ACTOR, rapper and businessman, Kope ‘Tswyza’ Makgae is street-smart with a comedic element that he inherited from his parents. His nickname Tswyza, given to him at Capricorn High School in Polokwane, refers to the artistry of his rapping, and means flavour. Born in Lebowakgomo, Polokwane, he graduated from the University of Limpopo with a degree in media studies, after which he relocated to Johannesburg to pursue a career in entertainment.
He has a natural comedic flair, and this has endeared him to fans.
Kope has been a hustler all his life, having started out selling kota sandwiches to his high-school friends in Lebowakgomo in Polokwane before graduating to supplying pens and pencils to various schools across Limpopo.
Then he turned to catering and even started making curtains for old-age homes. He basically sold anything to allow him to break into the entertainment industry.
With his spoils he managed to graduate with a BA in media and communications from the University of Limpopo, then joined a modelling and acting agency.
Soon he was a regular face on adverts. TV roles followed soon afterwards, including a short stint on Isidingo as Georgie Zamdela’s henchman Thapelo and as a priest on Ashes to Ashes.
Makgae has also featured on Inkaba and Rhythm City.
Kope owns a non-profit education organisation called Hip Hope where he uses music to inspire young children and to change lives and inspire other dreamers, Kope has an amazing singing voice, and is a gifted wordsmith, choosing to express his talent through hip-hop. He's known as Twyza in those circles. He has released a song about a female lover gone stray, Lalela La.
The enterprising Makgae also has got an online TV channel, Lalela TV, which he says serves as a platform for the youth, focusing on finances, relationships and social dynamics.
|Born||7th November, 1985|