Kope Makgae


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.

He is best known for playing the role of Lungile in more than a dozen television commercials for online classifieds site OLX.

Kope began his career with a cameo role on the SABC1 drama series Zone 14, playing an electrician. He then went on to do television commercials, most famously for OLX and DStv. He also recurred as Papa G's henchman Thapelo on the SABC3 soapie Isidingo (first appearing on Monday 24 June, 2013) and guest starred as a journalist on the e.tv soapie Rhythm City.

His first serious acting role was on the first season of the Mzansi Magic telenovela inKaba in 2012, in which he recurred as Gunsten 'Gus' Moloi, a witty, charming hustler who has learnt to depend only on himself. Gus wants a better life but isn't prepared to put in the slog to get it, so he keeps lapsing back into crime.

In mid-2014 Kope played Mr Finance - a BEE type with a taste for flashy cars and young girls in Alexandra township - in the feature film Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), directed by Ernest Nkosi. The film debuted at the Durban Film Festival on Saturday 19 July, 2014.

In July, 2014 he guest starred as art director Mpumi in the e.tv anthology series Mzansi Love, in the episode entitled "Rebound" (Season 3, Episode 6). In the episode, Mpumi was ditched at the alter by the love of his life, Buhle (Zakeeya Patel), who ran off to pursue a modelling career. After years of bemoaning what could have been, he unexpectedly found love again - only for his ex to unexpectedly return.

He co-starred with Buhle Mazibuko in the Mzansi Magic Original Movie Selling Faith in November 2015, in which a pastor has to come to terms with the results of his mistakes and sins when he gives into the temptations of money, greed and power. The film first debuted on Mzansi Magic on Thursday 3 December, 2015.

In early 2016 Kope guest starred as Vusi in the sixth season of the e.tv anthology series eKasi: Our Stories, in the episode entitled "Soul Mate" (Season 6, Episode 12).

On 20 May, 2016, he again guest starred as the manager of a problematic hip hop artist called ETC (played by Sabelo Radebe) in an episode of the SABC1 romantic comedy series Dream World, in the episode entitled "The Rules We Make" (Season 2, Episode 2).

The star made his first appearance on the e.tv soapie Ashes to Ashes in August 2016 as Otsile, a priest married to Disebo (played by Shoki Mokgapa). Disebo ran away from him to find a new, exciting life and he followed, determined to win her back.

On Friday 19 August  2016 he began a recurring role as a thug called Mrekza on the SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy.

In 2017 he became the co-host - with Fezile Makhanya - of the SABC2 game show Fundis.

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.


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Kope Makgae
First Name Kope
Surname Makgae
Born 7th November, 1985
Home City Polokwane
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