All you need to know about Siyabonga Thwala Biography

Siyabonga Thwala is a South African stage and television actor, television personality, producer, and businessman who was born on September 8, 1969. His work on Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya as Mpiyakhe Zungu is what made him most famous. Siyabonga Thwala has acted in several high-profile television productions in South Africa and won numerous acting accolades.

Biography profile of Siyabonga Thwala

Siyabonga Thwala Biography
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Full name  : Siyabonga Thwala
Gender  : Male
Age : 54 years old
Date of birth  : 8 September 1969
Place of birth  : Umlazi, Durban, Kwazulu Natal province
Nationality  : South African
Occupation  : Actor
Networth  : R20 Million

Early life and  education

The well-known actor was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on March 17, 1969. The age of Siyabonga Thwala is 52. The actor has succeeded in keeping his personal life a secret. There is no information about his parents or siblings. We don’t have information about when and where he did his basic education. [1]

Career of Siyabonga Thwala

Thwala started performing professionally in 1989. In the 1996 made-for-TV film Born Free: A New Adventure, he made his acting debut. He appeared in a cameo in the Tarzan: The Epic Adventures episode “Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond” (Season 1, Episode 5) that same year.He turned down the part of Godlieb Mofokeng in the brand-new SABC 3 soap opera Isidingo in 1998 because he didn’t feel prepared for a long-term commitment to television. Shortly after, he was cast in the TV comedy Streaks, which was centred on a Cape Town hair salon and featured the now-seasoned Themba Ndaba. He was hired for the Jimmy recurring part on Gazlam in 2003.

Siyabonga Thwala gained notoriety for playing Vusi Zwane in the Scandal! episode that aired on at the time.He later won the Golden Horn Award (South African Film and Television Award) for best actor in a TV soap opera thanks to his performance. On SABC 1’s Generations in 2007, he was cast in the part of Paul Mashaba, the ruthless businessman Kenneth Mashaba’s younger brother who is a journalist and is portrayed by Seputla Sebogodi. In 2010, he departed the programme.

As taxi-boss Mpiyakhe Zungu on Mzansi Magic’s critically praised Isibaya, he received perhaps the biggest role of his career to date in 2013. The character of Mpiyakhe Zungu became so well-liked by the show’s audience that throughout the majority of the show’s run, the character served as the main character around whom the plot was created. He won the 2014 South African Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama for his performance in the part. [2]

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More of his Career

As Busani Mojalefa, Siyabonga Thwala joined the Muvhango cast in a prominent position. He made an appearance as DH Radebe on the show Rhythm City that same year. In 2014, he won his second South African Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama for his work on the HIV/AIDS drama series Intersexions.

Yobe is a documentary series that Siyabonga Thwala created and hosted. It attempted to bring together victims and offenders so that they can eventually come to an understanding and forgiveness. He co-starred with Florence Masebe & Hlomla Dandala in the critically acclaimed political drama-thriller The Republic in 2019 as corrupt former President Hendrik.

Personal life of Siyabonga Thwala

In addition to what you see on television, Siyabonga is a devoted family man. Thandi Twala, his stunning wife, is his wife. However, not much is known about the wedding of Siyabonga Twala. Additionally, there is no evidence that he had a previous relationship before running into his current wife.

Recognition  of Siyabonga Thwala

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The seasoned actor has received numerous nominations and accolades. He has received various honours for the impact he has had on the industry for more than thirty years.

In March 2014, he was presented with the first Outstanding Lead Actor honour. Even so, he won Outstanding Lead Actor in 2014. Thwala was given a Golden Horn Award in 2007. [3]


• Hearts & Minds (1995)
• Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996)
• Gaz’lam (2002) Read

•Gaz’lam – Season 2 (Jimmy)

• Generations – Season 1 (Paul Mashaba)

• Intersexions – Season 2 (Musa)

• Isibaya – Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (Mpiyakhe Zungu)

• Isidingo – Season 1 (J)

• Jozi Streets – Season 1 (Jabu)

• Muvhango – Season 1 (Busani Mojalefa)

• Rhythm City – Season 1 (DH Radebe)

• Scandal! – Season 1 (Vusi Zwane)

• Single Guyz – Season 1 (Javvas Jabulani)

• Soul City – Season 8 (Dali)

• The Republic – Season 1

• Hendrik Yobe – Season 1 and 2 (Host – Himself)

• Zero Tolerance – Season 2 (Vuyo Khumalo)

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