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Monday, June 8, 2015


(Tiki Nxumalo. Pic credit SABC)

Well-known to television audiences through his role in Generations as Sompisi, and much loved by Durban theatregoers, Tiki Nxumalo has died at the age of 65.

Nxumalo was discovered lying on the ground outside his house in Durban and it appears that his death could have been caused by an asthma attack. He had never married and had no children. He first became famous when he appeared in a KFC advert.

Long-time friend and colleague, director Themi Venturas notes his passing with deep sadness:

“Tiki and I have had a long and deep association since 1988. I first encountered this huge talent when I was running the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre workshop group and he was a main figure in Lamontville spending time training the youth. He had already toured internationally as part of Ipi Tombi. During our association we have created many shows together including the award winning Taxi Jam.

“Tiki worked as a freelance actor, choreographer and musician for many of the companies in Durban including Themi Venturas Productions, the Playhouse Company, Catalina UnLtd, the Committed Artists, the Patricia McIntosh School of Ballet, the drama departments of UKZN and the DUT and many more. In recent years Tiki also made appearances on SABC in episodes of Generations and others. He was recently also working in the Uzalo series.

“It saddens me that life for Tiki at the end was very difficult and he constantly struggled to keep himself financially sound. It is tragic that once again, an artist who served the industry so well over a lifetime had no security, no uif benefits, no medical aid, and no recognition as a labourer in South Africa. Hamba Kahle, bra wami.”
A memorial service will be held at Stable Theatre tomorrow (June 11) at 13h00. All are welcome.