This is the biography of Mapaseka Koetle, a versatile South African actress, businesswoman, blogger, and voice-over artist.
She is renowned for her role as Dintle Nyathi in the South African soap drama television series “Scandal!”.
Mapaseka Koetle Age
She was born on March 23, 1989, and as of 2023, she is 34 years old.
Early Life and Education
Mapaseka Koetle was born and raised in Bloemfontein, Free State. She did her secondary education at Tsoseletso High School in Bloemfontein.
Mapaseka discovered her passion for acting at a young age and pursued her tertiary education at AFDA. She successfully completed her studies at City Varsity Johannesburg in 2011.
Mapaseka Koetle Career
In 2011, she made her screen acting debut with a role in the Mzansi Magic short film “Second Chances,” produced by Andile Ncube. The following year, she starred in the play “Show Off,” which had a run at the Arts Alive Festival.
Role in “Scandal!”
In January 2013, Mapaseka Koetle took on the pivotal role of Dintle (maiden name Setuke, later Nyathi) in the popular e.tv soapie “Scandal!”. Her portrayal of Dintle evolved into a prominent role, depicting a character who used her wits and charm to rise in life despite a challenging upbringing.
Mapaseka also had a cameo role in an episode of the Mzansi Magic comedy-drama miniseries “Confessions to Moruti wa Tsotsi” in 2013. She appeared as a guest on an episode of the eKasi+ talk show “Katch It With Khanyi” in 2014.
In 2015, she received the Best Supporting Actress award at the second Royalty Soapie Awards for her role as Dintle in “Scandal!”.
Mapaseka Koetle ventured into presenting as she participated in the 10th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in the following year.
She made her feature film debut as a Bus Hostess in “Losing Lerato,” a film exploring the story of a father who kidnaps his daughter after being denied access to her. Her versatility was further showcased as she competed in various celebrity game shows, including “Lip Sync Battle Africa,” “Family Feud South Africa,” and “Celebrity Game Night.”
In 2021, Mapaseka secured her second starring role on television when she was cast as Puleng in the SABC2 comedy-drama series “Ak’siSpaza,” which revolves around a local, family-run supermarket. The series premiered on April 8, 2021.
Mapaseka Koetle Business Ventures
Beyond her acting career, Mapaseka Koetle is an accomplished businesswoman. She co-founded and manages a franchise restaurant named “Gorge Grab n Go Café,” located outside the Sandton Gautrain station in Johannesburg. Upon turning 30, she opened a second café, “Gorge,” in Kramerville, considering it a birthday gift to herself. In recognition of her entrepreneurial success, Mapaseka was featured on Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” list in 2018.
Philanthropy and Blogging
Mapaseka is known for her philanthropic efforts, including donating sanitary pads to needy girls. She also shares her experiences as a mother through her blog. In addition, she hosts events that focus on various aspects of motherhood.
Marriage and Divorce
Mapaseka Koetle was previously married to Nelson Nyokong, and they share one child named Nema. However, in February 2023, Mapaseka confirmed her divorce from Nelson Nyokong, marking a significant change in her personal life.
DJ Fresh Dating Rumors
In July 2022, Mapaseka was rumoured to be dating DJ Fresh, who had separated from his wife, Thabiso Sekwane. Mapaseka, however, denied these rumours, clarifying her relationship with DJ Fresh.