David Phetoe

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David Phetoe (1934?-2018) was an actor, director and theatre producer.


He died in Johannesburg on 1 February, 2018.

His contribution to South African theatre, film and media

He was part of Johannesburg’s vibrant black cultural scene in the 1950s and his career began at the famous Dorkay House in the heart of Johannesburg. In 1959 appeared in Athol Fugard’s Nongogo at the Bantu Men's Social Centre . He later also appeared in Waiting for Godot (1962), The Tempest, The Death of Bessie Smith, King Kong, Of Mice and Men, Marat/Sade, The Essence (2001).

His TV work included roles in Generations and 'Sgudi 'Snaysi, Velaphi, Going Up, and Imvelaphi.

Films include Master of Dragonard Hill (1987), Dragonard (1987), The Fourth Reich (1990), the South African-American Cry, The Beloved Country (1995), A Good Man in Africa (1994) and Ipi Tombi (1994).

He was the president of Letsema La Tsela Film.


Naledi lifetime achievement award winner, 2007.


SACD 1981/82


Jessica Levitt. 2018. "SABC on David Phetoe: He was instrumental in paving the way for upcoming actors", Times Live [1]

Patience Bambalele and Emmanuel Tjiya. 2018. "Veteran actor David Phetoe dies at 86", Sowetan Live[https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/entertainment/2018-02-01-veteran-actor-david-phetoe-dies-at-86/


Beeld, 28 February 2007.

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