Deli Malinga, who has dedicated over three decades to the acting industry, emphasizes the significance of every role, regardless of its size, as she reflects on her first award win.

Deli Malinga's illustrious career as an actress has spanned over three decades, and her remarkable journey recently reached a pinnacle at the 17th Annual South African Film And Television Awards (Saftas).

At the Saftas, the seasoned actress achieved a long-awaited triumph by securing the award of Best Supporting Actress in a Telenovela for her portrayal of the role of “MaNgema” in the acclaimed series "Redemption." In an interview with TshisaLIVE, Malinga humbly acknowledged this remarkable achievement and expressed her gratitude, saying that whoever doubted God should take a look at her and follow her story, and that God is alive. She also appreciated the cast and crew of 'Redemption' and thanked the production for believing in her.

Malinga's journey to this accolade was not without its challenges. For many years, she harbored the belief that recognition in the industry might require purchasing awards, but this award has transformed her perspective. She now firmly believes that recognition is a result of dedication and hard work. She urges aspiring actors, even those in smaller roles or cameos, not to underestimate the impact they can make on screen, emphasizing that there's nothing like a small role and that actors out there should be motivated when they see her.

In 2021, Malinga secured her first leading role as Mamzobe in Mzansi Magic's drama series titled "Umkhokha," earning widespread acclaim for her undeniable talent. Although she had received numerous award nominations, including the DStv MVCAs, Malinga confessed that she had never envisioned herself holding a trophy one day. She said that she never thought something like this would happen to her because she doesn’t know why she always gives 900% commitment and dedication to her craft. She concluded her remarks with a heartfelt prayer, seeking continued guidance, humility, and love in her journey ahead. She prayed that God should keep on shining on her, help her to always be humble, and also increase her love for people.

Deli Malinga's journey serves as an inspirational testament to the enduring power of dedication, talent, and faith in the world of entertainment. Her success story encourages emerging talents to pursue their dreams relentlessly, regardless of the scale of their roles, and to believe in the transformative potential of their craft.