Veteran Mzansi actor Siyabonga Thwala is celebrating his 52nd birthday this Wednesday, 17 March. The star has appeared in many big productions since he became a professional actor some years back.
Siyabonga, who is popularly known for his role of Mpiyakhe Zungu in Isibaya, is one of the most-loved thespians in the country. He has kept Mzansi glued to their TV screens with his award-winning performances and acting skills for many years.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at four interesting facts about the star who has appeared on shows such as Scandal!, Isibaya, Generations (now defunct) and many others.
1. Early life
Siyabonga was born on 17 March, 1969. He grew up in the township of Umlazi, south of Durban where he was actually born. He moved to Johannesburg to look for greener pastures and luckily his move is paying off big time.
The talented thespian has so far bagged the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap and another Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama. He has also been nominated for many awards for his outstanding acting skills since he became a professional in the acting industry.
3. Isibaya farewell
Siyabonga played the role of taxi boss Mpiyakhe Zungu in the telenovela for a whopping eight years. He bid farewell to the show in 2020. The cast and crew of the soapie organised a small farewell ceremony for him on the day he filmed his final scene.
4. New role on Legacy
Siyabonga has joined the star-studded cast of Legacy. Legacy is M-Net's first telenovela. He plays the role of Msizi Zulu. Other famous names in the show are Don Mlangeni, Kgomotso Christopher and Leeanda Reddy, among others.
Her character is the wife of Chief Azwindini. She has been with the telenovela since it premiered back in 1997. Her role is one of the leading roles as the show is centered around the life of Chief Azwindini.
The multi-talented artist is also a gospel singer. Maumela is one of the most loved singers as she also preaches during her performances.
The preacher is also loved for her selflessness. She launched a film school called AACA a few years back to help aspiring filmmakers and writers.
Briefly.co.za reported that the film school has kept her very busy but not busy enough to stop preaching the Word of God. Being a preacher is one of Maumela’s greatest gifts and she expressed that it is something she will never stop doing.
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