Thembi Mtshali opens up about SA appreciating legends in the arts

Thembi Mtshali opens up about SA appreciating legends in the arts

Veteran South African actress, Thembi Mtshali, has been in the industry for many years and has seen how talented people are not as appreciated as they deserve. She feels older talent dies from being ignored.

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Thembi Mtshali-Jones, local veteran actress, will be honoured with a Living Legend Award at the 2019 National Theatre Festival in North Carolina, USA.

She's very grateful to be appreciated in such a way while she's still alive.

"It's really an honour to receive this award. For so many reasons, but the most important being that I am still alive to smell these flowers I am being given."

Thembi, who is famous for on-screen roles as well as her time on theatre stages, feels that South Africa doesn't do enough to show the older generation of artists the kind of love they deserve.

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TimesLIVE reported that Thembi said she admires how America respects their older actors.

"I really admire how the Americans give so much respect to the older generation of the actors. They celebrate them and they'll always have them at the festival and have them doing workshops and just involving them." gathered the actress added that in Mzansi, older artists are treated like 'dinosaurs', whereas Americans keep their talents 'alive'.

"Sometimes people just die of being ignored... because that depresses you as an older person. You think to yourself, I used to be 'so-and-so' and 'I used to be that', but nobody cares any more. People die and they die being very depressed and being lonely, we as an industry need to do more. We need to do better."

Thembi will be performing a one-woman show called Mother to Mother when she goes to accept her award.

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