Funeral Details: 18 January 2021@09:00
Wandi Nzimande aka DJ 1D aka 1Digital as he would refer to himself was a creative force for the streetwear and media industry. He pioneered a culture of success for young black people in South Africa. Many knew Wandi as the brains behind Loxion Kulca and some the Channels Boss.
Long Live our Friend, Long Live Daddy, Long Live Hubby
Mzwandile Zakhele Nzimande was born on the 14th April 1976 in Soweto. He was the son of Gugulethu Radebe and Vusumuzi Nzimande.
Mzwandile attended Creche at Mncedisi. He started his primary schooling at Zimbabele primary school as well as Luyolo primary school Emdeni Soweto. He then attend at Sagewood Education Center for his later primary school years until Martic. He excelled academically and showed exceptional leadership skills and for this Mzwandile was Head Boy in matric.
After matriculating Mzwandile went to Midrand Campus for a year, he then decided to change course to Computer Science at Wits University. He spent 2 years at Wits but unfortunately, he couldn’t complete his studies due to circumstances beyond his control. Still an avid athlete, he played basketball for Wits University basketball team, from time to time traveling across the country playing in various tournaments.
When his family life took an unfortunate turn for the worst, Mzwandile found himself having to take responsibility for his family's well-being. With that, he then assumed the role of head of the family supporting his mother and 2 brothers Bheki Nzimande and Ayanda Mapisa.
In doing so, he had to juggle 3 jobs simultaneously. This is where his formal working career started, at Standard Bank, Old Mutual, and MTN. In his free time, Mzwandile and his friends formed a street team called the “The Nubians” and they started selling woolen hats to fellow students at Wits and Midrand Campus. It was during this time he met the Love of his Life Hlapogadi. This started a 23 year love story that manifested into 3 beautiful beings namely Senzekile, Zandile, and Zwelethu a true manifestation of love, a forever love.
The success of his side hustle with his friends “The Nubians” encouraged him to leave formal employment and focus completely on building what we know today as Loxion Kulca. Shortly after this, he met Brian Abrahams who became his business partner, mentor, and a second father figure. This union catapulted the Loxion Kulca brand to greater heights. With this, we saw Loxion Kulca on our screens, on billboards, in our streets, on fashion week ramps, and in big department stores. This didn’t stop Mzwandile, His nature to always empower and uplift others saw him creating Lokul kreations. A platform that showcased young and upcoming fashion designers and creatives from Soweto. This year marks Loxion Kulca’s 21st year in the South African Fashion industry. Together with his business partner Gideon Abrahams, they have successfully re-energized the brand to its next phase of greatness.
A dark and sad period in Mzwandile’s life was caused by the untimely passing of Brian Abrahams and the departure of Loxion Kulca’s co-founder. this brought about some much-publicized struggles. To heal from this difficult period Mzwandile, found solace in his passion for music; resulting in the birth of Van D1 entertainment and DJ 1D. This resulted in the creation of Analogue nights and many other highlights to his Dj and music career such as being selected to be the honorary DJ for the opening of the 2010 FIFA world cup concert.
Mzwandile, the entrepreneur, rebranded and transformed himself by playing in various media and entertainment spaces through Van D1 entertainment. He joined urban brew studios and continued his passion for music by being the executive producer of Live Amp. This started his TV production career where he produced shows such as Real Goboza and Khumbul'ekhaya. In parallel to his role at Urban Brew studio, he was Head of Channel at Soweto TV which inspired him to start his own production company Eish-D Content Universe. Through Eish-D he produced a couple of short films and reality doccie series which were aired on SABC 1 and other platforms. In his untimely passing Mzwandile had big plans for Eish-D Content Universe which were going to change the narrative of the film and television industry.
The above accomplishments don’t adequately detail the kind of person Mzwandile was. His personality was infectious. A humble man of the people, he recognized early that strength was in numbers. A pioneer, street culture icon, a formidable musical selector, a legend in his own right. Wherever he went he made an impact, he mentored, changed lives unearthed new talent, and put people on. His motto in life was, “a candle doesn’t lose its flame by lighting another.”
Mzwandile always put his dreams out to the universe and every dream manifested into truth because no goal was unrealistic for him.
Mzwandile was spiritually grounded, he recognized his guardian angels. This kept him unshaken at the core and principled.
The compass that conducted how Mzwandile leads his life, was centered around his family. This was displayed in him being a constantly present father, a loving & affectionate husband, a rock for his brothers, a compassionate son, and the glue that kept the Gee-Unit together.
After a short illness, Mzwandile passed away on the 13th January 2021 at Olivedale Clinic at the tender age of 44.
Mzwandile will be dearly missed by his friends, colleagues, and family. He is survived by, his wife Hlapogadi Nzimande and their three daughters; Senzekile, Zandile, and Zwelethu, his brothers Bhekumuzi and Ayanda, his father Vusumuzi Nzimande including his loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lala ngo xolo Mzwandile zakhele Nzimande Khuhlase Khulwane Donga lwaMavuso.
Legends never die! Go with Light Wandi.