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.