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VETERAN actor Terrence Danisile Ngxogwa, who starred in many Xhosa television drama series, is no more.

VETERAN actor Terrence Danisile Ngxogwa, who starred in many Xhosa television drama series, is no more.

Ngxogwa, who played Bantu Zathu in the Xhosa drama series uNyana Womntu, died on May 13. He was never the same again after suffering from a stroke in 2006.

Born in 1956 in NY 114 in Gugulethu, Cape Town, he came to Johannesburg in the mid 1980s. It was not long before he landed a job as a video editor at the SABC.

He was later recruited by a private company to do children's programmes.

He was involved with the first Xhosa series that were flighted when television was introduced in South Africa.

Ngxogwa's first children's show was Masidlale. But is real break came when he met prolific writer and director Ben Nomoyi.

A loving husband and caring father, his mainstream show was Winning, directed by Nomoyi.

"When I met him I was struck by his talent. I introduced him to directing and he did well. We did a lot of shows with him," Nomoyi said.

After the success of Winning, Nomoyi says they also did Nabo ke Ubomi, My Son, Nolitye, Liyimpoxo ke Isiko, Women of Colour and Both Sides of the Coin among other shows.

Nomoyi defines Ngxogwa as a humble and fearless individual who worked hard.

He says he went from humble beginnings in the dusty streets of Gugulethu township to fame and fortune in Jozi.

For all the brilliant acting he showed, Ngxogwa did not receive any formal tuition in acting or drama. But he rose to become a committed professional of the arts and rubbed shoulders with greats.

"He was able to reach this level because he was passionate about acting and open to suggestions. He had a righteous heart and a keen sense of humour."

Ngxogwa also made his mark in dramas such as Abakwa Zidenge. He also did a lot of voice overs in radio and television adverts.

Ngxogwa is survived by his wife, children and sisters. He will be buried in Gugulethu on Sunday.

The service starts at 8am, at the Church of Christ. The cortege leaves at 11am for Maitland Cemetery in Cape Town.


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