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A page from Wadza’s diary

Post by Wadzanai Garwe #gratitudediaries Today is the anniversary of Zimbabwe‚Äôs Independence Day so my gratitude will be for things that independence has allowed me to be and do I feel grateful for having been born in the beautiful country ZimbabweI feel grateful for the emphasis that our people put on education because education gives … Continue reading

Chibok Angels – lest we forget

Story by Andrea Okoye 15 April 2021 marked the seventh years’ anniversary of the tragic abduction of the Chibok girls. ūüėě The Nigerian Presidency again reiterated its commitment to securing the release of the missing students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, saying rescue efforts are a work in progress. Same stories! A … Continue reading

Free State grandmother in hospital after allegedly being raped by grandson

FREE STATE – The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a statement confirming that a grandson, 37, will soon be brought before court for allegedly raping his 79-year-old grandmother. In the statement, a SAPS spokesperson says, “The victim alleged that she has been staying alone for a month at her house in Thabong not … Continue reading

SAPS in Sedibeng District embarks on School Safety Talk

The SAPS social crime prevention unit, sector managers together with Youth desk today visited six schools to inspect Covid-19 compliance. The schools visited are as follows: 1. Phuthula primary school2. Dr Nhlapo primary school3. Makapane primary school4. Tshirela primary school5. Jet Nteo Secondary 6. Lebohang secondary school Sgt Thembeka MaxambelaCorporate CommunicationBOIPATONG SAPS says that the … Continue reading

The unsung hero of song

How do I pay tribute to a living legend? Could I send exotic flowers? Or perhaps I could buy him a fancy shirt or tie. How about penning a ditty for the unsung hero of song? Can mere lyrics be enough to honour a friend and a musical giant? I hear his name mentioned among … Continue reading

SADC University of African Medicine honours Blondie Makhene

South African musical icon, Blondie Makhene was on Thursday the 4th of March conferred with a Doctorate Degree in African Medicine by the SADC University of African Medicine in association with Christ the Lamb Theological Seminary in an exquisite ceremony at the Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The event that started at 10 in … Continue reading

Mkhulu Blondie Makhene soon to be Dr Makhene

Professor M Hlati and SADC University of African Medicine, in association with Christ the Lamb Theological Seminary, have recently announced that they will be conferring a Doctorate Degree in African Medicine to Mkhulu Blondie Makhene on the 4th of March in Braamfontein, “and this by far is the largest celebration to date, and we are … Continue reading

Nigeria‚Äôs former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history

This morning, history was made as the World Trade Organization welcomed its first woman and first African Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She sits on the boards of¬†Standard Chartered Bank,¬†Twitter,¬†Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity (ARC). Previously, Okonjo-Iweala spent a 25-year career at the¬†World Bank¬†as a development economist, scaling the ranks … Continue reading

Gauteng Provincial Government undertakes school readiness campaign

The Gauteng Provincial Government led by Premier David Makhura has today launched a school readiness campaign, visiting various schools in the province to assess and observe the first day of learning and teaching for the 2021 academic year. As part of this campaign, the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko visited Lakeside Secondary School in … Continue reading

Family of murdered Sebokeng woman pleads for witnesses to come forward

The family of the late Mathapelo Tsotetsi (32 years) is reaching out to the community of Sebokeng for any witnesses to her murder to come forward. Mathapelo died exactly seven days ago on Tuesday the 2nd of February at Sebokeng Hospital. “I saw a post around 22:00 hrs on Tuesday in a Facebook group saying … Continue reading


The Gauteng Department of Community Safety, led by the Acting Head of Department, Mr Sipho Thanjekwayo, today attended the sentencing proceedings of Lungile Nxelelwa who was in 2019 convicted for the murder of his 27-year-old girlfriend, Keneilwe Pule from Sebokeng. In a statement, The Gauteng Department of Community Safety says that Keneilwe was raped, killed … Continue reading

Dear Sister

It’s been a while since I offered some sisterly advice so, here goes. Growing up, our mothers told us that men should be given unconditional love, actually, they should be loved no matter what. If they cheat, they should be loved. If they are poor, or worse, don’t have jobs, they should still be loved. … Continue reading

SeSotho Musical Icon Kori Moraba Passes On

It is a poignant time in the world right now and South Africa is not being spared as giants keep falling one at a time. The celebrations of a new year have since been dampened as we mourn legends such as Dorah Sitole and Sesotho musical icon, Kori Moraba. Isaac Kori Moraba was born on … Continue reading


South Africa has lost yet another icon, so early in the new year, author and chef Dorah Sitole. She was 67 years old. The eminent food editor who worked for True Love was also a noteworthy food stylist, recipe developer, and a trained Cordon Bleu chef.  Mme Dorah Sitole had a prestigious career traversing forty … Continue reading

#SANDF member, hijack or arrest?

Photos of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) member who seems to be an unfortunate victim of a daylight car hijack are trending on Twitter, with others reporting that it is indeed a hijack and putting the blame on foreigners, Zimbabweans in particular. Apparently, just by looking at the armed man, some can tell that … Continue reading

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Connie V

Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born 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. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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