Bongekile Macupe

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SOUTH Africans know him as the respected and feared polygamist chief Azwindini Mukwevho of Thathe village in the popular SABC2 soapie, Muvhango.

However, Gabriel Temudzani is nothing close to the chief in Muvhango. He believes that he is warm, friendly and reserved and is definitely a “one-woman man”.

Temudzani first graced our screens in 2000, when he started acting on the Venda-language prime-time soap opera, even though his acting career started in 1995.

The 32-year-old grew up in Tshivhilidulu in the Nzhelele area, Venda. He is the first of six children and describes his upbringing as “typical rural” and “warm and loving”.

In the show, taking over the chieftaincy, the drama around his half- brother’s wedding and his relationship with Sundani are some of his memorable scenes.

But, of being a presenter of the SABC2 magazine programme La Familia, he said: “The show explores the notion of family and how it is celebrated in SA.”

The transition has been challenging but fun. “I’m still learning when it comes to presenting. I hope the viewers will bear with me.”