Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.
Constance van Niekerk has written 572 posts for Afrique Beat News

Vaal Messianic Women Network hosts a highly successful high teaVaal Messianic Women Network hosts a highly successful high tea

The Vaal Messianic Women Network has done it again. They held a highly successful high tea this morning, Thursday 23 February 2023 in Vanderbijlpark. The host, Dr Zelda Oosthuizen is the founding member of First Foundation Ministries in Vanderbijlpark. Dr Oosthuizen’s teaching was short, well-articulated and precise. Her topic was, ‘Who Am I in Messiah, … Continue reading

Sharpeville teens arrested for rape of elderly woman

VEREENIGING: The South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Mavela Masondo has confirmed an incident in Sharpeville where two boys aged twelve and fifteen years were arrested for allegedly raping a 61-year-old woman on Sunday, 25 December 2022. The Colonel said, “It is reported that the victim, met the two boys who are known … Continue reading

Chaos at Boksburg prison as inmates are attacked while playing soccer

JOHANNESBURG: Inmates at Boksburg Prison in Johannesburg allege that an unwarranted attack was unleashed on them by the Emergency Support Team (EST) yesterday, January the 2nd, while they were playing soccer. “There was no fight, no violence, we were just playing soccer here in the unit to keep ourselves busy. Suddenly the EST arrived and … Continue reading

Nyati Eco Game Park, a review

Are you thinking of spending a night or two at the Nyati Eco Game Park in Highlands, Zimbabwe? Well, don’t! This is a review by one of their visitors, unfortunately for them, many are in agreement with the writer. “I have seen a lot of people recommend Nyati Eco Game Park, Headlands, and decided to … Continue reading

Another night at the Sedibeng Municipality offices for HIV/Aids Educators

As World Aids Day approaches, HIV/ Aids Ward Based Educators in the Sedibeng District are spending their second night at the Sedibeng Municipality offices. They’re protesting for lack of payment and that the Department has not kept the agreement between former MEC Bandile Masuku and the educators. According to a letter penned by one of … Continue reading

Sedibeng District HIV/ Aids Ward-based educators left in the cold

VEREENIGING: HIV/Aids Ward Based Educators yesterday, Monday the 28th of November, spent the night outside the Sedibeng District Municipality offices in Vereeniging. One of them, Bafana Maduna wrote, “We are saying we won’t stop sleeping there up until we are paid our money that they owe us.” He added, “Even if it’s dangerous to sleep … Continue reading

A chat with award nominee, Sally Cranswick

I was quite nervous about approaching Sally Cranswick for an interview. In fact, I didn’t even think she’d reply my message but, she did! Sally was shortlisted for the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award for her debut collection of short stories, Women out of Water. Sally lives in Cape Town … Continue reading

An interview with Zimbabwean winemaker, Caroline Rwendo

Afrique Beat News recently had an interview with Zimbabwean winemaker, Caroline Rwendo on her wine and how she got into the industry. Also known as enologists or vintners, winemakers oversee production at wineries and vineyards. Who is Caroline? I was born and bred in Marondera. I spent most of my time in school because of my … Continue reading

Pastor assaults nurses at Sebokeng Hospital

SEBOKENG: Last night, Monday the 21st of November, the media received some voice notes of what seemed to be a nurse calling for “back up in the casualty department.” New information has revealed that a former ANC member and pastor, identified as Pastor Vilakazi, assaulted nurses at the Sebokeng Hospital casualty department. The nurse who … Continue reading

The Shabbat Project 2022

On Thursday the 10th of November the Vaal Messianic Women Network met in Sasolburg for the Shabbat Project, where the women were taught how to make challah.Challah is a special Jewish bread usually eaten on Sabbath (Shabbat) meal on Friday evening and also on other feasts or Jewish holidays. Challah is also sometimes referred to … Continue reading

Westvaal Vakansie Oord, een van die Vaal se versteekte skatte.

Geskryf deur Constance van Niekerk Vertaal deur Annemarie de Wet READ this article in English My Pastoor en vriendin, Zelda Oosthuizen sê altyd, “Daar is baie pragtige plekke in die Vaaldriehoek. Jy moet dit net ontdek.” Ons kerk gemeenskap, First Foundation Ministries (FFM) het inderdaad die wonderlikste Sukkot naweek by een van so ʼn pragtige … Continue reading

Flexy H stepping up to be counted amongst the best

Article written by Hagamugaga He rose to fame through the Ngoma Republik sessions, and many people including this writer were captivated by his unique talent and he was the stand out performer on these sessions which are meant for exposure to upcoming but talented young artistes and exposed he was. The Ngoma Republik sessions opened … Continue reading


The Gauteng Department of Education wishes to announce that Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary applications for the 2023 academic year will open on 1 November 2022 and close on 28 February 2023. It is important to note that candidates who seek to apply must be South African citizens between the ages of 18 to … Continue reading

Man arrested for damaging stationary vehicle at traffic lights

SUSPECT BEHIND BARS FOR MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: The South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele has confirmed the arrest of a forty-eight year old male for malicious damage to property at corner Albertina Sisulu and Troy Street on the 30th of October 2022 at 16:00. Captain Mbele said, “A 42-year-old … Continue reading

Veteran SA radio personality, Jeremy Mansfield has passed away

Veteran TV and radio personality Robert Jeremy Clayton Mansfield has died, his close friend Samantha Cowen confirmed in a statement on Monday. “This morning a light went out in the world. Jeremy Mansfield passed away just before dawn. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends and boundless love. “Jeremy lived large. He … Continue reading

Zimbabwean musician Victor Kunonga, celebrates birthday at Gava’s

HARARE: Victor Kunonga is a Zimbabwean award-winning Afro-Jazz singer, dancer and songwriter who rose to prominence in 2004, after releasing his debut album Such Is Life. The self-taught acoustic guitarist became a household name with his second album, Uyo that won him a Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) award in 2006. Kunonga was born on 25 October 1974 in Shurugwi. He is the eldest and only son … Continue reading

Westvaal Holiday Resort, one of Vaal’s hidden gems

READ this article in Afrikaans My pastor and friend, Zelda Oosthuizen always says, “There are many beautiful places in the Vaal, you just have to look.” Indeed, our church, First Foundation Ministries (FFM) had the most marvellous Sukkot weekend at one of these beautiful tucked away places in the Vaal Triangle, Westvaal Holiday Resort. Westvaal … Continue reading

Call to Gauteng Scholar Transport Operators

Gauteng Traffic Police call upon Scholar Transport operators to exercise caution and make road safety a priority The Gauteng Traffic Police call upon Scholar Transport operators to exercise caution and make road safety a priority following a growing number of road accidents reported in recent times. Just a week ago, a scholar bus accident claimed … Continue reading

Engen Garage robbers sentenced

TWO ACCUSED SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR ENGEN GARAGE ROBBERY. JOHANNESBURG: The South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele has confirmed the sentencing of Mlungisi Hudle, 29 and Phakamani Ximba, 27 of Nancefield Hostel. They were both found guilty for business robbery and sentenced to twelve years imprisonment each in the Johannesburg … Continue reading

Missing Person Alert, Vanderbijlpark

Vanderbijlpark: The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a missing person alert. Her name is Sesi Anna Khumalo, 63-years-old with ID no. 5904041130087. She is mentally handicapped and will only be able to say her name. She resides at 3761 Thabo street Zone 13 in Sebokeng. According to the SAPS spokesperson Thembeka Maxambela, Sesi … Continue reading

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