Despite all the
disruptions caused by Covid this year, Iziko Lobomi's Learning
Centre performed remarkably well. At the time of publishing this
news, 41 Alison Certificates and 14 Diplomas (55 in total) have been issued to
students who completed their online courses. The following are
some of the topics which were studied:
The Governing Board's
End of the Year dinner is always an event that everyone looks forward
to with great anticipation. Not only is it a time when everyone can
sit back a bit and relax while enjoying some delicious food - cooked
by 'someone else' ;-) It is also a time when one can reflect on the
past year and all its joys and sorrows. (This year's dinner was
sponsored by one of our loyal supporters in the Eastern Cape - thank
On the joyful side:
Iziko Lobomi turned 25 years in October. What a wonderful milestone!
On the sad side: It was
the first time in 24 years that we could not enjoy this occasion
with our beloved Archbishop Nicholas Ndude and our Vice President,
Archbishop Griffiths Mketo's wife, Queenie who both
passed away at the beginning of the year.
Now everyone can look
forward to their well-deserved break and rest in December. With the
dark Covid cloud still hanging over everyone's heads we parted with
optimism and faith that the Lord will allow us all to return in 2022
again - healthy and strong, ready to open Iziko Lobomi's doors for
another year of service to the Imizamo Yethu community.
The Monday Club has
been in existence for more than thirty years already. It started as
a group that gathered weekly at the St. Peter Anglican Church for
church services. At the same time they were given opportunity to do
jobs such as ironing of laundry and garden maintenance for local
Hout Bay residents. During their time at St Peter's freshly cooked
meals and soup could be enjoyed, made by church members and
volunteers. Food parcels were also given out on a regular basis.
This group moved over to Iziko Lobomi after its inauguration in
On the 29th of October
2021 a meeting was held by Mr Loyiso Skoti from Kasi Lucha Academy
NPC. This organisation provides an invaluable service by holding
awareness sessions with leaders in townships and informal
settlements on critical issues that negatively affects the wellbeing
of people living in these areas.
The topics covered on
this day was: Breast Cancer, Mental Health Awareness, Gender
Based Violence and Covid-19. All issues that are extremely
relevant and top of mind for many people in our community.
One condition in
communities that is often
overlooked is the silent, 'invisible' condition, 'Mental Health'. One of the biggest mental health issues is anxiety.
Anxiety about the future especially when it comes to a person's
health, family and finances. In South Africa more than 40% of
employable people are currently without jobs. The stress caused by
insufficient finances are extreme for many men and women, especially if you are the
breadwinner of your family.
It is estimated that 1
in 6 South Africans are likely to experience common mental disorders
such as depression and anxiety. The sad thing is that only about 10%
of these people receive the care they need.
The HBCCA deals with
people affected by all of the mentioned issues on a daily basis and
provides guidance and try to help as best we can. Often, all that
many need are some genuine TLC, a listening, caring ear, a prayer and a loving hug. The three key
people who takes responsibility for this are:
From left to right: Marion Franke (our
Bridgette Mangcu (in our office) and Lesley McCall (our
Praise to the
God of all Comfort
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He
comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give
them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others!
Everyone in the Western Cape are rejoicing with the majority of our
main drink-water supply dams almost full to the brim. One thing is
for sure, the days where we can take the availability of fresh-water
for granted, is over. Water, especially fresh, clean water has
become the most precious resource in the world.
2015 - 2018 draught in the Western Cape was a huge eye-opener to all
of us and reminded us afresh of how dependant we are of this
resource. With a global water crisis in most countries around the
world, one realises how privileged we currently are.
means life, not just for us personally, but also for the wellbeing
of our communities, cities and country.
following is a quote from the World Health Organisation (WHO):
"Safe and readily available water is important for public health,
whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or
recreational purposes. Improved water supply and sanitation, and
better management of water resources, can boost countries’ economic
growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction."
"By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in
Even with all the
disruptions caused by the different Government Lockdown levels,
Iziko Lobomi continued to serve the community of Imizamo Yethu
as best we could. This video reflects some of the activities during
the winter months...
In less than six weeks from the date of delivery of the new
container, we have been able to give the caretaker and his family
access to their newly converted 'residence'.
We were only able to do
this because of the timeous and
generous donations that we received from our
supporters locally and abroad. Our overseas donations came from
four different countries (Australia, New Zealand, France and the
United States of America)
We were able to
complete this upgrade literally a day before the first winter cold front
arrived in Cape Town. As a special treat, electric blankets were
supplied to all beds (sponsored by a supporter). The gratitude displayed by the family was
heartwarming and touching!
very, very much everyone!
A special thanks goes to Robert
(a local carpenter and joiner) for his
contribution to this upgrade. Scotty
staircase, balcony, new ceilings,
kitchen units and
We reported about the worsening condition of Archbishop
Nicholas Ndude in our
December News. Archbishop Ndude
his illness on the 15th of December 2020.
The news of his death
was not unexpected but was received with much sadness. Arch Ndude
was one of the Founding Fathers and esteemed Board Member of the
HBCCA Executive Management Committee.
The following eulogy
by Lesley McCall, Chairperson HBCCA:
Nicholas was a beloved and respected member of the community of
Imizamo Yethu and will be greatly missed by his family, friends as
well as colleagues on the Board of the HBCCA with whom he served for
many years. His loyalty and dedication to the wellbeing of Iziko
Lobomi, and all that it offered to both the adults and youth of the
community, were exemplary. His wisdom and sage advice will be
sorely missed. Our consolation as fellow believers and followers of
Jesus Christ is that we will meet with him again one day. Our
sincere condolences lie with the Ndude family in their loss.
Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him,
for He shields him all day long,
and the one the LORD loves rests between
Archbishop Griffiths Mketo, Vice-President of the HBCCA, lost his
wife unexpectedly on the 15th of December 2020. They both retired from
their jobs during 2020 after working on a Private Estate in Hout Bay for
almost thirty years.
The following eulogy
by Lesley McCall, Chairperson HBCCA:
Executive Management Committee, in one accord, extend our deepest
sympathy and heartfelt condolences to
Archbishop Griffiths Mketo, Vice-President of the HBCCA, on the
untimely loss of his wife, Nocawe Queenrose Mketo who went home to
be with Jesus in December 2020.
hearts lie with Archbishop Mketo, recently retired in October 2020
who was looking forward to facing his 'golden years' with his
beloved wife. Queenie's husband having served on the Board of the
HBCCA for almost 30 years proved her to be the epitome of patience
and understanding throughout the years our committee convened,
sometimes for lengthy hours at a time.
wife, mother and so much more to those that knew her in Imizamo
Yethu or who had the privilege to work alongside her, Queenie set a
very high standard indeed. Our thoughts remain with the Mketo
family at this time.
The Lamb at the center of the throne will be
He will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
The Iziko Learning Centre is going from strength to strength and had
their first public information and marketing event. The topic was
'Job Opportunities in Healthcare'
Tebo Backward, the
owner of TeboComputers who are responsible for the management and
running of the Iziko Learning Centre, opened the event with a
summary of what was on offer at the Learning Centre and of the many
students that already benefitted from the Learning Centre since it
opened at the beginning of 2019.
Tebo's introduction was
followed by a talk done by the local Hout Bay Clinic Manager,
Landiziwe Mzukwa, on healthcare job opportunities for men and women
at Clinics and Hospitals.
Her talk was followed
by a presentation done by Learning Centre facilitator, Chumisa
Mafalala. She went through all the Healthcare Certificates and
Diplomas which could be studied on
Alison. All these courses are
available free of charge to students at the Learning Centre. The costs of these Certificates and
Diplomas are carried in full by Gartner SA who are the sole
sponsor of all the Iziko Learning Centre expenses (salaries,
computer equipment, rental, etc.)
All attendees were
invited at the end of the presentation to come and register as
students, to choose their courses and to start with their training.
The event was closed
off with drinks and snacks.
Similar events are planned for the course of the year during which
different careers will be showcased.
Keynote speaker, Hout
Bay Clinic Manager, Landiziwe Mzukwa explains to attendees the
opportunities that exist in the health sector and the importance of
candidates to prepare themselves academically before applying for
vacant healthcare positions.
Mafalalawo going through the different Alison Healthcare Courses on
graduates from the Learning Centre showing off their Certificates and
giving feedback of their studies they have done at the Centre this
and his two staff members at Incredible Connection after purchasing
two new desktops (sponsored by Gartner SA) for the Learning Centre.
This will now bring the total of desktops in the Learning Centre up
Joseph, Chumisa and Tebo taking a quick coffee break before
heading back to Iziko Lobomi.
It was exactly a year
on the 26th of March 2021 when the first 21-day nationwide lockdown in
South Africa started. It is now one year later with more than 52,000 Covid-related deaths and still the end is not in sight. Everyone are
anxiously watching the number of infections to see if we will also
follow the trend in the rest of the world namely to also go through
a third wave.
After the announcement
of our President at the end of February 2021 that the country will
move to Level 1, things started to slowly come back to normal at
Iziko Lobomi again. More and more organisations and churches are
booking the hall again for meetings and services. Strict Covid
protocols are still followed and everyone using the facilities are
doing their best to adhere to them.
One things everyone
realises now, a year later, is that we need to be patient, learn to
adapt and make the best of the current situation. There are no quick
fixes and it will take a long time before some normality of the past
will return. We are in the same boat as everyone else in the world
and with perseverance, dedication and team-effort, together we will
eventually overcome this devastating pandemic.
A Community Upliftment Project which we started as far back as 2017
has been brought to completion during March 21. Only funds specifically
donated for HBCCA Community Upliftment Projects have been used for
this project. This was one of our most ambitious Projects yet and the end
result speaks for itself!
The difference it is
making to this area is unimaginable. Very little developments of
this nature is done in Imizamo Yethu by the Council who has been
requested for help with this project on several occasions. Budget constraints made it
unfortunately not possible for them to contribute towards this project.
We are already
receiving very positive feedback from residents on how they
appreciate and value the work we have done and the HBCCA is proud to
be associated with this upgrade.
It was a big day for the Caretaker Nicholas, and his wife Zandile,
when their son, Asikhunge Lennox Pere, attended his first day
in Grade 1 on the 24th of February 2021. He managed to get in at the
local Moravian Primary School, walking distance form Iziko Lobomi.
He is little
boy with lots of potential and we are all wishing him a bright