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Media Statement re the drowning of Mveliso Majenge at Silvermine Dam

On Friday the 17th March at about 2:15pm, Mr Mveliso Majenge a 21 year old Agricultural student from Living Hope NGO, drowned at Silvermine Nature Reserve Dam. Mveliso was from the Mount Frere area of the Eastern Cape. He was a trainee farmer in Living Hope’s “Harvest Training Initiative” programme. The students were celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of their training by having a hike and lunch at the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

After lunch several of the students, who were familiar with swimming got into the dam to swim. Mveliso joined them. Suddenly some of the students became aware of him being in trouble. He had waded into water that was not deep and then suddenly fell into waters which had a steep drop off, which could not be seen. He disappeared in the dark cold water and resurfaced momentarily, putting up his left hand, signaling for help and then disappeared under the water and did not re-surface. Those in the vicinity immediately began to search and others joined them. After 8 – 10 minutes of searching his body was found. CPR was immediately commenced and continued until the arrival of paramedics from Cape Medical Response (CMR) who took over the resuscitation efforts and established a heart beat which was relatively stable. Although the Emergency Services helicopter arrived, it was decided to rather transport him via ambulance to Groote Schuur hospital where he was admitted and to attended to. He sadly passed away at about 8:20pm.

John V Thomas, Chairperson and Media spokesperson for Living Hope who was on the scene about 20 minutes after the incident took place said that the team that was present did all they could in immediately calling for professional help and in finding his body and initiating resuscitation and continuing CPR until paramedics arrived. The family in the Eastern Cape was informed as soon as possible and Living Hope remains in constant contact with them.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and all those affected by this tragedy, says Thomas. We are all grieving the loss of this wonderful young man.

A full investigation into this tragedy is in process and fellow students and staff members who have been traumatized by the incident attended a 2.5 hour trauma debriefing session with a Counseling Psychologist and have also had support from Living Hope’s chaplain. Further help and support is available to them on an individual basis or in a group setting.

A Memorial service is being arranged for the students and staff of Living Hope and will be held at Living Hope’s campus, Kommetjie Rd, Capri on Thursday 23rd March at 13:00.

Thomas added ‘Living Hope extends it thanks to all those involved in the rescue effort, in particular CMR for their outstanding efforts in resuscitation and to all who came in support and help – National Parks, EMS paramedics, police, fire officials and others as well as to Lovedale College in Alice’.

Funeral arrangements are being made by his family in the Eastern Cape and will be communicated once final arrangements have been made.

Issued by:
John V Thomas
Chairperson and Media Spokesperson: Living Hope Trust

Did you know you can Shop on Amazon and benefit Living Hope?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Here’s how :
1. Go to
2. Sign-in to your Amazon account
3. Follow the prompts to select Living Hope Community Center in Grayson, GA as your benefitting organization. (There are many other organizations called Living Hope so be careful to choose the correct one)
4. AmazonSmile will remember this selection every time you log on to shop

Its that simple!

If youd like to learn more about AmazonSmile, click here

Partners Conference is going to be different this year.  During the course of the year, John Thomas, our founder and current chairman is hopig o visit all our partners in America.  John will bring a one and half hour interactive presentation of LIving Hope with him and is happ to meet with people on their own or in a group.

Please let him know if you would like to book a slot with him. (

Below is his travel plans for 2017


Here in South Africa, temperatures are rising in a number of ways, but the hottest news to share with you, is that we are most excited about the launching of a Face-a-thon this #GivingTuesday, 29 November!!

There is a King in the Bible, King David who asked an important question, a question that we at Living Hope constantly have to answer and act upon – the King asked: “Is there still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” In the story it turned out that there was a crippled outcast grandson who lived on the outskirts of the city who was lame in both his feet. King David called him in and made sure that this son had food and was cared for the rest of his life. Now at Living Hope, to name a few, we provide food, care, education, hospital patient care and skills training. Last year Living Hope reached 56 003 clients. You can imagine that providing care to so many people costs a fortune! Like King David had, we do not have access to coffers filled with gold, precious stones and other costly items, but we have you! Yes, we have you! Please ask yourself the question – “Is there someone out there to whom my money can make a difference today?”

As we are approaching this season of giving, we are excited to invite you to be part of Living Hope’s Face-a-thon this #GivingTuesday, 29 November! Please save the date and check out our Facebook page and share with your contacts:
We want to appeal to you to join us in giving so that we can reach our Face-a-thon goal of $56 003 – which represents the exact number of people whom we served last year! By donating, you are partnering with us in order to care for those who desperately need care! Donations made in South Africa and the USA are tax deductible. Next week we’ll update you with some more info about what we are planning.

Like King David showed compassion to we too have many opportunities to show compassion. Click on the arrow below and hear directly from a disabled patient, Terence Vlok, of how Living Hope assisted him while he was a patient and stayed 3 months in the Health Care Centre.

Listen to Terrence Vlok’s testimony:
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*  Our Health Care Center                                    *Some of the staff                                             *Vlok with Lillian
(L-R: Allan, Nolo, Dr Adelle, Amy and Lillian)

Don’t forget this week Saturday, 13th August 2016, Living Hope invites you to the opening of our first Charity Shop and we have guest artist, Jeremy Olivier, who will be performing live as we also have our AGM and report back on our programmes and what they’ve managed to achieve in the past financial year.facebook cover

18 July is Mandela Day – a day which South Africans are encouraged to give back 67 minutes of service in one way or another.

Living Hope has some great opportunities for you to get involved:

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Join us for  special time celebrating all mothers this Mother’s Day

Where: Living Hope Large Chapel
When: Friday May 6th
Time: 10:30 – Noon
Cost: R80 p/p

This brunch and fundraiser supports Living Hope’s Health Care Center, caring for chronically ill persons.

Special ncouraging speaker, door prizes and more!

To rsvp to this event fill in your rsvp here

Who is Living Hope, what do they do and how can I find out more about them?

This is a question many ask and we are excited to let you know that Living Hope will be having an Open Day on March 19th from 9am to 1pm.  We will share with you the many programmes we run in the communities, come and meet our staff and see what happens in and around our campus. You will be able to visit and see our Health Care Centre, hear from our students in our agricultural programme on what it is that happens on the farm at the back of our property and discover how we were able to reach 48 000 people last year through our many programmes. There is fun for the whole family with jumping castles, food stalls and a very exciting Easter Egg hunt.  Last year was such a success we are doing it again.  So diarise Saturday, March 19th from 9am to 1pm and visit us to hear more about Living Hope and the work we do. We welcome you to our campus.

To register for the Easter Egg hunt as space is limited, book on the below image:


Registration for Living Hope’s Annual Partners Conference is now open!

We kick off on Friday 4th March with a 15th year celebration dinner at 7pm and go into Saturday 5th March with our conference from 8am to 3pm

We look forward to sharing with you stories from our staff and clients on how God has been working in our ministries.

If you have not yet registered, please do so to avoid disappointment



On Sunday, 30th November, in the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out in Masiphumelele wetlands area affecting between 4000 – 5000 people, it is estimated that close on 1000 of those are children.  Living Hope is the official drop off point for donations of clothing (all ages, male and female, including babies), bedding (pillows, blankets, sheets), shoes, hygiene products (soap, face clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll on).  The donations are being sorted on site and volunteers are welcome.

We have had many asking about financial donations and Living Hope has been approved to receive cash donations, click here if you are outside of South Africa and wish to donate please select ‘Masiphumelele fire’.  For those living in South Africa the bank details are as follows:

Account Holder: Living Hope – Call Account
Account Number: 62061847748
Branch code: 202309
Bank: First National Bank
Type of account: Investment Account/Savings Account
Reference – Masi Fire & your email address

Some photos of the effected areas, photo credit Chad Chapman

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