OBITUARY | Franz Marx: man with the Midas touch

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OBITUARY | Franz Marx: man with the Midas touch

SA’s daily soap opera pioneer with ‘Egoli’ was a meticulous and hands-on director and writer

Chris Barron

Franz Marx, who died in Pretoria at the age of 79 after testing positive for Covid-19 in July, was a legend of the local entertainment industry. He acted in the first nude scene ever seen in an Afrikaans movie and created the first daily soap on South African TV.

Egoli: Place of Gold kicked off on April 6 1992 and ran for 18 years, airing a total of 4,672 episodes before ending in 2010.

He directed the first episode and was the head writer and producer of every episode...

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