She’s been South Africa’s showbiz royalty for the past 20 years and is used to turning heads wherever she goes. But Sophie Ndaba isn’t only attracting attention these days – she’s dropping jaws. And it’s all thanks to the sleek figure she’s cutting after a health scare spurred her on to make some serious lifestyle changes.
Strolling through the foyer of The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, in a figure hugging black outfit and strappy stilettos, the former Generations star is glowing with vitality. She’s shed more than 20kg, going from 89 to 67kg and is looking far younger than her 42 years. Sophie is clearly delighted with her trimmed down figure and gasps with surprise when she checks out the pictures on the photographer’s camera screen. ‘When you come from where I’ve been, every picture receives a ‘yoh’ reaction’ she says.
And it’s all thanks to the healthier, cleaner way of life she adopted after learning she had type 2 diabetes – a condition her parents developed. Sophie lost her mother, Joyce, at the age of 69 to renal failure linked to hypertension and diabetes, and her dad, Solly, is on dialysis three times a week for the same condition. ‘I was shocked by my diagnosis and started doing my research,’ Sophie says. ‘I figured I needed to educate myself first before I could start preaching to people about how to take care of themselves. I had to teach myself to eat well and change my lifestyle for the better because this disease is in my genes and it’s up to me to be informed and know how to overcome it’.