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Tina Jaxa to retire from acting

2018-02-05 12:13
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Cape Town - She almost fell off her seat in shock when she received a South African Film and Television Award (Safta) nomination for best supporting actress in a TV drama for her work on Mzansi’s Isikizi.

Tina Jaxa says although she has worked hard to be where she is today, she didn’t think she would be nominated this year. “It shows that I work hard and the people are watching and I appreciate the acknowledgment.”

Tina received a golden horn award at the Saftas for best actress on Gold Diggers last year, but the 47-year-old says she is ready for her final curtain call.

“I am hoping to win my last Safta this year, it will be very special because I have decided to retire from acting and move behind-the-scenes. I want to produce and direct films as well as assist in nurturing young talent.”

The actress first received her break in the 90s on SABC1 soapie Generations playing the role Priscilla Mthembu. “I have such great memories from when I started out.

"Things have not been easy but I continue to rise," Tina says. She adds that she will announce her last day on the screen and promises to be in contact with her supporters.

After many years away, Tina returned to the small screen on Gold Diggers and e.tv soap Rhythm City and since then she has been involved in more acting roles.

“Being in the industry for over 30 years and growing has been a blessing and I am happy to bow out knowing that I will still continue to contribute behind the camera,” she says.