BEST known as feisty and manipulative Dintle on e.tv’s Scandal!, Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong is not only an actor, but she is also an entrepreneur and runs an advice column on Instagram, titled ‘Moqoqo Friday’, where she gives real-life advice with a touch of humour. Born and bred in Bloemfontein, Free State, Mapaseka and her sister Rakgadi Koetle are besties.
When Scandal! introduced the character of Dintle, South Africa got to meet Mapaseka Koetle. Little did we know we would fall in love with this forward and trouble-making character. The award-winning actress has been with the soapie ever since. She shares the reason she has not hopped around different soapies like most actors do. “I am having so much fun at Scandal! The writing team is always creating good stories for my character.
I am drawn to the Soapie simply because of how amazing the cast is and how the writers put pen to paper for each character. Dintle is manipulative, loves money and is a fighter. She’s also a good mom and I find her hilarious too,” says the mother of one. Mapaseka’s younger sister, Rakgadi Koetle, says she and her sister have shared a lot of good memories and one of them was when she got the role on Scandal!. “She called me screaming and crying. I also cried because I was happy and proud of her.
Family is high up on Mapaseka’s list of priorities. The married mother spends a lot of her time with her small family. “I think I am a fun wife,” she smiles. “My husband is always laughing when we are together. He allows me to be myself which makes it so easy to be the best version of myself and love him even more. Regardless of how busy Mapaseka gets, the actress always does her best to find time to relax and be with her family. At my house, dinner time is very important as it serves as bonding time. My daughter is only two, but she knows how important dinner time is. We all sit around the table, eat and catch up on the day that was.
Both the Koetle sisters are into business. Rakgadi runs a hair and wig distribution business from the comfort of her home, while Mapaseka owns a coffee shop, Gorge, with her husband in Sandton. “I have always wanted to own a business; I just did not know what kind of business. We bought a franchise called Gorge, a coffee shop which we fell in love with. My husband has always wanted to have a restaurant and we thought this was an opportunity for us to finally get into business, and we went for it. We opened our doors in January last year and so far so good. We might owe some of our success to the fact that the shop is close to the Sandton Gautrain station,” she says