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Seasoned actor Siyabonga Twala has appeared in almost every soapie on South African television, but insists that good acting happens on the stage.
He is playing the lead role of a taxi owner in Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya and over the years, has had major roles in Isidingo, Generations, Scandal and Rhythm City, among others.
He is also on stage at the Market Theatre in the lead role of Philemon in The Suit, based on a short story by the late Sophiatown writer, Can Themba. Twala says he prefers theatre to television as it allows him to fully express himself as an artist.
"But you know, TV pays the bills more than the stage. TV is where the money is, although we are still underpaid as actors compared to the money we bring in to channels," he says.
"We deserve to have shares in some of these productions because TV channels actually make a lot of money and the catalysts for that are good actors. Getting only salaries from production companies is just not enough.
"Acting on soapies has been c...
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