Bio: Ontitetse Radipabe and some interesting things about Martha from the Black Door

Ontiretse Radipabe (born 2004) is a South African actress known for playing Martha on etv’s The Black Door. Radipabe is only 18 years old as of 2022 and currently in grade 10. In today’s article we will be covering her childhood and how she got into acting. Some challenges she had with dwarfism.

Profile summary: Ontiretse Radipabe

A picture of Ontiretse Radipabe who plays Martha on The Black Door
A picture of Ontiretse Radipabe who plays Martha on The Black Door
  • Full name: Ontiretse Radipabe
  • Date of birth: 2004 (18 year old as of 2022)
  • Place of birth: Attredgeville, Pretoria
  • Education:
  • Occupation: Actress and Student
  • Height: 120-130cm (speculative)
  • Net worth: Unknown
  • Relationship status: Single
  • Known for: Martha on etv’s The Black Door
  • Nationality: South African

Early Childhood and family struggles

As a child Ontiretse moved around a lot. This was a result of her parents always fighting. So, she was moved around a lot to be shielded from it all. Ontiretse Radipabe was born Attredgeville in Pretoria, South Africa.

Growing up, Radipabe had to move around a lot as her parents weren't in good terms
Growing up, Radipabe had to move around a lot as her parents weren’t in good terms

However, she moved to Mpumalanga then to Limpopo then to Johannesburg to pursue acting. She finished her 8-10 grades there in Limpopo. Before Moving to Johannesburg when she was 18. Despite her TV presence, Radipabe still wants to pursue school. Saying that she wants to be a doctor and an actor all in the same.

Ontiretse Radipabe suffered from bullying

“People used to make fun of me a lot. When I’d be walking in the streets, you’d find people laughing, and mostly that treatment would come from the elders. Some would even call each other to come look at me, making my life really difficult.

Aside from growing up in a tough home. Ontiretse Radipabe struggled from criticism and descriminatory bullying
Aside from growing up in a tough home. Ontiretse Radipabe struggled from criticism and descriminatory bullying

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.” Said Radipabe when asked her struggles with dwarfism.

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They say people fear what they don’t understand and try to destroy what they can’t comprehend. So, was the case Ontiretse, who was bullied because of her dwarfism. Moreover, some of these opinionated were adults. Telling her what she can and can’t do. Who she can and can’t be. However, that was never enough to put her down. As a result she got even stronger and resistant and told herself she could become anything.

Height

Many of her fans have been searching for how tall Ontitetse Radipabe is. And the answer is, her actual height is unknown. However, she is estimated to be around 110-125cm with some giving figures like 130cm. While all these figures may be wrong, they are at least closer her actual height. And if there’s anything you can learn from Radipabe, she’s quite versatile and has proven that height doesn’t matter.

Salary and Net worth

While this question pops up a lot. It is important to note that Radipabe is still in 10th grade as of 2022. So, not much wealth should be expected from her. However, some things may have improved about her life as she said. Moreover, taking note that she isn’t a lead role and appears once in a while. Her salary is expected to be around R10 000-R15 000. Remember that these are estimated based on the industry rates. Not actual figures, she could earning more or less. However, the difference between the actual and estimate won’t exceed R3 000.

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Ontiretse Radipabe career timeline

While it may be her first acting role. It is however not her first time being on TV. Ontiretse had a short stint on YoTV Land. As one of the children on the bus with Malume. However, due to her constant moving around. I had to forsake that dream for a little while.

Radipabe also struggled from self hostility or resentment and as a result appeared rude to many people
Radipabe also struggled from self hostility or resentment and as a result appeared rude to many people

Although it was an amazing experience. Ontiretse remembers how she was closed off to people because of my own past. She would be mean for no reason. Because she feared that I would be judged. It took a lot for her to get to where she is now. Very confident and proud of who she is.

How she landed the role of Martha on Etv’s The Black Door

After her time on YoTV, she knew that being on screen was her true calling. She recalls meeting [actor] Bongani Maseko. Aswell as another lady named Happy and asking them for advice on how to get my first acting job. And, they agreed to look for something for her. Ausi Happy informed her that a life-changing call would arrive in February. And it did. She simply gambled on Ontiretse as she put it.

Now Ontiretse Radipabe she plays Martha on The Black Door
Now Ontiretse Radipabe she plays Martha on The Black Door

Martha is Rebecca Mahlangu’s housekeeper. Who is better known as Mam’ Rebs portrayed by seasoned actress Linda Sebenzo. When Martha is not tending to her cleaning duties. She is Mam’ Rebs’ right-hand woman. Who keeps an eye on what going on in her house when she isn’t around. Martha also keeps an eye on Rebecca’s daughter, Boniswa. Who also has a substance abuse problem.