. She also serves as Executive Producer of In The Spotlight With Makgofe; a talk-show that covers a cocktail of topics that affect society at large – produced under the umbrella of Serurubele Pictures.

The philanthropist

An advocate for human rights, especially women and youth empowerment, Makgofe is the Managing Director and Founder of the MDM Foundation- a family-run entity that gives back and “pays it forward” in her hometown of Limpopo. The foundation focuses on health and educational development of children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering and motivating them from a grassroots level.

“I firmly believe we are blessed to be a blessing, so I strive to find a way to plant seeds wherever and with whomever I make contact. It’s like what we are taught in John 13:15 about being a good example. That’s what it’s all about.”


Watch: OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED FOR ZULU WEDDING!

The official trailer for ZULU WEDDING, the much anticipated romantic-comedy from producer/director, Lineo Sekeleoane, has been released.  The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 23 February 2018 by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

Watch the trailer here:
 

Unashamedly romantic, glamorous and hilarious all at the same time, the film pays loving tribute to the richness of African culture. It acknowledges the – sometimes schizophrenic – reality of many urban South Africans who live sophisticated, modern lives which are nonetheless shaped by their family cultures, traditions and expectations.   

Feisty choreographer, Lu “Lungile” (Nondumiso Tembe), will do anything to avoid falling in love. Even more so to avoid going home to South Africa, where she’s traditionally engaged to a king. However, when she meets her soulmate Tex (Darrin Dewitt Henson), she is forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents, when she turned 18, and the ancestral debt they left her. She hatches a plan to confront the King and convince him to forget about her, but when she prevails upon handsome royal advisor Zulu (Pallance Dladla), to help her get into the Royal Compound, he proves to be a dangerously seductive charmer, one who seems to represent all the best aspects of her background.

Tex, his wise-cracking best friend, Nate (Carl Payne), Lou’s eccentric traffic officer sister, Mabo (Makgano Mambolo) and her tell-it-like-is alcoholic best friend, Sam (Bubu Mazibuko), set off to ‘the rurals’ to rescue her while the shifty Uncle Phineas (Jerry Phele), his sexy wife Yvonne (Kelly Khumalo) and “The Basotho 10,”(lead by TKZee Family’s Gwyza) stay behind. The stage is set for hilarity, hi-jinks and heartbreak.

With an effervescent screenplay by Julie Hall and stunning cinematography by award-winning Lance Gewer of Tsotsi fame, ZULU WEDDING promises a lush, playful, escapist experience which should appeal to fans of films like Happiness is a Four-letter Word and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The star-studded cast includes Nondumiso Tembe (True Blood, King Kong – The Musical); Darrin Dewitt-Henson (Soul Food, Lincoln Heights, Stomp The Yard); Pallance Dladla (Tempy Pushas, Isibaya, Hard To Get); the hilarious, Carl Payne (Martin, The Cosby Show); Bubu Mazibuko; Kelly Khumalo; Lorcia Cooper, S’thandiwe Kgoroge; Treasure Tshabalala; Kole Omotoso and Makgano Mamabolo with cameo appearances from DJ Tira, Carolyn Steyn and many of South Africa’s best-loved celebrities.

This Luju Pictures Film was produced in association with Brand Contact, the DTI, NFVF and Tsoga Afrika.


Hey Durban! Are You Ready For MONOPOLY?

Durbanites are in for another memorable surprise! MONOPOLY, the original fast-dealing property trading game that everybody knows and loves, is coming to our shores and creating a localised Durban city edition.

Traditionally, anyone playing the legendary board game got to know the tourist attractions and highlights of London, with the UK edition being the most widely played outside of the UK.  Locations were included, such as The Angel, an Islington feature, even though this address is not a street in London, but in fact a building (and the name of the road intersection it is located at).

Regional versions of the MONOPOLY game have been produced for the last 20 years, and to date, the game is licensed in 103 countries, with South Africa currently on this illustrious list for the National South African Board, as well as the Cape Town regional feature.

The BEST part about the MONOPOLY Durban version coming to our shores is the fact that Durbanites will be encouraged to be part of the selection process to choose which recognisable city hotspots will appear on the final board, to be on shelves around November 2017.

A dedicated MONOPOLY Durban Facebook page will be created that will be the home for voting, and where the final location choices will be announced.From Wednesday, the 10th of May, for two weeks, MONOPOLY enthusiasts are invited to nominate Durban properties via the MONOPOLY Durban page:https://www.facebook.com/MonopolyDBN/

There will be localised ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ playing cards, so feel free to submit Durban’s most popular phrases and words to be used for this purpose as well. Local brands are also encouraged to get involved and sponsor locations to have their properties featured on the board.

The MONOPOLY Durban announcement comes hot on the heels of the resounding success of the Cape Town regional version that was launched to local residents last year.

Robert Osborne, Sales Manager at Winning Moves, London, notes that “Over the past years we have witnessed the city of Durban establishing itself as one of the premier destinations of choice for entertainment and leisure in the country. Durban has also served as host to some of the most prestigious social events in the country as well.”

David Sommer, Mr Monopoly and Robert Osborne

“Durban has long been one of the regions on our list of targets, and this year seems like the perfect year for us to create the MONOPOLY Durban regional version. We’re extremely excited to see how it’s received and have high hopes that Durban will be the second of many South African regional MONOPOLY games to be launched in upcoming years,” concludes Osborne.

Winning Moves, manufacturers of the official Durban version of MONOPOLY under license from Hasbro, says the game will be on shop shelves around November 2017.

MONOPOLY first hit shop shelves in 1935 – and since then has been played by more than 500 million people. Today it is played in 111 countries and enjoyed in 43 different languages.


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