The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on the passing of iconic actress, Mary Twala

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04 Jul 2020

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture have received the news of the passing of one of the nations greatest treasures, renowned thespian, Mary Twala, who passed away this morning. Today is also the birthday of Mary Twala’s late spouse and legendary thespian, Ndaba Mhlongo, father to Mary Twala’s only child, Somizi Mhlongo.

Mary Twala was a veteran South African actress, who has featured in many South African television and theatre productions, as well as international feature films. Last year, she received the ‘Order of Ikamanga’ for her contribution to the performing arts, an honour bestowed upon her by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

She will best be remembered for her excellent contribution to the performing arts and for creatively raising awareness on women’s health issues through storytelling. Her sense of humour and humility on and off stage have endeared her to the nation at large.

Mary Twala was an icon who left a giantic footprint in the arts industry as well as on the hearts of the millions of South Africans who loved her. She lived a full life. May her soul rest in peace and may her son, her granddaughter, her family and friends be comforted in this time. Take a bow, Ma’Twala.

Media Enquiries:

Masechaba Khumalo: Spokesperson (Minister)

Tel: 066 380 7408 | Email:        

Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport)

Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email: 
Ms Zimasa Velaphi: Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture)

Tel: 072 172 8925 | Email:


Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture