Siyabonga Thwala

Who is Siyabonga Thwala Biography, age, education , career, and Filmography

Siyabonga Thwala
Siyabonga Thwala

Born on September 8, 1969, Siyabonga Thwala is a South African stage and television actor, television personality, producer, and businessman. He became most well-known for his role on Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya as Mpiyakhe Zungu. Siyabonga Thwala has received multiple acting awards and appeared in a number of well-known South African television programmes.

Biography profile of Siyabonga Thwala

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

On March 17, 1969, the well-known actor was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Siyabonga Thwala is 52 years old. The actor has been successful in maintaining his privacy. Information regarding his parents and siblings is lacking. We don’t know when or where he received his basic education.

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Career of Siyabonga Thwala

Thwala began his career as a performer in 1989. He made his acting debut in the 1996 made-for-TV movie Born Free: A New Adventure. On the same year’s Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, he made a brief cameo appearance in the episode “Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond” (season 1, episode 5).In 1998, he declined the role of Godlieb Mofokeng in the brand-new SABC 3 soap series Isidingo because he didn’t feel ready to commit to television for the long term. Soon after, he was chosen to appear in the TV comedy Streaks, which included the seasoned Themba Ndaba and was set in a Cape Town hair salon. In 2003, he was given the Jimmy recurring role on Gazlam.

Siyabonga Thwala rose to fame for his portrayal of Vusi Zwane in the Scandal! episode that was broadcast at the time on portrayal led to him later winning the Golden Horn Award (South African Film and Television Award) for best actor in a TV soap opera. He was chosen to play Paul Mashaba, the younger brother of journalist Seputla Sebogodi and ruthless tycoon Kenneth Mashaba on SABC 1’s Generations in 2007. 2010 saw his departure from the series.

Siyabonga Thwala
Siyabonga Thwala

His 2013 role as taxi-boss Mpiyakhe Zungu on Mzansi Magic’s critically acclaimed Isibaya was arguably the biggest of his career to date. The audience grew to love the character of Mpiyakhe Zungu to the point where for the bulk of the show’s duration, the character functioned as the focal point around which the plot was developed. For his portrayal of the role, he received the 2014 South African Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama.

More of his Career

Siyabonga Thwala made a significant entrance into the Muvhango cast as Busani Mojalefa. In the same year, he had an appearance as DH Radebe in the series Rhythm City. He was recognised in 2014 for his performance in the HIV/AIDS drama series Intersexions with his second South African Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama.

Yobe is a documentary series produced and hosted by Siyabonga Thwala. It made an effort to bring victims and offenders together in order for them to eventually understand each other and show forgiveness. He co-starred as corrupt former President Hendrik in the 2019 critically praised political drama-thriller The Republic alongside Florence Masebe and Hlomla Dandala.

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Personal life of Siyabonga Thwala

Siyabonga is more than just what you see on television; he is a loyal family man. His beautiful wife Thandi Twala is his wife. However, little is known about Siyabonga Twala’s wedding. Furthermore, there is no proof that he was previously married before meeting his current spouse.

Acknowledgment of Siyabonga Thwala

The seasoned actor has won countless awards and nominations. For the influence he has had on the industry for more than thirty years, he has won numerous awards.

He received the first Outstanding Lead Actor award in March 2014. Yet he was recognised in 2014 for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2007, Thwala received a Golden Horn Award.

Siyabonga Thwala
Siyabonga Thwala


• 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)