Zoleka Mandela, the author, activist, and mother, carefully planned her funeral guest list before she passed away on September 25th after an 11-year battle with metastatic cancer that affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.
Her funeral service was a private gathering for close family and friends at Bryanston Methodist Church, followed by her burial at Fourways Memorial Park, where she joined her late children, mother, and grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
In her diary, Zoleka specified the people she did not want at her funeral or near her body. This list included Thiery Bashala, the father of her two children, and Leeroy Andie Cana, the father of her youngest child, Zingce. She also mentioned individuals from the Mandela and Madikizela family, such as Zenani Mandela Snr, Mandla Mandela, Zukiswa Madikizela, Nsundu Madikizela, and Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
Before her passing, Zoleka had prepared for her death by having discussions with her family, a lawyer, and a therapist about her children’s future. She wanted to ensure their well-being and didn’t want to burden her siblings after her passing.
Zoleka’s life was marked by challenges, including her breast cancer diagnosis at 32, a double mastectomy, the loss of her daughter Zenani in a car accident during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the premature birth and loss of her newborn son Zenawe in 2011, and her divorce from Thierry Bashala in 2020. In 2020, she found love with painter Andile Cana and welcomed her youngest daughter, Zingce, in 2023.
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Mercedes-Benz Unveils AMG-Tweaked GLC Coupe Twins: Power Meets Style
For those who seek a blend of sportiness and style in their SUVs, Mercedes-Benz has answered the call with the latest additions to their lineup – the AMG-tweaked GLC twins, namely the GLC43 and the GLC63 S E Performance, now available in the sleek Coupe format.
Under the Hood: The Heart of Performance
Beneath the refined, sloped-roof exteriors of these Coupe variants, you’ll discover the same potent powertrains that have made the standard AMG GLC SUVs a sensation since their debut in July. The GLC63 S E Performance, in particular, shares its power source with the SUV counterpart, featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts an impressive 469 horsepower all on its own.
This engine is complemented by a single electric motor generating an additional 201 hp, resulting in a combined peak output of 671 hp and a jaw-dropping 752 pound-feet of torque. It’s worth noting, however, that the peak power is available for a brief 10-second burst, delivering a surge of exhilaration when needed.
A Slightly Tamer Sibling
The GLC43 Coupe, while still packing a punch, offers a more modest hybrid configuration. It also houses the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine but is tuned to deliver 416 hp. This is further enhanced by a small electric motor that steps in to provide a temporary boost of 13 hp when required.
Power from both models is efficiently transmitted to all four wheels through Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Speedshift nine-speed transmission. Additionally, they both feature rear-axle steering and come equipped with the AMG Ride Control suspension, ensuring a thrilling and controlled ride.
Unchanged Performance, Unrivaled Experience
Transforming the GLC into a sporty Coupe silhouette doesn’t alter the performance credentials of either model. The GLC43 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
In contrast, the GLC63 S E Performance accelerates to 60 mph in a mere 3.4 seconds, and its speed limiter doesn’t intervene until 171 mph is reached. Both models share the same suspension options, performance brakes, and interior layout, complete with the familiar MBUX system.
The Trade-Off: Style vs. Space
One notable difference lies in the interior space. In the GLC63 S E Performance Coupe, you’ll find 13.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats up, expandable to 47.1 cubic feet when folded down. The GLC43 Coupe offers a bit more room, with 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a generous 52.6 cubic feet with the seats folded.
While these numbers slightly reduce compared to their SUV counterparts, it’s a trade-off for the added style and sporty aesthetic.
Price and Availability
As for pricing and availability, Mercedes-Benz has yet to disclose the cost of these new Coupe-SUVs or their exact release dates. However, they have provided insight into the model years, with the GLC43 being labeled as a 2024 model and the GLC63 S E Performance as a 2025, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for the performance-oriented Coupe lineup.