Still no ‘Joe Mafela Stu­dio’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIPHELELE DLUDLA

THE SABC has yet to meet a re­quest to re­name its Stu­dio 5 in hon­our of veteran ac­tor Joe Mafela, four months after his death.

Mfundi Vundla, the cre­ator of pop­u­lar soapie Gen­er­a­tions, asked for the re­nam­ing of the stu­dio.

Mafela died in a car ac­ci­dent on March 18. He was 74.

“Joe Mafela built the SABC. He brought audiences to the SABC. Fed­erico Fellini had a stu­dio where he worked all the time and after he passed on the stu­dio was re­named after him. So Stu­dio 5 must be called Joe Mafela Stu­dio,” Vundla said at Mafela’s me­mo­rial service.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago said the pub­lic broad- caster has been pre­oc­cu­pied with “other mat­ters”.

“The SABC can con­firm that a sug­ges­tion was made by Mr Vundla for one of the SABC stu­dios to be re­named after the late Mr Mafela,” Kganyago said.

“The SABC at this stage has not as yet en­gaged on this re­quest, as the or­gan­i­sa­tion is cur­rently deal­ing with other mat­ters.”

Mafela was an ac­tor, song­writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, and worked in the entertainment in­dus­try for sev­eral years. His song She­beleza was used as the theme song for the 1996 African Cup of Na­tions.

He won nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing one for the best ac­tor in a com­edy at the South African Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards. – ANA

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