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SA actress makes Time top 10

2012-01-10 16:36
Cape Town – A young South African actress has been included in Time magazine's list of Top 10 movie performances of 2011, reports IOL.

Khomotso Manyaka made her acting debut at the age of 12 when Oliver Schmitz cast her as the lead role in his emotional drama Life, Above All which deals with the impact of Aids on a community, a family and the life of a young girl.

The film is based on the book Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton.

Of her performance Time writes: "Given the challenge, Manyaka invested the part of Chanda, the sole strength of her ravaged clan, with amazing poise, delicacy and grit."


Life Above All received praise at the Cannes Film Festival and even walked away with the François Chalais prize.

Manyaka also received recognition for her role when she was named Best Actress at the Durban Film Festival and then later scooped up the Best Actress Award at the SA Film and Television Awards.

Since landing the breakout role, Manyaka has been offered a full scholarship at the prestigious National School of the Arts in Johannesburg where she is now a learner in Grade 10.

Speaking from Mpumalanga this week, Manyaka said: "I'm very proud of myself: 2011 was a great year."

The young actress is currently focusing on school and is not working on any projects at the moment.
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