Obituary: George Sithole, scriptwriter

2009-03-16 00:00

ONE of the Durban film industry’s most respected characters, George Sithole, has passed away.

A well-known scriptwriter and producer, Sithole had several radio and television drama series under his belt, including Ubambo Lwami for SABC1 and Devil’s Island for Ukhozi fm.

“George Sithole was a man determined to grow the local film industry and had been working tenaciously on a number of projects to provide our local talents with new opportunities,” Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office (DFO) said. “George dreamed big, worked hard, never took no for an answer and was the most innovative filmmaker I have come to know in Durban. He will be sorely missed.”

Vikash and Rani Sitaram of East Coast Media, who worked extensively with Sithole on a number of projects, added: “George was a great friend of filmmakers, musicians and artists. Our company collaborated with him on his first feature, dealing with music piracy and later on the local feature film comedy, I Wish I was in Jail.

“We were involved with him in developmental projects to build capacity in the local film industry and were also assisting with the development of the script for I Wish.2, the sequel to the original comedy.”

“George shared our vision of indigenous films made by South Africans, for South Africans,” continued Rani. “ He will be sorely missed, a void that will be hard to fill. Who will lobby for indigenous filmmaking now?”

Another close friend and fellow industry collaborator, Mandle Ndimande, said: “We have lost a brilliant writer and a good friend. We hope his legacy will live on through his works and projects in development.”

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