Motshabi Tyelele

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Motshabi Tyelele (born 1969). Actress.



She was born in Tladi, Soweto.


She is a graduate of UCT Drama (BA degree in speech and drama, 1990).


Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Performances include Fatima Dike’s So What's New? at the Market Theatre, No-Good Friday, Nothing but the Truth, Blues for an Alabama Sky (Market Theatre 1997), Plastics (PACT 1999), The Blacks, Die Van Aardes van Grootoor, King Ubu, Two Weeks in September, Chameleon, Robin's A Cruise-Ou.

She wrote Shwele Bawo!.

Television roles include Thando in Suburban Bliss and Eve in Madam and Eve.

TV presenter of Crossover.

Awards, etc

Artes award 1996 for her role as Thando in the SABC television series Suburban Bliss (best actress in a comedy).

Her play Shwele Bawo! was nominated as Best new play, Naledi, award year 2003.

She won a Naledi Award for Best performance of an actress in a lead role in Shwele Bawo!, February 2005.


Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Tribute, 31 August 1996.

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