MATSAPHA – Businesswoman Thokozile Jele helped Reverend Elias Shongwe of Shongwe and Khuphuka to raise over E150 000 in less than an hour.
This was witnessed on Saturday night during the Light of Christ Church’s fundraising concert. The church under the leadership of Reverend Elias Shongwe, founder and leader of Shongwe and Khuphuka hosted over 1 000 gospel music lovers during the show. It would not have been a show without the group’s performance as they left gospel music lovers wanting more. When the group went on stage, most of the music lovers stood up getting ready to dance. Thrilling Indeed it was dancing throughout.
The group gave a thrilling performance as they performed most of their famous songs. One of the songs that stole the hearts of most of the gospel music lovers was the one titled ‘Egameni LikaJesu’. Not only the fans enjoyed the song as the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Cruiser Ngcamphalala and Manzini South Member of Parliament Jani Sithole went to join the group on stage. The group sang three songs. Just when they were about to leave the stage, the fans demanded more from the group. Shongwe and Khuphuka had no choice but to sing two more songs.
The group just showed how much it loved its fans by the additional songs. Also at his best was Sipho ‘Big Fish’ Makhabane who gave a good performance. He sang some of his famous songs which included ‘Zawa Indonga’ and ‘There is a Race’. He performed after Nduduzo Matse who also gave a good performance. Matse went on stage after Nothando Hlophe.
Other artists who performed on the night included Comes to Jesus, Police Gospel Messengers and Jabu Ngcobo. Also attending the show was Mduduzi Nezinceku Zamagagwugawu who also took sometime asking music lovers to make sure they attend this year’s gospel crossover festival. Enjoyed Music lovers enjoyed the group’s performance up until morning with all the artists giving out their best.
ANC To Declare National State of Disaster, South Africans Kicks
The recent proposal by the African National Congress (ANC) to declare a national state of disaster has been met with suspicion and skepticism by the South African public. The country is currently experiencing its worst bout of load shedding on record, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the government is considering the declaration of a national state of disaster in response to the energy crisis.
However, many South Africans believe that the ANC’s motives for wanting to declare a national state of disaster are not rooted in a desire to improve the country’s well-being, but rather to have unrestricted access to tax money through unregulated procurement processes. The ANC has been criticized for prioritizing their own interests over those of the people, and there is a growing concern that the declaration of a national state of disaster will be used as an excuse to loot the country’s resources.
The last time that President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster was during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ANC has been accused of stealing R500 billion during this time. This has led many South Africans to believe that the ANC is merely looking for an excuse to milk the country dry and increase the country’s debt.
Lawson Naidoo, an expert on South African politics, has weighed in on the issue, stating that the ANC’s proposal to declare a national state of disaster is deeply concerning and that the public needs to be vigilant in ensuring that the country’s resources are not misused.
The energy crisis in South Africa is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but the public needs to be assured that any measures taken to resolve the crisis are rooted in a genuine desire to improve the well-being of the country and its people, and not just to line the pockets of the ANC. The South African public is calling for transparency and accountability, and for the government to prioritize the needs of the people over their own interests.
South Africa – Three injured, eight dead in birthday party shooting
On Sunday night, the city of Gqeberha, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, was rocked by a horrific mass shooting that took place at a birthday party in the Kwazakhele Township. According to the police, two unidentified gunmen entered the house where the party was being held and began “randomly shooting at guests” who were dancing and mingling. The result of this violent attack was the death of eight people, with three others being injured.
Vusumzi Sishuba, who was celebrating his 51st birthday, was among those who lost their lives in this tragic incident. The families of the victims, including Mr. Sishuba’s, are said to be in a state of shock and disbelief as they try to come to terms with this horrific event. Five men and three women, aged between 20 and 64, have been identified as victims of this senseless act of violence.
Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Nomthetheleli Lillian Mene has stated that the police will not rest until they find out what happened and who was responsible for this “callous and cold-blooded attack on these unsuspecting victims.” No arrests have been made at this time, and police have urged the public to come forward with any information that may help the investigation.
Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the scene of the shooting on Monday and asked for patience as the investigation continues. He acknowledged that everyone is angry and wants a quick response, but he also emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough investigation. “We request a little bit of space so that we do the work thoroughly,” he told reporters in Gqeberha, which was formerly known as Port Elizabeth.
South Africa has one of the highest gun crime rates in the world, but random mass shootings are relatively uncommon. In 2020, there were a series of shootings in separate bars across the country that left more than 20 people dead. These incidents are still under investigation.
The motive behind the Gqeberha shooting remains unknown, and it is unclear what led to such a senseless act of violence. It is important that the investigation is conducted thoroughly, so that the victims and their families can find closure and the perpetrators are brought to justice. Our thoughts and condolences go out to those affected by this tragedy, and we hope that peace and justice will soon be restored in Gqeberha.
Body washed up on Camps Bay beach
Cape Town, South Africa – A body of an unknown woman was discovered washed up on Camps Bay beach in the early hours of Saturday morning. The woman has not yet been identified and police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying her.
According to police, the body had been in the water for approximately 12 hours before it was discovered. The cause of death is currently under investigation, however, police suspect that the woman may have drowned at another beach and washed up on Camps Bay beach due to the current.
This is the third body to be discovered on Camps Bay beach since the beginning of the year. Camps Bay police have requested anyone who can assist in identifying the victim to contact their nearest police station.
Camps Bay police spokesperson, Keith Chandler, stated, “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. We are currently working to determine the cause of death and identify the victim. We urge anyone who may have information about this incident to come forward and speak with the police.”
The body was declared deceased on the scene by medical personnel. Police are currently working to gather evidence and investigate the incident. The victim’s next of kin have not yet been notified.
This tragic event has raised concerns among the community and local authorities are working to increase safety measures on the beach and surrounding areas. The public is urged to be cautious when swimming and to always be aware of their surroundings.
Camps Bay police have also urged anyone who may have information about the incident to come forward and speak with the police. The police are asking for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or have any information about the incident to contact the nearest police station.
This is a developing story and more information will be provided as it becomes available. The police are asking for the public’s cooperation in this matter and to contact them if they have any information about the incident.
Schools Resume Following Cholera Outbreak in Malawi
Schools in Malawi’s two largest cities, Lilongwe and Blantyre, have reopened after a two-week suspension caused by a cholera outbreak. The bacterial illness has killed close to 800 people, more than 100 of them children, and affected more than 25,000.
Malawi’s government announced measures to prevent cholera from spreading in schools, including fixing broken boreholes and water taps in the schools and banning the sale of cooked food around school premises. Additionally, the U.N.’s children’s agency, UNICEF, has started distributing anti-cholera supplies in schools in areas most affected by the outbreak.
However, despite these measures, the government has warned that they may close the schools again if the outbreak spreads among students at an unmanageable level. This news has caused visible excitement among students when schools reopened Tuesday in Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Many students were worried about the closure’s impact on their ability to pass national examinations this year. Ronnie Lutepo, a student at Michiru View secondary school in Blantyre, said returning to the school was the best thing he hoped for. “Yes, as I was at home my mum was telling me to study, but being in an examination class affected me badly,” he said. “We are all supposed to be here and ready for the exams and if we are not ready, we are not going to get good grades.”
The reopening of the schools is an important step in preventing the further spread of cholera. However, it is crucial for the government and schools to continue to take necessary precautions to protect the students and staff from this deadly disease.
SADC Condemns Mozambique Troops Burning Dead Terrorists
The Namibian head of state, Hage Geingob, who is also the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security regarding the SADC Mission in Mozambique, has condemned the acts of violence shown in a video circulated on social media. The footage, apparently filmed on November 29, 2022, shows soldiers, wearing as-yet unidentified defence force uniforms, burning the bodies of dead individuals in Nkonga village, located in the Nangade district of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.
Geingob has called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the video, saying that he does not condone such acts of extremist violence. He has also stated that the results of the investigation will be shared with the public once completed. The South African National Defence Force has also launched an investigation into the matter.
The incident appears to have taken place near Nkonga village, where a regional force called SAMIM and Rwandan troops have been fighting insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State since July 2021. The conflict in Mozambique began in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado in 2017, with militant attacks that have forced close to a million people to become internally displaced. This province is rich in natural gas reserves and is host to an estimated $60 billion worth of international investment in gas projects.
South African politicians and business leaders demand government action to end power cuts
A group of South African politicians and business people have instructed a legal team made up of seven law firms to demand that the government put an end to the country’s power cuts, or provide an explanation as to why it cannot be done. The group is also calling for fair compensation for the damage caused by the rolling blackouts and for the government to be transparent about South Africa’s energy crisis.
The legal letter has been sent to Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, and the South African government and Eskom have until the end of the week to respond. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha stated that he would check to see if the legal department had received the letter, but also mentioned that Eskom had cancelled a media briefing scheduled for Monday afternoon due to a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The electricity crisis in South Africa has reached a critical point, with Stage 6 load shedding being implemented on January 11th, and Eskom announcing that they would reduce it to stages 4 and 5 from January 14th. However, this has not been enough to alleviate the problem, and the situation remains dire for the country.
The power cuts have had a devastating impact on the country’s economy and its citizens, with businesses shutting down, jobs being lost and daily life being disrupted. The legal team representing the politicians and business people argue that the government has a responsibility to ensure that the country’s power supply is reliable and that citizens are not being subjected to such hardship.
President Ramaphosa has cancelled his plans to attend the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos, and has remained in the country to deal with the electricity crisis. It remains to be seen what actions will be taken by the government and Eskom in response to the legal letter and the demands made by the group.
Meanwhile, some Africans have reacted to the situation on twitter;
Warning from up North: Eskom unbundling will NOT solve South Africa’s electricity woes 🚩
The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has been operating at a loss of K36 p/hr, accounting to over K112 billion (+R1.8 billion) since it’s unbundling in 2018.#Loadshedding pic.twitter.com/Nc72bicXHr
— H.M Smith (@Stoute_SA) August 9, 2022
South Africa was industrialized by Escom whose objective was to provide power not for profit. It’s was an NGO basically. Cheapest electricity to allow for all of that great industrialization during Apartheid that benefited the few whites locally and corporates abroad.
— Bongani Ntu (@BonganiNtu) January 15, 2023
Pastor Arrested For Impregnating His 14 Years Old Niece
Police in Petauke are holding a 32-year-old Baptist Church pastor for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old niece.
Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said the pastor, Masautso Mwanza, is said to have committed the offence in June this year.
“Petauke police are holding a pastor named Masautso Mwanza, aged 32, of Baptist Church, in the case of defilement of a minor, whereby he defiled and impregnated his niece, aged 14yrs, of the same abode. This occurred in June 2017 in Petauke. The suspect is in police custody helping with investigations,” Chilufya said.
And Chilufya said a 10-year-old girl drowned in Lunkuswe river in Chipata.
“This matter was reported by Thomas Njobvu of Chaola farms, chief Chikuwe in Chipata district that his daughter Falace Njobvu aged 10 of the same abode drowned and died in Lunkuswe river in Mbenjere area near Eastern Girls Secondary school. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at 10:30 hours at Lunkuswe River in Mbenjere,” he said.
Chilufya said the body was retrieved by Fire Brigade and inspected by the police and it had no injuries.
He also said a seven-year-old boy drowned in Mambwe while swimming with friends.
“Mambwe drowning incident; reported by Patrick Zimba aged 47 of village Chipumba, chief Jumbe, Mambwe, a peasant farmer, that his grandson Dalitso Phiri aged 7 of same abode drowned in Lutembwe stream whilst swimming together with his friends. The body was retrieved and no foul play suspected. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at around 15:30 hours in Lutembwe Stream,” said Chilufya.
Four Men Rape A 15 Years Old Girl
Police in Solwezi have opened a docket for a case in which four men allegedly took turns defiling a 15-year-old girl of Mangrade area.
North Western Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka disclosed in a statement yesterday that that the incident happened on Tuesday between 16:00 and 18:00 hours near Solwezi Trades School when the victim used a short cut on her way home.
Daka said the girl’s mother reported the matter to police after she complained of general body and vaginal pains.
“The victim was complaining of general body pains and pains also on her genitals and birth canal. When the incident happened, the victim with several other children were following a Mascurate (Likishi) and as she was returning home, she decided to take a short cut alone and that’s how she met her fate. The victim is able to identify the suspects as the incident happened during broad day light. She was issued with a medical report form to enable her access examination and treatment,” Daka stated.
Daka said the police had opened a docket into the matter despite no arrest had been made so far.
Meanwhile Daka said a 22-year-old man of Rentals Compound in Kabompo district has been arrested for unlawfully wearing an official police uniform.
“The incident happened after the suspects’ friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and whilst gone, the suspect picked a police uniform which had been brought for adjustment and started taking photos in it which he later posted on social media platforms,” he stated.
He identified the suspect as Muhanga Leyani.
“Kabompo police last night picked M/ Muhanga Leyani aged 22 years of Rentals Compound in Kabompo Village Sahono in Chief Sikufele, in Kabompo district for the offense of unauthorized wearing of official uniform Contrary to Section 183 (3) Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 18:00hrs at Kabompo market, after his friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and in the process the suspect accessed and put on the Police uniform combat shirt which was left with him for adjustment and had photos which he then posted on Facebook and are now in circulation. Upon interview he admitted having worn the uniform as police is his dream career,” said Daka
Zimbabwe – Controversial Dancer Zadwa Wabantu Banned From Performing In Zim
Controversial dancer and Durban socialite Zodwa WaBantu will not be allowed to perform at the Harare International Carnival next week, said the Zimbabwe Censorship Board on Friday.
The Herald in Zimbabwe reports that Censorship Board chairperson and former cabinet minister Aeneas Chigwedere said Zodwa’s act had “immoral overtones” and they needed to protect the youth and the community at large.
Yesterday, Zodwa told TshisaLive that she was ready for her trip to the neighbouring country.
“I am ready for my trip to Zimbabwe, as you’ve seen, I’ve even posted my gigs on social media. I’ll perform at the private club on the September 8 and at the carnival on September 9. I’ll be traveling by myself because I don’t need a glam squad or anything like that and I am looking forward to it.”
She may have to pack her clothes back to her closet, as the country’s censorship board said she could not perform.
“I have reserved my comment on this matter, but I might as well make it now. There is no doubt that her appearance is a travesty to our culture. We are told that she will not be wearing a panty. It has some serious immoral overtones. We will not expose our youths to such behaviour,” said Chigwedere.
Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo said government supported the move by the board.
Ibo Fortress In Mozambique Gets A Make-Over To Boost Tourism
The rehabilitation of the São João Baptista Fortress in the Ibo Island district, part of the government’s efforts to boost tourism in this part of Cabo Delgado province, will be completed next year.
The announcement was made by Cabo Delgado Celmira da Silva during her presentation of the 2018 Economic and Social Plan and budget to the provincial assembly a few days ago.
The idea is to transform the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo into a tourist attraction and open up the space for other community and commercial activities.
The government started efforts to finance the rehabilitation works with cooperation partners last year, with the Provincial Directorate of Education and Human Development taking the lead.
Built in 1781 and last restored in 1953, the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo is the second largest fortification of Mozambique. Star-shaped and located next to the sea, the fortress has interior buildings able to house about 300 men and a chapel, as well as 15 iron cannon.
In addition to the São João Baptista fort, Ibo also has the 1760 Fortim de São José, which it replaced, and the 1847 Santo António do Ibo fort that once defended the local port.
Ibo was elevated to the category of village in 1761 after the detaching of the province of Mozambique from the Portuguese State of India in 1752, thus becoming the first capital of Cabo Delgado.
Its government was installed in 1763, and comprised a municipal council and court.
Ibo saw its economic apogee at the time of the slave trade, whose abolition spelt a slow economic decline that was consummated, politically, with the transfer of the last divisions of the administration of Cabo Delgado to Pemba (then called Port Amelia) in 1929.
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