This article was written by Zamandulo Malonde of The Herald and is also available here.
From Port Elizabeth to New York and back, actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, 29, returned to her home town on Wednesday to inspire women at the Chosen to Speak Girlfriends’ evening at Word of Faith Christian Centre, her childhood church.
The former Collegiate Girls’ High School pupil, who relocated to Cape Town in 2007 after matric to study business science marketing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has placed women empowerment at the centre of her craft since becoming an influential actress and radio and television personality.
Speaking at the night of inspiration and worship, Ben-Mazwi encouraged women – and a handful of men – to find their purpose in life and fully dedicate themselves to it.
“I really want to encourage each and everyone of you to find your purpose and live for it,” she said. “We each have our own unique DNA and purpose, and there’s no one who can live someone else’s purpose.”
The actress made her on-screen debut with a hair products commercial as a teenager and was an MC for MTN during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
She has since bagged a role in the Netflix hit remake of Black Mirror and the international BET production of Madiba.
Ben-Mazwi moved to New York after obtaining her honours at UCT. The arts bug then bit while she was pursuing a corporate career, which saw her quit and follow her passion.
Upon returning to SA in 2013, she went from one TV show to the next including e.tv’s Broken Vows, Mzansi Magic drama Doubt and SABC 3 breakfast show The Weekend Edition.
Revisiting her journey from a corporate life to the arts, she advised guests to take calculated risks but to keep in mind that things might not always work out as planned.
The actress, who grew, up in New Brighton and later moved to Rowallan Park, said her love for the arts had been birthed at the church.
“Committed to building and providing provision for the good of the kingdom.”
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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 20 February 2018 – Approximately thirty pastors have planned, under the leadership of Pastor Jimmy Crompton of Word of Faith Christian Centre, to hold a large baptismal service in front of the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Saturday the 24th of February between 10 and 11.15am.
The group of pastors, who represent nearly thirty churches in the metro, received permission from the municipality to erect a porter pool in front of the City Hall and will put up gazebos where the baptismal candidates will be able to change their clothing before and after being baptised.
In addition, the pastors have arranged to have a mobile platform where they are trusting to have a brass band play gospel hymns for half an hour, followed by fifteen minutes of communal worship and a short message by Pastor Crompton. The pastors who have brought candidates to the event will then baptise them in the pool.
Excited about the impact of this event upon the city, an enthusiastic pastor Crompton said, “To my knowledge this is the first time in the history of South Africa that such a service is being held in front of a City Hall anywhere in the country. We’re coming to where the natural human rule of the country is seated. It speaks of the local government power. We are declaring the power of Jesus to destroy the past and raise up a new destiny over our city.”
Pastor Crompton further explained that this will be a prophetic act symbolising a burial of the poverty, crime and corruption which has plagued the city:
“The old Port Elizabeth with its gang violence, poverty, racism, unemployment and strife will be dead and buried in the name of Jesus. As the candidates are lifted out of the water, it is a declaration of new life. We believe this act will be a proclamation that God is creating a new city of love, joy, peace and prosperity for everybody.”
For more information or to sign up to be baptised, contact Word of Faith Christian Centre telephonically on 041 3994400, via WhatsApp on +27 670035623 or via email at email@example.com. Candidates must bring an additional set of clothes and a towel.