She joined SABC 1 drama Skeem Saam in 2021 after Mzansi Magic telenovela Isibaya came to an end. Newlywed actress Samukele Mkhize-Masindi and her Venda businessman husband are expecting their first baby. This follows after the couple's lobola and traditional wedding on 24 September. A close friend of Samukele revealed to Zimoja that she isindeed expecting and is happy. "She has been wanting a baby for the longest time and she is so happy and I am happy for her,' the source says. "The beautiful thing is that it happened in her marriage. Not to judge anyone, but she waited to get married first before having a child.'
PREGNANT ON AND OFF SCREEN
The friend says Samukele and her businessman husband tied the knot this year during a traditional ceremony in KwaZulu Natal and "she has been glowing.' "Marriage has been so good to her. She deserves it.' A colleague and friend who does not want to compromise their relationship confirmed the pregnancy. "She is a few months pregnant. She is not yet showing unless you look closely. Not many people know on set.' The colleague says management at Skeem Saam is aware and they are working around her character who is heavily pregnant on screen. "It is still very tricky because her character's pregnancy is far, but she is about two or three months pregnant in real life,' she says adding, "The writers, producers, and directors are still figuring out how they will include her pregnancy in the storyline. But I hope they keep her. She is a lovely girl and works really hard. She is a dedicated actress and it would be a loss for them to get rid of her because of the pregnancy.'
Samukele and Skeem Saam were not available for comment at the time of publishing.
GETTING TO KNOW SAMUKELE MKHIZE-MASINDI
Born in Durban, Samukele grew up in Maphophoma village. Her grandparents were both pastors, and she has always been involved in church activities. She started acting in 2006 and was part of an amateur drama, music and dance group in KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal. She met the Artistic Director of the Community Art Centre,Edmund Mhlongo, who saw her potential and groomed her. In 2008 she landed a role in the ground-breaking musical, Madame President Musical, playing her first leading role, which earned her recognition in the acting industry.