Joe Mafela’s Memorial: In honour of the legendary actor, the creator of Generations: The Legacy has revealed that the studio where the popular soapie is filmed will now be known as The Joe Mafela Studio.
Speaking during the memorial service of the actor on Thursday, Mfundi reminisced on the late actor’s contributions in the industry. He said that Joe brought audiences to the SABC and his contribution deserves a befitting recognition.
Thus, it is not surprising that the studio which is currently known as studio 5 will now be called The Joe Mafela Studio.
“Without the content and the people who bring audiences‚ the SABC is brick and mortar. Joe brought audiences.”
On a personal note, Mfundi spoke about how Joe helped him to acclimatize when he returned to South Africa after spending so many years overseas.
“He was my friend. I’ve lost a friend.”
Mfundi was one of the speakers at legendary actor Joe Mafela’s memorial service.
Also, veteran actor and writer Tony Kgoroge used his speech at the memorial to lambaste the SABC and government over the exploitation of artists in the industry.
He described Joe as one of the artists who were able to rise above exploitation in the industry though he didn’t escape it.
“Even though Ntate Joe Mafela did not escape exploitation, it is encouraging to see how he rose above it,” Tony said.
The actor called on all artists to stand up and tell their own stories. Furthermore, he directed his statements to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago who gave his own speech minutes before.
“Ntate Kaizer, i hope the SABC will pay our artists their royalties,” he said.
Veteran actor Joe Mafela passed away on Saturday night following a road accident on the M1 North in Johannesburg. He was 75.
Though he died at the scene of the accident, there are rumours he may have died of medical conditions, not the car crash.