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ALFRED D NOKWE (article first published : 2002-04-24)

I was filled with great sadness, shock and helplessness when I heard of the passing of yet another Durban thespian following that of Kessie Govender.

I took to admiring Nathi ka Kunene not only as an extremely hard-working, talented, reliable and dedicated actor but also as an exponent of good old fashioned African values of respect of others, particularly the elderly.

This is precisely why when a Johannesburg producer of a very popular TV1 series approached me and described the character he wanted, I told him to look no further. That's the confidence I had in Nathi!

The producer then came to Durban to audition Nathi and was indeed very impressed with him. In January, the producer came back to me, gave me two pictures he had taken of him, and told me he definitely would use him and said I should keep him on hold. However, I said I could not keep an actor on hold as he had to put bread on the table. We then agreed that as and when the producer wanted Nathi's services, he would work around whatever he was doing. It appears the producer had some contractual glitches in his production company.

Nathi had such a lot going for him. Jerry Pooe was absolutely devastated when he told me of Nathi's passing. They were working on a project together.

My heartfelt condolences go to his family and colleagues Caroline, Patrick, Jerry, Edwin and others.

Hamba Kahle Mtimande, Alfred D Nokwe

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