Radio Veritas South Africa and Radio Pulpit made history as the Church in South Africa joined the global community in praying with and for women recently. A record-breaking attendance of 3 000 women of different Christian denominations attended the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Moroka, Soweto, on Saturday 2nd March.
The Day was initiated by the International Women’s World Day of Prayer ecumenical movement some 89 years ago, and is celebrated in more than 170 countries with the country of Slovenia being the main focus this year. Testimonies from Slovenian women were submitted outlining the hardships that they go through.
Rev. Nomsa Nomqolo, a minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa presided over the service this year. She is also the Superintendent of the Orlando Circuit which caters for Orlando West Methodist Church, Orlando North, Orlando East, Noordgesig and Pennyville respectively.
The keynote speaker at the day of prayer was the iconic Mrs. Sophia (Sophie) Williams De Bruyn, who on the 9 August, 1956, together with Lillian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, and Helen Joseph, led the march of 20 000 women from Pretoria to the Union Buildings to hand over petitions opposing the Pass Laws.
Other speakers included Her Excellency, Ambassador Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza who was recently awarded the Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Pastor Gwendoline Matshoba-Sibeko and Pastor Anna Mmotlana.
This year’s theme was based on the words from the parable of Luke 14: 15 – 24 – Come, Everything is Ready. This was indeed a groundbreaking day for Women and the Church in South Africa.
Pictures: Mrs Sophia - affectionately known as “Mam Sophie” - Williams De Bruyn (left) to many of us together with Pastor Anna Mmotlana (right) inspire women at the#RadioVeritasSouthAfrica and #RadioPulpitWomen’s World Day of Prayer which took place at Regina Mundi Catholic Church recently
He passed away early on the morning of Sunday, December 23 at the Helderberg Nursing Home in Somerset West after a short illness.
He was due to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Anne in two weeks time, and he is survived by Anne, his son Guy, step-children Nicholas and Jane, and three grandchildren
Pat Rogers was an incisive and charismatic interviewer and a natural communicator, with a passion for exposing injustice. He did much to expose apartheid through his award-winning current affairs programmes Midweek and Agenda, in the early years of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
Later he fell foul of the corporation after objecting to his programmes being overseen by the then Nationalist Party government, and he was forced to resign.
Patrick Michael Rogers was born on March 29 1931 in Ladybrand in the Orange Free State. He was one of four children, the oldest of whom was Bob, who became South Africa’s most highly decorated wartime pilot and the head of the South African Airforce.
When the family moved to Johannesburg, Rogers went to school at Marist Brothers Observatory, where he flourished academically and at boxing, and after school he moved north to do a stint with the British South African Police, patrolling the Rhodesian bush on horseback.
From there he moved into journalism for the first time, working for Horizon magazine and the South African Press Association. He joined Rhodesia Television and was then transferred to Northern Rhodesia for the launch of television there in 1964. With outside broadcasting still in its infancy, he conceived and organised hugely popular boxing matches in the studio grounds and produced them live for television.
He resigned after being summoned by then Northern Rhodesian president Kenneth Kaunda who ordered him to scrap his story about violent clashes between government forces and Alice Lenshina’s Lumpa Church.
Rogers emigrated to Australia where he joined the Australia Broadcasting Corporation and co-hosted their highly rated This Day Tonight current affairs programme. His experience there made him a valued catch for the SABC when he returned to South Africa eight years later.
After the SABC, he did stints in high-pressure public relations posts with the Putco bus company and the Chamber of Mines and later joined Father Emil Blaser to help establish the Catholic radio station Radio Veritas.
On the back of the reputation, he had built as a broadcaster he was asked by Progressive Federal Party leader Tony Leon to stand for the Johannesburg city council in the May 1987 local election. He did and won the Parks seat for the PFP giving the party a first-ever though short-lived majority in Johannesburg over the Nationalists.
In 1994 he submitted a proposal to the parliamentary committee on justice to use electronic media to convey to the public democracy in action in the new South Africa, arguing that there should be live television and radio coverage of parliament, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the courts. The proposal was subsequently taken up by the SABC.
Rogers had a deep-seated dislike of bullies but he was as often charming and funny as he was angry. His ire at the injustices of apartheid was transferred to the incoming African National Congress as it slipped from one disgrace to another. But he was always happy to rein back his anger in the face of individual integrity and humanity.
Former senior newspaperman and friend Richard McNeil said Rogers’s sharp intellect had always made for interesting conversation at dinner parties.
“It made jawing with him over the dinner table such fun and so stimulating.
“Publicly Pat was fearless and uncompromising, not one to suffer fools gladly, which didn’t endear him to the powers-that-be in broadcasting or politics. I suppose you could describe him as an activist for common sense, fairness, justice and no bull.”
After the resounding success of the previous editions in 2016 and 2017, Priests from all around the Country can once again have a day of fun and relaxation at the Radio Veritas Shepherds On the Green at the Benoni Country Club on Monday, 26 November 2018 – and you are requested to make it possible for the Priests you love.
Games, pampering, merriment, prayer and a chance to relax await Priests. Parishioners are requested to buy tickets for their Parish Priests and for those Priests who are not in parishes.
The Benoni Country Club is a world-class facility in Ekurhuleni (Johannesburg Archdiocese) in Gauteng and it will be prepared for the exclusive enjoyment of shepherds of the church.
The day will kick off early with a lavish breakfast laid out for the visitors, following which they could take to the Country Club’s scenic trail for cycling, walking and/or running. Golf, soccer, tennis, bowls, squash and a variety of board and table games will also be on offer.
Catholic men’s volunteer group, the Radio Veritas Warriors, organises the Shepherds On The Green, and the group encourages the faithful to show their appreciation of their pastors by buying them tickets.
“Our Priests dedicate their lives to us with love and this fun day is one way we could reciprocate that love,” said a spokesman. (Click on the poster to email the Warriors)
“We would like to have Champions in all parishes around the Country who will ensure that no Priest or Bishop is left out, they will see to it that all Priests from Botswana to Swaziland and Durban; Limpopo to the Cape have a ticket and will be joining the fun.”
Tickets are R1500 and cover all games, grooming and pampering treatments, entertainment, beverages, meals and a three-course prize-giving dinner to round off the day.
For tickets please:
1. Pay by EFT to: Radio Veritas, Nedbank account 1128 863 111, Branch code 187 505 (universal code); then
3. Buy a physical ticket and pay cash at a promotion event near you.