Joe Mafela \"Mbungula, Sdumo\" (born 1942, Sibasa, Limpopo Province, once \"Venda\" \ro viya\ and later Protea Glenn, deep Soweto, South Africa) is a noted South African actor, writer, producer, director and businessman. He is a well spoken/polished and efficient in his dealings. Some call him \"South Africa\s Bill Cosby\" Mafela was brought up in Johannesburg and began acting in the early 1960s, when he joined the South African film company SA Films. Over the following twenty years he worked as a producer and director as well as a film actor, managing the dance troupe Mzumba and the group Sangoma. With the advent of television in South Africa in 1976, Mafela worked almost continuously, and in 1986 he was cast as the unemployed lodger S\dumo in the Zulu language comedy series \Sgudi \Snaysi. The success of \Sgudi \Snaysi - which ran to 78 episodes on SABC - led to roles in other
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