It was a privilege to be part of this prestigious race the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. I entered the race not sure if it will go ahead or it will be canceled again but I entered trusting that it will go ahead as I was looking forward for the Cape Town Mountain running.

Cape Town Mountain running challenge Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the Two Oceans Marathon Ultra, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world.
The event is run under the auspices of World Athletics (WA), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
 

Event Details

DISTANCE

56km (35 miles)

ENTRY LIMIT

11 000

DATE

17 April 2022

START TIME

5.20 AM

START VENUE

Main Road corner Dean Street, Newlands

FINISH VENUE

UCT Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch

QUALIFYING RACES

42.2km sub 5:00
50km sub 6:30
56km sub 7:00
90km sub 12:00
100+km sub: 13:30

CUT-OFF

7 HOURS MAT TO MAT

First thing first congratulations to Gerda for her winning the Ultramarathon for the third time and breaking the record read more about it on

Leaders board for the event is as follows:

We are going through a lot as country just after Covid-19 now KZN floods this event made a conducive environment for people from all walks of life to meet and socialize but most we call ourselves social runners running under hashtag running with Tumi Sole on social networks or social media.

Chapman’s Peak highlights

The event was a great experience celebration of culture with variety of tribes all running as one nation. I met great people amongst them Vuvu who is a uniter in the running sphere

Not forgetting to mention my follow team of runners who we saw fit to give life to the event in terms of real time content

I made research on reviews about the race and found one which is perfect so my review on dwell much on the route per se but rather on the vibes part of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon event. see route review by Mkhululi Jack -I asked his permission to feature his article on my blog

Support was massive

I did collect the 56km finishers blue medal

My race results

Just for laughter entry from big names in the running circles including Social RunnersSA Chirman Adam:

I arrived at Cape Twon ahead of the event and this is my blog entry before the race https://siphiwebillysigudla.com/2022/04/09/i-am-excited-to-be-taking-part-in-this-2022-of-the-total-sports-two-oceans-ultral-marathon-on-17-aprilthe-2022-edition-after-two-years-of-hard-lock-down/

Review a Race review starts with key details like date, distance, and your participation status (first-timer, repeat runner, volunteer, etc). That I have done above already in my opening

Rate it: Five required ratings ask you to evaluate (on a scale of 1 to 5 shoes) your overall experience as well as course difficulty, course scenery, event production, event swag, and even (optional) your own performance. (Each rating is independent of the others.) I will rate the event 5 and my finish time result is 06:38:13

Thanks again to The Total Sports Two Oceans team

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The experience is unique. I found online a better route review so I figured let me ask permission from the author and feature it and I won’t have to worry about writing about the details of the route as someone has https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19 done that already see

This review was a contribution to the race from a participant and a continued support from first review I wrote in 2019 after I participated in the Oldmutual Two Oceans Marathon see blog entry : my Totalsports Two Oceans Ultramarathon highlight is past Erf sign 4426, Greenwood Cottage, Main Road, Hout Bay45 km 20 metres past Phantom Acres entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay46 km150 metres from top of Constantia Nek30 kmNear top of little Chapman’s Peak31 km Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman’s Peak32 kmUnder overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman’s Peak33 km Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak34 km100m before first corner on descent, Chapman’s Peak35 km On corner at small stream, Chapman’s Peak 36 km Opposite watervalletjie sign, Chapman’s Peak Drive37 km 100m past Toll Notice Board, Chapman’s Peak38 kmOutside No 1 Chapman’s Peak Flats, Hout Bay this where I loosen up and enjoyed the race . I will stop here until next race.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

Christian Posts

Cape Town Mountain running challenge is My heading for the #TTOM22 @2oceansmarathon @totalsportssa race review

Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon Route Review Written by Mkhululi Jack (MJ)

Let me preface this Race Route Review (RRR) by sharing with you that Border Athletics (BORA) runners are the ones who insisted that I look at the Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon (TOM) route profile and use my own experience of running the race to write a RRR. I write RRRs for our local races as an attempt to help our runners to have a plan on race day. Interestingly, their request came at right time because running TOM without a plan is like cooking without eating…ooopppssss…..Is it eating without cooking? As one author said a long time ago that “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Those words motivated me to take up the challenge and do my first ever RRR of an international race.

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It’s been two full years since we have experienced The Most Beautiful Marathon in the world, TOM. We have been starving for it, we do not even care how they treat us as they prepare for TOM 2022, we are here in Cape Town because we love them. Why do they call it Two Oceans? The reason is that it passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline – the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Coincidentally, TOM is a race of two halves – easy first half and a challenging second half. The first half begins at 23m above sea level and ends at 30m – the highest point on this section is 76m at 3.3kms. The second half begins at 31m above sea level and ends at 89m at University of Cape Town (UCT) – the highest point on this section is 228m at 47.4kms (Constantia Neck) and the second highest is 198m at 32.4kms (Chapmans Peak). The lowest you can go in the second half is 6m above sea level at 40.4kms (Hout Bay). Having given that elevation statistics, I feel like stopping the RRR here and ask runners the following question: Now that you have that information at your disposal, what do you think you need to do? Whatever answer I would get, that would be a plan that TOM requires. However, let me give you a blow-by-blow, KM-by-KM of what to expect and do on the route.

1. Start to 3.3kms – The first 3.3kms of TOM is an invisible climb in the dark and it needs to be treated with respect. With the staggered start that will be implemented, its going to be very difficult to start easy, force yourself to start easy in the dark.

2. 3.3kms to 12.3kms – This is the easiest section of the whole race, it’s still dark, you are still fresh and a 9km descend begins at 74m to 4m above sea level. Any easy section at TOM, you will be required to increase your pace in order to make up/bank some time that you will lose on the climbs/hills. For example, if I will be driving the sub 5hour bus, our average finish pace is 5:20/km, on this area the bus will move at the speed of 4:50-5:05 to bank some time that we will lose on the climbs. Make up some time here but do not be explosive!

3. 12.3kms to 21.1kms – The descend ends and the route becomes flat, you probably have some time iĺn your bank, the pace will need to be reduced and maintained for another 9kms. For example, my sub 5hour bus would need to play around 5:00-5:10/km. If you are struggling to maintain a steady pace on this section, reduce it and find something comfortable – if you are already working hard here, you are in for a long day, find a manageable pace and maintain it. Another challenging aspect on this section would be the windy conditions, it is important that you stick to your plan and judge your pace effectively.

4. 21.1kms to 28kms (Halfway) – The 21.1kms in the main road leads us to the ocean at Muizenberg, there you can look forward to great views of the sea and great spectator support. We get to the half marathon mark at Fish Hoek and, from there, you will leave the sea – leaving the sea means you will have to climb some ‘speed humps’ from 21.1kms to 24.1kms. In this section, after running for a long time, the sub 5hour bus will take its first big walk and have a breather – I would propose runners to do so as they leave the ocean behind. From 24.1kms to 28kms, the route goes down and becomes flat, you can bank some time here but do not be explosive. Furthermore, on this area, it is here that you need to get your mind ready because you are about to encounter the first big hill called Chapmans Peak.

5. Halfway to 34.5kms – Chapmans Peak is the iconic section of the race and its also one of the most beautiful section of road anywhere in the world – you are privileged to be running here with many other runners, don’t forget to absorb that beauty even as you tackle the challenges. The climb begins at 29kms, its 4.5kms long but it’s not that steep, if you go fast here, you may pay later for that sin. Also, do not be deceived by Lil Chappies at 31.2kms to 34.5kms, you will descend after Lil Chappies and Chapmans Peak begins at 32.6kms and ends at 34.5kms. Run and Walk strategy needs to be implemented here – the sub 5hour bus will run and walk this one.

6. 34.5kms to 39kms – The 4km descend from Chapmans Peak is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful sections of the route because of the views. Additionally, this descend is the most dangerous section of race if not respected – you need to hold back on this area and protect those quadriceps. Drop those arms and shorten those strides, there will be a temptation to go to fast, DO NOT! If you go too fast here, you race will end exactly at Hout Bay because it becomes flat there and with damaged quadriceps, you won’t move. Take it easy but make a minute or two for your bank. After losing a minute or two at Chapmans Peak, the sub 5hour bus will play around 5:05-5:10/km, hold back, drop those arms and shorten the strides.

7. 39kms to 42.2kms (Marathon) – For me, Hout Bay is one of the major milestones of the TOM race because it gives you an indication on how you behaved in a marathon. If you started too fast, flew down Chapmans Peak, your legs will be SHOCKED on this flat section and as such you will be unable to move. If you remain disciplined on your marathon, you should be able to generate your expected race average pace. For example, the sub 5hour would work towards a 5:15/km 3km split as we prepare for Constantia Neck.

8. 42.2kms to 47.4kms – The climb to Constantia Neck will be gradual for 2kms where you will be exposed to the sun, it will start to get tough here, fight hard, you are not far from the finish. The steepest section of the whole race comes at 44kms, the last 2kms to the summit has the steepest gradient of the race. The majority of us will run and walk this one, lets do it with pride and with some time in the bank.

9. 47.5kms to 50kms – After Constantia Neck, you will get a descend to the 49th km mark. Having lost some time on the last hill, it’s time to make a few seconds here. Whilst enjoying your downhill, booooom, 1km climb to the 50th km mark welcomes you without notice, puuush, you are not far from UCT, kuboooo!

10. 50kms to 56kms – After the 50th km mark, you will experience a 3km descend to the 53rd km mark – it is hoped that when you arrive here, you will not be chasing time but enjoying your race because you will be having some time in your bank. At this stage, the sub 5hour bus should be 5mins ahead of schedule and moving at 5:45/km and in some instances 6:00/km. The last 3kms has two speed humps, a 600m one (known as Chet’s Hill) at 53.4kms and a 400m one at 55.4kms to UCT. Once you reach the UCT lawns, suck it in, you have Conquered the Current, WELL DONE!

Written by Mkhululi Jack

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down. I think I made a mistake to go for breakfast in shorts every one @HotelSkySA have been asking me about my experience with up coming #running of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon @2OceansMarathon @TotalsportsSA #TTOM2022

All systems go

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down.

Paragliding
Paragliding
It started here. Paragliding
The Paragliding Experience is a must for everyone but it was a windy day that means accidents could have easily happened but look I had fun. The rest is history, Paragliding is a new whole experience I never had.

The feeling of flying is different but it’s risky to a point you need to fill in an indemnity form and you get the full explanation that here on the forms you are signing your life away if anything should go wrong you will die if you agree sign the form. Then FOMO here and there kicks in and says sign the form you only leave once.

I suspect the look at your condition like you don’t drink alcohol because this decisions requires a clear understanding that should the paragliding goes wrong you are dead. The experience feels new and nothing on earth can be likened to this experience and I recommend everyone to try paragliding.

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

My Cape Town recent trip for a #MarathonRunnersRetreat 10km at #campsbay #tablemountain #karbonkelberg #ReconciliationDay

Good bye Neyi Zimu, Different Newspaper articles attached

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Germiston Art Theater officially named after the slain Rhythm City Star actor Dumi Masilela.

Today 10/12/19, it was the official renaming of the New Germiston Theatre. Executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and the speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Khumalo have laid wreaths at the tree of remembrance to commemorate the lives of councillors who passed away while serving the city. At the funeral of the late Dumi Masilela the Ekurhuleni Municipality had made a commitment a year and half to Name the new Germiston Theatre in honour of the late actor.

The Rhythm City Star, who was killed in August 2017,was born and raise in the East Rand Ekurhuleni.  

I had an opportunity to attend this event as I was representing Pastor Thembi Hlophe and made sure I pass my message of condolences to Dumi’s mom and family.

It felt like a memorial service the mood was very sad.

I also met his fellow actors buddies an actor that many identify as Suffocate from Rhythm City also met Clement Maosa actor Zamokuhle Seakamela in the SABC1 soap opera, Skeem Saam, who was with Dumi Masilela’s mom at the time,

Tribute to the Late Pastor Neyi Zimu

The popular gospel star and pastor succumbed to his illness last night  on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at Busamed Modderfontein  Private Hospital.

Pastor Neyi Zimu had previously undergone chemotherapy at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to treat mycosis
Speaking to the Sowetan, his wife, Dr Nelisiwe Zimu, said the disease had progressed quickly and they had to move forward with more intense treatments.
Before he could live his dream as Gospel Super Star for 10 years, Zimu was a sound engineer at the SABC. He then left his full-time job to pursue his passion and never looked back as he became self-employed and dedicating his time to music.
As I continue to pen this tribute to the Late Prophet Neyi Zimu born as Moses Gcinumuzi. He was raised in a small farm located in Sebokeng which is in the south of Johannesburg in 1970 .
As a child, he aspired to be a lawyer and a professional football player. Nevertheless, he started singing at six years and his musical career started in high school when he was discovered by a late friend.
Sharing the word of God through singing gave him great joy. He enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship with other gospel artists, which has inspired and guided him in his everyday life. In One of his interview with the SABC, the songwriter said as a young child he had a vision of himself performing gospel and realizing his achievements as gospel singer was truly a dream come true.
His break through into the gospel industry started with the founding of Family Factory and Joyous Celebration, two Christian acts which have been at the forefront of establishing gospel music in South Africa.
On-going solo, the father of three said Joyous Celebration and Family Factory were large ensembles which threatened to swallow what he wanted to achieve. 
Alongside esteemed pastor Benjamin Dube, Zimu collaborated and released projects with Joyous Celebration over a span of 23 years. He went solo in 2007 with his first album, Ena ke Nako.
This was followed up by several bestselling albums, including I Trust in youThe Waiting are Over, Friends in Praise and more recently, Friends in Praise Volume 2 and Best of Neyi Zimu which was released in 2019 but His Career highlights should not not be limited to the above but also his recognition for performing the powerful a hit songs namely Jehova retshepile wena, lamb of God and Nathela Ft. Neyi Zimu & Omega Khunou who towards the end of the late Zimu’s life was performing all the events that he was billed to perform.
While Zimu was fighting cancer.
In total, Zimu had nine albums which also featured legendary gospel artists, such as Rebecca Malope, Wendy Mseleku, Sibongile Khumalo, Vuyo Mokoena and Sipho Ngwenya last but not least Omega Khunou.
Devout pastor at All Nations Revival Ministries
In 2006, Zimu founded All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand. As the lead pastor, he held regular sermons and spearheaded revival church projects which included charity causes, counselling, leading the worship team and mentoring young people.
He said being a pastor gave him a sense of belonging and the ability to be level-headed as his popularity grew.  
Before his passing, fans in the Vaal were in the process of hosting a prayer session this coming Sunday
Open-ended questions are often just the thing to get family and friends talking, and we’ve seen first-hand how great conversations lead to deeper connection. We saw during the last moments of Pastor Neyi Zimu, all the concerts he was supposed to perform there was a time set ,dedicated for Pastor Neyi Zimu’s prayers that were lead by omega Khunou who would perform all Zimu’s hit songs as he was very sick in the Hospital. I saw how even the twitter family connected in prayer praying for his speedy healing. I want to believe Zimu is resting in heaven from all the pains he was in all this time.

Billy Sigudla

Author

Looking back at Soweto Marathon 42 km 2019

Allow me to open my Soweto Marathon 42 km Experience with an opening paragraph of Charles Dickinson novel tale of two cities, mind you I already shared my photos and a video above for the race: It was the best of time, It was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility.

Within a month after I participated in the Sanlam Cape town Marathon 42 Km, time was upon me to challenge the Soweto marathon, I have never two marathons which are this close  before in my entire life for obvious reasons being I take six months to prepare for a 42 km marathon now when its two consecutive months it was a bit stain for me.

I had taken a break for the whole month after the Cape Town Marathon. I even forgot about the people’s marathon as Soweto Marathon is affectionately known.  Primarily because the people from Soweto and whole over the country gather on this day and line up from the start at the FNB Stadium the whole 42 km passing through the historic Vilakazi street where South Africa Struggle heroes used to sat i.e. the late Former President Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu back to the Stadium as the finish line supporting the participants or contenders of the Race.

Only a week left I got a call from my brother Musa Sigudla who has also joined Eskom Athletics Club that in a weeks time we will be challenging Soweto Marathon,it downed to  I have to start training preparing for the race however I was not fazed since I was fit after my previous marathon.

I thereby started training right away there by formulating an emergency running plan that was obviously different form my normally three days 20 km per day run to five days straight 20 km per day run. I had never done it before but my fitness level was promising and I was very convenient and especially after the whole month rest.

I went on with scheduled training untilthe big day Sunday the 3rd November 2019 time 05:30 .

As I started the marathon by seeding platform met new faces contenders of the same race that came from different provinces and different clubs of the country even elite runners from Africa and the rest of the world where available most likely at seeding A .we eventually got time extension of 15 minutes due to technical reasons. It gave us time to socialize and sharing all different aspects pertaining our origin to the training programs we follow and other wise the mood was very high as the organizers played different hit song which one of the most played was the famous Club Controller until before the race officially started the national Anthem was sung.

The start after the gun was not so much exciting as it was over crowded and I ended up waking the first kilometer however as time went by I managed to start running with my average pace 5  until 21 km and I had an injury. As I rested I realized a differently able person supporting the runners having South African Flag. There and there I stopped further two members of the Eskom Athletics club we stopped for total of 14 minutes socializing with this young man and taking pictures and finding out how is his over all state of health that he shared with us and he had the feeling of importance as we appreciated his affords and we where his guests. The pictures can explain further as his face was filled with excitement and hope as he now feels like he was belonging to the Eskom guardians Family. We even went as much as hoe the late former President Mandela made it possible to open ways for even disabled people to now get grants to make the state of living affordable.

I continued with my race after I changed my running shoes it took me another 14 minutes to change my running timing chip from the shoes I was using of the brand Nike to another shoes which are lighter and the brand was Adidas I had conquered a lot of hills with the former pair of shoes hence I got and injury and I could only run an average pace of 11 as I was nursing the injury. And the other challenge was the sun was very hot but the water spots that are set up every 5km made the heat bearable. Again at the end of Vilakazi street I had to continue running on hill tops tha made my Average pace to increase to 11 km I even met one radio station the christian radio station radio pulpit and happen to know the presenter Pastor Jack Motswetla who I stopped to greet and even afforded me time to share words of encouragement with fellow runners and the radio air ways.i continued with a much renewed spirit as I got a chance to fellowship.

As I continued with my race I got encouragement from the crowd now shouting Eskom you can make it, you are almost there. I went back to the average pace of 9 until the end of my race.

However when I got to the last five km I met my brother who was also running at his practiced pace and joined me up to the finish line.As we entered the FNB Stadium to reach the finish line I started a video to record and capture the finishing moments as they are extremely fun as I anticipated the crowd to shout Eskom again of which they did. As I approach the finish line the crowd shouted Eskom well done and I appreciated them by shouting back thank you South Africa.as we continue to run towards the last steps into the finish line the SABC commentator also started cheering us up on the speaker and said we have backwards runners wow as we came to the cross still shouting thank you to the crowd and the feeling was exhilarating, I never had such fun as I was with my little brother who was equally excited.

To share few live tweets I participated in whist running the race,

This brings me to the end of my experience thanks for reading this my experience of the 2019 Soweto marathon 42 km.

Billy Sigudla

Author

26th edition of Soweto Marathon 42km that took place on Sunday 03 Nov 2019,review by Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

I really enjoyed it! First the race was flat followed by a down hill then and up hill then going through the historic Vilakazi street where the struggle icon former South African President Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu resided in the township. Lots of entertainment – brass bands/samba bands/metal even the people of Soweto where out in numbers to offer support to the runners !! Such a well organized event to Enjoy!

#Sowetomarathon2019 we ready

@SowetoMarathon

This race It was special before the race I got a good luck from athletics executive :

See: https://twitter.com/jjswest/status/1190841761788317696
Jakes Jacobs

@jjswest

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Nov 3

Wishing all participants at the

@SowetoMarathon

a good race at the #PeoplesRace today

@CarolinePule

@billysigudla

and have #FunDay as

@runwithcuan

described this iconic event on

@SABC_2

#sowetomarathon2019

@SPORTATSABC

@alecriddle

@VaylenKirtley

@sportmansa

@gosharpshooter

The race started at 05:30 https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190833340737294336/photo/1

As I was running my Soweto Marathon 42km, I saw a paralytic by the name Siphiwe xaba by the side of the road supporting the participants I stopped the Eskom Gijimas bus to appreciate him and we took pictures with him, he did appreciate even Eskom on twitter did appreciate our efforts see https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1190880781348089856

My #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

#sowetomarathon2019 was a wonder , look how I enjoyed running with my brother this was our first marathon together and he has officially joined

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

is a brand to be reckoned with. I am happy to be a guardian. https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190986565926957056

I just went back and thought how challenging

@SowetoMarathon

was,#sowetomarathon2019 was a real challenge to go through but mentally I was prepared, I just heard fans ask me go #eskom

@Eskom_SA

Coupons

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so at least there are some who have installed smart metres.

@eskomgijimas

#SOWETOMARATHON

I then posted the video of my finish on twitter and it is now trending it can be viewd on this link https://twitter.com/billysigudla1/status/1191191951082688512This is a finish in style,I recorded it live on twitter,what fun race we are

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

brand was in good hands during #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

people kept on rooting for Eskom U even heard other clubs jealous,I enjoyed the people’s race

time for work

Thanks for taking time to read this post.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

Author

The @SekgobelaLebo Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version Concert Report

I attended the Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version at the Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium, 10 Rhodes Avenue Oranjesig Bloemfontein, Free State. on Tuesday 24th of September 2019.

The anointed concert started at 15:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing gospel music extravaganza. The Umusa National Tour concerts always offer magnificent praise and worship platform for everyone and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such praise and or more to which this time around it included healing ministry by minister Lebo Sekgobela.

It was impressive to hear pieces composed by Lebo Sekgobela and the new gospel group worshippers unleashed which formed under her new artist search worshippers unleashed.

I cannot imagine combining something as complex as Hymns and worship same powerful hymns and current and praise songs, much less actually performing it, so this aspect of the concert was particularly awe-inspiring. The concert turned into a service as minister Lebo Sekgobelas was led by the holy spirit to deliver prophetic words to a few concert attendants which lead to a healing ministry after he requested those who were in need of prayers to come forward and she ministered to them as the holy spirit had covered the whole Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium at this point.

The main performance was by Minister Lebo Sekgobela and the worshippers unleashed which performed few songs that they are busy recording in studio for their much anticipated debut album.

Members of worshippers unleashed are Norma Ntatiso, Neo Tshabalala, Nompumelelo Mtsweni and Nonhlanhla Matlenga.

Minister Lebo Sekgobela opened the concert at 3:00 PM and gave the stage to worshippers unleashed who worshipped to later give way to Minister Lebo to continue to worshipping her combination of various songs from her current Album Hymns sand Worship and also from her previous albums and the hit song Lion Of Juda took centre stage as it is an anointed number until 10:00 PM. Minister Lebo performed songs from all of her records randomly.

Allow me to share a few posts from social media:

This was another of many tours dubbed Umusa National Tour since the project inception in 2016 which I managed to follow it closely documenting it’s progress in a form of reviews as part of the last show recently being: Umusa National Tour, was held on Friday, the 5th July 2019,  in Secunda at Graceland Secunda. I am waiting in great anticipation for Minister Lebo Sekgobela to announced the date of the concert. I know few dates of the shows that Minister Lebo will be part of the lineup that is a total different set up altogether as Umusa National Tour project it is all her event more like one womanshow. I remember last year 2018 one session of her ministry tours In Witbank dubbed Emalahleni Total praise Minister Lebo Sekgobela had included other artists which it was fine but that meant I did not get to receive all the time focusing on her anointed ministry as the time tends to be too short to focus to other artists.

Billy Sigudla

Editor

A Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race Review going along with Eskom Customer survey which I felt compelled to write after I felt proud after spectators rooted for Eskom as a brand when I passed by since I represented Eskom Athletics club

I normally summarize the experience of every race I attend from arriving at the location to pulling out of the lot. I have a good report regarding this particular race since I was running Under Eskom Athletics Club better known to fans as Eskom Gijimas,

I so wish this IAAF accredited Gold Marathon can achieve the Platinum status.

I was over whelmed by how highly the fans praised Eskom as I was wearing an Eskom Athletics club running kit. I am an employee of Eskom under National Operation Section and National Control Department which fall under System Operator business unit under Transmission division

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race was held at Cape Town Start: Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay and Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Finish: Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct, Green Point

Cut off time – Duration is 6 hours 30 minutes

On date: Sunday, 15th Sep 2019
06:40:00

My Start line picture with fellow @eskomgijima Members Zola and Siviwe

Qualifying race for 2020 Old Mutual Two Oceans, Comrades Ultra-Marathons and several IAAF accredited marathons around the world

It was a good race I am glad I attended the race. I received a good feedback regarding Eskom as a brand as they kept on saying many good things about it from both fellow competitors and spectators who kept on shouting Eskom keep on moving especially after my 25 km run,I even forgot about the time ,reduced my pace & relaxed and greeted with a Sanlam hand shaker that I received from one elderly woman the well wishers. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

I feel good to be an Eskomite ,I will include my race time then share all important or more exclusive tweets rather that shares the overall experience of the event

The marathon was well organised and I find it easy to fit in even the organizers are friendly let me share few of the social media presentation from the event:

My Time and thanks my review ends here the rest is Twitter experience from all the people in general.

Billy Sigudla

In conclusion let me share this :

Billy sigudla

Editor

Day 2 Victorious Conference @HopeRestoration Delegates of the #VC2019 welcomed by Ps Phindi Mathebula,Dr Nkhensani Chauke-Malinga talks to #VC2019 delegates on the the importance of taking good care of our health. Rev @mathebula_chris Ps @JadezweniJ and Ps Mutumba tackling ‘The mind of a man’ #Victorious2019 #Relentless

Day 1 Victorious Conference with Mme Busi Pefile ministering on ‘Stubborn Faith’ Rev @mathebula_chris #relentless To pray for the congregation #StubbornFaith #Victorious & guest artist Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo at @HopeRestoration #VictoriousWomenConference @YoungAtHRM a sure best way to kick start a Womens month. Theme : Relentless


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4

Catch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo From Today Thursday 01 August 2019 until 04 August 2019 at #hoperestorationministries @HopeRestoration Chloorkop women’s month celebration. Theme: Relentless #womensconference.

Minister @sekgobelalebo’s discovered new voices in gospel going with the name Worshippers Unleashed for the new group: @WorshippersU In studio cooking something with anointing inside #WorshippersUnleashed

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Reminder to watch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo this coming Friday on @ONEGospel at 6PM. You get to see #UnthandoLukaBaba video for the very first time.

#Videoclip of Worshippers Unleashed @WorshippersU yesterday had their first official TV interview on @ONEGospel ‘s #Destiny with @mahaliabuchanan and @XolaniMdlalose_ . @sekgobelalebo #WorshippersUnleashed

Minister Lebo Sekgobela made a big announcement: Her babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU Worshippers Unleashed. She further gave more information:The new Group formed from Worshippers Unleashed search with Lebo Sekgobela did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel :@SekgobelaLebo · Family, my babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU . Thank you so much. They did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel .

Worshippers Unleashed during #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda Version @gracelandcasino on 05 July 2019 #WorshippersUnleashed @WorshippersU · #tbt last week when we were performing alongside our mom @SekgobelaLebo at the #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda. Please follow our page to find out where we’ll be performing next. #WorshippersU @WorshippersU

#LeboSekgobela comes to the East Rand yay my area finally #CarnivalCity plus Oratile who appeared on Lebo’s intagram page https://www.instagram.com/p/BzxAv7hB-cn/ will also be attending the show @verushcaI confirmed. @SekgobelaLebo On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami and @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone. @sacredfest

#LeboSekgobela heads to #CarnivalCity @SekgobelaLebo :On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami & @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone @sacredfest

Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour #Lebo Sekgobela @sekgobelalebo at Secunda Graceland Casino version review by Billy Sigudla

The Gospel Show that I attended last night on Friday 05 July 2019,The Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour Secunda version performance pieces by Lebo Sekgobela and the discovered group Worshipers unleashed which was discovered by Minister Lebo Sekgobela which performed the songs of the debut Album they are recording the songs are composed by the group members themselves. The performance was held in Graceland Casino Arena. Worshipers unleashed got officially Launched in this event . Worshipers unleashed performance via Lebo”s Instagram :Worshipers unleashed performance

The was activities at Secunda and Mbalenhle local kasi/location prior to the show Concert flyers were distributed for Minister Lebo Sekgobela’s fans to get further information and also interact with their star, also for the audience to pick up as they entered. The Graceland Arena, and all the lights except the stage lights were dimmed. One performer talked briefly to the audience before a piece, but it was only to give background information for that piece. Aside from this, the lights got placed on towards the end of the show.

The opening songs by Minister Lebo Sekgobela where sung for Umusa Album then later her latest Album Hymns and Worship. The Holy Spirit led Minister Lebo Sekgobela to donate her car to a fan who was raising her three sisters kids .

 

 

End of the show twitter narrative.
Direct videos follows

Further more

Follow @sekgobelalebo on her twitteraccount as all major performances are available

See you on next tour

Billy Sigudla

Billy Sigudla Site editor

 

#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo I hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLeboI hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo·Only a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLebo·1hOnly a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

#UmusaNationalTour Video Note from #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

@sekgobelalebo: Looking forward to such precious moments. Secunda, I hope you are ready. 05/07/2019 @sekgolalebo @graceland_hotel_casino Kuzobamnandi. Sanibonani bazalwane. ❤ #HymnsAndWorshipTour #UmusaNationalTour

#HymnsAndWorshipTour#UmusaNationalTour

5 Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

3. Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo ·Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Can you believe it. We are only 4 DAYS away until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. I hope you have your tickets ready.

Fans Engagement: #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Fans Engagement :#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

@sekgobelalebo: 05 DAYS and 14 Hours left until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour @gracelandcasino . If you haven’t bought your tickets, you can do that today especially if you are in Secunda Mall and we can take pictures together. See you in an hour.

@sekgobelalebo· It is the official countdown. We kick off the #UmusaNationalTour at @GracelandCasino

Via Twitter
Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLebo
· It is the official countdown. We kick off the #UmusaNationalTour at @GracelandCasino in Secunda. Durban and Cape Town, I haven’t forgotten about you. Ngiyeza.

Official countdown. We kick off the Umusa National Tour at Grace land Casino @GracelandCasino in Secunda. Durban and Cape Town, I haven’t forgotten about you. Ngiyeza.

After I reached my goal, completing the @2OceansMarathon “Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon” #omtom2019 #christianposts #praiseandworshiprunner #praiseandworship @caltexsa #letsgo


I am feeling fulfilled after preparing for four months and completed the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon “Africa’s biggest running event & the world’s most beautiful marathon”

Next Event: 10 & 11 April 2020. 56km Ultra, Half Marathon, Trail Runs & Fun Runs. #omtom2019 #christianposts #praiseandworshiprunner #praiseandworship #caltexsa #letsgo

For the OMTOM 2019 PROVISIONAL RESULTS, go here: https://bit.ly/2GUFvSh

Ps Billy Sigudla

Blessings to the Meek?

Matthew 5:1-7 (5:5)

Along comes the Rabbi Jesus, and what is the next Beatitude that He proposes? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Now, wait a minute, Jesus! This is completely the opposite of everything that earthly society and worldly people say to us all the time. If we want to dominate the world, we need to show everyone who is boss! We need to show off our strength and power and domination! Don’t we?

Or, what does Jesus say? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Those words don’t sound very dominating or power-hungry to me! Here again, Jesus tells us explicitly that followers of Christ are not like the world. We are following the Topsy-Turvy Teachings of Jesus, here! Not going along with the world, at all!

The large crowd listening to the Rabbi Jesus was probably puzzled, too. What was this unknown Rabbi talking about?

Meekness is a synonym of gentleness. In Jesus day, land was meaningful and important and many people had their land taken away by people who used force and violence. Jesus promises the gentle, kind, and humble people (the meek) will receive not just land, but the whole earth. People of that day were used to hearing about the land grabs that the people in charge did, almost always without any consequences. Land was a source of wealth, and to be stripped of your family’s land was to have a great deal of wealth stolen right from under your noses. This was the situation with the oppressing, conquering nation of the Romans. They took a great deal of land and wealth from the Jewish people as an occupying nation.

When Jesus said that the meek will inherit the earth, how do you think that sounded to the crowds listening to Jesus? What would that do to the occupying forces of Rome if meek, gentle people from Israel inherited the earth, right from under their occupying noses?

The worldly point of view – both in the 1st century and in modern-day popular society – is that fighting, conquest, and gaining material power is the key to getting to the top of the heap. Dominating other strong people, bulldozing your way to the front of the line is the way that worldly people get ahead. That’s the way people inherit the earth – isn’t it? Think about it another way. How are we to act as followers of Christ? Cut-throat, or Christ-following?

When you think of being meek and gentle, what do you think of? I mentioned caring for small animals a few minutes ago. Can you think of someone who cares for tiny puppies or kittens, and imagine them steamrolling over smaller, weaker people? These two pictures are not compatible. Which do you think Jesus would do? Which would Jesus want us to do?

I realize being meek and gentle gets a bad rap today. Someone who is meek and gentle is not the kind of person I’d imagine as a poster child for military organizations. Someone who is meek and gentle often comes across as a Casper Milquetoast, a person who is shy, retiring, and inoffensive. But, have you ever thought of someone who is meek and gentle as being a strong individual? Someone who is so strong and confident themselves that they do not care what other people think? I think that is exactly the kind of person our Lord Jesus was lifting up.

This promise – this Beatitude – this blessing towards gentle, kind and meek people is the wonderful blessing that these unlikely people will be the ones who become inheritors of the earth. The ones who will receive land, and therefore will receive riches and wealth, as perceived by the world. Not the worldly people who use power, force and control. Yes, these are indeed the Topsy-Turvy Teachings of Jesus!

Jesus is not just talking about the physical land of Israel, but the whole earth. This also holds a powerful message for us about caring for the earth. Meek, or humble, people live with an awareness of others’ needs—the planet, animals, and other people. They remember that the whole earth—everything they have and receive, including land—belongs to God. And they care for it with that in mind, using what they have with respect and love.
Are you uncaring, oblivious to the needs of others? Have you been conscious of others’ needs today? Or, do you walk along, without a care in the world? I know there are people who are preoccupied with their own challenging problems and difficulties. The Rabbi Jesus is calling us to be outwardly focused, to come alongside of those who are struggling, becoming aware of others’ difficult journeys. There is much suffering and sadness in the world. We need to be strong – in meekness and gentleness.

Which would you rather be? Would you rather think and act on the side of the world, and steamroll and punch down any little pipsqueak who asks you for a hand or a cup of cold water? Again, what would Jesus do?

Or, would Jesus continue to be courageous and strong – strong enough to be gentle, meek and kind? It’s a clear decision that is open to us all. We are to follow Jesus. Be meek. Be gentle. Be kind, like our Lord. And especially, we are commanded to show love. Not picking and choosing, but instead being meek and gentle to all. No matter what, no matter who. Blessings from God to the meek, indeed!  Alleluia, amen

SUNDAY SERVICE 24/07/2022Preacher: Rev Dr. John Sigudla. Theme:THE SORROW, THE NEED AND THE PROVISION.

2 kings 4:1-8

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.

1.  INTRODUCTION.

The world in which we are living is full of serious challenges and we need to know where we take these challenges too. It is your choice, given by God to take your challenges wherever you want to take them. One thing that God has allowed is the power of decision making. God cannot decide for you, he gives you great and good options, and it is you who will finally take a decision either for good or for your own destruction. Choose life and you will live.

2.  The servant of God a Prophet at the Bible College died. The sorrow.

2.1.     The Bible is not specific what caused the death of a prophet.

2.2.     Servants of God are also dying, no one will live forever.

2.3.     The world in which we are living has some serious limitations, I am not held alive because of my medical aid, and I am still alive because God wants me to fulfil my assignment here on earth.

2.4.     You are still kept alive for a reason and may God help us all to fulfil the remaining assignments given to us since birth.

2.5.     The student prophet died while training and many pastors or servant of God are gone through many attacks of life.

2.6.     My still living doesn’t make me better than those who are gone, No! It is but God’s grace upon my life and the life of my wife and children.

2.7.     Those who have lost their love ones please know that it was not a mistake, but it was time, stay comforted, God still loves you and he is still in full control of the universe.

2.8.     The prophet left his wife and children.

2.8.1.       The loss was great and questions mounted, why God did you allow your prophet to die?

2.8.2.       What are we going to eat and how are we going to survive?

2.8.3.       What have we done or what has your prophet done deserving such a death while in training for your work?

2.8.4.       And many other questions might have clouded their minds.

3.  THE NEED WAS REAL

3.1.     The prophet left behind debts that he made with a hope of paying those debts as time goes on.

3.2.     There was no longer income and payments of the debts,

3.3.     The debts were not secret but family debts known by the wife and the children.

3.4.     The debtors came and demanded their money and they were turned away without getting anything.

3.5.     I just imagine this family in sorrow, getting calls that when are you going to pay us.

3.6.     The debtors knew that the servant of God was dead, but they were still merciless.

3.7.     They cared for nothing whether the family was godly and not, they wanted their money. What a heavy sorrow that came upon this family.

3.8.     Relatives were there, but couldn’t help the situation.

3.9.     Church members and the church was there but couldn’t help the situation.

3.10.The government was there, but couldn’t help the situation.

APPLICATION IN OUR OWN LIVES.

Is this not what is happening with all of us? Even people you so much trusted, they are no longer answering your calls.

Relatives are far away from you, they are saying may his God help him/her.

Friends are few, if you remember Job; he was left with only three friends in those dark hours of his life.

These dark hours’ falls upon each and every individual living in this world, the solution lies with you how you react in those dark hours of life.

a)  Some decide to take their lives that are called suicide.

b)  Some decide to abundant their homes seeking for better life somewhere else.

c)   Some turn into drugs.

d)  Some turn into crime

e)  Some decide to throw themselves alive under the speeding bus and thus killing themselves as if it was an accident.

f)    Some decide to kill the whole family and thereafter kill themselves as we see happening nowadays.

g)  The world is not a safe place to live without God, allows God in your life and he will fight for you in all these perils of life, pandemics, hatreds, bad friends, and witches in this world.

h)  Surely you are not going to make on your own, even saying “Best times are yet to come” the scientists and the futurists, will tell you that worse times are yet to come.

4.  THE PROVISION.

4.1.     This widow turned to the servant of God which basically he turned to God for her situation. When you consult God, through his servants, God will lay in the hearts of his servants’ right answers and solution or counsel which is more than advice in the mouth of his servant to utter towards your situation.

4.2.     This woman, approached Elisha the prophet about her serious problems, do not treat your problems light. Your problems are there to steal your faith in God. Therefore use the services of those people God has laid in your life and your life will be sorted out.

4.3.     The prophet asked what this widow has, nothing more and nothing less. What do you have,

4.4.      The answer was the last oil in my jar, and the prophet said, borrow as many jars as possible and pour out the oil in those jars and sell them, pay your debts and have enough to eat.

4.5.      That is exactly what this widow did, in the Bible I have never seen a widow forsaken by God. You too God has something special for your life, just remain faithful to him, he is more than faithful and he cannot be against his Word.

4.6.      The oil came out as long the barrels were there, the sooner the barrels, got finished, the oil stopped.

4.7.      Be open to your God 24/7 and he will fill you to the brim. The manner in which we open ourselves to God, counts enormously. Little opening will allow little blessings. Great opening to the things of God, will allow great out-pouring of God’s blessings and Spirit upon your life.

5.   CONCLUSION.

5.1.     Each and every problem has an expiry date.

5.2.     When you concentrate on problems, you will have more problems.

5.3.     Jesus says”Do not worry about tomorrow since tomorrow will take care of itself.

5.4.     Jesus says “Look at the birds, they do not plough work, but they have all what they need on the daily basis, your Father in heaven is taking care of them and what about you? You are more valuable than these birds”

5.5.     Therefore know your redeemer is alive and cares about you as he cared for this widow, he will care for you too, whether you are a widow or not.

5.6.     To God is the glory now and forever more.

Stay blessed forever.

Darkness and light are metaphors for evil and good

If anyone sees an angel of light, it will automatically seem to be a good being, for the correlation of evil with darkness, and of good with light, is a powerful archetype in human history. In the Bible, light is a spiritual metaphor for truth and God’s unchanging nature James1:17 . It is repeatedly used in the Bible to help us understand that God is wholly good and truthful 1John1:5 . When we are in the light,we are with Him 1Peter2:9 . He exhorts us to join Him in the light 1John1:7, for giving us light was His purpose John12:46. Light is the place where love dwells and is comfortable 1John2:9-10. God has created light Genesis1:3, dwells in the light 1Timothy6:16 and puts the light in human hearts so that we can see and know Him and understand truth 2Corinthians4:6 .

So, when 2Corinthians11:14 tells us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light in order to deceive. He wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – all the things that God is. To portray himself as a dark, devilish being with horns would not be very appealing to the majority of people. Most people are not drawn to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to draw us to himself and his lies.

How can we discern which light is of God and which light is of Satan? Our minds and hearts are easily confused by conflicting messages. How can we make sure we are on the right path?Psalm 119 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (verse 105) and The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple (verse 130). The words of God have power. Just as God’s voice spoke physical light into existence, it can speak spiritual light into our hearts. Exposure to His voice – in His Word – will help us recognize the difference between the good light of God and that which is counterfeit.

Satan presents sin to us as something pleasing and beautiful to be desired, and he presents false teaching as enlightening and life-changing. Millions follow his deceptions simply because they do not know God’s truth. Isaiah 8:20-22 describes the darkness that results from ignoring the Word. The people of Israel have been seeking truth by consulting mediums, deceived by Satan’s lie. Isaiah says, To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Darkness is a result of attempting to find truth without the Word of God. Sadly, as Isaiah says, when people do not have the dawn, they wander in darkness and often become angry at God, refusing to come to Him for help. This is why Satan’s masquerade as an angel of light is so effective. It turns white to black and black to white and gets us believing that God is the liar, that God is the source of darkness. Then, in our distress, we focus our hatred towards the only One who can save us.

You shall taste and see that the Lord is indeed good to you.

3 John 1:2 – Most of all, God wants you to enjoy soul prosperity. Your outward indicators are not as important as your inner life.
God wants you to prosper in all things—all areas of your life.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers. 3 John‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭
Jeremiah 17:8 – The secret to a tree being fruitful is the health of its root system.
Water is a picture of God’s word.
The root system is about your secret life between you and the Lord.

For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green, and will not be concerned in the year of drought. It won’t cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah‬ ‭17:8‬ ‭
We are not numbered among those who are resigning, but we will be the ones who are possessing our inheritance in Christ.

John 15:5, 7 – It is not just about the written Word but also your connection with the Living Word (Jesus). Involve Jesus in your daily life and ask Him to guide you.
To remain is meno in Greek with means to stay there.

I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.
John‬ ‭15:5, 7‬ ‭

John 15:9 – Jesus did not say feel My love. He said remain (means to believe that you are loved by Him, even when you do not feel it).
Faith is to have a good opinion of God. You do not need emotions to assure you that He is real and true.
Faith is not a feeling. Oftentimes, the positive feelings will follow as you get better at something.

Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. (John‬ ‭15:9‬ ‭WEBUS‬‬)

Having a secret root life that cultivates soul prosperity. This then leads to us prospering in all things and being in health.

Psalm 92:12-13 – A palm tree is strong and can withstand storms. You will bear fruit for more than a hundred years.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in Yahweh’s house. They will flourish in our God’s courts. (Psalms‬ ‭92:12-13‬ ‭)

As you abide in Jesus’ love, His perfect love will cast out every fear in your heart.

When you have soul prosperity, you will begin to prosper in all things and be in health.

When you know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, you will not want to be a sinner. You will want to reign in life.

If you think there is no hope left for your situation, fear not—you have the God of all hope.

Ephesians 3:17-20 – Be rooted in God’s love. Have a root life.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us

The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.Duarte was 68 years old.JOHANNESBURG – The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.Duarte was 68 years old.

Jessie Duarte passes away

Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), sings the South African National Anthem outside Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg, on May 12, 2019.
Jessie Duarte

JOHANNESBURG – The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.

Duarte was 68 years old.

In a statement, the ANC says Duarte died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a months-long battle with cancer.

She had been on medical leave since November last year.

The party expressed its sadness, saying her death is a great loss, not only to her family, ‘but also to the party and the country as a whole’.

The governing party has described her as a dedicated activist who strived for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

Duarte is set to be buried on Sunday afternoon as per Muslim rites.

Details of her memorial service will be communicated in due course.

Breakthrough


It’s one thing to have faith for things that you can see. It’s another thing to have faith to call for things that are not as though they were. So this is a decade where you have to make those declarations, you have to stand on the prophetic promises that God has spoken over our lives, and coming into agreement and alignment with that is the foundation for the breakthrough in this season!
In John 2, it’s the first miracle they run out of the wine at the wedding of Cana. And He tells them to fill the pots to the brim, and He does the miracle and turns the water into wine. And that picture of the turning the water into wine is a picture of God taking something like water that is very ordinary and turning it into something that is so extraordinary. And when God’s hand touches our life, we become transformed from water into wine.

That’s where the breakthrough begins in our life.

God has provision for you. How many times have you said, there’s got to be more than just living and waking up every day and going to bed and doing the same old thing, collecting the same paycheck, month after month…
There are key elements to get you to that life of overflow— the first is faith, because one of the things that you see with the miracle is that the miracle doesn’t happen until everything runs out. God doesn’t show up and do the miracle until everything runs out. Because he wants to build faith. The disciples were going to need to have faith to learn to trust God for the provision.
God is saying, you’re backed into a corner because I’m getting ready to do a miracle… an overflow miracle!Take your faith and trust to a deeper level, which is what you need if you’re going to live in the overflow. It’s one thing to get the breakthrough, it’s another thing to maintain it and to live in it as a lifestyle. If you don’t take risks for God, you’ll never accomplish anything great at a life. You celebrate success and performance. But that’s not what God celebrates.

It’s one thing to have faith for things that you can see. It’s another thing to have faith to call for things that are not as though they were. So this is a decade where you have to make those declarations, you have to stand on the prophetic promises that God has spoken over your life, and coming into agreement and alignment with that is the foundation for the breakthrough in this season!

In John 2, it’s the first miracle they run out of the wine at the wedding of Cana. And He tells them to fill the pots to the brim, and He does the miracle and turns the water into wine. And that picture of the turning the water into wine is a picture of God taking something like water that is very ordinary and turning it into something that is so extraordinary. And when God’s hand touches our life, we become transformed from water into wine.

That’s where the breakthrough begins in our life.
God has provision for you. How many times have you said, there’s got to be more than just living and waking up every day and going to bed and doing the same old thing, collecting the same paycheck, week after week…

There are key elements to get us to that life of overflow— the first is faith, because one of the things that we see with the miracle is that the miracle doesn’t happen until everything runs out. God doesn’t show up and do the miracle until everything runs out. Because he wants to build faith. The disciples were going to need to have faith to learn to trust God for the provision.

God is saying, you’re backed into a corner because I’m getting ready to do a miracle… an overflow miracle! Take your faith and trust to a deeper level, which is what you need if you’re going to live in the overflow. It’s one thing to get the breakthrough, it’s another thing to maintain it and to live in it as a lifestyle. If you don’t take risks for God, you’ll never accomplish anything great at a life. We celebrate success and performance. But that’s not what God celebrates…

Sigudla’s Family in Ministry

Sigudla’s Family in Ministry
P.O. BOX 838
HARTSWATER
8570
A call of sons and daughters in the ministry.
13July 2022
Beloved in the Lord.
Greetings in Jesus name. I have been trying by all means to avoid the urge that I have in my heart and spirit to call all of you for a special service of impartation of blessings upon your lives in December the 16th 2022 at Letlhabile our home as from 12HOO NOON.
Your mother and I and your three brothers and two sisters married to your brothers, feel honoured to invite you in advance to come to this very special gathering of sons and daughter in the ministry. It has been now over 38 years since we knew each other most of you in Thulaganyo Middle School and some in other Hebron College of Education and some in other parts of the world. You have been as dear to me, through your prayers and special attachment to us as a family in many ways. We have enjoyed your love and your care, calls and appreciations that we received from most of you.
It is time just like in the Bible that when Fathers were just about to leave this world, they would call their children and impart blessings upon them, Genesis 49 and thereafter leave this world in peace. We therefore kindly invite you to come with your family for such an impartation of blessings upon your family as we rejoice with you for the extended territories God has laid upon you and upon your family for the past 38 years and to rejoice with us as we celebrate:
a) 38 years full time fruitful ministry.
b) 40 years of marriage
c) Fruitful studies that yielded some excellent academic results and Doctorate in Ministry
I hope this message reaches you in good faith and pray about it and start preparing your selves for that special day of impartation the 16th of December 2022 in Letlhabile 284 B Boikhotso Street Letlhabile 0264
Love you and will keep on loving you.



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John & Elsie Sigudla Dr.
Your dad and Mum
The family as it stand.

Mosa born in 1989

Sigudla John Rev

Siphiwe Billy born in 1985

Kenneth Sigudla born in 1983

Yvonne Sigudla Kenneth’s Wife

Kenneth & Yvonne




Matthews5:South Africa is under attack this is not a coincidence never I refuse to believe that

Is it safe to cry? Are you comfortable being sad? What about mourning? Showing grief? For many, many people in this society here, mourning and grief is something to be hidden away, even to be embarrassed about. Do you feel free to mourn? Or, is this raw emotion one to be hidden, not allowed out in public except at funerals?

Our nation was horrified to hear that after a relief of Covid-19 deaths as it seems 5o fade away slowly there are many cases of youth deaths in tarverns e.g Enyobeni,Soweto,Katlehong.
21 dead at Enyobeni
4 dead in Maritzburg
15 dead in Soweto
2 dead in Katlehong
All in Tarvern in a space of two weeks

So many mourning and grieving! This is yet another tragedy in yet close space of two weeks.

Let us look again at our Scripture reading for today. For these past weeks, in fact. Our Lord Jesus gives us the Beatitudes from a mountain in the north of Galilee to the largest of His crowds to date, near the beginning of His public ministry.

We have discussed how our Lord Jesus already had a budding reputation as a miracle worker, healing dozens and dozens of individuals from their physical diseases and afflictions. Jesus not only displayed power in casting out demons, but was gaining a reputation as a brilliant teacher. He was also quite able at dialoging with the Jewish legal scholars and other rabbis.

It’s all very nice to think about this historical person, the Rabbi Jesus, and about a historical event that happened 2000 years ago, the Sermon on the Mount. But, what does this have to do with the shooting that happened so near to us just a week ago? How do you and I wrap our heads around such evil and horror and go forward without trauma and pain and continuing sadness? Can you remember a time you cried? Did you cry on Monday, hearing about this extreme tragedy that happened only a few suburbs to the north? Yet, our Lord Jesus states Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

What a time of tragedy! And, what a time of mourning! Lord Jesus, do you hear countless people crying? Grieving? Mourning? Not only for those shot, wounded or murdered but the Covid-19 fatalities as well.
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In the first century just as today, many people were taught that crying was shameful, that grown-ups didn’t cry, that mourning and grieving showed weakness and made people too vulnerable. Do you know people who try their darnedest not to show emotion, and not to cry or mourn? Oftentimes, these are rich and powerful people who gather money and control. That way, they do their best to feel strong, unshakeable, in control of people and events

And, what does our Lord Jesus do right at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount? He speaks to people who mourn and cry and grieve, and praises them! Jesus highlights them in all their grief. One large reason Jesus does this is because God gave all humans emotions. Mourning, grief and crying show we all are alive and aware. Instead of being ashamed of crying, crying shows we are brave. Crying shows we are willing to feel pain—our own and someone else’s pain. You [and I] are not trying to block the pain around us or keep our distance from it. Tears and crying are important.

Instead of being superficial and seeking only pleasure and surface entertainment, Jesus lets us know that God honors us when we mourn. God embraces us wholeheartedly when any of us grieve. You and I do not need to block pain or pretend nothing has happened, show a stiff upper lip or keep our distance from crying, because supposedly grown-ups don’t cry. No, tears and crying are important. When a loved one cries or grieves, it is a privilege to come alongside and to mourn with them. To sit with them as they cry, especially in times of pain or difficulty. Especially when it is so hard to hold that grief, so difficult that it almost makes a person fall to pieces.

This blessing of Jesus, blessing those who mourn for they shall be comforted, shows that we connect with God. This Beatitude shows that God actively comes alongside those who are actively mourning and comforts them.

Perhaps God comforts those dear grieving ones through others. Perhaps God sends relatives, or friends, or strangers to come alongside of those who are deeply mourning, and sits with them in silence, or gets them a cup of water or coffee, or brings over a casserole or does a load of laundry. Whatever we do, whatever it takes to show God’s presence and our caring, Most important, this is a way to show we share in God’s heart, in God’s caring and love.

Jesus promised God would bring comfort and make things right for all the people listening who faced injustice, shame, trauma and poverty which caused them to cry and grieve. One way God brings comfort is through us. (Hold your hands out with palms up.) When we offer our hand or loving words—especially to someone who is sad—we are God’s comfort to that person.

What a blessing to others! And, what a blessing when each of us mourn. And to that, we can all say alleluia, amen.

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