Sunday Times

Sad deaths in SA on April 18


1905 — Enoch Sontonga, 32, (born in Uitenhage c. 1873), composer of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”, dies in Soweto. He trained as a teacher at the Lovedale Missionary Institutio­n, then worked as a teacher and choirmaste­r at the Methodist Mission school in Nancefield, near Johannesbu­rg, for eight years. The first verse and chorus of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”, originally composed as a school anthem in 1897, was first sung in public in 1899 at the ordination of Reverend Mbowen as Methodist minister. 1994 — Ken Oosterbroe­k, 32, chief photograph­er of The Star and member of the Bang Bang Club, dies in the crossfire while covering a gun battle between hostel dwellers and the National Peacekeepi­ng Force in the township of Thokoza on the East Rand, 11 days before SA’s first democratic elections. Oosterbroe­k was SA press photograph­er of the year in 1989 and 1991, and second in the general news category of World Press Photo in 1992. 2011 — Italian chocolate tycoon Pietro Ferrero, 47, has a heart attack, crashes his bike and dies near Camps Bay, Cape Town, while on his usual training run. Ferrero, joint CEO with his brother Giovanni of Ferrero (famous for brands such as Nutella, Tic Tac and Ferrero Rocher), was in SA with his father Michele to work on opening a factory near Johannesbu­rg.

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