Life Time Achievment Award

Mary Twala

Mary Twala is a veteran actress who honed her skills under the guidance of Gibson Kente, the father of township theatre, in the ‘70’s.  She has had an extensive career as an actress, performing in roles in film, television and theatre. 

Her role in international films includes Ngaka, Deliwe, Sarafina, Nyaka-Nyaka, Taxi to Soweto, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award.  On television she appeared in numerous South African productions including Iqhawe, Soul Buddyz, Yizo-Yizo, Generations, Muvhango and Hlala Kwabafileyo. 

She won Best Comedy Performer awards for her role in Molo Fish and Hlala Kwabafileyo.    In 2011, she was nominated for Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Hopeville .  In 2015, she was nominated for a Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in Leading Lady.

Mary Twala has been in showbiz for over 50 years and promises that she’ll act as long as she still has the strength to do so.  “I was born to act.  Age doesn’t matter, as long as I can still read and walk, I will carry on acting.”