[intro]IsiZulu puts it well – Ayohamba amaqhawe Kusale izibongo. Loosely translated, this age-old saying means the beloved will depart, but their names will live forever. It is far different from Shakespeare’s English adage in Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.”[/intro]
But such was the contrast that governed Wiseman Khuzwayo’s life – contradictions that forced the British government to take a hard look at its relationship with apartheid South Africa.
Khuzwayo, or Bra Wisey, as we fondly called him in the newsroom, successfully forced the UK to make him the first black exile to fly out of Lesotho by pointing out the differences on the treatment of his application for asylum against that of fellow white South African journalist Donald Woods.
But such was Bra Wisey, a man who could pick and choose his battles.
Bra Wisey faced many demons in his life, from detention without trial to trumped-up charges, but he always maintained his dignity. And when everyone thought some things were impossible, Bra Wisey would give reasons why such thoughts should never be entertained.
When doctors gave him less than six months to live in 2015, Bra Wisey confounded them and went on to live for more than four times longer.
Business Report was Wiseman Khuzwayo and Wiseman Khuzwayo was Business Report.
It was always difficult to separate the two, because Bra Wisey was there when the concept was first conceived and went on to see it executed successfully.
Of the more than 1 million people who read Business Report every week, Wiseman Khuzwayo’s name is forever associated with the paper.
I first met Bra Wisey as a rookie journalist in the mid-1990s.
He was by then well established and known the world over – from London to Berlin and South Africa. He had written for some of the world’s foremost newspapers.
But not once did he ever give an impression of self-importance.
Our paths would cross once again when I joined Business Report, where he took time out of his hectic schedule to make my arrival seamless, showing me the ropes and giving me words of encouragement when doubt settled in, without expecting anything in return.
In him I met the embodiment of grace, sophistication and understated elegance.
Bra Wisey was always firm, but fair.
I remember him sternly rebuking a colleague who wanted to undermine one’s work, without raising his voice. He remained calm throughout it all.
On Friday morning, Bra Wisey breathed his last, succumbing to cancer he had battled for more than two years.
His wife, Ausi Anna, said his condition deteriorated rapidly the Saturday before, and doctors told the family that the best they could do was to make his last days as comfortable as possible.
The ever-loving Anna – they were a match made in heaven – decided to bring him home to ensure that he passed on surrounded by those closest to his heart.
The week before, his brother Sifiso told me how rapidly the cancer had spread.
So while his death was not unexpected, when it came, it hit me like a slap in the face. Words disappeared as the small but closely-knit Business Report family shed tears.
This intellectual giant, who for years had become the father figure of 47 Pixley ka Isaka Seme (formerly Sauer) Street, was no more.
I have always battled to understand what my children meant when they said life sucks.
But on Friday, the millennial talk assumed a meaning.
And indeed, I also felt that life sucked.
For if not, how could it rob us of such a fine mind?
How could it take away the glue that kept our newsroom together? How could it deny generations to come an opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the best that journalism could offer?
To say Bra Wisey was larger than life is a cliché.
In him, everyone could find themselves.
To some, his unassuming demeanour represented the triumph of the human spirit over many battles in life.
To others, his quiet presence represented endurance of his struggle against apartheid during his years as a law student at the University of Zululand.
The struggle saw him battling the bitter cold English weather in Fleet Street, London, after being forced into exile to avoid more torture and further detentions without trial in the country of his birth.
And the bright spark that was always in his eyes represented the kind of future we all hope for.
There was something particularly profound about Bra Wisey.
Beyond the small frame and the scholarly look lay a compassionate individual who made everyone feel easy around him.
When all the returning exiles chose to live in fancy suburbs post-apartheid, Bra Wisey elected to stay modestly in Soweto and later in Turffontein.
He radiated a depth and intelligence with a great understanding of humanity, with all its foibles. He also had great compassion as a result of his vast life experience.
Bra Wisey had been deeply hurt by apartheid, but was never discouraged.
He had been beaten, tortured and frightened but he never forgot how to be brave.
When he was diagnosed with cancer and given a couple of weeks to live, Bra Wisey challenged the disease head on and went for chemotherapy and radiation as a weapon in yet another battle that he had to face in life.
He continued to work while he had cancer for more than two years, and wrote brilliant stories for Business Report. He loved journalism.
In February last year, Bra Wisey went for a blood transfusion to get enough energy to cover the Budget.
He was always willing to be a torchbearer so that others could walk in the path of lightness.
In a way, Bra Wisey was one of the unsung heroes of black journalism, with an illustrious career that started at the Daily News in Durban and went on to grace many pages the world over – from Fleet Street to Berlin and Johannesburg.
He was worldly, yet approachable and humble, yet erudite.
At times when discussions in the newsroom were intense while deciding on what story to go where, Bra Wisey would sit quietly as if uninterested in what everyone was on about.
And when everyone was at the end of their tether, he would speak out calmly and provide wisdom.
You could go to him with the most complex of problems, and he would just give you a smile and tell you that no problem was insurmountable.
At home, he was a father who had time for all his children.
His wife Sis’ Anna called him her gentle giant.
Such was the enigma called Wiseman Khuzwayo.
To the world he was just another journalist working for a financial publication. But to others, he was more than a father figure.
Many a young reporter would take their troubles to Bra Wisey, only to come away satisfied because he gave them an ear.
Visiting him at his modest Turffontein home revealed another side to his character. He was a family man who put his wife Ausi Anna (a cook par excellence) and six children before anything else.
He also had the ability to deal with different personalities and make everyone feel equally important.
But on Friday, death robbed us of this beautiful mind.
And in the words of a fellow journalist, “journalism will never be the same without Bra Wisey”.
And Business Report will never be the same without him.
So, as we still battle to hold our tears over your death, Mnguni, we take peace in knowing that mother nature allowed us to know you to the bitter end.
We were lucky to hide behind you and felt ourselves made whole knowing that you were there behind us.
We knew that if we fell, your steady hand would always guide us.
There is just another Zulu adage to this – okungapheli kuyahlola.
So as you begin your new journey to the netherworld of other doyens of black journalism, such as Percy Qoboza and Sophie Tema, know that only the excellence that you planted in your short, but valuable life will live after you.
Know that your name will be known to thousands more who will choose this noble profession – long after God and your ancestors have received you.
So long Mngun omkhulu. Yeyeye kaPhakathwayo!
This article originally appeared in the Business Report.
Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must-read message!!!
Throughout time, we can see how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that the Bible foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?
In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,
“He (the false prophet who decieves many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!
These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate only in one place.
This is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implatnable RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip
“Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).
Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.
Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.
Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”
Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:
“And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).
You can read more about it here–and to also understand the mystery behind the number 666: https://2ruth.org/rfid-mark-of-the-beast-666-revealed/
The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.'”
Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still in the public scene?
So what’s in the name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.
Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)
In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”
In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)
In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”
So when Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, And I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.
The names of both of Obama’s daughters are Malia and Natasha. If we were to write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. Now if we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we get “I am Satan”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Obama’s campaign logo when he ran in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are waiting for called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'” (Revelation 14:6-7)
Why have the word’s of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close? The same God who formed the heavens and earth that draws all people to Him through His creation, likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?
Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?
God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.
We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.
The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.
For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.
This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.
So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death–now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.
Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God–John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.
Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:
“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’
Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’
And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).