Mtshali-Jones, appearing on Imbewu: The Seed, has been in the movie and TV industry for 50 years.
Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein honored her for her resilience with a spot on the walk of fame red carpet.
The auditorium revealed Mtshali-Jones’s unerring on Saturday as part of its 60th anniversary.
Other members among the 20 who were honored as part of the walk of fame include Patrick Mynhardt, Mimi Coetzee, Des, and Dawn Lindberg, Joan Brickhill, Janice Honeyman, Johnny Clegg, Athol Fugard, John Kani, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Gibson Kente, Prof Mzilikazi Khumalo, Tobie Cronjé, Desmond Dube, Brenda Fassie, Trevor Noah and Gregory Maqoma.
Delivered by Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse, who looked stunning in a black number, there was tremendous applause when Mtshali-Jones’ name was mentioned.
The evergreen Mtshali-Jones appeared, strolling and engulfed by emotions.
Speaking to Sowetan on Saturday night, the veteran actress was thrilled that she received such an honor during her lifetime.
For her, it has been a long journey filled with many challenges and achievements.
“I feel very honored and proud. I want to say to myself: ‘Congratulations! You have done so well. It has not been easy and now you are where you are because of your perseverance. Well done girl.’
“There have been dark moments in my career when I felt that I may never rise again. I had to overcome those moments because I love what I do. I always remembered that even when I fall today, tomorrow I must have the strength to get up.
“Because it is not about falling, it is about how you get up again. I surround myself with people who are honest, and who did not glorify me. When I fell they were there to help me stand up.”
Mtshali-Jones shared highlights of her wonderful career.
She said what drives her forward in life is her grandchildren and the public that acknowledges her work.
“One of the highlights was being honored by Durban University of Technology with a doctorate this year. But the biggest one is when people recognize me.
“Sometimes they tell me that my work on television helped them deal with their depression and lift their spirits. To me, it says, I am doing something meaningful.”
After the revelation, everyone went inside the auditorium to watch a celebration that merged theatre, dance, and musical performances.
The performers included Lerato Mvelase, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Nomfundo Sambo, Gugu Shezi, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Bianca Le Grange and many more.