Johannesburg – It has been a week of mourning as condolences continue to pour in for beloved South African actor and media mogul Shona Ferguson, who succumbed to COVID-19-related on July 31.
Shona, who was married to fellow showbiz heavyweight Connie Ferguson, was the co-founder of Ferguson Films, which was behind popular TV productions like The Queen, Rockville and The River.
The following are a few of the many condolence messages, most of which summed up the sentiment that Shona had left the stage too soon.
Nathi Mthethwa, South African Sport, Arts and Culture Minister
“He was a media mogul, an innovator and a pioneer who possessed an irrefutable ambition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Connie and the family during this time. Furthermore, we extend our sympathies to the industry at large. May his soul rest in peace.”
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of actor, film producer and philanthropist, Shona Ferguson. Our heartfelt condolences to the Ferguson family and his loved ones.”
Trevor Gumbi, South African comedian, writer and actor
“I will always cherish the moments we had together, your teachings and your brotherly love.”
Terri J Vaughn, US actor
“My heart is crushed by the passing of this amazing King! I was blessed to get to spend time with Shona and his amazingly gifted wife Connie in South Africa. It was an honor to spend time with them, work with them, bond with them. Still wrapping my mind around this reality.”
Robert Marawa, South African TV presenter
“Innovator and a pioneer. Such a tragic day. Such a loss. Go well gentle giant!”
Brian Munkondya, reader of Zambian Daily Nation newspaper
“Zambia mourn with you Cdes. He was a good actor and wonderful family man. May his acting career and family life be an inspiration to upcoming artists in SADC and beyond.”
Vimbai Maisiri, Zimbabwean Facebook user
“RIP Shona. Us in Zimbabwe are with your wife and family during this difficult time. TV will never be the same.”
ANC Greater Johannesburg Region
ANC Greater Johannesburg Region Mourns the Passing of Shona Ferguson, a renowned actor, the executive producer and a filmmaker #RIPShonaFerguson #RIPShona.
The DA is deeply saddened by the passing of accomplished producer and actor, Shona Ferguson. We send our deepest condolences to the Ferguson family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. Shona’s contribution on screen will always be remembered.
Economic Freedom Fighters
The EFF sends its heartfelt condolences to Shona’s wife, Connie Ferguson and their family. We wish her all the strength she needs to go through this difficult period. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Salute!
On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), our Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, our National Executive Committee (NEC), and the entire party at large, we extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr Aaron Arthur Ferguson – better known as Shona Ferguson – to his wife, Connie Ferguson and their children, as well as the Ferguson family, their friends, and the millions of local and international fans of his work, and that of Ferguson Films and the Ferguson Foundation.
In Botswana, Ferguson’s country of origin, thousands of fans posted heartfelt messages on social media, as did other lovers of his work in Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique and Kenya and many other countries.
Ferguson began his career in 1992 as a DJ at The Palace Hotel Night Club in Lesotho, before venturing into television and production.
He met his wife Connie in 2001 and together they built a brand recognised in several countries through productions such as Igazi and The Herd.As an actor, Ferguson starred in some of South Africa’s best soapies including Generations as Ace, as Dr Leabua in Muvhango, and Tyson in season one of Isidingo.