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It shall forever be known that the Terminators, a group of six Industrial Engineering students, were runners up at CPUT’s first attempt in the 2019/20 Design for People Challenge run by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK in collaboration with their counterparts from the USA, Ireland and South Africa (SA).

 An Operations Management student, who aspires to become a musician, has released a contemporary rap single called Winning.

Final-year student Luzuko Fikile, affectionately known as Aefro by his fans, started recording his own music from the tender age of 13 and now has his fans eating out of his hands. “I just redropped my single called ‘Winning’ which I dropped in 2017, before taking a break from music when I enrolled at CPUT.”

The versatile 21-year-old muso is planning to drop another single called “105”and at the same time is working on finishing his EP (mini-album) Been Calm For Too Long. Aefro says that, as a musician, he is not affiliated to any specific music genre. He adds that the emotions and message he intends to convey in a specific song determine whether he produces a rap, pop, soul or even a gospel track.

The creative, who hails from Mthatha (Eastern Cape), says his grandmother is the inspiration behind his latest single. “She always told me how she struggled in life and how she wants us, her children, to be successful in life and build her a mansion in the land she inherited from her late husband Ngxabane.”

Aefro's music can be downloaded on the following platforms:

Audiomack on, YouTube and SoundCloud on and

SlikourOnlife on He adds that it will soon be posted on all digital platforms such as Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and others.

He hopes to have at least three or four top singles which will serve as his breakthrough into the industry. He adds that this will inspire young black musicians in Mthatha to know that it is possible for one to make it in life through art or whatever it is that one is passionate about.

“I do music based on what I experience in life, the books I engage, the life lessons I encounter in any manner or type of sound I want to express myself in,” says the tenacious Aefro.

“In the next five years I see my music on top of the charts, having been mentioned amongst the best to ever do it,” he predicts. “With the message my music has or will contain, I do believe it will travel all around the country, the world and [even] to greater capacity and heights.”

While he recognises that the Cape Town’s entertainment scene has a huge and responsive audience, he contends that the promoters are the gatekeepers in the industry who prevent local creatives from realising their dreams.

“This side, everyone wants to shine alone, there’ s no real support for each other,” argues Aefro. “One hardly even gets exposure to top platforms like interviews and gigs, unless you move to Joburg; Basically it’s only the artist and their audience, if you are stable on the Internet you’ re fine,  your supporters and your craft are the only thing you have.”

Seven recipients of this year’s Vice Chancellor’s (VC) Prestigious Achievers Award Programme have reason to celebrate - the VC and the awards committee recently recognised two Master’s and five PhD students.

A talented second-year Jewellery Design and Manufacture student has taken the top spot in the student/apprenticeship category of the prestigious PlatAfrica competition.

Following a stringent interview process, Master’s student Simone Thomas has been offered full-time employment as a Research Assistant as well as registration as a Doctoral candidate in Germany.

Chemical Engineering Master’s student Maghmood Palmer who is completing his master’s degree is thrilled after his third journal article was accepted recently.

A second-year Sport Management student, Kwanele Sifunda, will be launching his debut anthology of poems on Saturday.

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