pilgrimageAnd the Winner is .... Thembekile Shabalala!

The winner of the 2019 "Pope in Mauritius" Pilgrimage Draw is Thembekile Shabala, of Hillbrow, who is a parishioner at Christ the King Cathedral in Johannesburg.

He will join the pilgrimage, led by Fr Russel Pollitt SJ, which flies to Mauritius from 7 - 14th September to attend the PAPAL MASS during Pope Francis’ historic trip to this tropical island. Pilgrims will also see the great Catholic SIite of this faith-filled country. and will take part in a guided retreat on the beach under the spiritual direction by the popular Fr Russell Pollitt — and there will also be time for relaxation and fun in one of Mauritius’ best 4-star resorts.

Thembekeli had this to say on hearing of her win: "As soon as I heard about this competition on Radio Veritas, I went to the bank to deposit my money and started praying that I win it."

The picture shows Radio Veritas Administrator Lucia Zwane with draw auditors Gavin van Rensburg and Sumari Dames.


The Archdiocese of Johannesburg received three new deacons on Friday. Reverend Kgaugelo Ntsie, Tshepo Duik and Dimpho Mawela were ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Duncan Tsoke at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg. In his homily, the bishop said these deacons-in-via are being ordained at a difficult time in many people’s lives in South Africa.

Audio clip by Bishop Duncan


Bishop Dabula Mpako has been officially installed as the fifth Archbishop of the Pretoria. The installation, held in the 2000-seater Church of the Beatitudes, Zwavelpoort, was attended by the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Wells, bishops of the Catholic Church and other churches, clergy, laity, the Archbishop’s family and people from various parts of the country.

In his homily, Archbishop Mpako said this celebration not only marks the installation of the new Archbishop but also the entry of the local Church of the Archdiocese of Pretoria into a new phase in its life and in its evolution as a community of faith.

Audio clip by Archbishop Mpako


Archbishop Peter Wells, the Apostolic Nuncio to Southern Africa has praised and thanked the outgoing Archbishop of Pretoria, William Slattery for his wonderful service to the people of Pretoria, for being a mentor, a brother, a father and a friend. Addressing Slattery at the installation of a new Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Pretoria, Dabula Mpako.

“Over these years I have seen His Grace demonstrate the values of a true shepherd to his people: untiring dedication, a humble approach in everything he does, a care and concern for the poor, for the sick, for the elderly and above all his compassion and mercy towards those who are in most need of being welcomed and embraced truly by his fatherly love…”: the Archbishop said.

He also thanked the incoming Archbishop for his generous and dedicated service to the people of Queenstown for eight years. “I know he will be sorely missed by everyone in that diocese. This highlights, even more, his willingness as a true servant of Christ, to go wherever the Master calls him to minister, to always minister to the people of God.” He encouraged him to carry forward the rich legacy of Archbishop William Slattery: the spirit of openness and dialogue among the priests, the religious men and women, and the laity. 

Audio clip by Archbishop Wells


In a witty way Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, addressed the people of Pretoria at the installation of Archbishop Dabula Mpako.

Audio clip by Bishop Sipuka


In his thank-you speech, Archbishop Emeritus William Slattery thanked the people of Pretoria and the Church in Southern Africa for giving him the opportunity to lead the faithful. He welcomed the new Archbishop and handed over “the treasure that is the people of Pretoria” to him. “I have loved these people of Pretoria, I have loved them, and it is with joy and great confidence that I hand this treasure over to you. Because I know of your love for the Church and your labour. Take this treasure and guard it…”

Audio clip by Archbishop Slattery


In his vote of thanks, Archbishop Dabula Mpako said he was not going to enunciate his vision because he didn’t have any vision until he met with the people of Pretoria to reflect on what needs to be done in the Archdiocese. He thanked the people of Queenstown “who brought me up as a novice bishop.” He said he is now a seasoned bishop. “I have been tried and tested in Queenstown and I’m very grateful for that.”

Audio clip Archbishop Mpako

IMG 20190528 213831 644GRACE AND GRATITUDE - TELETHON 2019 RAISES R280 000!

We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone who participated in our Telethon day on 29 May for the Comrades runners – those who pledged, those who prayed for its success, those who dedicated their time and talent to be with us on the day. We thank these dedicated men and women who will brave this gruelling race on Sunday. May the Lord bless you abundantly.

Radio Veritas raised R280000 in its Comrades Marathon telethon. The #RunForRVSA campaign will see seven priests and five lay people run the Comrades on Sunday 9 June – Pentecost Sunday - to raise funds for the station. The Comrades Marathon Sponsorship fundraiser was initiated last year by Mahadi Buthelezi with Radio Veritas Warriors’ Boyce Ntlwane and Collins Mokgohlwa. The latter two with Frs Zweli Mlotshwa and Teboho Matseke—“The Fab Four”—took part in the 2018 marathon.

PSX 20190529 183738This year the Radio Veritas Comrades Marathon "bus" has been expanded to include five more priests—Frs Lehlohonolo Tapole, Mbulelo Qumntu, Thembalethu Mana, Moruti Ntholeng and Derrick Thungo—and three lay people: Ella Kungwana, Leona Chetty and Nomusa Shelembe, who will be doing the 90km up run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. The theme for the fundraiser is “I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7), speaking both for the runners and for the radio station’s journey over the past 20 years.

For the Telethon, listeners were invited to phone in throughout the day and sponsor the runners, with the funds going towards the station. Some of the runners were also interviewed in studio.

A surprise on the day was the presence of Fr Emil Blaser, who had just been discharged after two months in hospital. He was clearly energised to be back behind the microphone and listeners expressed their happiness and appreciation.

Other guest presenters included Khanya Litabe, Sheila Pires, Fr Joe Wilson, Toni Rowland, Thula Ndlovu, Duncan Hyam, Tiiso Mosoeu and the Men in Christ team, Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria and Mgr Barney McAleer.  Some volunteer presenters and interns also joined in the fun.

PSX 20190529 184319PSX 20190529 144959A little girl kick-started the Telethon by calling in and making the first pledge of the day. Many listeners then called in to share what Radio Veritas has meant in their lives and to their faith. The excitement inside and outside the studio was palpable and energising, with the listeners donating from R6 to as much as R40000. Old and young called. One granny of 83 pledged R83 and a chocolate cake and challenged all 83-year-olds to do the same.

None of this would have been possible without the backroom people: the wonderful ladies of the Friends of Radio Veritas who manned the telephones and fed the hungry. We thank Moira Mpama, Ouma Nakedi, Terry Mokoena, Reggie Pooe, Refiloe Kolokoto, Lehutjo Thobejane, Hazel Rakei, Kelebogile Mosaka, Pearl Molapo and our volunteers Seitlhamo Mmutle, Zee Kubheka, Oriella van der Walt.



Two listeners of Radio Veritas have been afforded a chance to attend Holy Mass with Pope Francis in Maputo, Mozambique. They were taken by surprise and received these delightful prizes when they called the morning programme on Thursday 30 May.

Freda Campbell from Coronationville parish had called in to answer a spot question when the host, Khanya Litabe asked her, “Aunty Freda, do you have a passport? You are going to Mozambique to see Pope Francis in September.”

The second spot prize went to Veronica Naidoo from Lenasia parish, who had called Radio Veritas that morning to express her appreciation for the station.

“Radio Veritas has truly changed my life”: she said.

The prizes – worth R4000 each - were given away as an expression of gratitude to God for a successful Telethon on the previous day. They were a generous offer from Nomjey Tours which is organising the pilgrimage to Maputo for when Pope Francis visits that country in September. The pilgrimage will be led by Fr S’milo Mngadi and Jabu Mhlanga (director of Nomjey Tours). For more info call Mr Mhlanga on 072 594 7719 or Fr S’milo on 072 110 8613

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