The Big Dawg owns his Des­tiny

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For the month of August, the Big Dawg is grac­ing the cover of Des­tiny Man mag­a­zine for the sec­ond time – the first per­son to be ac­corded this hon­our.

As one of our most in­flu­en­tial dee­jays and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, Thato Sik­wane, bet­ter known as DJ Fresh, con­tin­ues to evolve, adding to his long list of ac­com­plish­ments. Most im­pres­sive is the fact that he has been around for well over 20 years and man­aged to stay rel­e­vant.

The mag­a­zine cel­e­brated by hold­ing an August cover party at the rooftop area of Rock­ets in Bryanston on Wed­nes­day night.

The pick of venue was great – if you didn’t tire your­self out hunt­ing for park­ing.

Dressed in a Kisua tuxedo – yes, the brand is launch­ing a menswear range – DJ Fresh worked the room like a proud host, greet­ing ev­ery­one as if he had known them for years. Al­most every speaker made men­tion of his char­ac­ter­is­tic warmth.

Cel­e­brat­ing his suc­cess were friends DJ Cap­i­tal, DJ Milk­shake, DJ PH and

Lulo Café, all gath­ered at the back, pass­ing school­boy com­ments. It was sweet to see how much they ad­mire Fresh and have, un­der­stand­ably, used him as their bench­mark for suc­cess.

Among the guests was DJ Eu­phonik, who said: “Fresh has the big­gest heart in the world. We stopped at a petrol sta­tion and he tipped the petrol at­ten­dant R100. I asked why he would give the guy that much money and he said: ‘The more you give, the more you get, ir­re­spec­tive of who it is.’

“An­other thing that I learnt from him is the im­por­tance of fam­ily ... Just from watch­ing how Fresh han­dles his fam­ily, I have learnt that your kids and your friends are the most im­por­tant things in your life.”

Lis­ten­ing to him was a tad un­com­fort­able, given that the trib­ute came just hours af­ter Eu­phonik caused a stir on so­cial media with an abu­sive tweet, ap­par­ently about his ex-girl­friend, Bo­nang Matheba. “I love look­ing at peo­ple’s sto­ries and try­ing to as­cer­tain what it is that makes them tick,” said Khanyi Dhlomo, the founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ndalo Media. She re­vealed that Ndalo would launch a tele­vi­sion plat­form early next year. “When we cover suc­cess sto­ries like Fresh’s, we also look for that theme of pos­i­tively im­pact­ing lives and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence ... We cer­tainly didn’t have to look very far in your case,” she told Fresh, “with the in­cred­i­ble work you’ve done with your foun­da­tion pro­vid­ing 1 500 bur­saries ... 1 500 lives changed.”

PHO­TOS: ZUZI SEOKA

FRIENDS A small army of dee­jays came out to sup­port DJ Fresh

SMILES DJ Fresh, Khanyi Dhlomo, DJ Eu­phonik and Des­tiny Man ed­i­tor Thabiso ‘TT’ Tema

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