SA loses two entertainment veterans in one weekend

Two of South Africa’s legendary entertainers passed away over the weekend. Sophiatown jazz singer Thandie Klaasen died at age 86 in the early hours of Sunday morning after fighting pancreatic cancer. Die Windpomp actress Marga van Rooy was 75 when she passed on Sunday afternoon after losing her battle with cancer.

Nathi Mthethwa, Arts and Culture minister tweeted his condolences to Thandie Klaasen and her family on 15 January:

Twitter tributes to Klaasen poured in on social media:

Klaasen was born in 1931 and was a jazz musician from Sophiatown. In 2013 she was awarded a Standard Bank Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to South African jazz music. She also received the Woman of Distinction Award in Canada in 1999 and a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 South African Music Awards. She was most famous for her song Sophiatown.

Marga van Rooy was a regular on SA TV and film

Veteran actress Marga van Rooy has been gracing South African TV and movie screens for decades. She acted in Egoli, Molly & Wors and Vetkoekpaleis and a number of local films such as Panic Mechanic, Nommer AssebliefLipstiek DipstiekVrou Soek Boer, Die Windpomp and ‘n Paw-Paw Vir My Darling.

Fans and celebrities paid tribute to the star on twitter:

Her most recent role was playing Vleis’ mother Girla in ‘n Paw-Paw Vir My Darling. In December 2016, news outlets reported she seriously ill and undergoing surgery.



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