Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has sent its condolences to the family of renowned South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni who died on Wednesday, aged 77.
In a statement, the metro said that the actress used her talent to contribute to South Africa’s struggle for freedom.
“She was still actively practicing her craft with her wealth of experience to empower young actors and encouraging them to get involved in arts and culture in the City,” the municipality said.
Nkonyeni hails from New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, a township that is also home to Winston Ntshona and John Kani. Aggrey Road in New Brighton was renamed in her honour. She was best known for her roles in Tsha-Tsha and international films Red Dust and Catch a Fire.
On Facebook, condolences have poured in for the actress with many thanking her for her contribution to the arts.
Earlier this year Nkonyeni was recognised and honoured with a National Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa – an accolade given to South Africans that have excelled in the fields of Arts and Culture, Music, Journalism and Sport.
South Africans took to Twitter to send their condolences;
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) July 10, 2019
— Conversations with Jay (@ConvoswithJay) July 10, 2019
We send our condolences to the family of iconic actress Nomhle Nkonyeni. She will be remembered for her excellent contribution to the performing arts. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver. Ugqatso ulifezile! #RIPNomhleNkonyeni pic.twitter.com/iP6MeRWjEA
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 10, 2019
#RIP Actress Nomhle Nkonyeni (here with Brenda Fassie). I visited her, a theatre legend, in Hillbrow in 91 for a profile called I’d Been Playing Maids, Man. She said she made up her mind to play each maid as the best maid she could play until proper roles came. PIC: Pieter Snyman pic.twitter.com/GBhl2eYBBw
— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) July 10, 2019
In receiving the tragic news of the passing of Veteran Actress Nomhle Nkonyeni, I am reminded of her dedication & dream to leave a legacy. Though we mourn this loss, we have no doubt in our hearts that she fulfilled this dream & her legacy will live on forever. #RIPNomhleNkonyeni pic.twitter.com/hWBJJvUZNV
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) July 10, 2019
A loss of yet another South African legend. I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Mam’Nomhle Nkonyeni.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) July 10, 2019
My deepest sympathy goes out to mama Nomhle Nkonyeni’s family and friends. May God give them strength to withstand the sudden shock of passing away of their Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. #RIPNomhleNkonyeni 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OV9FOBlWct
— Selunathi (@selu_nathi) July 10, 2019
-ANA, Editing by Lindiz van Zilla