Paul William Jacobs
  • 73 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 28, 1938
  • Date of passing: Aug 22, 2011
Let the memory of Paul be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Paul Jacobs, 73, born on July 28, 1938 and passed away on August 22, 2011. We will remember him forever.
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This tribute was added by Tom Arthur on 22nd August 2017

"July 4, 1989, Eersterust

Sickened by the violence in Baputhatswana, I stayed in my room most of yesterday.  

But extraordinary things of a different kind occurred when I arrived at the Township of Eersterust, a “mixed color” location.  Paul Jacobs introduced me to a group of actors rehearsing Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  I met Dot Veltman, Jacobs’ theater collaborator.  I talked with Neville Nash, a prominent South African singer, as well as a poet named Johnny Mash and several other performers.   Jacobs said that sixty percent of the Black South African television actors have been trained at the Eersterust Performing Arts Council.  

Jacobs himself then presented a solo performance.  He began by shouting at an imaginary child that he was late coming home because he had been detained and beaten by the police, which he then reenacted.  He became the child, now in a shebeen that was about to be knocked down, after which the family would be forcibly removed from the Cape to another location.  He ended by standing before us, tears streaming down his face, hands at his side, shouting that he was a man, a man!  Why was he being treated like this?  What was to become of a place that cannibalized its inhabitants?  

Once finished he said he would be “most grateful” if I could help him improve his work.   Moved to tears of my own, I said truthfully that he is one of the strongest performers I’ve ever seen.  He replied that he been aware for some time that “God has given me talent” but he could do more for his country and people working where he did.  

In a lifetime of theater, I have rarely been exposed to talent like that, much less coupled with such idealism.  I will always miss the man."

This tribute was added by Tom Arthur on 9th February 2017

"Beautiful man.  Superb artist.  A person who tried to make things better."

This tribute was added by Zeona Jacobs on 22nd August 2016

"Dear Daddy,
It has been five years since you passed away and yet you are more present in my life than ever before. I thank you for my life, for the inspiration and most importantly for the love and steer.  Your teachings of Christ and principled living has stood me in good stead.
With love, respect and admiration.
Your loving daughter
Zeona"


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