Nh­lanhla ‘Gear­box’ Sibanda burial to­day

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FORMER Kukhulwa Kokuphela ac­tor Nh­lanhla Lucky “Ge ar­box” Sibanda, w h o died on Tues­day, will be bur i ed to­day at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery in Bulawayo.

Sibanda, who played the quick-wit­ted Gear­box in the pop­u­lar ‘90s drama, died at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal at the age of 57 af­ter suf­fer­ing from can­cer for the past three years.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Nqaba Sibanda who is Gear­box’s brother, said a fu­neral ser­vice will be held in UCCSA church in Mzi­likazi.

“My brother will be buried at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery. Be­fore that friends and fam­ily will gather at the UCCSA in Mzi­likazi to pay their last re­spects to him,” said Sibanda. Born on Au­gust 30, 1959 in Nkayi, Gear­box grew up in the Esivomo area and learnt at Esivomo Pri­mary school, be­fore mov­ing to Makhu­lam­bila Pri­mary School in Lower Gweru then Ih­lathi Sec­ondary School in Tsha­bal­ala.

He worked for the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe from 1980 to 1984 as a com­mer­cial clerk and later an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

The Bo­foz s p okesp e r son ex­plained how the win­ner will be se­lected.

“The pub­lic have been vot­ing for their favourite con­tes­tants through an SMS vot­ing cam­paign, which ran un­til Septem­ber 13. The fi­nal win­ner’s score will be an ag­gre­gate of 50 per­cent SMS votes and 50 per­cent judge’s score at the grand fi­nale. The list of judges is be­ing fi­nalised,” said Ngorora.

There­after he worked at Old Mu­tual Zim­babwe where he was a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive and fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor un­til 2003.

Dur­ing his years at Old Mu­tual Sibanda joined Felix Moyo, writer and pro­ducer of Kukhulwa Kokuphela and played the role of Gear­box.

The char­ac­ter was a mem­ber of a gang of three con­men that had the likes of Khraiseki (Ed­win Nh­liziyo), and Md­lam­bulo (Won­der Siz­iba).

This is where he carved his ca­reer as an ac­tor with his char­ac­ter of a quick-wit­ted per­son who kept the crew in check be­ing a dar­ling of many who watched the drama.

Apart from work and act­ing Sibanda was a busi­ness­man of re­pute af­ter set­ting up Yonah Group of Com­pa­nies in 1995. Sibanda owned Yonah Com­plex in En­tum­bane, Yonah Trans­port in Kelvin North in­dus­trial area and a fill­ing sta­tion in Nkayi.

So­cially he was ac­tively in­volved in play­ing foot­ball for his then com­pany’s team Old Mu­tual, and now with Izin­sizwa FC play­ing in the Golden Oldies so­cial league.

Sibanda was also a life-time mem­ber of the gi­ants of Zim­babwe foot­ball High­landers FC and their bene­fac­tor. He leaves be­hind a wife, six chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren.

— @bon­ganinkunzi

The late Nh­lanhla Lucky “Gear­box” Sibanda

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