From young presenter on e.tv’s Craz-e to acting on the most watched soap on TV, Nkanyiso Makhanya has set goals for himself and is determined to achieve them.
The actor who plays Nkululeko Njeza Xaba, who went to jail for killing his abusive father in hopes of protecting his loved ones.
Currently on the show he is out of jail and lives in KwaMushu in a small house with his family.
26- year old Makhanya talks to us about being a youth actor on TV.
Do you prefer playing roles younger than you are?
I have never had the opportunity to play older roles, I’ve always played younger characters. For me right now, it’s very important to play younger characters because these are the spaces I move in. People that are my age group. I get to see how they think, act and react. It’s important for me to rely that message to South Africans so people know how we think as young people and how we move in this generation. But in the upcoming years I would love to play older roles.
What are your thoughts on #openuptheindustry?
Open up the industry is a talk that I have seen on social media for a long time, it still a trending topic. Uzalo has been opening up the industry from its first season. They have new faces and younger people, some you’ve never seen on TV before. The show has also given me the opportunity as an actor to act on such a big platform. They are definitely playing their role in opening up the industry and I think other production houses should follow suite and
allow youth to showcase their talent and dreams and what we have to offer as young South Africans. We are a very talented nation.
What are some issues youth face now?
Peer and social pressures. I think social media is one of the biggest contributing factors of these issues. Social media gives the idea of instant gratification and as youth we want everything right now. We need to put aside this the idea of instant gratification. We need to work hard and focus on what we want. Set goals for yourself and achieve them.