Ivy Nkutha’s pain of losing her son
Actress Ivy Nkutha
Ivy Nkutha portrays a strong character on Generations – the Legacy as Gog' Flo,
she is carrying a deep sadness in her heart after losing her son.
been married for 51 years, and says she is still in love with her husband. She
says they went through a lot and that is why their love is still strong. “I
gave birth to two daughters, and one handsome boy. Unfortunately I lost my son.
I felt so lost, with so many questions. He had pneumonia and it didn’t take
long before it took his life,” she explains. She says she wishes for no mother
to ever go through what she experienced. “I was not the only one who took my
son's passing hard. The most difficult part was seeing my children deal with
losing their brother. But I am grateful that my husband was there for
guidance,” says Ivy.
Ivy is the
eldest of five children. She was born and raised in Alexandra. ”My father
passed away in 1953 when I was 13 years old, and my mother followed in 2008. It
was a difficult time for me, but I had to be strong for my siblings and look
after them,” says Ivy. She matriculated from Ithute Community School, and went
to St Thomas Training Institution for her nursing training. “I practiced
corporate nursing at the Westrand Administration Board until I moved to a
marketing organisation,” she says. Ivy then joined a dental care school as a
dental educator, travelling across the country to educate butchers on how to
clean their meat for the good health of their customers' teeth.
Move! that the reason she is in the entertainment industry is because of her
granddaughter, Noluthando Maleka, who played Dudu on Yizo Yizo. “When Noluthando went to her first audition
for a Stork margarine advert, she was three years old and I remember accompanying
her. I never wanted to be an actress, I knew nothing about acting,” she says.
After her granddaughter got the job on the advert, she got gigs non-stop. “When I went with her to the set of Soul
City, the director asked me if I could do a part for them. I didn’t hesitate, I
did it and they liked it,” she says. Ivy got the part on Soul City, playing the
grandmother of a patient, and that is
where her acting career started.
City, every production wanted to work with Ivy. In 1997, she joined
Muvhango, where she played Edward Mukwevho’s advisor. “I left Muvhango to join
Isidingo. I never had a stable role, but I didn’t stop working as an actress. I
then joined the cast of City Ses’La and later Zabalaza. What people don’t know
is that this is not my first time on Generations. I was once on Generations,
but as a guest actress.Generations then called me again to audition for the
role of Gog’ Flo,” she says.
the industry has been amazing since she started acting. “I have been receiving
love since I became an actress. It's been overwhelming.” She adds that being in
the industry can be tough sometimes, but you have to love and be passionate
about what you do.