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Pictured at the sod turning of the new centre are acting Priest Lekwapa Masipa, Ria Ledwaba and Pastor Lerumo Matloko. Photos: Supplied

Seshego Zone 1 Anglican Church turns sod, honours Ria Ledwaba and celebrates St Matthews Day

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St Matthews Anglican Church Zone 1, Seshego reached a new milestone with the sod turning of a Multi Purpose Community Church Centre on Sunday and also took the opportunity to honour its project ambassador, Ria Ledwaba and celebrate St Matthews Patronal Day.
Church members had a procession from a local shopping centre near the current church building to witness the sod turning that commenced at 07:15, followed by a Eucharist Service at the old church building.
After a brief break, church members and guests were briefed on the new building by Joel Manaka, quantity surveyor of M J Quantity Surveyors and owner of coffee franchises in Polokwane and Pretoria. Malesela Gwangwa, head of marketing of the church, informed about the integrated marketing strategy for the project. The church identified the day’s event as one of the fund raising initiatives of the project. Gwangwa also announced that a fund raising gala dinner will be hosted at Honeymoon Lodge in Seshego on 3 November. Pre-bought ordinary tickets will cost R300 per person, R350 at the gate and R1 000 per VIP seat. Speakers will be Ria Ledwaba, former Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Freddy Greaver and motivational speaker, Mantsha Pheeha.
The highlight of the day was the introduction of Ledwaba, the first Black woman Vice President of the South African Football Association (Safa). Ledwaba was accompanied by Dr Danny Jordaan, President of Safa and Moonira Ramathula, Vice President of Safa Ekhuruleni. among others.
Explaining the purpose of the day, Peter Lekalakala, Researcher of the marketing team of the project said that the congregation was celebrating its 51st anniversary and also took the opportunity to honour Ledwaba for agreeing to be the project ambassador for the new centre. “We are the only Anglican Church in Seshego and has outgrown our facilities because we are very vibrant and always growing. Ria came forward to offer her support and sourced national and international support,” Lekalakala said.
Ledwaba addressed the guests and said that she was extremely honoured and overwhelmed. “I come from Seshego and I am where I am today because of the people of Seshego. I have received a lot of honours through my life but this one is special because I received it in the house of the Lord,” Ledwaba said and added that most honours are given to people after death. “I am so happy to respond to it while I am still alive. Most significant to me is the many friends and family members who are here today to witness this singular event in my life,” Ledwaba said.
Ledwaba concluded to say that she will ensure that the project is executed to conclusion. “It can and will be done with the network that I have,” she promised. “Finally, we invite all the community members to our gala dinner on 3 November at Honeymoon Lodge,”
she said.

Story: BARRY VILJOEN
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Ria Ledwaba, ambassador of the project of the St Matthews Anglican Church of South Africa in Zone 1, Seshego, Dr Danny Jordaan, President of Safa and Moiponi Bopape, best friend of Ledwaba, at the Eucharist Service.
Photos: Barry Viljoen

Ushers Legodi Malotja, Alvinah Ledwaba, Mokgadi Mphahlele and Sello Mothata ensure that guests feel welcome.

Acting Priest of St Matthews Anglican Church, Seshego, Lekwapa Masipa, Ria Ledwaba’s Priest, Pastor Lerumo Matlako and wife Mulalo, Ria Ledwaba, Reverend Alfred Malete and Dr Danny Jordaan.

Pastor Lerumo Matloko and wife Mulalo and acting Priest Lekwapa Masipa, pray for Ria Ledwaba. At the back is Reverend Alfred Malete.

MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Jerry Ndou rendered a message of support.

Lettie Sekgotha, Ria Ledwaba, Mboya Simango Shai, owner of Postnet, Ntambi Ravhele, former Chairperson of Soccer South Africa and Portia Meso, Chief Executive Officer of Netball South Africa.

Sidney Duba, Oratile Maitisa, celebrity on Skeem Saam and acting Priest, Lekwapa Masipa.

Sidney Duba, Shibe Hlabola, international model and acting Priest Lekwapa Masipa.