Ontiretse Radipade is a South African actress who became a television star when she landed the role of Martha, Rebecca Mahlangu’s housekeeper in eTV’s The Black Door.

Meet South African actress Ontiretse Radipade

She was born in 2004, in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, in Gauteng. She is 18 years old as of 2022. She grew up in different places since she moved a lot with her mother. The initial place she lived in was Atteridgeville then they moved to Mpumalanga’s Balfour after that they moved to Limpopo.

She did her grade 8 in Limpopo until grade 10. In 2022 she moved to Johannesburg to pursue her dream of becoming an actor.

“I moved a lot because my parents used to fight a lot at that time and I am told that they didn’t want me to get affected by their quarrels,” she said.

She made her television debut when she appeared for a short stint on YoTV Land as one of the children on the bus with Malume. But because she moved around a lot she had to leave her dream for while.

In 2022 she bagged her first acting role in television when she was cast in etv drama series The Black Door as Martha.
Martha plays Mam’ Rebs, Rebecca Mahlangu’s housekeeper. When Martha isn’t cleaning, she is Mam’ Rebs’ right-hand lady, keeping an eye on what’s going on in her house when she isn’t there.

Martha also keeps a watch on Rebecca’s daughter, Boniswa, who is struggling with addiction.
Most people used to make fun of Ontiretse when she grew up. Some of these people were elders and they would say their opinions about what she can and cannot do. But she told herself that she will never allow people’s opinions to determine her future and destiny.

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“But I remember one day looking at myself in the mirror and reminding myself that ‘I will never allow people to destroy my life or stop me from achieving my dream’. I grew up under a lot of scrutiny with a lot of opinions about what I can or can’t do.”

Later on in life, Ontiretse wants to become both an actor and a doctor.

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