This a biography of Africa Tsoai, a renowned South African actor, voice-over artist, and producer. He was born on July 4, 1967, in Hebron-Graskop, Mpumalanga. He is best recognized for his role as John Maphutla on the SABC1 soapie drama, Skeem Saam. His rise to fame began in the 1980s, marking him as a significant figure in the South African entertainment industry.
Early Life and Education
Tsoai’s educational journey began with his matriculation, following which he pursued a course in graphic design at Rudolph College in Johannesburg. A self-taught fine arts enthusiast, Tsoai earned his diploma in 1989. Further expanding his skill set, he completed a sound engineering course at Inhouse Records in Randburg in 2000.
Tsoai is a father to four children. However, details about his wife remain undisclosed. During his upbringing, Tsoai lived with his grandmother, uncles, cousins, and extended family members, who played a significant role in his life.
Tsoai’s acting career spans several retro dramas, with his most notable role being Tsokotla in the 80s drama Mokgonyana Mmatswale. His character, a young taxi driver in love with an older woman, left a lasting impression on the audience.
In 1996, Tsoai embarked on an entrepreneurial journey by starting his own small business. His showbiz highlights include ramp work as a model, photographic stills, and extensive extra work in international movies and SABC dramas.
Beyond acting, Tsoai is involved in various behind-the-scenes roles, including music, transportation, voice-overs, translating, producing, and copywriting.
Leisure and Interests
In his spare time, Tsoai enjoys fishing and attending soccer matches. He is an avid listener of Thobela FM, which represents his heritage. His favorite movie is ‘Heat’, and ‘Mind Your Language’ is his favorite TV show. Among movie stars, Ving Rhames, Roseline Morapedi, and Lydia Mokgokoloshi are his favorites.
Africa has the bag, and he is an entrepreneur in real life. The actor runs a transport and logistic business which transport perishable vegetables from one place to another. He is also a Sound Engineer by profession, and he owns a studio that recently signed a deal with SABC. Tsoai is, unlike other actors who play rich roles whilst in real life, they are bankrupt.
He is earning a lot from his business investments and acting career and has a huge net worth to show for it. Africa recently hogged headlines after his salary at Skeem Saam leaked. He is one of the most paid actors on the cast.
As of 2024, Africa has a net worth of R6 million, which is reasonable for someone getting a salary of R115 00 per month. He is indeed living an expensive life, although he likes to keep it off-camera.