Jamie Bartlett’s friend and Rhythm City co-star Mpho Molepo has revealed that one of the things that the actor wanted to do was to open a food outlet in Soweto.
Molepo says the 55-year-old actor, who passed this Monday due to a cardiac arrest visited several chisanyama’s in the township to learn the business.
Jamie Bartlett’s colleague and friend Mpho Molepo – who acted alongside him in e.tv’s Rhythm City as Fats says the 55-year-old actor was “a cook of note”.
“He wanted to own a restaurant. So, I took him on this tour and he was happy. He enjoyed Soweto because he would tell me many times that he had breakfast at Vilakazi [Street, Orlando West].”
“Jamie wanted to do a lot, including a podcast and he was excited about it. He called me on Friday, telling me about his podcast and he wanted me to feature in it. I could not believe it when I got a call on Tuesday that he is no more.”
The Skeem Saam actor also describes Bartlett as a happy person who loved people.
“He was that kind of a guy. He hugged and kissed freely,” he tells Sowetan.
Businessman Somizi Mhlongo also shared how Bartlett spread the love at 012 Lifestyle Restaurant in Brooklyn, Pretoria, on Sunday night before he passed away on Monday evening.
Mhlongo who is still shocked by his passing shared pictures and videos of Bartlett greeting, hugging, and kissing the staff and customers at the club hours before he died.
The reality star added that the actor even invited himself to people’s tables, greeted a lot of people at the venue, and went around hugging and kissing staff and customers.
Mhlongo also told Sowetan that it still felt unreal that a man he had a conversation with on Sunday night was no more.
“The way he enjoyed chatting to people [there], it was difficult to make him sit down at our table.
“When he finally sat down, we spoke at length. Jamie was excited about the future… He told me that he wanted to focus on making appearances and make money out of that. He is one of the few actors who are loved by both white and black people.”
“It showed at the restaurant when he would go to people’s tables to greet them. I told him that it is fine that you are here and they see you.”
Mhlongo said looking back at how Bartlett was spreading love on the night, he was actually saying his goodbyes.
“He enjoyed mogodu and steamed bread or idombolo with his Scotch whisky at the restaurant,” he said.