Biography of Putla Sehlapelo AKA Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam

Putla Sehlapelo, born on July 4, 1970, is a 53-year-old South African actor. He is best known for his leading role as Maloro in the SABC1 mini-series Death of a Queen.

Moreover, he is currently portraying Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam. Starting from season 2 to the current season. Read more about his life below.

Biography of Putla Sehlapelo

A picture of Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam played by Putla Sehlapelo
A picture of Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam played by Putla Sehlapelo

Full name: Putla Sehlapelo
Gender: Male
Date of birth: July 4, 1970
Age: 53 years old
Place of birth: Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Occupation: Actor
TV shows: Death of a Queen, Skeem Saam as Magongwa
Height: 1.7m
Net worth: $200,000
Nationality: South African

Early life of Putla Sehlapelo

On July 4, 1970, Putla Sehlapelo was conceived. So, as of 2024, he will be turning 54 years old, in July. He was born in the province of Mpumalanga. However, Putla was raised by his parents and five siblings in a loving Christian family in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The former Generations actor cherishes his early years. His fondest memory, though, must be of being able to eat cheese as a small child.

Education of Putla Sehlapelo

Putla attended neighborhood schools in Mpumalanga up until the completion of his high school career. In order to pursue a degree in drama, he subsequently enrolled at the University of Pretoria, where he earned a bachelor’s.

Personal life

Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam and his real life family
Alfred Magongwa from Skeem Saam and his real-life family

Putla is married to Neo Sehlapelo, and the two are parents to three children. Because of security concerns, the star presumably withheld their names. Seven (7) years have passed since they got married. Putla has lived in several locations, but he currently resides in Johannesburg.

Acting career of Putla Sehlapelo

Putla made his television debut as Spike on Generations in 2003 following a number of auditions. He played Maloro in the 2008 television movie Death of a Queen. From July to August 2008, this series aired as a part of the channel’s “Shakespeare in Mzansi” segment.

Putla Sehlapelo was born in Mpumalanga but raised primarily in Limpopo
Putla Sehlapelo was born in Mpumalanga but raised primarily in Limpopo

From 2011 through 2012, Putla played Tiro Lebone on the M-Net soap drama The Wild. In the narrative, Tiro was a BEE millionaire who possessed everything except for his true love. Putla portrayed Hospital Doctor 1 in the SABC2 miniseries Noah’s Ark from July to August of 2008.

In 2014, he starred as Steve Kefentse, an attorney married to Dipuo who considers his own belief and dedication to justice his personal strength, in the SABC2 thriller series Thola. He is currently starring on Skeem Saam as Alfred Magongwa.

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Filmography: Television

Series-season roles

  • Death of a Queen, Season 1, Malôrô Lerothodi
  • Dryfsand, Season 1: Welcome
  • Gaz’lam, Season 2: Man
  • Generations – Season 1 – Guest Star
  • Inters_exions – Season 1, George
  • Noah’s Ark – Season 1 – Hospital Doctor 1
  • Skeem Saam – Season 2 to 10- Alfred Magongwa
  • Society – Season 2 – Bonga
  • Soul Buddyz – Season 2 – Solomzi
  • Tempy Pushas – Season 2 – Skywalker
  • The Lab – Season 1 – Dudu
  • The Wild – Season 1 – Tiro Lebone
  • Thola – Season 1 to 2- Steve Kefentse

Net worth of Sehlapelo

Sehlapelo has been in the industry for 18 years now since his debut appearance. Moreover, he runs a business in partnership with his wife Neo. So, his Networth according to Savanna News, had moved from $0 to $200 000.00 in about two decades.


If you were wondering how tall the actor is, it turns out Putla Sehlapelo could be around 1.68m to 1.7m. Which is pretty much average height of the South African male as of 2023. So, he’s not too tall, but neither is he short.

Social media handles

The Skeem Saam star, Putla is also on social media. You can follow him on Instagram at @Putlasehlapelo. His Instagram has about 18 200 followers and posts pictures of his personal life. That is his wife, children, and colleagues. You can visit his Instagram to get up-to-date about his personal life.