SA mourns: Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni passes away at 77

SA mourns: Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni passes away at 77

South Africa is saddened by the news that South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has passed away. Her passing leaves a hole in the entertainment industry where she leaves a great legacy.

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Veteran Mzansi actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 10 July.

The award-winning 77-year-old has been in hospital since Friday, 5 July, and her nephew, Vusi Manapha, confirmed that she has died, according to Herald Live.

Nkonyeni is a greatly-admired woman, not only for her acting but also for the many things she did for others, and will be sorely missed.

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Just a month ago, Aggrey Road in New Brighton - where she was born - was renamed after her, and Briefly.co.za gathers she was very happy with this honour.

"I grew up in New Brighton. My relationship with that street is my church, Arthur Wellington Church, which was built in 1945.
"I spent most of the week in that street - on Monday I would attend the little girls’ prayer, on Wednesday I was there, on Friday we visited the temple. I spent a lot of time there. Every day of the week I was in Aggrey and asked myself who is Aggrey? Who is Gratten? Who are these people?"

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Nkonyeni has been in numerous television and stage productions, such as Scandal!, Igazi, and Gaz’lam, and the film Red Dust.

She received the lifetime achievement honour at the SA Film and Television Awards in 2016 and was also recognised in the same category at the 2018 Eastern Cape cultural awards.

The late actress also received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver earlier this year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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