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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

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

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

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

Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles 2022

John 7 is the seventh chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It recounts Yeshua’s visit to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles, the possibility of his arrest and debate as to whether he is the Messiah. Wikipedia Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles – Leviticus 23:33-44 is one of the annual feasts we, the First Foundation Ministries (FFM) keep. This year, for … Continue reading

South African Award-winning Gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away

Legendary gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away. Deborah, whose health took a turn for the worst last week when she suffered a stroke, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this afternoon. She was 56-years-old. According to close friends, she had been critically ill for the past seven days. The Gospel singer who is known … Continue reading

Teejay Omar releases new single

This morning, Friday the 29th of April 2022, Idols Season 10 competitor Teejay Omar Letlojane released a single titled, ‘Tsamaya’, it’s hot, fresh out of the oven! Teejay, real name Tsietso John Letlojane, grew up in Khutsong in Carletonville. WATCH TSAMAYA BY TEEJAY OMAR ON YOUTUBE: Commenting this evening on how the single was received, … Continue reading

Free at Last

This is a poem by Constance van Niekerk for everyone who has been rejected and have risen out of the pain. Continue reading

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners for 2022. Mike Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, announced the winners on the 29th of March, “Across ten extraordinary years, the Windham-Campbell Prizes have celebrated exceptional literary achievement and nurtured great talent by giving the precious gifts of time, space and creative freedom. We are … Continue reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – A Book Review

AUTHORS: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer HarperCollins, (2009) – 320 pages ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.’ Now a Netflix Film, … Continue reading

The Cost of Being a Woman – A Book Review

Book Review Title:         THE COST OF BEING A WOMAN Author:     NTHABISENG MOSUOE        ISBN:         978-0-620-92254-8     Publisher: Vulombe Enterprise & Publishing (2021) Only available in hard copies   The Cost of Being a Woman is a poignant autobiography of the author, Nthabiseng Mosuoe. I found her introduction very relevant at a time like this as the … Continue reading

Tortured Ugandan author arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, 33, is in Germany to seek medical treatment two weeks after fleeing Uganda, his lawyer says, slipped out of Uganda two weeks ago – after a court denied his application to have his passport returned – ahead of a criminal trial that was due to begin on Wednesday. Kakwenza said he was tortured in … Continue reading

“My name is Crystal Meth”

Written by Izwe Lethu, originally published on Facebook. I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.If you need me, remember I’m easily found, I live all around you – in schools and … Continue reading

Boys should be allowed to wear skirts as part of their school uniform, says activists

Cape Town – Questions and debates have arisen over a “boy wearing a dress” at a Cape school, and whether the pupil was abiding by the rules of the school. All of the furore seems to stem from a social media group claiming to be parents and alumni of the Cape high school who were … Continue reading

Warning to Christians

This is only for Christians. If you are not a Christian, then it will not mean anything to you. This message is only for those who believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah. So many times Christians talk about grace but, they do not understand it. Grace does not mean ‘live in sin’, NO! Grace does … Continue reading

Thebe Magugu with Kanye West or not

South African multi-award winning fashion designer has tweeted a photo with the caption: With @kanyewest at Schiaparelli. ‘Kan ye or Kan ye not’ at Schiaparelli fashion show in Paris. With @kanyewest at Schiaparelli 🤍 pic.twitter.com/aa4PK9phDm — THEBE MAGUGU (@_ThebeMagugu_) January 24, 2022 Many would be forgiven for being skeptical, for heaven’s sake why would a … Continue reading

Zimbabwean legendary musician Zex Manatsa, has passed away

Zimbabwe: Legendary musician of the ‘Chipo Chiroorwa’ fame Zex Manatsa, has passed away. He was 78 years old. News of his untimely death has been confirmed on his Facebook page: “With great sadness we would like to let everyone know that our Father, Our Legend, Pastor and Sekuru Zexie Manatsa, has succumbed to cancer. May … Continue reading


The 23rd of January 2022 is the 4th anniversary of the passing of South African iconic musician and cultural activist Hugh Masekela. To remember him and celebrate his life, Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Assupol will host a virtual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival on http://www.skyroomlive.com at 20:00 CAT. “My biggest obsession is to show Africans, … Continue reading

Fans react to Winky D’s ‘Happy Again’

Winky D, born Wallace Chirumiko is a multi-award winning ZimDancehall artist, popularly known as Dancehall Igwe, Ninja President and Gafa among other stage names. Winky has just released a new single after a while. The song premiered yesterday on YouTube. I’ve just watched the newly released video and I must say it’s quite a surprise. … Continue reading

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