Baba Gold’s untimely demise leaves a void

2017-08-17 06:05
Monwabis Gold Sopitshi is no more.

Monwabis Gold Sopitshi is no more.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The artistic community across South Africa reels in shock at the untimely demises of Gold Sopitshi.

The passing away of Gold Sopitshi is still a shock to many and many more will continue to be shocked as the art activist quietly moved away from the scene on Sunday night while sleeping in his house in Site C.

He was found dead in his house on Thursday, 3rd August 2017.

The door was still locked insider and there were no reasons for the family to suspect any foul play. He was buried in his home town of Lady Frere a weekend later.

The community and relatives held a quiet but emotional memorial service on Wednesday 09th August 2017.

Speaker after speaker at the memorial service spoke highly of Sopitshi.

It was clear that here lied a giant. Songezo Lumko who is an art activist who worked with Gold lately felt that justice was not done in remembering this great. He understood that many of his friends and those who have worked with him have missed the news.

Gold as he was popularly known was a performer, a producer, a dance instructor, an actor, a narrator, a craft artist, among many art activitism he was engaged in. He has been seen in the TV show Entabeni. He also played a significant role in the international play which was premiered in Khayetsha’s Theatre for Change. He featured in the international play called, “Middle Passage: A Ritual of Healing” which was performed in America at Louisville University in 2004. In this feature he was alongside popular artist Thembi Mtshali among others. He also was a Craftsman whose work has been displayed at Gugasthebe. Monwabisi was currently working with groups of children teaching them drama, dance and craft. He was known for his sustainability craft where he was collecting waste metal and turning into products. This was also his source of income currently. To all those who worked with him, take forward the spear. To the family of Sopitshi, thank you for Monwabisi. To South Africa and the world – it is ordinary people like Monwabisi that make up history. RIP Baba Gold.


Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.