John Kani pays tribute to Nomhle Nkonyeni at her memorial service

John Kani pays tribute to Nomhle Nkonyeni at her memorial service

- Veteran actor, John Kani, was among the list of speakers at Nomhle Nkonyeni's memorial service on Wednesday, 17 July

- There were two memorial services held, at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg

- The late veteran actress, Mam'Nkonyeni will be buried in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 19 July

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The late veteran actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni, was honoured in an emotional but jubilant memorial service at Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 17 July.

According to IOL, South African actors, artists, government officials and the public who attended her memorial service described Nomhle as a humble and disciplined but a straight talker, who brought a smile and laughter to many people’s faces for decades.

Mam'Nomhle passed on at age 77, after a short illness on Wednesday, 10 July.

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Among the speakers at her memorial was veteran actor, John Kani. He reminisced about Nomhle and said they grew up together in New Brighton.

“Today, I am not here to cry, but to pay tribute to one of the greatest actors that the world has produced.
“Nomhle did not have an abundance of talent. She was talent itself, and was very clever. I always enjoyed working with her, since we were young,” added Kani.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani said he was devastated by Nomhle’s passing. “The Nelson Mandela Bay will never be the same without mam’uNkonyeni,” he said referring to the arts department.

“We have lost a legend, a daughter, mother and a teacher. As the municipality, we will make sure that Nkonyeni's legacy lives and grows,” said Bobani.

Zandile Nkonyeni, a family member to Nomhle, said she was a mother, grandmother, aunt and a friend to many.

“Our hearts are overcome with grief and desolate loss. She was a veteran actress, her astounding contribution in the areas of film, television, theatre and arts in general has touched millions and as the family we have observed with gratitude the heart-warming messages of condolences and support from all whose lives she touched through her work and personally, from the lengths and breadths of country to the rest of the world,” said Zandile.

Nomhle’s burial service will be held at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 19 July.

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Meanwhile, six days ago, reported that veteran actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 10 July, and while South Africa mourns her loss, she leaves behind many fond memories.

Mzansi was flooding social media with tributes to a woman who holds a special place in their hearts, as reported on by

From Mmusi Maimane to the EFF, just about every big name in Mzansi shared their sadness at hearing the news. Several of the actors who got to work with MamNomhle have remembered what an impact she had on their lives.

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