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The Centre for Creative Arts would like to extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of legendary television personality, actor, writer, director, producer, musician and businessman, Ntate Joe “Sdumo” Mafela who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening.

Mafela made his acting debut 5 decades ago at only 22 years of age, when he appeared in the feature movie Real News, Later co-starred in South Africa’s first black feature film, Udeliwe (1974). During the 1980s his television career took off when he starred in a Zulu Language sitcom Sgudi Snaysi as “Sdumo” a character that would capture the audiences’ hearts, and be the source of many laughs till this day. This sitcom became a major hit in black television as it ran to 78 episodes. He has been a pioneer and veteran in the entertainment industry, having received numerous awards including, Lifetime Achiever Award by the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2005.

The news of Ntate Mafela’s passing really left a hole in our hearts. His untimely end has left many in a state of shock and disbelief but his contribution to the entertainment industry does not go unnoticed and will forever be appreciated and celebrated for decades to come.

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