The passing of the theatre coordinator at the Mmabana Arts and Culture Centre in Thaba Nchu, Hermans Phokontsi, has left a void in the community. Phokontsi passed away on Sunday, July 18, at the age of 57.
Myra Briedenhann, head of the Mmabana Arts and Culture Centre, described Phokontsi’s passing as a great loss. “His role included assisting artists performing on stage as well as at the back stage.” She explained how Phokontsi diligently ensured that audiences maintained social distancing, wore masks and sanitised hands since the pandemic broke out. “What will be missed most about him, is his ability to look at a problem from different angles and argue different solutions.”
Briedenhann said Phokontsi was always willing to assist and has great appreciation for many favourite moments with him, especially when they were working at events like the Macufe Homebrew stage and theatre performances at the centre. She remembered how she “could always depend on him to help out getting a fire going at a staff braai”.
The chief admin clerk at Mmabana Arts and Culture Centre, Andrew Maloka, described Phokontsi as an honest and ‘cool’ person. “Since my appointment at the centre in 2005, he was always a person who was dedicated to his job, he made sure that the theatre ran smoothly whenever there were events and shows.” Maloka said the last time they spent time together was four weeks ago when they worked together, taking the vehicles for tag installation.
“Hermans Phokontsi will forever live in our memories. We were privileged to have known him,” Briedenhann concluded.