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‘Dearest grannie’, we miss you: Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren pay tribute

‘Dearest grannie’, we miss you: Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren pay tribute

PRINCESSES Beatrice and Eugenie issued a tribute to their "dearest grannie" on Saturday, saying how much they missed the late Queen Elizabeth and had thought she would be around forever. "We've not been able to put much into words since you left us all," said the two princesses, the daughters of Prince Andrew, the queen's second son and Duke of York. "There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved queen and our beloved grannie." Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, will join their cousins later on Saturday for a…
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Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

BEYONCÉ has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own. Author JAMES CHIKOMBORERO PARADZA, Doctor of Music Candidate, University of Pretoria In history, the renaissance era (from the 1400s) was characterised by the rebirth and renewal of culture…
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Beyoncé’s boost for African artists

Beyoncé’s boost for African artists

BEYONCÉ has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own. Author JAMES CHIKOMBORERO PARADZA, Doctor of Music Candidate, University of Pretoria In history, the renaissance era (from the 1400s) was characterised by the rebirth and renewal of culture…
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Tribute for late ANC leader Jessie Duarte

Tribute for late ANC leader Jessie Duarte

THE ANC, South Africa's governing party, has led South Africans in paying tribute to leading political activist Jessie Duarte, the organisation's deputy secretary-general who has passed on after a battle with cancer. Duarte, stepped down from her ANC duties to focus on her health. She passed away on Sunday and was due to be buried later in the day, in line with Muslim rites. The South African government honoured Duarte by declaring an official funeral for her. SA President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to Duarte, whom he described as a long-time anti-apartheid activist who served as a special assistant to…
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Thabo Mbeki’s moving tribute to Kenneth “KK” Kaunda

Thabo Mbeki’s moving tribute to Kenneth “KK” Kaunda

I had the great privilege of spending almost two decades in this great African city and country, constantly exposed to President Kaunda’s leadership. I am therefore acutely aware of the reality that I will be speaking today of an outstanding African patriot who was to the end of his life my own leader. Author Thabo Mbeki A few days after President Kaunda passed away, on 26 June 2021, one Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo, caused the publication in the Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, of an Obituary entitled “Kenneth Kaunda: The last African Liberation Giant goes home”. The Obituary said: “Barely a week ago,…
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Tribute to renowned South African economist Francis Wilson

Tribute to renowned South African economist Francis Wilson

IN 2016, South African economist Francis Wilson was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town. Nominators of a person for this highest honorary degree get to select from one of two criteria: On grounds of exceptional scholarship in accordance with the ideals and principles of the universityOn grounds of exceptional other achievement or public service in accordance with the ideals and principles of the university. Author MURRAY LEIBBRANDT, NRF Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research; Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town Those nominating Francis, who passed away in April…
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