Zabalaza: Seeing double!

10 July 2015
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Tonight on Zabalaza, the legendary Cynthia Shange makes an appearance, playing her real life daughter Nonhle Thema's on-screen mother. Both women are formidable media personalities, both hailed for their talents and their striking beauty. The resemblance between the two is undeniable. Looking at both is like seeing double!

The ageless Cynthia Shange was a trailblazing beauty queen in the seventies, and goes down in history books as the first black beauty queen to represent South Africa at the Miss World pageant. Not just a pretty face, she proved herself a strong actress when she starred as Mkabi in the critically acclaimed mini-series Shaka Zulu, opposite Henry Cele. She also starred in local film uDeliwe. Now she's mostly seen playing everybody's favourite TV mom on a popular daily soap.


Daughter Nonhle proved to be a chip off the old block, not just as a model and beauty icon that draws gasps of admiration (and jealousy), but as an actress and savvy businesswoman. She's had a successful reality TV show, been the first African to be named global ambassador of an international hair-care brand, and now stars in Zabalaza.


Apparently talent and super-stardom are are hereditary, because the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree at all! Just look at these ladies in their tiaras. Can you say twins!


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