Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Actress Lindiwe Ndlovu has died at 45, honoured as 'an unsung incredible actress who will leave a huge space in the creative world of acting'.

by Thinus Ferreira

The South African actress Lindiwe Ndlovu known for multiple roles on South African television and stage has died. She was 45.

The exact cause of death is unknown but Lindiwe Ndlovu who just celebrated her 45th birthday this past Friday had been suffering from medical issues according to her agent and passed away in her sleep on Monday morning, 11 January 2020.

"It is with heavy hearts and unimaginable sadness that we bring you the news of Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu passing in her home this morning 11 January," her longtime agent long-time agent Lynne Higgins at Gaenore Artiste Management says in a statement.

"To us Lindiwe was family but to many she was so much more - an unsung, incredible actress who will leave a huge space in the creative world of acting. Her incredible passion, deep respect for her craft and unrivalled commitment to her career evident in every project she took on."

"Lindiwe’s love for the stage is reflected in the many productions she gave her heart and soul to.  A large number of them being performed at the Market Theatre, to which she had strong ties with her entire career, even spending her younger days completing two years of studies there."

"From a TV and film production aspect, there are too many of her roles to mention, each of them giving herself into the character and process heart and soul."

"What we will remember most is her love and unwavering dedication to her friends and family. She had a larger than life presence that was undeniably infectious to those who loved her."

Lindiwe Ndlovu appeared in Isono, the first locally produced telenovela for ViacomCBS's BET (DStv 129) produced by Clive Morris Productions.

Clive Morris Productions in a statement says "We are so saddened by the news that multi-award winning actress Lindiwe Ndlovu has passed away. We will always remember the great contribution she made to our industry. It was an honour to have her part of our cast on Isono as her last role".

Lindiwe Ndlovu won a SAFTA award in 2013 for her role in the 2013-film Little One. She also appeared in films like Safari in 2013 and 2011's Winnie Mandela

On television she portrayed the role of Sponono in Zabalaza on M-Net's Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) channel, and had roles in Agent (SABC1/Netflix SA), Backstage (e.tv), Egoli (M-Net), eHostela (Mzansi Magic), Erfsondes (SABC2), Generations (SABC1), Ga Re Dumele (SABC2) and Greed & Desire (Mzansi Magic).

She also appeared in Home Affairs (SABC1), Ifalakhe (Mzansi Magic), Isidingo (SABC3), Lockdown (Mzansi Magic), Mazinyo Dot Q (SABC2), Ses' Top La (SABC1), Soul City (SABC1), Scandal! (e.tv), Stokvel (SABC2), Umlilo (e.tv) and Uzalo (SABC1).