The news came in that Cedric Gina, former president for NUMSA (National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa) has died at the young age of 48.
He had been battling an illness for some time now and lost that battle on Monday at Addington Hospital in Durban.
He was a respected and decorated unionist, a voice for the people. He had humble beginnings when he began his crusade as a voice for those who could not speak for themselves when he was a shop steward.
It did not take Gina long to rise through the ranks of NUMSA, and after 15 years he was elected president of NUMSA.
It was not an easy battle for Gina, the world of trade unions can prove to be a dirty job as he came to discover.
It came as a shock when he made the decision to resign in 2013, he stated that he felt content with his time and work with NUMSA and was ready to move on and face new challenges.
His new challenge, as promised, was launching his own trade union which would come to be known as LIMUSA (Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa).
Cedric Gina had an impact on many, and he made the interests of others a priority, he will be remembered as a hardworking and dedicated unionist who left us too soon.