Macks Papo Biography, Age, Profile, Career, Education & Movies

Macks Papo Biography
Macks Papo raising a staff in Public.
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Macks Papo Biography

Macks Papo (born Macks Senatla Papo) is a South African Actor, Playwright, and Poet. He was born in 1965 in Mamelodi near Pretoria, Gauteng.

He is popular upon acting the role of Marothi Maphuthuma in SABC1 soapie drama Skeem Saam. Macks also played as Boipelo in Mzansi Magic’s telenovela The Throne.

Early Life

He was born on December 6, 1965, in Gauteng. During his school days, he showed interest in drama, poetry and music. Macks graduated from Columbus North High School in Indiana, USA where he won an American Field Service scholarship.


NameMacks Senatla Papo
Age54 years (2019)
NationalitySouth African
Place of BirthGauteng
EducationColumbus North High School
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Macks Papo is 54 years old as of 2019, he was born on 6th December 1965.


Macks Papo enrolled with the Wits Drama School in 1988. He graduated in 1992 with a BA Dramatic Arts degree.


  • No Good Friday, 
  • Survival, 
  • Bear in Zermatt, 
  • Tsheko Mashabela in the M-Net soapie Egoli (2000-2007)
  • Stars as wealthy businessman Ivan Tshinawa on the soapie Rhythm City (2007).
  • Currently, Macks plays as Marothi Maphuma in SABC1’s Skeem Saam. 
  • He also plays as Boipelo in Mzansi Magic’s The Throne.


Macks Papo: I speak my mind and sometimes it gets me in trouble

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Macks featured on Egoli, Rhythm City and Isibaya before taking up his latest role as Marothi on Skeem Saam.

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He said that he learned long ago to speak his mind and not take the blame for things that he had no part in, like declining ratings or troubles on set.

“When things go wrong on production, do you know the first person they blame? Actors! I am the type of person that says ‘No. Let’s sit down and look at the root of the problem’. Everywhere I go I speak truth to power and authority.”

He labeled himself a nonconformist and admits that it has sometimes got him into trouble on set.

“I question everything. From scripts to how scenes are directed. It is how I learn. I am free-spirited. I am also spiritual and if something does not resonate with my soul or I feel like it is time to move on, I will.”

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The actor has been in the industry for over two decades and said it saddened him that social media followers and likes were the new currency in the industry.

“If I went along with those things, the popularity contests, I would have been very discouraged. I am very sensitive but also positive. I realise that I work hard and I have made a name for myself so the popularity contests don’t phase me. I have never been a slave to social media, what it says or what it demands from me,” he added.

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