Pastor Ncedo Ndongeni (Vice-Chairperson), Hennie Jacobs (Treasurer) Marion
Franke (Secretary), Bridgette Mangcu (Vice-Secretary) and
Hisland Makenke and Bongani Xanxiwe (Supporting Members)
The HBCCA Management
Committee had their year end lunch on Wednesday the 30th November
2022. This is always a very special occasion for the Committee where
time is spent reflecting on the activities of the past year and also
preparing for the New Year. Time was spent thanking the Lord for all
the accomplishments of the past year and also thanking Him for all
the hardworking Committee Members, staff, volunteers and loyal
friends and supporters.
This was also a sad occasion.
It was the first time since the founding of the HBCCA in 1996 that
it was without our beloved late
Archbishop Griffiths Mketo who passed away in March of this
It was also the first time
that our Chairlady, Lesley McCall could not attend because of
illness that prevented her from attending.
Our PSALM 1 Community
Upliftment Project is making excellent progress. We have received a
few more welcome donations which enabled us to make good progress.
We are still in need of approximately R8,000 to finish it
The scale of the main mural
was quite overwhelming at first. Working on long extension ladders
in windy conditions posed a challenge in the beginning but our main
artist, Duncan soon mastered the skill to work under these
For this year we have paused
all painting work and will continue in the New Year again. We were
hoping to have it done this year but felt better when we realised
that all great pieces of art took time. Leonardo da Vinci took more
than four years to complete the Mona Lisa and... his canvas was also
a lot smaller ;-))
to all the private individuals and churches for your contributions -
your money is being put to good use and will be a blessing to all
the men, women and children that will walk past it everyday - for
many years to come!
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in
step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of
mockers, but whose delight is in the law
of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree
planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
the wicked! They are
like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not
stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
the Lord watches over the way of the
righteous, but the
way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Lobomi received a visit from representatives of The Department of
Social Development (DSD) on Wednesday the 21st of September. The
original plan was to bring the Western Cape Premier, Mr Alan Winde,
with and show him our Centre. His visit was unfortunately cancelled
on the last minute due to security concerns after the two murders
and fire over the weekend. We were assured by Mr Winde's office that
this was only a postponement of a visit that will definitely take
place at a more convenient time in the future.
However, we had a very fruitful meeting with the DSD representatives
who expressed their gratitude in the way Bridgette and her team were
running the DSD feeding scheme and that their gifts were to show
their appreciation. Their gifts included two three-pot gas boiling
tables, three large pots and several much needed general kitchen
were asked to also prepare exhibits of the activities at Iziko
Lobomi for the Premier. Besides a spring clean of our two computer
rooms several tables were also prepared to illustrate the main
activities including skills training opportunities at Iziko Lobomi.
members of the Imizamo Yethu Patrollers group were assassinated at
their homes on the 23rd of September by disgruntled gangsters. These
patrollers provide an invaluable 24 x 7 service to the community of
Imizamo Yethu. They are a group of dedicated men that assist the
Hout Bay Police to keep law and order in the community. Most of
these men are fathers and husbands of families and provide these
services voluntarily in their spare time - during the week and over
Police is currently investigating these murders. To our knowledge,
no arrests have been made to date.
person on the left, Mr Joyi, was one of the patrollers that was
murdered. He is an ordained Pastor and was preparing to go to his
home at the end of September to get married to his fiancée. They
have a three month old baby who is now fatherless.
cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge:
Despite all the improvements in roads and infrastructure done by the
Municipality to prevent fires, we still have the unfortunate
occasions where accidents happen in homes causing fires. In the
latest incident on the 23rd of September, a hundred homes were
destroyed by the time the fire was extinguished. Sadly, one person
also died as a result this fire.
Community Development Workers form the Municipality's Disaster Risk
Management Centre were quick to provide their services. Toiletries,
groceries, bedding and clothing was also provided by well-known
local disaster relief organisation, 'Thula Thula Hout Bay'
We received a welcome
visit from boys, parents and teachers from the Weinberg Boys Junior
School. They brought the items collected in aid of the fire victims.
We are working on a
very exciting new community upliftment project. We can't say too
much at this stage because we are still in the planning stages and
it will involve home owners of the community and we need to discuss
our plans and get their permission first.
We are confident that
we will get their permission which involves an upgrade of the
pavement areas abutting their properties including a colourful mural
on an outside wall of one of the homes.
What we can say at this
stage is, once we get the approval and go-ahead, we will be
launching this project officially which will involve funds and lots
hard work will be done by men from the township but
need, men, women, children, parents to help us with the
of the flowers, the butterflies, the grass and water stream.
This is all we can say
at this stage. The plan is to have this project completed before the
end of the year. The volunteers will be involved with the paintwork
which will be done towards the end of the project, in the warmer
months of October and November.
posted and we will send an update out as soon as we are ready!
DONATIONS TOWARDS THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE AT THE FOLLOWING
South Africans are all
in the grip of the inconveniences caused by the daily disruption of
our power supply. The worst in many years.
Nobody knows when this
situation will return to normal but, in the meantime we all have our
ways of coping with this. Here we have a church and study group,
receiving leadership training, who were not going to allow these
power cuts to affect their programmes.
The Western Cape
Government approached the HBCCA in May'22 to check if we were
willing to let them use Iziko Lobomi as one of their vaccination
sites. We eagerly agreed and soon after they started to vaccinate
people on Tuesdays in a room we made available to them.
The HBCCA feel
privileged to be able to assist with this need and to be able to
offer this service, on the doorstep of the residents of Imizamo
5th of June 2022 was a very special day for the HBCCA. Over many
years we have been in touch with members of the Christ Church
congregation in Constantia. In times of need they would always be
ready to provide a helping hand. One such time was during the
Covid-19 lockdown at the beginning of 2020 when substantial
donations were made to the HBCCA to purchase food parcels for the
people in Imizamo Yethu.
What made the 5th of June so special is that this was our first
opportunity as Association to be formally introduced to the
church leadership and congregation. Prior to this, the HBCCA
received a letter to inform us that the Outreach Committee has approved
the HBCCA as one of their regular organisations that will receive
monthly donations from their office.
Words cannot describe how
grateful the HBCCA are for this commitment. The task of running a
large community centre in the middle of a busy township is not an
easy one. It firstly requires help and teamwork from dedicated men
and women who all believe in the important work we do.
is the reason why, after 26 years, the HBCCA can continue doing what
it set itself to do when it was formed originally. This is not
something that can be performed without such wonderful help, over so many
a holy church will be a powerful church. Nor shall there be lack of
treasure in her coffers when grace is in her heart;
free gifts of a willing people shall enable the workers for God to
carry on their sacred enterprises without stint."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David (Psalm 45:12)
Learning Centre sponsored by Gartner SA (Pty) Ltd is going from
strength to strength. Since the beginning of the year, Learning
Events were held once a month to promote the Learning Centre and to
encourage more people to register as students.
Almost 20 Alison Certificates have been issued already in this
period of less than three months.
the April Event one of the guests was a Manager, Samkelo Yeko, from
the local Pick n Pay Store who shared with attendees his road to
this position and what the requirements are of persons interested in
working for a Supermarket in particular. There was also opportunity
for questions at the end of his talk which made for some very
Backward, who is in charge of the Learning Centre is responsible for
the topics of each evening and is very excited in the keen interest
in these evenings and the resultant increase in registrations. The
Imizamo Yethu residents are indeed privileged to have such an
incredible service and facilities available right on their
Mketo, former Vice President of the HBCCA, went home to be with the
Lord (and to join his beloved wife Queenie) on the 10th
of March this year. At his well attended memorial service at Iziko
Lobomi so many individuals and church representatives paid homage to
Tata Mketo for his unwavering service and faithfulness to his
family, community, church, friends and colleagues. In every sphere
of his life Tata Mketo made a lasting impact.
During the service the
Chairperson, Ms Lesley McCall, honored Griffiths for his long
standing commitment to both Iziko Lobomi and the community of
Imizamo Yethu. His service to the HBCCA spanned almost thirty
years. She further added that Tata Mketo was a gentle man yet full
of courage, believed in justice but also in reconciliation . He
walked and demonstrated his faith without compromise for all to see.
Although retired in
2020 his loss is greatly felt by the HBCCA and our heartfelt
condolences go out to the Mketo family at this sad time of their
Mketo is the second founding Father to have passed away following
the death of Archbishop Nicholas Ndude in January 2021.
His Lord said to
done good and faithful servant;
were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many
wonderful to see how the activities at Iziko Lobomi are increasing
every week. More bookings are beginning to come in and we are even
seeing some welcome foreign guests popping in on their township
South Africa now on Covid Level 1, we are all hopeful that it will
remain on this level. A new wave is predicted
for the months of May and June of the BA.2 Omicron variant x :-(
Let's All Stay Safe and Bring
Normality back to our World!