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GALLERY: What a year it’s been

JOBURG – We take a look back at all the great clips of the year. The happy, the sad and the totally awesome.

What a vibrant year it has been, with highs that have led us to believe in a better future, and lows that have put us through the wringer as a nation. To recap on all that in 2015, here are some awesome multimedia stories from throughout the year.

In March, all the mad hatters gathered at Kingsway Christian School to help children in need. Hosted by Lady Rocci at the Black Eagle Boutique Hotel and Conference Centre. Guests arrived in all sorts of colourful hats to support the cause and mingle with other like-minded business women

DA show their intolerance towards crime in March. To demonstrate how peoples lives were being violated by crime, DA Member of the Provincial Legislature and party’s spokesperson for Safety and Security, Kate Lorimer said it had enough with the levels of crime.

Caxton journalists stand together against xenophobic violence in April after foreign nationals living in Kwa-Zulu Natal were victims of violence, which eventually spread to Joburg.

The 19th annual Road Race gained full momentum in June. 2 000 athletes and road runners mustered the cold to participate in the race on 28 June. The race consisted of a 5km and 10km run. A wide range of runners took part in the event with ages from eight to 80-years-old.

In June,Bandpipes pulsated hearts at De La Salle Holy Cross College. Attendees enjoyed a day of Celtic life and Scottish cheer. Many medieval games were also played, such as, tossing the caber, which involves throwing a hefty log as far as you can.

Audiences wined and dined in July at the Good Food and Wine Show. Local chefs gave the audience their taste for life back. From amazing tastes of vinegars, breads, meats and different types of cuisine – no one was left disappointed

Self defence was the call of duty in August as kick boxing threw some major punches. Students learned how to protect themselves before the worst happens. Taekwondo Grand Master Kwanjangnim Lee used principles from most forms of martial arts such as, taekwondo, judo and jujitsu.

Kya Sand Pipeline Settlement gets a new revamped school in August. A 1 000 volunteers showed up to help revamp the school that was much needed in the community. The news of this project spread so far that even volunteers from as far as Liverpool, United Kingdom descended in their numbers to help build the school.

SAPS stood together against police killings in September. Honeydew, Florida and Roodepoort police stations among others lit the streets blue and red to show their solidarity against police brutality.

To lighten the September blues, Festa Di Primavera showcased some of SA’s best bands. The festival was the best start to Spring as people had an awesome time listening to great music.

The living dead took to the streets in October for Halloween. The 2km walk at West Park cemetery brought 50 living dead walkers.They were hoping to raise at least R15 000 for the children of Marang House.

Pink trees lined the streets in October for Pauline. In remembrance of an epic tale of hope, encouragement and belonging. The slogan used was, Wrapped in Colour, United in Hope, which accurately described the scene of women wrapping trees in Randpark, pink

Do not forget about Mokoko the 200kg gorilla who featured in October as well. It was a great opportunity for veterinarian from Boston Massachusetts, Dr Makheba Clarke to see just how animals across the zoo are treated. The tour was led by carnivore curator Agnes Maluleke, who took the group around the zoo to witness how some animals are taken care of and how the staff work to ensure that they are protected

Jimmy Nevis rocked the stage at Eagle House School, making October really rock. The school’s fun day was an epic success just filled with great South African performers. EHS Fun Day was an exciting and fun way for the school to raise funds and that it united the school with the community.

Then in the same month, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden hosted the talents of AKA, one South Africa’s most loved hip-hop artists entertained the audience like only he could. AKA performed his greatest hits such as Composure, Run Jozi and All eyes On Me and the crowd sang along and danced with much enthusiasm.

The SA Hockey teams made the country proud in November. It was a fantastic day at the Greenfields African Hockey Championship as both the men and women’s hockey team did astoundingly well. SA women’s team went into the final undefeated.The men marched onto the field undeterred by the goalless first half. Soon after, Egypt put in the first goal of the match making the score 1 –0. The final moments saw another goal by SA followed by a brilliant goal as the final whistle blew with the final score being 4–2.

Pikitup peaceful strike turned violent on the Braamfontein streets in November. Metro Police officers were on scene, blocking the streets and urging people to get off of the street. The large group of protesters came to a standstill to sing and get their point across. An armoured Metro Police truck came riding up the street when the protest became very violent.

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