OBITUARY

Gay rights pioneer who blazed a trail in Jozi leaves SA richer

Michele Bruno, hairstylist to Jo’burg’s glamour set, and the first Miss Gay SA, opened the way for the LGBTI community, writes Mark Gevisser.

Gay rights pioneer who blazed a trail in Jozi leaves SA richer

Michele Bruno, hairstylist to Jo’burg’s glamour set, and the first Miss Gay SA, opened the way for the LGBTI community, writes Mark Gevisser.

Obituary: Final bow for struggle stalwart

An all-rounder who led by example, a father figure and a warm comrade

John Daniel: Activist, exile and a truly inspiring academic

Daniel's greatest legacy remains his interaction with his students, from exiled South Africans in Swaziland in the 1970s to international scholars.

So long Tom Sharpe, bawdy thorn in apartheid’s side

Tom Sharpe, who has died aged 85, was in the great tradition of English comic novelists.

Feisty professor ‘took life on the chin’

Craig MacKenzie Margaret Lenta, born September 2 1936, died November 5 2012

South Africa’s eminent prof of fossils dies

After battling a long illness, Professor Emeritus Phillip Tobias passed away on Thursday morning.

A people’s economist

Norman Reynolds, a beloved partner, father, friend and mentor, died last Saturday, December 15, while hiking with his daughters in the Drakensberg. Reynolds was a development economist who dedicated his life to envisioning and implementing economic rights-based programmes that restore the local economies of communities through processes that reclaim African traditions of mutual care and support and bring economic growth.

A soldier for love

When a soldier moves on from our realm to the next, the platoons go silent. A sense of disbelief hovers, but we dare not lose focus on the mission. Prayers and faith are paramount in the arsenal. A hip-hop soldier blessed with intellect, armed with a razor sharp tongue and a microphone, Mr Fat carved his imprint in the hearts of many.

World loses vocal Aids prophet

Professor Ruben Sher, the man who predicted 20 years ago that HIV/Aids would become a “biological holocaust” in South Africa, has died at the age of 78. Under apartheid, and at a time when the disease was seen as a problem of white homosexuals, he was the stubborn, forthright and vocal prophet warning of the looming tragedy.

A blow to the communist cause

This week's death of Smiso Nkwanyana, the South African Communist Party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary, could not have come at a worse time for a party out to assert its independence.

Enigmatic in life and death

Obituary: Johannes Kerkorrel. In a bizarre echo of the suicide of a lover 10 years ago, the Afrikaans singer Johannes Kerkorrel committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself.

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