The year that was … 2015 the year that was

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: file President Jacob Zuma who axed National Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with David Van Rooyen and then replaced him with Pravin Gordhan.

PHOTO: file President Jacob Zuma who axed National Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with David Van Rooyen and then replaced him with Pravin Gordhan.

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WITH the year coming to an end, 2015 has been a bittersweet year with a lot of achievements and losses, particularly the loss of many legends in the entertainment industry. Nokulunga Ngobese takes you back to a year that was.


>> KwaZulu-Natal matric pass rate drops from 77.4% to 69%

>> Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere dies in a car accident.

>> Seven pupils from Fezokuhle Primary School in Imbali die in a bakkie accident.

>> Emseni Old Age Home lovers Fikile Makhanya (72) and Jonnah Duma (91) tie the knot.

>> PMB woman, Nonkululeko Ntinga, is awarded the Sir William Schilch award from the University of Stellenbosch, for her outstanding performance in forestry studies. She is the first black woman in the country to be given such an award by the institution.


>> Free State Stars striker Richard Henyekane dies in a car accident.

>> Businessman and music promoter Prosper Mkwaiwa dies.


>> Minister of Public Works Collins Chabane dies in a car accident.

>> DJ Sbu Leope is in trouble after fake cover page on Forbes magazine, endorsing his Mo Fire energy drink.


>> Skwatta Camp member Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi is stabbed to death by his girlfriend.

>> Kwaito legend Senyaka Kekana dies.

>>Some historical statues are destroyed countrywide, following the defacing of Cecil John Rhodes by students from the University of Cape Town.

>>Xenophobic attacks erupt in KZN.


>> Director of Bessie Head Library, Mandla Ntombela is appointed chairperson for Public and Community Libraries in Africa.


>> Mbaqanga legend David “Mdavuyadavuza” of Soul Brothers dies.

>> Renowned PMB choral master Dr Joshua Radebe dies.

>> Maskandi legend Mtshengiseni “Indidane” Gcwensa dies.

>> Sobantu residents blockade roads, protesting against the introduction of prepaid electricity system.

Msunduzi municipality municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi is voted the best municipal manager in the province.


>> PMB woman Bonnie Mchunu is appointed the first black person to head East Coast Radio.

>> Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announces that Mandarin is to be introduced in some public schools next year.

>> Imbali woman Nqobile Sibisi is listed among the top 200 successful young South Africans in the Mail & Guardian.

>> Veteran actor Roland Mkhize dies.


>> PMB’s first post-democracy mayor Omar Latif dies.


>> Drought intensifies in the country, with KZN being declared a disaster province.

>> Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is suspended following allegations of misconduct and being unfit to hold office.

>> Azalea woman tries to sell a baby for R5 000 after placing an advertisement on Gumtree.

>> Imbali man Thamsanqa Tenza, who murdered and buried a woman, is sentenced to 15 years.

>> Fees must fall campaign where students across different tertiary institutions bring the country to a standstill, protesting against fee hikes.


>> PMB woman Hlengiwe Mfeka represents South Africa in an ICT conference in Italy.

>>Sihle Zikalala elected as provincial ANC chairperson, after Premier Senzo Mchunu.

>> KZN’s Dr Sthembile Ngidi is announced as the first black female oncologist in the province and second in the country.

>> Municipality announces the closure of the historic Ematsheni beer hall.

>> Ricardo Groenewald of the popular I Love You Daddy hit dies.


>>President Jacob Zuma axes National Finance Minister Nathi Nene and replaces him with David Van Rooyen who is then replaced within days by Pravin Gordhan.

>> Veteran actor Shadrack Ngema dies.

>> Former KZN Premier Dr Lionel Mtshali dies.

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