SEKHUKHUNE – Veteran Actress, radio producer and businesses woman, Cecilia “Candy” Mukondeleni Moloi has passed on.
The Moloi and Ramunenyiwa family of the renowned actress, radio producer and business woman sadly confirmed her passing on the 28 July 2020 at a hospital in Pretoria.
Candy’s death followed a long battle with cancer. The actress celebrated her 67th birthday on February 10. She is fondly remembered for her portrayal of Vho-Makhadzi in the popular SABC soapie, Muvhango.
Candy won a SAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in the role of Vho-Makhadzi. She also featured on Death of a Queen, Thola, Giyani and many other local productions.
She trained and worked as teacher and radio announcer – following in her father’s footsteps, the late SSS “Vevisa” Ramunenyiwa, before venturing into the advertising industry, cutting her teeth at Ogilvy and Mather Advertising Agency.
This led to various opportunities including radio production. Candy spent the largest part of her career working in the broadcasting and marketing industry, becoming one of the best go-to producers for African languages – after founding Candy Moloi Productions.
Mama-Candy, as people called her, opened doors and helped build many careers in the industry. She is survived by her son, Tshepo Moloi, daughter, Zah Lerato Moloi and two grandsons.
Candy will be buried at her hometown of Thohoyandou in Limpopo. The family requested some patience and understanding during this difficult time of grieving, as COVID-19 restrictions will be complied with during the funeral.
Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha, who has learnt with sadness the passing on of Moloi, said on behalf of the Executive Council and people of Limpopo: “We have lost a mother figure who was resilient thespian in telling the story of South Africa.”