‘Thank you Mr Jobela’

2017-10-12 06:00
Choirmaster Hlathi Mungeka, standing, extreme left, with members of Western Chorale at a rehearsal session in Makhaza.                       PHOTO: LIndile mbontsi

Choirmaster Hlathi Mungeka, standing, extreme left, with members of Western Chorale at a rehearsal session in Makhaza. PHOTO: LIndile mbontsi

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A local businessman was pleasantly surprised when a radio station and a choir he had sponsored recently, suddenly barged into his office without warning.

They were bearing trophies they had won in competitions.

First it was the Zibonele FM crew that made its way to the headquarters of Jobela Star Bus, to thank owner Mighty ‘Boss’ Jobela for supporting them.

Zibonele FM had brought in Siyaxola “Dj Sobanyatheli” Sobantu who had just won the South African Traditional Music Achievement Award(Satma) for best traditional community radio deejay, which event was held in Mahikeng in the North West Province.

Station Manager Mawande Jara said they were thrilled with the support they received from Jobela.

“His contribution ensured that we could vote in numbers and hence our DJ Sobantu beat 17 others vying for the same honours. We thank him very much for this,” said Jara.

Second, it was choirmaster Hlathi Mungeka whose Western Chorale, was crowned provincial champions in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, which was held in August.

“We have come to thank Mr Jobela for his generosity and we hope that other business people can follow suit and open their hearts to people who want to change lives through sport and art,” said Mungeka.

As a token of appreciation, Mungeka handed over the trophy they won to Jobela.

The choir will be performing at the Western Cape Choral Music Association’s Eisteddfod competition on Sunday at the Artscape before travelling to participate in the OR Tambo Centennial Celebration in Port Edward at the end of the month.

“We have told the organisers that they must use the Jobela buses because we really appreciate his support,” he said.

Jobela said he was always happy to assist when there was a genuine need.

“We receive sponsorship applications all the time and we assess them accordingly. I am happy to see that we are playing a positive role in our community,” he said.

Activist Sergeant Zukile Nkokhi hailed Jobela, who also owns the Khayelitsha Bread and Breakfast, for the role he is playing in the community.

“I can attest to the fact that Mr Jobela is a true community builder and I have worked with him in many projects,” said Nkokhi. He urged other “township business folks to help communities.”

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