Bridgette Mangcu, our Centre
Manageress, has a well worked out holistic treatment programme for
our elderly men and women as well as for staff, volunteers and other
regular visitors to Iziko Lobomi.
Her programme includes all
the elements needed for a healthy lifestyle: (1) daily healthy,
balanced meals (2) exposure to lots of fresh air and sunlight (3)
regular exercising and meaningful leisure activities (4) spiritual
growth opportunities (5) guidance on use and misuse of substances
like alcohol, cigarettes and drugs (6) help in access to medical
care and most importantly (7) lots of tender, love and care.
In a nutshell:
PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE - Meeting human needs
through loving deeds!
In 2022 we had to make quite an intensive
effort to 'bird-proof' the inside of our hall against a number of
starlings that decided to to make Iziko Lobomi their new residence.
We are still fighting this battle with these creative birds that
keep finding new places to enter the hall.
Little did we know that a
similar new problem of new 'invaders' was waiting for us outside.
For several months we have
been watching how large rats, attracted by refuse dumped on our
pavement for collection by the local authority, were creating more
and more tunnels in the terrace of Iziko Lobomi.
We were naively hoping that
it was only a temporary phenomenon but after awhile came to the
realisation that we will need to do something 'constructively' to
discourage these creatures in their destructive habits.
With the help of an eager
team of local men we constructed a brick containment area and filled
all the rat holes and covered the embankment with bird wire to
prevent further future tunneling.
The end result was a much
neater and cleaner 'dumping area' and we are confident that our rat
invaders will get the 'message' ;-)
A very successful Learning Event was held at
the end of June. Despite the fact that it was a cold, winter
evening, students and residents supported it enthusiastically in
This event gives the Learning Centre Team an
opportunity to promote the Learning Centre and to showcase the
achievements of students. A lot of hard work goes in behind the
scenes to make a success of such an event but when one sees the
appreciation of the attendees, it makes it doubly worth the effort.
We continue to see new men and women from all
walks of life, registering as students and enrolling in courses.
Here are only a few of the titles of courses for which certificates
were issued on the evening:
Becoming a Professional Barista - The Basics x
Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled x 3
CCTV Operator Training Course x 2
CPR, AED and First Aid x 1
ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management
Systems (EMS) x 1
Customer Service Skills x 1
We regularly receive feedback of former
students who managed to find jobs as a result of their studies they
did at the Centre.
'How to prepare for a job interview' was the
theme of this event which was presented by Tebo Backward. Tebo do
technology literacy training in our main computer room for adults
and school children and oversees the staff in the Learning Centre.
Members of the HBCCA gathered together
for the Association's 29th Annual General Meeting on the 31st May
New Secretary and Vice-Secretary
Due to Marion Franke's recent illness and
deteriorating health it was proposed at the meeting that she be
relieved of her duties as Secretary which she has faithfully
performed for twenty nine years! Marion played a key role in the
establishment of the Association in 1993. She is only stepping down
as official Secretary but will still form part of the management
This is a very sad occasion but we are very
fortunate to have a young, competent generation who are ready to be
the new flag-bearers. Marion's position will now be filled by
Bridgette Mangcu who has been serving as Office Administrator and
Centre Manageress for more than ten years. Bridgette previously
served as Vice-Secretary and this position will now be filled by
Andiswa Sibamba. Andiswa has been involved with the HBCCA for more
than four years and assists Bridgette with her daily duties in the
office as volunteer.
The HBCCA Executive Management Committee will
now look as follows:
(Chairperson), Pastor Ncedo Ndongeni
(Vice-Chairperson), Bridgette Mangcu (Secretary), Andiswa Sibamba
(Vice-Secretary) and Hennie
The third DSD group finished their training at
the begining of June. A total of 25 men and women had the privilege
to do this training so far this year. The HBCCA hope that more funds
will be made available to do a few more groups this year.
Kim Conley from the Amoyo Dancing Group
Amoyo arranged for a visit of the Chinese Consulate in Cape
Town. A delegation comprising of the Consulate General Mr You Wenze,
Ms Chen Qing from the 'SA Soong Ling Foundation' and Mr Cameron
Gugmore, head of the ANC of Western Cape visited Iziko Lobomi on
Saturday 20th May 2023. Everyone that was privileged to attend this
event was entertained with Chinese music and lovely dancing by local
Amoyo and visitng Chinese dancers. The delegation also brought with
them a large amount gifts for the elderly which was much
We were privileged to receive a visit of three
ladies from the Christ Church Constantia on Thursday the 4th May
2023. They are from left to right:
Liz Vincent, Carol-Ann Lawrence and Jill
Carol-Ann heads up the pastoral outreach
portfolio at Christ Church and connected us to several other people
in their congegration namely Jeremy Smith and his wife Robyn, Sarah
Fenton. Sarah invited youth from Imizamo Yethu to join their church
on a hike and picnic on Youth Day, the 16th of June.
Christ Church Constantia
partnered with the HBCCA exactly a year ago and this friendship
on the other side of the mountain is very special to us indeed!
Marion Franke (far right), our Welfare
worker and Secretary, was admitted to hospital on Monday the 13th
March after she experienced sudden weakness and mental confusion.
Since then she had three operations to deal with an issue of
bleeding on her brain. The last operation was on Thursday the 30th
of March and she seems to be recovering well (03/04/23).
For many people in Imizamo
Yethu and Hout Bay, Marion is their 'Mother Theresa' and it feels
strange to see her now in a hospital bed. We are all trusting that
the Lord will stretch out His hand and provide her with the necessary
strength and healing to bring her to full recovery. Our prayers are
also for her family during this time.
Marion is seen in this
photograph with Lesley McCall (HBCCA Chairperson). Lesley is
currently receiving treatment for cancer but is staying strong and
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.
During December last year,
Bridgette and Andiswa submitted a request/proposal to the
Department of Social Development (DSD) for funding of various
proposed projects. For a full six weeks they waited anxiously to hear
if the application was successful and their patience was rewarded on
the 8th of February 2023 when they were informed that it was indeed successful!
Since then the funds have
been released and the ball started rolling in all seriousness.
Bridgette is assisted by Andiswa Sibamba who has been working in
Bridgette's office as volunteer for almost three years.
Contained in the proposal
submitted to DSD was a programme for the training of 24 men and
women, currently unemployed, with the personal potential to be
developed and to benefit from purposeful, specific training. Eight
has already received their training and the next eight are currently
(03/04/23) doing their training.
The HBCCA is privileged to
have been chosen to provide this training and sincerely thankful to
the DSD for trusting us with this important assignment.
Kathryn Byrnes (left) from
Valley Church, Hout Bay offered to do fundraising for the HBCCA, one
day a week, as volunteer. The HBCCA has never had the luxury of
a dedicated person to do fundraising for us and accepted
her offer with open hands.
Kathryn's first project will
be to find sponsors of our Solar Energy Project. To have a proper
solar energy system installed will require an additional R200 -
R300,000 over and above what we already have. This will be a huge
task but she is a very experienced lady in this field, and we have
full confidence that she will be up to the task and bring many
sponsors in for us.
After our December 2022
Newsletter we received another R2,000 donation towards this project.
This money will be used for the purchasing of artificial grass at a
later stage. We were fortunate to have had an on-site meeting with
the local Town Council Representative during which a request was
made for him to obtain permission for his department to pave the
pavement facing the mural with tar. This will enable us to go full
steam ahead to do fundraising for artificial grass on all the areas
currently painted green. We hope to hear from him within this month.
We would like to do some
further painting on the main wall but need additional funding for
this. More contributions will be much appreciated! To make your
click this link...
Rykie Smit from the Hout Bay
International School paid us a very welcome visit on our open day in
The local council Representative having coffee
with Hennie Jacobs. He has been serving in this position for almost
year and this was his first visit to Iziko Lobomi.
We were privileged to
receive visits from longtime friends and supporters at the beginning
of the year. We also received news from supporters further abroad
and would like to share it with our broader Iziko Lobomi family. Do
you also have news to share with us? Please let us know!
At the end of January we
received a surprise visit from Sarah and Greg Largier from Sydney,
Australia. They lived in Hout Bay previously before moving to
Australia a couple of years ago.
It is always so heartwarming when people keep supporting us after they have moved out of Hout
Bay. To them, the love for the Imizamo Yethu people and community is
what is important to them and it meant so much for us to show them
firsthand how these people benefit from our Centre.
Oscar and Phyllis Visagie spent some time with Hennie Jacobs in the
Breederiver Valley beginning of February. They were the main driving
force behind the fundraising efforts in Australia that made it
possible for the HBCCA to build
three care rooms in 2009. These
rooms were originally used to care for HIV infected men and women
but after the introduction of antiretroviral medication, these
people could live normal lives without any special care. These rooms
are currently rented out to needy elderly people who can't find
accommodation elsewhere. These people also provide company and
assistance for our caretaker who also lives on the property.
INFANTA, WESTERN CAPE
Clive and Dorothy Lindsay
visited us at the end of February. They have lived in Hout Bay for
many years but moved to Infanta a couple years ago. They have been
supporters for many, many years and it was a real pleasure for us to
show them around and to give them a first-hand update of all the
activities at the Centre.
Pamela Lyons-Montgomery from New Zealand sent us some pictures of
how the tropical cyclone Gabrielle, that hit the North Island of New
Zealand in mid February, affected them on their farm a bit south of
North Island. It was one of the costliest and deadliest cyclones to
hit the country on record. Pam and her late husband John (who passed away three years ago) have been loyal
supporters of Iziko Lobomi for many years. Believe it or not but we
have never met in person. They were supporting another organisation
in Hout Bay which closed their doors and they then decided to channel their support
HBCCA after they heard from us from another source. Pam's continued
support means so much to us - words cannot really describe what it
means to us.
Kiana Tahbaz sent us a beautiful picture of
her almost two-year old baby girl, Carla. Kiana and Milad lives in
Germany and started supporting Iziko Lobomi after a visit to the
Centre while doing a township walking tour in February 2020. They
have been to Cape Town several times and we'll post some pictures of
the family when they come for their next visit - hopefully in 2024!
Iziko Lobomi is privileged
to have the company of the most lovable cat one can imagine!
Nelson, a tomcat of
approximately 11 years of age, made Iziko Lobomi his residence
almost ten years ago. Nobody knows where he came from, just moved in
quietly one day.
Before Nelson's arrival we
had a big problem with mice and rats in the Centre which resulted in
large bills for 'Rat and Mice Poison' to keep these creatures at bay.
Since Nelson's arrival, we never had to buy anymore poison. All our
doors have a small cat opening at the bottom which allows Nelson to
do his rounds when everyone are sleeping.
Nelson is also a very
sociable cat. There is almost not a meeting or event where you won't
see his welcome presence.