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Mary Thwala: Biography, Age, Children, Husband, Awards, Profile, Wiki

BIRTH NAME: Mary Thwala
DATE OF BIRTH: 14 September 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH: Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa
HUSBAND: Ndaba Mhlongo
CHILDREN: Somizi Mhlongo
GRANDCHILD: Lehlohonolo Bahumi Madisakwane

Mary Thwala is a South African choreographer, radio and television personality.

Early Life , Background And Childhood

Mary Thwala was born on the 14th September 1939 in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa.

Mary’s husband

Mary Twala’s husband is late Ndaba Mhlongo, best known as Mshefane.

Mary Thwala’s Children and Grandchildren

Mary is the mother of choreographer Somizi Mhlongo and her grandchildren is Lehlohonolo Bahumi Madisakwane.


Mary Thwala’s film career includes such international films as Mapantsula, Sarafina!, A Love in Africa, Malunde, Dr Lucille, Nyaka-Nyaka, Ngaka, Deliwe, Friends, Game for Vultures, Taxi to Soweto (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award), Waati, Science Classic and Score.

Her television career includes performances in many South Africa productions including Scandal, The Imposter, Undenzani Melwane, Iqhawe, Die SonKriel, Hlala Kwabafileyo, Soul Buddyz, Child Of Soweto, Khululeka, Yizo-Yizo, SOS and Muvhango.

In 2007 she appeared in the supernatural mini-series Ubizo (The Calling), for SABC1. She played the role of Ma Dolly, Amos’ sobriety counsellor, in the SABC2 mini-series Hopeville, from March to April, 2009.

In 2010 she starred as MaKhambu in the SABC2 sitcom Skwizas, which she reprised in later seasons.


Mary Thwala won Best Comedy Performer awards for her performances in Hlala Kwabafileyo and Molo Fish. She was awarded a Naledi Award (Lifetime Achiever), award year 2004.

In July 2005 she was honoured at the Living Legend Awards organised by the United Theatre Practitioners of South Africa (UTP) at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg.

In 2018, she was awarded Mboko Award (Lifetime Achiever).