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indafrica August 1, 2022
Updated 2022/08/01 at 6:46 AM

Imbewu: The Seed Grandma MaNdlovu Actress
Thembi Mtshali-Jones Now A Doctor, Mzansi Impressed By Her Career

Veteran actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones has scored big after she bagged her Joburg Theatre Walk of Fame recognition, and her Durban University of Technology honorary doctorate, both in less than a week

Sunday World reports that The Imbewu: The Seed actress who plays the role of grandma MaNdlovu on the drama, was acknowledged for her consistent contribution to the entertainment industry, both as a musician and an actress.

Mtshali-Jones shares the walk of fame with the likes of Hugh Masekela, John Kani, Trevor Noah and Desmond Dube, among others.
As quoted by the publication, she said:

“I feel blessed beyond measure because this means that the whole country has been watching my work for ages, and they felt that I needed to know that I am contributing positively in the entertainment industry, and honour me while I’m still alive to smell the flowers.

Thembi Mtshali-Jones Career
According to Mtshali-Jones, her career was not a walk in the park as she started her career out of desperation.

Following an unplanned pregnancy in 1969 when she was barely 20, she failed and dropped out of nursing training and she was desperately looking for ways to support herself and the baby.

Due to circumstances, she was forced to become a domestic worker in Durban while also pursuing a career in music.

The actress recalls and described those days as hectic after revealing that she had to sleep in the toilets since her mother would lock her out of the house for returning home late after shows.

In 1972, she first bagged a singing gig on Mabatha.

“These honours take me back to the Sgudi ‘Snaysi days where I played Thoko between 1986 and 1992.

“There were only two households with a television on my street in KwaMashu. The whole street would gather at these two houses and watch the CCV channel, now SABC2, and celebrate me as one of their own.

“They knew my situation, so they felt that I should be celebrated because I went through all odds as a black female trying to be an entertainer.

“At that time black families felt they were unworthy. Today, I am celebrated by the whole country, recognising all my work from the beginning of my career,” she said.

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