Since its debut in 2011, Skeem Saam has not only become a cornerstone of South African television but also a launching pad for talented actors who began their careers at a tender age. Focused on themes of youth and education, the show has allowed viewers to witness characters grow up onscreen, creating a unique dynamic between the actors and their roles.
- Clement Maosa as Kwaito
Clement Maosa, better known as Kwaito, has been a fixture on Skeem Saam since its inception. Starting as a high school teenager, Kwaito has undergone a remarkable transformation, transitioning from a student to a university enrollee and, most recently, a qualified teacher at Turfloop High School. Maosa’s 12-year journey with the show exemplifies the rare opportunity for actors to evolve alongside their characters.
- Patrick Seleka as Katlego (Kat)
Patrick Seleka, portraying Katlego (Kat), joined Skeem Saam in its inaugural season. Kat faced challenges such as racism and financial crises, providing viewers with a poignant portrayal of real-life struggles. Katlego’s onscreen evolution mirrored Seleka’s growth as an actor, portraying resilience and strength.
- Mogau Motlatswi as Mapitsi Magongwa
Mogau Motlatswi, portraying Mapitsi Magongwa, has been part of Skeem Saam from the beginning. Starting as a Turfloop High School student, Mapitsi has matured into a working professional. Motlatswi’s performance has encompassed a captivating love story, marriage, and the journey into adulthood, captivating viewers through the character’s life milestones.
- Lerato Marabe as Pretty Seakamela
Lerato Marabe, who began acting at the age of 11, has been integral to Skeem Saam. Her character, Pretty Seakamela, has grown from a kid to a high school student and now into a young woman with a compelling love story. The recent engagement storyline with Lehasa added layers to Pretty’s character, showcasing Marabe’s ability to breathe life into her role.
- Oratile Maitisa as Eunice
Oratile Maitisa, who started acting on Skeem Saam at the age of 13, portrays Eunice. Eunice’s storyline, including a relationship with Fanie and an unexpected windfall, showcases the character’s growth and challenges. Maitisa’s journey from a young actor to a more mature performer mirrors Eunice’s evolving narrative.
- Lesego Marakalla as Rachel Kanutu
Lesego Marakalla, known for her role as Rachel Kanutu, graced Skeem Saam for almost eight years. Viewers witnessed Rachel’s journey from high school to dating an older man and eventually getting married. Marakalla’s decision to leave acting in 2020 to pursue a different career at the university showcased her dedication to personal growth and development.
- Amanda Manku as Lizzy Thobakgale
Amanda Manku, joining Skeem Saam in July 2013, portrays Elizabeth Thobakgale, commonly known as Lizzy. Manku’s incredible acting talent has been a significant draw for viewers. Lizzy’s evolution, spanning close to a decade, culminated in her becoming a qualified doctor, showcasing both Manku’s acting prowess and the show’s ability to provide longevity for its cast members.
Skeem Saam, committed to portraying the journey of its characters, has not only entertained audiences but also played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of these talented actors who started their journeys at young ages. As the show unfolds its captivating narratives, viewers can anticipate more growth, challenges, and milestones for these actors and their onscreen personality.