10 timeless female actors you love to watch

2018-12-21 13:39
Nambitha Mpumlwana. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Nambitha Mpumlwana. (Photo: Gallo Images)

1.       Lillian Dube

Lillian Dube aka the original Sister Bettina has been gracing our television screens since the 1980s but become popular for her role in Soul City – a health and developmental series that was once aired on SABC1.

The 73-year-old actress has featured in a variety of TV shows – from her own sitcom Skwizas, which was created under her production company Lillian Dube Productions, to embodying serious characters in short films like Cry the Beloved Country.

Lillian, who has openly shared her cancer journey, was awarded with the Golden Horn lifetime achievement award by Saftas in 2011.

2.       Connie Ferguson

While some might still remember her as Karabo Moroka in Generations, Connie is currently taking the entertainment world by storm.

The Kimberley-born actress and businesswoman who recently graced the cover of Forbes Woman Africaco-owns a production company with her hubby, Shona Ferguson.

Ferguson Films has produced local drama series such as Rockville, Igazi and The Queen to name a few, and Connie and Shona have appeared in most of them.

From being an avid church-goer in Rockville to a multi-million-rand druglord in The Queen – there is truly no role Connie can’t slay.

3.       Pamela Nomvete

The Ethiopian-born actress recently made a huge comeback as a prison boss in the Mzansi Magic prison drama Lockdown, after taking an acting hiatus.

Pamela, who portrays a no-nonsense prison warden in the show, is well-known for her character Ntsiki Lukhele  in Generations back in the day.

The Golden Horn award-winning actress toldMove! that she’s amended her relationship with South Africans especially after her long, abrupt break from the spotlight.

“I am overwhelmed and completely humbled. It's like having had an intense tumultuous relationship with someone, then deciding to separate and then both sides having grown and worked on themselves coming together and just falling in love all over again with just as much passion as before, but this time with more maturity. That's me and South Africa,” Pamela said.

4.       Mary Twala

Veteran actress and mother to entertainment star Somizi Mhlongo, Mary has had an extensive career.

From film to theatre and even acting in the sitcom Skwizas, Mary’s experience in showbiz definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.

The Mbokodo Awards lifetime achievement receipient recently collaborated with film legend Leon Schuster in his new film, Frank & Fearless, in which she plays a devoted gogo.   

5.       Vatiswa Ndara

Vatiswa became well-known for her brilliant portrayal of a single, alcoholic mother who was struggling to make ends meet while raising her two children in a two-room shack in the drama series Home Affairs.

The Golden Horn award-winning actress, who released her first book I am… Because of You, recently shocked local viewers as NomaRussia in Mzansi Magic’s Igazi.

NomaRussia is a ruthless, cunning jack of all trades who will stop at nothing to ensure her family gets the chieftaincy.

6.       Moshidi Motshegwa

Currently playing the pillar of strength, no-nonsense Malefu in 1Magic’s The River, Moshidi is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with onscreen.

The veteran actress, who once played the devious Naomi inRhythm City, talked about her former character in an interview on Real Talk.

“She will always stalk me. She is bigger than me. She is a lot of people. I have actually had to own her and say, 'You are bigger than me. You were an energy that was needed at the time. You spoke to spaces and places in black women's lives’.”

7.       Leleti Khumalo

If you’ve ever watched Sarafina! then you’ll understand why the name Leleti Khumalo is forever etched in the hearts of many South Africans.

The award-winning actress became quite popular for her lead role in the movie and stage play as a young student Sarafina who planned a riot against the apartheid government.

Leleti, who left Uzalo for’s Imbewu: The Seed, has a knack for ensuring her onscreen presence is felt.

She also starred in the short film Yesterday about a woman who lives in a rural village with her children but dies after she contracts HIV from her husband who works in Johannesburg.

8.       Florence Masebe

Florence  currently stars in the first local Ndebele series, but she hit the big time as Humbulani in Muvhango from 2004 to 2009.

The Limpopo-born actress, who is also an asthma sufferer, is also the executive producer and lead character in Elelwani, a movie that gives insight into the Tshivenda culture.

9.       Nambitha Mpumlwana

The Mthatha-born actress is an onscreen powerhouse and many of her characters can attest to this.

From her role as Mawande Memela in Generations to being Rapulana Seiphemo’s wife in Tsotsi, Nambitha continues to grow at her craft.

The award-winning actress revealed to DRUM earlier this year that she was also working on an international film.


10.   Sindi Dlathu

The character Thandaza in Muvhango wouldn’t be the same without Sindi, which is why we were stunned when she decided to leave the role after 20 years.

She’s currently playing a conniving, rich mine boss in The River – showing she is is still the queen of the small screen.