TALENTED actress and presenter Buhle Moletsane (27) first burst onto the entertainment scene after winning Jo-ann Strauss’ very first online Presenter Search Competition in 2011. Ever since then, Buhle’s star has been rising – having scored some major roles on South Africa’s favourite soapies. The actress shares her journey with Move! on how she came from humble beginnings to stardom.
THE ROAD TO STARDOM
A year after Buhle won the online presenter search competition, she was a guest presenter on Jo-Ann’s lifestyle show called Glambition. The show opened a number of doors for
her and she went on to become the onsite correspondent for Mercedes Fashion Week in 2012. She started her acting career as Ntombenhle on SABC1 soapie Generations, and later joined the Majakathata family on SABC2 as Kimmy. “It started with me doing cameo roles and short films. Since playing the character of Ntombenhle on Generations, I’ve never looked back,” she says. In 2015 also landed a role on e.tv’s Rhythm City as Refilwe but her biggest role came in 2016 when she played the character of Gabisile on Mzansi Magic’s Greed & Desire. Now the young talent plays Phumla on e.tv’s brand new drama series called The Harvest. “I play the role of Phumla, who is the younger sister to Thabiso (played by Kagiso Modupe). They are both orphans so Phumla has to make a plan for
them to survive. She meets a thug who asks her to smuggle drugs to Thailand,” explains Buhle. “Does she get caught?,” we ask. Buhle doesn’t want to share much and only says, “Viewers have to watch and see what happens.”
HER BURNING PASSION
From an early age, Buhle knew she had what it takes to become a star and the entertainment industry was the perfect place for her to do so. “I always wanted to be part of the entertainment industry from a young age. But I had to grow into myself first before I decided to fully venture into it. When I was in high school I was an introvert but I’ve always believed that I had that star quality in me,” says Buhle. The actress left her day job to fully focus on her acting career and despite her mother not fully supporting the idea at first, she chose to pursue her dreams. “Before acting, I was a public relations girl. In 2014, I made the decision to work in the entertainment industry full time. If it’s not radio or
TV presenting, it’s modelling, acting and doing MC gigs. I love to communicate,” she says.