Veteran actress and television presenter Rosie Motene has also become known as an activist against women and child abuse.
Now she's put on a writer's hat with her memoir 'Reclaiming the Soil', published in August last year.
The first-time author joins fellow-Motene, Phemelo, for the Weekend Breakfast profile interview.
She says the book started writing itself when her therapist suggested she jot down her thoughts as part of her healing process.
The more I wrote, the more I realised that there was a lot of trauma I hadn't dealt with and I had to go back, heal that, stop writing, then express my pain.— Rosie Motene, Author and actress
When her therapist said she actually had a book in hand, Motene first discounted the idea, but eventually approached a publisher.
It took ten years and then I sat on it for two years because I was too scared...— Rosie Motene, Author and actress
Raised by the white family that employed her mother as a domestic worker, Motene says she'd always been very protected as a child.
She recalls the moment she was refused entry to a public swimming pool and first realised she was different.
I obviously went with the white girls... and the woman called me the k-word and said we don't allow your type in here.— Rosie Motene, Author and actress
I went home crying to my foster brother saying, what is this k-word, what does it mean. That's when (he explained) well you're different, but this is what's happening in the country.— Rosie Motene, Author and actress
Motene explores the concepts of conditional and unconditional love and how these affected her relationship with both her biological and foster families.
She also looks at the effects of being distanced from her language and culture.
For more on the challenges Motene's had to face, listen below: