Africa was born and raised in Mpumalanga. He was a cultural village boy and grew up with his extended family. In the 1980’s, Africa moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Soon thereafter he got his diploma in Graphic Design.
Afrika has acted in most retro dramas and most notable for 80s drama Mokgonyana Mmatswale as ‘Tsokotla’, a young man who was a taxi driver and in love with an older woman. He also had another role in local drama ‘Bophelo ke Semphekgo’. Other highlights of Africa's showbiz appearances include ramp work as a model, photographic stills, voice overs and extra work in international movies.
He might be an entertainer, but he is also a businessman at heart and started a small business in 1996. Since then, he has started a number of businesses in namely transportation and construction.
By nature, he is Mr Cool, calm and collected. A kind family man, with a strong but soft nature. Some traits that he and ‘John Maputla’ have in common.
John is loved by viewers, mostly for his calm demeanour. The patriarch, that is always present to advise and guide his sons through parts of their lives. He is a firm believer in marriage and making situations work even in the face of hardships. We have seen him go through some tough times after Meikie found out about his affair with Charity.
We have also seen him fight hard to overcome those hardships in making him the fulfilled leader of his family he is today. In fact, John seems like he might be living his best life right now and nothing can possibly destroy his happiness. Right?
#SkeemSaam airs every weeknight on SABC 1 at 18.30pm.