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Mutodi Neshehe

Born: 12 January 1975 (45 years old)
Gender: Male

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Mutodi Neshehe is a South African actor and model best known for his role as Ndalamo Mukwevho on the SABC2 soapie Muvhango, from May 2006 to November 2008.

Born to actress Thelma Neshehe and businessman Joseph Neshehe in Meadowlands, Soweto, Mutodi began acting at the age of four. When Mutodi was 14 years old, he was sent to school in America and continued his studies in the United States during his teen years, participating in various drama programs and modeling for RBA Studios and Worldwide Modeling Group.

He also achieved his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, helping him run his film, media, advertising and event companies.

Neshehe returned to South Africa in 2004 and has since appeared in a number of television shows including Muvhango, the SABC3 comedy-drama One Way, the M-Net drama Jacob's Cross, the M-Net soapie Egoli, the SABC2 sitcom Skwizas and the ITV drama Wild at Heart, among others.

He has also acted in dozens of commercials and a number of films including five films directed by Darrell Roodt: Windrider (1985), Lullaby (2007), Winnie (also known as Winnie Mandela, 2011), Stealing Time (2011) and Little One (2012).

Other films he has appeared in include Southern Cross (2008, directed by Kalumbu Kapisa), Elelwani (2011, directed by Ntshavheni Wa-Luruli) and Two Choices (2012, directed by Eugene Snyman).

In 2008 Neshehe was one of the eight celebrity dancers on the fourth season of SABC2's dance reality competition Strictly Come Dancing. He and dance partner Tebogo Mokgethi were the first couple eliminated after a dance-off against Mark Williams, which saw the judges voting in favour of the soccer star.

In 2015 he joined the cast of the SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy as a businessman named Zola, who returns to South Africa after spending several years overseas, interested in new business ventures and his old college sweetheart - Karabo Moroka.

In 2016 Mutodi guest starred in an episode of the Mzansi Magic drama series Rockville, which aired on 4 September (Season 4, Episode 9). Three days later he had a guest starring role in an episode of the SABC2 sitcom Mamello (Season 2, Episode 2).

In 2017 he had two major roles: the recurring character of Rendi on the e.tv telenovela Broken Vows, making his first appearance in the second episode of the series (which aired on 11 April); and later the starring role of Mandla, Celia's (Masasa Mbangeni) lousy husband, in the e.tv drama series Harvest. The series premiered on e.tv on 1 May and two days later on OpenView HD's eExtra channel.

He also had a guest starring role as Carter on the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan, making his first appearance on Thursday 14 September, 2017.

Muvhango Exit

In June 2008 a rumour spread that Neshehe was leaving Muvhango after a pay dispute with producer Duma Ka-Ndlovu.

Neshehe claimed he was being asked to shoot his final contracted scenes without pay, which Ndlovu disputed, saying his contract had not been renewed because of his continued failure to pitch up for work, his unexplained disappearances and because he was "underperforming".

"Mutodi was called in to a meeting in February regarding his performance, he never took his job seriously, he was not committed and his performance was not up to standard," Ndlovu said in a media release published on TVSA on 19 June.

"We spoke to him and his agent to address the issue of under performance and commitment, and gave him an opportunity to correct these issues, unfortunately he didn't and we were left us with no option".

Neshehe made his final on-screen appearance in November 2008.


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