17 January 2019, Alumni of the week
AFDA alumnus Samora Mangesi, fondly known as Sam, is a well- known charismatic and effervescent TV presenter on SABC 1’s The Real Goboza (RGB).
He was born in East London and grew up in a township called Mdantsane, where he kick-started his live performance career at Kleuterhoekie pre-primary playing the role of Joseph in the end of year nativity play. He then attended Selborne Primary where he was taught and groomed as an actor by his drama teacher Mrs Joan Pike. At Selborne College he became the chairman of the drama society and played the Lead in the school play ‘Who Killed Jimmy Valentine’ in his matric year.
When he was 17 Sam co-wrote, directed and produced a play called ‘Fire in Sophia’ which was staged at the Arts Theatre in East London. This coupled with a host of theatre experience after school inspired Sam to go and pursue a BA in Motion Medium Picture at AFDA Cape Town.
In his first year at AFDA he fell in love with live television as it reminded him a lot of theatre. In the same year he presented his first TV show on CTV called ‘Youth Aflame’ and also auditioned to be a presenter on one of South Africa’s biggest youth magazine shows, Hectic Nine 9, on SABC 2, but failed his first audition. Early the next year there was another presenter search from Hectic Nine 9 in which he auditioned and made the shortlist. A year later in April 2013, he was accepted as a host on Hectic Nine 9.
In June 2018, Sam joined SABC 1’s The Real Goboza (RGB), South Africa’s hottest celebrity lifestyle magazine show, as a co- host.
He says that one of his major influences in his career was the Head of Television School in his first year at AFDA, Megan Rusi. “She was the one that opened my eyes to my talent and gave me multiple opportunities to practice and hone my skills before I went national.”
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.