The veteran actress has worked on some of the biggest productions in South African TV history including Muvhango, Hopeville, Skwizas as well as some of the biggest blockbuster films in Box Office history including Sarafina and Beat the Drum. She has also won SAFTA and African Movie Awards in her illustrious career and it came as no surprise that the President recognised her as deserving of one of the most prestigious awards in South Africa.
Mary Twala was among a list of exceptional talents to walk away with the big prize, a list that included the likes of William Smith, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and fellow actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni. Not a bad list of representatives to be among is it?
The actress was also recognised for her contributions in highlighting the struggles faced by women in South Africa through her craft and storytelling.
Somizi accompanied his mother on her special day this past Thursday and he, along with bae Mohale in attendance, watched his mother receive the exciting award. He later beamed on Instagram:
"Proud son. If I can achieve a quarter of what my mom has in the arts, I would have made it,"
The moment when Mam' Mary received her award has to go down in history as one of the most heart warming scenes this country has ever seen. At a time when awards are often contentious (just look at some of the artists who were snubbed at the SAMAs) it was wonderful to see a group of equally deserving winners on the day.
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