Mapaseka Koetle Biography
Mapaseka Koetle is a South African actress best known for her role as “Dintle” on the soapie, Scandal. She was born in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
Mapaseka Koetle Age
She was born in 1989 in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. She is 29 years old as of 2018.
Mapaseka Koetle Family
Her parents divorced when she was only seven years old. She says there were days when the family felt her father’s absence but had to live on. She considers her mother her role model because she managed to put bread on the table despite the financial difficulties. Although her family came out victorious on the survival of the fittest front, she admits that her father’s presence was dearly missed and that there were a lot of things she would have liked to have experienced with him.
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Her husband is Nelson. When she was asked about the special man in her life, she laughed and said she was blessed. “I don’t often talk about my relationships but what I can say is I am with someone I love and who loves me too,” she said.
Mapaseka Koetle Baby Shower
Mapaseka welcomed her daughter, Nema, in September 2016. Nema is a combination of the first two letters from her name and that of her husband. Ne from Nelson and Ma from Mapaseka.
Mapaseka Koetle Career (Mapaseka Koetle Scandal)
Upon realizing that life is difficult at home, Koetle packed her bags and headed for Johannesburg in search for greener pastures. She enrolled and complete her studies at AFDA. She studied Acting for Camera at City Varsity and graduated in 2011 with a Diploma.
She started theater when she got the role of ‘Lesedi’ in the hit play “Show Off”. She broke into the film on Mzanzi Magic’s local film ‘Second Chances’ produced Andile Ncube. She won the Best Support Actress of Royal Soapie Awards 2015. Today Koetle shares a stage with the likes of the legendary Maake ka-Ncube and her all-time favorite actress Nthati Moshoesh.
Mapaseka Koetle Interview with NEWS24 (Drum Digital)
We had a chat with the beautiful actress about life, work and success.
Better known as her confident and go-getter character Dintle Setuke on eTV’s soapie Scandal, Mapaseka has grown on a lot of South Africans – she’s also appeared on an advert for cellphone service provider, Vodacom. We had a chat with the Bloemfontein native on her rise to success and the nominations she has received for her sultry role.
What are you doing right now?
Right now I’m cleaning. After that, going to take a bath because I have a facial appointment at two o’clock.
Let’s talk about your acting career, whenever people see you they ask for a picture…does it ever get to you?
It sometimes doesn’t but I’ve accepted that it comes with the job and it means that people appreciate the work that I do.
Okay let’s say that day is just not your day and you not in the mood to take pictures…would you turn someone down?
Actually I don’t know if I would turn someone down. Recently an incident happened where I was told that my bags might be missing. As angry as I was, school kids came to me and asked to take pictures with me and I did that. They didn’t know what was happening but I took pictures with them as angry as I was.
Speaking of your work, how has the journey been playing Dintle Setuke on Scandal?
It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve grown so much. Dintle started as a schoolgirl, past motherhood and now she is trying to make her way to the top. My character has grown in many ways than one. Mapaseka brings the fun into the character that’s the person I am naturally bubbly and energetic so I bring a part of myself to the character. It’s also been a challenge playing her but I love it hey!
You’ve been nominated at the Royalty Soapie Awards for Outstanding supporting actress, did you see it coming?
Not at all hey, when I saw my name I was shocked! I couldn’t believe it. Hard work really pays off – whatever happens now happens. I’m a winner, award or no award. Being nominated is big.
You and Nomzamo Mbatha are the youngest nominees, how are you feeling?
It’s exciting and I am happy for both of us.
What else would you like to do?
I would like to make movies and stage productions. I love anything that has to do with production. I would also like to get into business.