It’s kinda become obvious that whenever Sphola gets involved in a situation, things are bound to get spicy. But in Sphola’s world, “if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen”. And since he is full of heat, he seems to be surviving the kitchen. Sphola, played by Thabang Lefoa, is turning the heat up at Turfloop’s Culinary School.
Born and raised in Tembisa, Thabang attributes his success to the hustle mentality which he got from staying in a township as fast paced as Tembisa. Having always had dreams of being an actor, Thabang states that he had to work extra hard to make his parents sit up and believe in his talent. Sphola was first introduced to us in season 2 after he became Tbose’s friend.
We recently had a sit down with the charismatic, smooth operator 27 year old, and here’s what’s cooking.
How easy for you was it to play the “straight talker” character of Sphola?
I didn’t find it difficult at all, like Sphola, I am a straight talker and will express how I feel. People don’t always like what I have to say, but I feel honesty is always the best policy. The issue of racism is also one close to my heart, so playing that storyline out was something I had in me
What are some of the things you would like to see Sphola achieve? And are those hopes in line with what Thabang wants to achieve?
I would definitely like to see Sphola achieving his dream of opening his own internationally recognised Chesa Nyama outlet- by him making that a success, it will show that anyone can achieve their dream no matter the situation they are from. Sphola was previously on the wrong side of the law, and to see him achieve his goals would be an inspirational story to the community.
Like Sphola, I also want to be an entrepreneur, it might not be in the form of opening up a restaurant, but I want to inspire black youth with my business mind and skills.
Lastly: We know Sphola has his story straight in the kitchen, but what about Thabang?
(Laughs) I keep is safe by sticking to the basics, so I’d give myself a 4. I never go hungry when I’m alone because I can at least put together a wors and pap dish.
Thabang goes on to say, “If you’re not willing to risk, you’re never going to be successful”. We can clearly see that he is willing to risk and take on the Culinary Schools systems, but will he be successful? Let’s wait and see!