Peter Saffy 1983 – 2009

Peter Saffy was the vocalist of the Bloemfontein-based band Ichor. He will always be remembered as a kind, fun-loving person, and a friend to just about everyone who ever met him.

Geologist by day, work had him moving around a lot, and he couldn’t stay in Bloem. However, this did not keep him from doing what he loved, travelling 600 to 1 100 km over a weekend for band practice.

In the early hours of 10 April 2009, he was murdered by armed robbers who broke into his home in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

Before his death, he wanted to get involved in charity work. With this in mind, and in order to honour his memory and give back what he gave to us, friends and family got together and started the Peter Saffy Memorial Bursary – a registered non-profit organisation aimed at promoting charity work.

Because of Peter’s love for music and to raise funds for the Bursary, Peter Fest came into being. During the two years that Peter Fest has been running, it has seen the likes of great SA talent such as Contrast the Water, Riddare av Koden, Mind Assault, Theatre Runs Red, Broken Truce, Warthane, All Will Fall, The Vulcan Nerve Pinch and trial mountain bikers Urban Junction, to name but a few. Since we all know how difficult it is for bands to make it in the alternative music scene, Peter Fest also aims to give up-and-coming bands free exposure. In closing, Peter Fest has also served as the platform through which some young Bloemfontein bands have had their first performances thus making a proud contribution to the local metal scene in a very conservative town in the heart of South Africa.