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.


  • brenda.cummings1 - 2012-01-10 17:42


  • John - 2012-01-10 18:03

    Congrats. Doe zo voort.

  • Nwabisa - 2012-01-10 18:14

    Finally some good news!!

  • Adri - 2012-01-10 19:04

    Fantastic. Congratulations!

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-01-10 19:23

    Good news indeed!

  • Gerda - 2012-01-10 20:05

    Glad for now she focuses solely on school to finish her grades. Might be South Africa's next Oscar winner ........ who knows.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-11 05:01

    This is fantastic

  • neo.mogatusi - 2012-01-11 11:52

    butiful...congrats! not every actor or anyboby in the world appears on THE TIMES! future y'all say, Finally some GOOD NEWS

  • Michael - 2012-01-11 12:06

    Well done!!

  • Hugo - 2012-01-12 07:32

    Kgomotso, we are more than proud of you coming from Elandsdoorn, Limpopo climbing up to The Times is not an achievement, It is amazing!!!! It shows that Ndlovu Care Group's slogan "Imposibble is an Attitude" has found good grounds we are all proud of you Hugo Tempelman CEO Ndlovu Care group

  • Sdu - 2012-01-12 13:25

    well done Khomotso.... special thanks to a person who gave you that role.... and he knew u would touch a lot of people'heart..... well done..

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