On Wednesday night, South Africans learnt about the death of Zwandile Ndimande, a radio DJ and founder of the local streetwear brand, Loxion Kulća. His family issued a statement confirming the DJ and businessman passed away on Wednesday, 13 January 2020 at 09:00am at the Olivedale Clinic in Johannesburg after being diagnosed positive with Covid19.
Nzimande was 44.
In the statement released by his family, Nzimande is described as a person who "always offered support, smiles and a hearty warming laugh to encourage those around him. His love for his family, work and community is evident. Everything he put his mind to, he achieved with greatness and grace."
Many know him as the founder of the fashion brand, Loxion Kulća, with Gideon Abrahams in 1999, starting with hand-made items that cost R17.50. As the business grew, their garments made it to 150 outlets in the country and in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, England, France, Germany, India, the US and Switzerland.
Those who knew him described Nzimande as a hustler and shared some of their fond memories of him while also paying tribute to him.
The family have requested "time as they go through this difficult period of grieving, and ask that you keep us in your prayers. We are deeply thankful for all the messages of love and support so far, they are felt and appreciated".
"The funeral will follow all Covid protocol under the South African law, and will unfortunately only be open to immediate family members and close friends. Media, friends and colleagues are invited to view the funeral via the livestreamed - details to follow," concluded the statement.
Nzimande leaves behind his beloved wife Hlapo and his three daughters Senzi, Zandi and Zwelethu as well as with his two brothers Bheki and Ayanda.