Ever found yourself watching an average or below par football match on TV but still had the urge to stay tuned? Well, it does happen and the reason behind that is simple yet not so obvious. You do get those sports commentators who have ‘that ting’ which keeps you hooked but can’t explain as to what exactly it is about them.
Funny thing is that such commentators do not even try hard to impress sports audiences. They’ve got it within themselves to keep viewers entertained regardless of what the actual match is dishing up. The man who’s affectionately known as Mapensela falls into that pool of sports commentators. He is an absolute genius in his craft.
We decided to give the talented man a call and arrange an appointment with him so we could get to know him better and then share his illustrious story with the public and his fans.
Surprisingly, Reggie answered his cellphone and asked if he may kindly call us back because he was still busy with rehearsals. We really wondered what rehearsals he was talking about since he’s a professional sports commentator.
When we eventually met with Mr Ndlovu he began his story by telling us that after he graduated from the Durban University of Technology back in the year 2011, he attended Duma ka Ndlovu’s workshop classes in 2012 for 5 months. Then he started working as an Assistant Director for Muvhango on the 1st of July 2012. He learned a lot behind the scenes and grew to become a 2nd assistant director, floor manager and a continuity standby.
In 2015 Reggie left Muvhango and joined SABC Sports as a football commentator. This meant that he now had all the time in the world to focus his energies on other important things. That was when he used the directing experience which he had gained on Muvhango to his advantage.
I directed a kids show called Rivoningo which played on SABC 2. I also directed a short film called The Birthday which was shot in Botswana at the Limkokwing University and that was my first international directing job.
When it comes to acting, Reggie has done a couple of Mzansi Magic short films, acted on Rhythm City and in an International movie call Three Way Junction which was shot in Northern Cape.
Most recently he’s been doing a lot of theatre work and has two shows opening at the Joburg theatre very soon. The first show – Laid Man is a two man show directed by himself and performed by Mthandazo Mofokeng and Sfundo Maphumulo. The second show – My Father’s Son is a one man show that will be performed by Reggie. Both shows will run from the 14th to the 18th of March.
In the sports fraternity he is currently working as a sports commentator for SABC Sports, specialising in PSL, Safa and CAF games. All these commitments clearly indicate how busy, versatile and multi-talented the man is.
In case you are wondering what Mr Ndlovu’s character was at Rhythm City, he played Tumelo, a 16-year-old who was in high school. The role lasted for 3 months.
In terms of his love for sport commentary Joe Hudla was his role model when he was growing up. Reggie would tune in to Ukhozi FM just to listen to Joe and then imitate him. Little did he know that he was equally capable of filling the gigantic shoes of his childhood hero.
As the youngest commentator in this country, his job comes with a lot of pressure because he constantly has to come up with new and relevant terms. Even more, his energy levels have to be high all the time in order for him to prove to his seniors that he is not a fluke in this industry.
Reggie still has a long way to go in his sports career but from what we’ve gathered so far, he will certainly not disappoint. And the good thing about him is that he is very determined to make a name for himself and entertain his fans.