Since September our office has experienced a welcome upswing in
bookings to use the hall for meetings, events, services and sadly,
also many funerals. Bookings
play a very important role as a source of income for Iziko Lobomi's
upkeep. For almost five months there was no income from this source.
Our office and caretaker ensure that the necessary Covid-protocols
are followed and we are very fortunate that all groups that have and
are currently using the hall, adhere to these protocols very
Despite the two-month lockdown and further restrictions, almost
thirty Certificates and Diplomas have been issued to successful
students so far this year.
It is an absolute
pleasure to see how men and women make use of this facility.
Gartner SA sponsors all
cost related to Certificate and Diploma online courses. This makes
it possible for us to offer this service to the community at almost
no cost. Gartner SA has also provided funds for a back-up power
supply to help the students during power failures and load shedding.
Power failures are a common occurrence in townships because
of the many illegal connections that cause shorts and power
We are very grateful
for this help from Gartner SA who is the driving force behind
everything related to Information Technology at Iziko Lobomi.
Gartner SA also
provides funding for computer literacy training in our other
facility which is managed by TeboComputers (www.tebocomputers.co.za) which is owned and run by
a local entrepreneur, Tebogo Backward. This facility is equipped
with 12 desktop computers, all connected to a broad-band Internet
connection and printer.
The commitment of the
Gartner SA company to Iziko Loobmi over the years has been
exceptional and extraordinary. They were one of the first
businesses to provide funds for our
first computer room as far back as 1997.
Ongezwa with her Alison Certificate
- Caregiving Skills: Dementia Care
New back-up power supply for
Internet connection and six desktop computers
A container which has
been used as joinery and carpentry workshop for many years became
available to be refurbished into a much needed store room for our
With a donation
received from a local long-time supporter, we were able to replace
the old timber floor with concrete and new vinyl tiles. This room is
situated directly across our office and will primarily be used to
store our food supplies which we use for daily meals and food
Almost a hundred needy
men and women receive a cooked meal from our kitchen everyday and
almost 200 food parcels are given out to needy families in the
community every month.
We received the sad news in October that our dear friend and builder
of Iziko Lobomi, Michael (Mike) Hendrick, passed away at his home in
Robertson on the 11th October 2020, after suffering from two strokes.
Mike was 74 years old and left his dear wife Brenda, three children
(Wayne, Andrew and Julie-Anne)
and three grandchildren (Daniel, Ryan and Maya) behind. Mike and
Brenda celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in April earlier
Mike was a member of the St. Peters
Anglican Church. In the early 1990's, Rev. John Frye at St. Peters
played a key role in mobilising all the churches in Hout Bay to form a
body to take responsibility for the funding, erection and running of
a community centre in Imizamo Yethu.
This resulted in the
formation of the Hout Bay Christian Community Association in March
1994 and the inauguration of Iziko Lobomi in October 1996.
The last time that many of us saw Mike
Hendrick was at our 20th Anniversary Celeberations in October 2016.
From left to right: Patrick and
PJ Quarmby, Mike and his wife Brenda.
Mike on the left, standing next to his foreman at the entrance to
Iziko Lobomi during the construction
song 'Jerusalema', a South African gospel song made in South Africa
by producer DJ and artist Master KG featuring Nomcebo Zikode is
currently taking the world by storm. When
this song was released in 2019 it became an instant hit in South
Africa after which it went viral and inspired groups all around the
world to enjoy some vibrant dancing allowing them to forget about
the sorrows of COVID-19 ;-)
black eThekwini Metro police women, dancing in this video are from
Durban and was celebrating Women's Day with their energetic dance at
South Beach earlier this year.
Another large fire tore through the community of Imizamo Yethu on Sunday
morning the 6th September 2020. Before firefighters could put the
blaze out, 270 homes were destroyed leaving 800 men, women and
of Iziko Lobomi's staff members (Pakamisa Lucas) and a lady
volunteer Veronica Valashiya, both lost their homes in this fire. For
Veronica, this will be the third time in eight years that she will
have to start from nothing again. She already lost two of her other
previous homes in similar fires in Imizamo Yethu.
HBCCA assisted victims together with a local NGO, Thula Thula NPC,
assist people involved in disasters. They have a very dedicated
group of volunteers and are extremely well organised.
It is wonderful to see how things
are slowly returning back to some normality at Iziko lobomi.
that the Western Cape and South Africa have passed its Corona Virus
peak with the latest Level 2 that was announced by our President
Cyril Ramaphosa on the 18th of August 2020. The national daily death rate came down
from 572, when it was at the peak on 22nd July to only 49, on the 12th
For many experts, the
lower than expected peak of total COVID-19 infections and deaths in
South Africa and the rest of Africa, is a mystery. Many give the
abundance of sunlight with the high levels of Vitamin D as one of
the main reasons. However, many Africans throughout the continent
and in South Africa are very religious and God-fearing people. We
firmly believe this also played a role because this is what
Psalm 91 promises:
“Because he loves
me,” says the Lord,
I will protect him, for he acknowledges My
He will call on Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him My salvation.”
Late President Nelson Mandela would
have been so proud of the group of people that got together at Iziko
Lobomi on Saturday the 18th July 2020. A group of local volunteers
who only have one desire and that was to bless the people of Imizamo
Yethu with their service, skills and enthusiasm for healthy,
Parents and adults have
the responsibility to set the example for the younger generation to
learn them from a young age the secret in serving and giving. This
behaviour is the root of the Ubuntu principal which is engraved on
the African man's DNA.
For Christians, Jesus'
example and words also spurs them into action in this regard:
'Give, and it will be
given to you.' Luke 6:38 and
'It is more blessed to
give than to receive.' Acts 20:35
This is where Cape Town's
Covid-19 'hot spots' are
Five areas within the Cape
Town metro have been identified as "hot spots" by the Western Cape government.
Lit up with red dots on maps
of suburbs, the province has revealed where clusters of Covid-19 cases are being
detected in the metro.
The province has recorded
over 11 000 cases of the virus as at 13:00 on Thursday.
Deaths in the province stood
at 235, though 5 677 people had recovered from the virus.
In a digital press
conference on Wednesday, the province said it believed that having 62.6% of the
national number of cases simply means that community transmission "seeded"
earlier in the Western Cape, and that other provinces could soon follow suit.
They had identified clusters
of outbreaks as "hot spots" and have focused testing, screening, tracing,
support, and prioritising treatment of the most vulnerable from these hot spots.
Most of the cases in the
province are among essential service workers, such as in the retail sector, and
the projections by the province's experts are that 90% of people will have no or
It is hoping to manage those
cases through self-isolation and quarantine where possible.
We have been prepared by the
Government that coming to grips with this virus pandemic will be a long process and that there are no
shortcuts or quick fixes.
According to the latest Lockdown Levels, no
public gatherings will be permitted in any of the
three remaining levels. In other words, no public meetings
at Iziko Lobomi will be allowed till the country has
been declared safe for normal 'business-as-usual'.
YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED
The lockdown is already having a
negative impact on our income. Our average monthly income from our office for hall
bookings, conference room rentals, small-trader fees and office services is
Our private individuals and
supporting churches are currently our only source of income which we are
enormously grateful for.
You are literally
keeping Iziko Lobomi's doors open.