Sikelela Theodore Ndebele

Sikelela Theodore Ndebele

October 04, 1966 – August 27, 2021

Sikelela Theodore Ndebele was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe to Earning Makaka Ndebele, a carpentry teacher, and Katy Gift Ndebele (nee Zembe), a social worker.  He grew up in Bulawayo and was known for his academics and sportsmanship.  Sikelela excelled in tennis, soccer, and swimming, winning many awards.  He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Commerce with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Management in 1991.  Sikelela later earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 1997.  After earning his bachelor’s degree, he worked for DHL and later became a Regional Marketing Director for British American Tobacco (BAT).

Sikelela emigrated to the United States in April 2000.  In the United States, he worked in a variety of industries including healthcare and finance.

Sikelela married Jennifer Sharp and out of this union was born his only daughter, Naledi S. Ndebele.

He suffered numerous chronic illnesses until his death on August 27, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sikelela was preceded in death by both parents; one brother; one sister.  He is survived by daughter, Naledi; a brother; three sisters; and a host of nieces and nephews.





  • Calvin Gudu Posted September 1, 2021 2:42 pm

    Some great people cannot be easily forgotten. Deeply saddened by your departure Bro Sike. Rest in peace Ndebele. The world has lost a great guy!

    • Muchaneta Zonde Posted September 6, 2021 5:33 am


  • Caleb Gudu Masuku Posted September 2, 2021 3:42 am

    Sike, a real brother, will be sadly missed.
    Thanks for the fond memories of our childhood and youth days.
    I always hoped that we would meet again in this life.
    Rest in peace bro.

  • Zwe Moyo Posted September 2, 2021 7:54 am

    Rest in peace bro. My condolences to the Ndebele family

  • Bongani Nqwababa Posted September 2, 2021 3:51 pm

    RIP my life long friend. 15 years together at 3 different schools (more than any other person) and last long conversation on 11 August when you asked me “ Are you alive?”. Little did I know our one hour chat was the the last. Phumula ngokuthula,size sihlangane futhi.

  • Bongani Nqwababa Posted September 2, 2021 3:59 pm

    Change 15 years to 12.

  • Percy Dumisani Mkhosi Posted September 2, 2021 9:25 pm

    Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the Ndebele family. Sike (“syke” to us his very bosom friends ). We shared great moments from 1989 at Fletvher and years to come. We all recently connected as longtime friends with ciallegues and enjoyed hours if catching up and genuine life reflections. You went away so suddenly and you left us wondering what just happened. Syke we will always love you and miss you. Rest in peace ulale ngokuthula mfanakithi Ndeps mfanakithi.

  • Hlabezulu KHUMALO Posted September 2, 2021 9:44 pm

    Rest In Peace Sike. Our high school days were great!!

  • Sipho Nkulumo Posted September 2, 2021 10:22 pm

    So sad to hear of his passing . A great guy whom I knew from his youth. May his soul rest in peace

  • Pino Maqhawe Mavengere Posted September 2, 2021 11:16 pm

    Condolences to the Ndebele family. Just heard about Sikhe. Sikhe KRA was a dear friend, buddy and homeboy from the early Fletcher High School and Bulawayo days. What a loss to to the family and humanity. He now rests in death and Naledi hold strong as there is hope we will see him again. Maqhawe (Pino)

  • Kim Mkhethwa Posted September 3, 2021 3:27 am

    RIP Sike , till we meet again big Bro xxx

  • Mandla Mguni Posted September 3, 2021 4:17 am

    Lala ngokuthula Sike. I remember very fondly, our CBC days. I remember ‘ibandla’ that we created labo Gilmore. I will miss you my friend!

  • Ndabezinhle Moyo Posted September 3, 2021 5:13 am

    We mourn with the whole Ndebele family grew up being inspired by your sportsmanship and good character may you rest in peace and may the Lord strengthen and comfort the whole family

  • Ndabenhle Mabhena Posted September 3, 2021 6:09 am

    Rest in peace Sike!You ran your race.

  • Tamsanqa Mpofu Posted September 3, 2021 9:23 am

    Rest easy bro, everlasting memories we shared on numerous tennis courts and at our favourite gym Bulawayo Health Studio

  • Muchaneta Zonde Posted September 3, 2021 11:02 am

    RIP Brother, you answered to the last call. God’s time is the best time, the road you have traveled is the same road that we all shall walk. You are with your maker now, cry to him and tell him your troubles for he will make right of all things.

  • Cinderella Themangombe Posted September 3, 2021 1:19 pm

    My condolences to Sthabile, Phiki and Busi on your loss. MHDSRIP

  • Jeff Posted September 3, 2021 1:32 pm

    Go thee well mfanekhaya. Thanks for all the support and guidance. Rest in power Sike! Condolences to the entire family. May the Holy Spurit comfort you all!

  • Anaki Karigeni Posted September 4, 2021 1:31 am

    RIP. We shared a dorm at Burton Hostel in 1981 during our Fletcher days. Was a funny guy with Shingiray. Brilliant table tennis player. Go Well

  • Jomo R Mhone Posted September 4, 2021 2:04 am

    Sad news indeed. Family please accept our sincerest condolences. I may have been a senior at school (Fletcher High) but I made my beat friends from your stream because you guys just rocked! Dumi, Bongani, Mbusi and team: please accept my sincerest condolences. Naledi we may not be able to be with you at this time but we pray the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit be your portion and strength at this time.

  • Zenzo Maphosa Posted September 4, 2021 2:44 am

    Sike mfowethu. So long. Till we meet again. You inspired us as your juniors at school. Ever so considerate and the consummate sportsman. Rest in peace.

  • Mildred Nysungwa Mushunje Posted September 4, 2021 7:02 am

    Rest in peace bhudi. Most sincere condolences to the Ndebele family.

  • Rejoice Mukosi Posted September 4, 2021 5:45 pm

    SIKE we found each other we will meet again

  • Omega Degwa Posted September 4, 2021 11:45 pm

    RIP Sike….a very humble, academically gifted, great sportsman and funny to around gentleman. Our high school days story at Fletcher High cannot be complete without mentioning you. To the Ndebele family, please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Rejoice Gordon-Macintosh Posted September 5, 2021 4:36 am

    Rest in peace my friend you will be greatly missed.My deepest condolences to the family .We had great days at the swimming pool and the club in Luveve .You were my Frenemy at school

  • JOSEPH KEITH SITSHA Posted September 7, 2021 10:22 am

    May his soul rest in peace. He shall be greatly missed. Condolences to the family.

  • They you for thinking of my Malume, Sike. I miss him dearly! Posted October 20, 2021 12:10 am


  • Christopher Zulu Posted October 27, 2021 10:39 pm

    Sike mfokamdala, gone to rest too soon my dear friend. Lala ngokuthula ndoda.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Chris & Busi

  • Vuyile Mpofu Posted February 24, 2022 10:09 am

    Am only learning of this today. What a shock. Vibrant friend from our high school days at CBC. Rest in power Syke

  • Shereen Posted January 1, 2023 9:05 am

    Was just thinking of you today Sike and thought to Google your name. My heart sank to find out about your passing. Was looking to reconnect with a great, funny soul who .are working at DHL a great and jovial place to work. Thank you so much for being an authentic and genuine being. May the Almighty grant you a lofty place in heaven. I would love to get to know your daughter and if she reads this message, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • James Gabellah Posted July 17, 2023 12:07 pm

    So sad to hear about your passing bro , remembering the great years that we had at BAT Zimbabwe . Till we meet again , rest easy mfowethu . My condolences to the Ndebele family

    • Mbonisi Tjivako Posted July 17, 2023 3:13 pm

      Belatedly but I still have fond memories of the times we had with you and James.May your soul rest easy bro.🙏

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