In recognition of Mary Twala’s significant contribution to the South African Film, Theatre and Television industry, the Actor Spaces team hosted an honorary dinner at the MMarthouse gallery, Friday evening 30th August, to celebrate mama’s long lived career. Portraits of Mary Twala and her profound quotes adorned the gallery walls and a dinner set-up fit for a queen topped with a red carpet, draped the floor of the MMarthouse entrance, to welcome her in.

“Yes, why do international awards come with money? I’m not tired of receiving awards I’m just annoyed because they don’t come with money. Did you see how many awards I have in my house? They fill up the house but where is the money?” In response to mama Mary Twala’s words, we awarded her with an honorary certificate and a cheque sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission for her decades of service.

Among those in attendance were minister of arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, mama Mary’s grandchildren Phumzile Twala, and Bahumi Madisakwane, actors Nthathi Moshesh, Harriet Manamela, Nomvelo Makhanya, Candice Modiselle, and Isibaya and Skiwza’s director Udze.

The dinner was hosted by the gracious Lala Tuku who is also Clive Morris MD and founder of Corporate Icons.

We’d like to thank the Department of Arts and Culture for making mam Mary’s wish of sitting alongside Minister Nathi Mthethwa a reality and a huge thank you to our sponsors whom we worked with on this Honorary Dinner, your contribution to the Acting fraternity is recognized and appreciated: The Gauteng Film Commission, Bomb Productions, Ford South Africa, MDBody SA by Minnie Dlamini, Moja Cafe, House of BNG, Douglas Green Wines, MMarthouse and Tenfold Salon Johannesburg.

We look forward to honoring South African Actors for years to come.

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