Motshabi Tylele

Motshabi Tylele

The winner of the 1986 Artes Award for Best Comedy Actress and 2001 Avanti Award for Best Sitcom Actress, Motshabi trained in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town and went on to study Public Relations with Prisa (Public Relations Institute of South Africa) and did Voice Training with The Royal National Theatre Company in London. Popularly known as "Thando" in our local Sitcom Suburban Bliss, "Sophie" in Generations and "Eve" in Madam and Eve, Motshabi has worked extensively as an actor in film, television and theatre. Her recent television appearances were in the popular children's programme Takalani Sesame, Soul City 6 and Yizo Yizo 3.

Motshabi recognises the need for the empowerment and cultural enrichment of our youth and society in general and is active in drama/ communication workshops. A former voice teacher at the Market Theatre Laboratory, Motshabi co-wrote and directed an industrial theatre production dealing with HIV/AIDS, No Second Chance for the Eskom Development Foundation, which toured the country. Working with Corporate Scenes Inc, an American based company, Motshabi has facilitated Active Communication workshops for Avis Southern Africa, Transnet, The Department of Education, McKinsey Group, the Kelly Group and Khalil Fattal et Fils (Lebanon).

She has also been the Master of Ceremonies at functions such as Nadine Gordimer's 80th birthday celebration, The Tenth Anniversary of the Human Rights and Democracy Awards and ABSA FOUNDATION Gala Dinner in honour of the IEC's Dr Brigalia Bam and Adv. Pansy Tlakula to name a few.

Recently she wrote a theatrical script for her two-woman play "Shwele Bawo! A Grave Injustice!" which was nominated for Best New S.A Play, Best Set Design and Best Performance By a Lead Actress, for the 2004 Naledi Awards. Motshabi was awarded Best Performance by a Lead Actress, for her outstanding role in this great play "Shwele Bawo! A Grave Injustice!," which was also one of the highlights at the Playhouse Company's Tenth Celebration of the South African Women's Arts Festival in August '06!

A highly competent and versatile voice artist, her voice can be heard in the children's International award winning animation programme, Magic Cellar, in which she plays three different characters!

Motshabi is presently starring alongside John Kani in "Nothing But The Truth" which is now touring the UK, after a highly successful season at the Hampstead Theatre in London and has just finished filming the movie version of "Nothing But The Truth!"