These 3 things happening now in SA will melt your heart

What a time to be alive; from bringing home another Grammy to rapper AKA pledging R100 000 to the Wits Humanitarian Fund, these courageous acts make us proud to be South African


1. Soweto Gospel Choir wins third Grammy

It’s raining Grammys for South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir, as they continued their winning streak on Sunday after claiming their third international gong for Best World Music Album for their collection of songs titled Freedom.

The awards took place on Sunday evening in Los Angeles and were hosted by Alicia Keys. This was the 20-member choir’s fifth attempt and their third victory so far, which saw President Cyril Ramaphosa spare a moment to congratulate the group for a job well done on Twitter stating: “Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”

Soweto Gospel Choir brought home their third Grammy

2. AKA donates R100 000 for needy Wits students

Nothing is more gratifying than seeing more of our stars willing to put their fame and fortune to good causes, as this was the case with rapper and singer AKA, who  pledged to support the Wits Humanitarian Fund by donating R100 000. The fund aims to raise R100 million by the end of February to help clear the debt of the so called “middle missing” students – those who fail to meet the criteria for NSFAS funding but cannot afford to pay their fees on their own. Through this generous initiative, 500 lunch packs were also purchased on the day and donated to feed affected students.
“Thank you so much in shedding light through a bold act of service in bettering the lives of students,” a message of appreciation to the singer was immediately posted by @Wits_SRC on Twitter afterwards.

3. DJ Black Coffee takes over London

On a more positive note, award winning South African producer and DJ Black Coffee shows no sign of losing his global dominance as he prepares to bring the London club scene on a standstill. The globe trotting DJ sent the country on a frenzy when he twitted early today that he’s billed for another sold out international performance, this time at the iconic 02 Berixton Academy.

DJ Black Coffee: Twitter

Confirming the news on their news site, the club wrote: “Black Coffee defies convention with his fresh take on Afropolitan house, as shown on his inspiring catalogue of albums. Coming to London for a highly-anticipated headline show, expect a dazzling performance from one of the world’s most sophisticated artists.”

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A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.