Linda Mkhize (25 June 1981 – 8 August 2018), better known by his stage name Pro Kid or PRO, was a South African rapper and Producer He was known for rapping in a mixture of South African township vernacular and English on township life or Kasi. He became famous following the release of his self-recorded record Soweto. His song, "Ghetto Science", gained widespread popularity in South Africa. He had the ability to captivate audience who were not particularly fond of hip hop as he spoke about the stuff happening in townships. A true legend has been lost who helped carve the hip hop we have today.
This month we also lost the great Aretha Franklin, She was "one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. She had often been described as a great singer and musician due to "vocal flexibility, interpretive intelligence, skillful piano-playing, her ear, her experience". Franklin's voice was described as being a "powerful mezzo-soprano voice". She was praised for her arrangements and interpretations of other artists' hit songs.
We also lost the Legendary Koffi Annan (8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) who was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.
With this being women’s month it is imperative to acknowledge the importance and strength of a woman. Women have been pillars of many families for generations, who continue being the voice for the voiceless who continue to teach us Ubuntu. Many would say it is from the motherly natural instinct that women are born with. Many great male leaders known to date had the fierce strength and support from women. Winnie Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Ontlametse Phalatse, a sufferer of the rare genetic disorder Progeria, which causes premature ageing she continued to spread awareness and strength at a young age prior to her death. These are just a few names in the drop of the ocean of great women who have roamed this earth and shown the power that is woman. With this said it is still sad that women have to still March for their rights and safety such as the milestone March which was held on the 1st of August the #TheTotalShutdown nationwide.
On Saturday 05/05/18 around 8:00am Cosmo Junction was attacked by armed robbers, with the focal point being the Soccer Shop. Which is a shop known where soccer lovers go place their bets with predictions of the outcome of a specific game. The robbers allegedly opened fire first attacking the security company who collect money from Soccer Shop, as the armed security was making his rounds of collection he was ambushed and shot at. Then one of the robbers turned his gun towards the security guards of Soccer Shop, and when that took place one of the security was shot, but still managed to escape and made his way to moove gym. Where he found refuge until the chaos was over. The criminals are believed to have escaped with a silver bakkie the model and specs of the car were not mentioned they were believed to be 3 robbers. Some people working around junction had their suspicion that it was a pre-planned attack, as it felt odd that the criminals knew what time the money was collected, many possibilities could be given as the case is under investigation
Freedom day which is the ‘27th April commemorates the day in 1994 when the first democratic election was held in South Africa. Today, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to mark the liberation of our country and its people from a long period of colonialism and White minority domination (Apartheid)’. With this said it is important to state that freedom should not only be for the emancipation from poverty, unemployment and racism but also other forms of discrimination such as sexism. These are some of the on going struggles of today post Apartheid, which show that we still have a long way to rectifying the damages caused by Apartheid. Therefore with this said freedom day should serve as a reminder to be vigilant against corruption and also as a remembrance of how many people died/sacrificed their lives for us to be living in a democratic country and to not let their deaths and sacrifices be in vain. Not only will this long weekend be freedom day but also Workers Day, “also known as Labour Day, and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day(1st May)