Nathi Mthethwa has announced that the Eastern Cape Film Hub will be named after the late iconic actress Nomhle Nkonyeni in honor of her contribution to the arts!inister of Sport, Arts and Culture
“I invite industry experts to join hands with us to make this dream a reality for the benefit of us all. This Film Hub will be named after iconic actress Mama Nomhle Nkonyeni in honor of her contribution to the arts. She will always be remembered for her extraordinary work,” announced Nathi Mthethwa.
The minister also said that he had the pleasure of interacting with young entrepreneurial artists who possess zeal and commitment to their work.
“As the Department, our purpose is to empower more skilled artists who authentically tell the stories of our culturally rich country through initiatives such as this,” said Nathi Mthethwa.
Nathi Mthethwa, in his official opening of the Eastern Cape Film Hub on Thursday he said that the FIlm Hub comes as a result of a study that the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa undertook as midpoints to stimulating economic activity, driving transformation, creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The minister also said that the Film Hub is also an indication of their joint commitment to develop creative spaces for the youth.
Min. Mthethwa who was also honored to be sharing the stage with NFVFSA’s chairperson, Mr. Phil Molefe said the key focus is the development of strategies and capacitation of filmmakers in all regions.
“Film is one of the artistic tools of expression that plays a pivotal role in cultural exchange, co-existence, & it is able to reach a wide audience. The purpose of the Film Hub is to bring together all areas of film under one roof, & to provide an avenue for aspiring filmmakers.
“This morning I am at the much-anticipated launch of the Eastern Cape Film Hub. This launch is one step in advancing our objective of building the National Democratic Society and expanding facilities like this one into previously neglected areas,” shared Nathi Mthethwa.
Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni died in 2019 at the age of 77.
Nomhle Nkonyeni has spent 50 years in the industry. She has been on numerous television and stage productions, including her most recent role on e.tv’s Scandal.
Nomhle Nkonyeni also had leading roles in television productions such as Igazi, Gaz’lam and, feature film Red Dust in 2004 to name just a few.
In 2016, she received the lifetime achievement at the SA Film and Television Awards and was recognized in the same category at the 2018 Eastern Cape cultural awards.