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Rev Mzukisi Faleni

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Who are you?  ……..

I am Mzukisi Faleni, originally from Weston, Hankey in the Eastern Cape.  Ndingu Mkwayi, ozalwa nguMamntlane. I worked on a farm of vegetables, potatoes, oranges, and carrots, doing hard farm labour, which was the kind of inhumane work many black people in this country engaged in. I love innovation and creativity; am not very much fond of the norm and would like to see what is not known to become what is known. I am a researcher of the science of theology. A typical rural man in all respects, a Reformed scholar, who is saved by the grace of God alone (sola gratia), who has also realized that there is no amount of prayer or preaching that can save him from sin, I subscribe to Plato’s words: “I know one thing and that is I know nothing”.  I have a dogmatic certainty that God is in every person's life. God is in every life. Even if the life of that person has been a disaster, even if it has been destroyed by vices, immoralities, wickedness and drugs or anything else – God is in the person's life. It is my responsibility to try to seek God in every human life (Pope Francis).  

What show do you host?

I am a co-host of “Imvuselelo” on Sunday at 19h00-21h00 as well as “Ukholo Nengqiqo”. Imvuselelo is the source of hope for the hopeless, “hope is the last thing to lose”. On this program, we try to unravel the high principles of hermeneutics and contextualisation. The challenge is to address the serious emotional problems of the people and ask God to intervene. This is a Holy Spirit driven show; “No one should listen to this show and still be the same”. We try to communicate solid Gospel sermons as opposed to watery kind of sermons. We believe in the words of Pope Francis that although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always space for the good seed to grow. The show gives us an opportunity to grow and assist listeners to also develop spiritually.

“Ukholo Nengqiqo” is aired at 5h00-8h30 every Sunday. The program is a measuring tool between faith and reasoning, faith and rhetoric, fides et ratio. We would like people to use their reasoning as a compass for their faith; to declare war between their minds and their hearts – the two must never be friends. We want people to question religion and worship GOD, to understand that religion is not God and God is not religious (Bishop Tutu). “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well  (René Descartes). We should not belong to those who are being manipulated in the name of religion, who eat grass and drink petrol in the name of Jesus. Ukholo Nengqinqo is the watchdog of faith and reason. We critically evaluate and work against the words of Karl Max that religion is the opium of the the mind; you cannot accept religion without selling your mind. It is our belief on Ukholo Nengqiqo that people must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover complete joy. Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe through rationale.
 

When and how did your career start?

I worked for a community radio station. In fact I was one the co-founders of the isiXhosa department of a popular Christian radio station in Cape Town (Radio Tygerberg). Rev Monwabisi Nqiwa was my man; he had a great passion for radio and I worked under him as a preacher on Radio Xhosa and co-presenter on ‘Intlalo Yomtshato”. Rev Nqiwa had a good vision for radio and from the experience with him, I have always regarded radio as a wider pulpit than that of my church and I have continuously wanted to address the mind and soul of the listener.  

What have you achieved thus far within your career? What are your career highlights?

Self-appraisal has no recommendation as English speakers would say. I have achieved adequate recognition in different aspects of life, and that is not me but about me. I was nominated in various categories for the show by the MTN Gospel Awards, and all these humble us as a team on the show. The number of people who listen to the show speaks volume and we appreciate and humble ourselves before them every Sunday morning and evening. The numbers of listeners listening to the show are the highlight of the show and as a team we are grateful for their trust.

 Besides radio, what do you do?

I am the minister in charge of the Presbyterian Church of Africa, Nyanga Circuit since 1996 as well as a chaplain in the Department of Correctional Services.  I engage in counselling and preaching, also in theological discussions and workshops for preachers. I participate in many community projects in Cape Town – in churches, taxis and youth gatherings and ministers fraternity.  

When they see me through the spectacles of Jesus they confuse me with something else and they do not realize that I am nothing at all without Jesus. But from that position of nothingness some great things can be achieved. I wish South African can be critical about life, “cancer taught me to stop saving things for a special occasion. Every day is special. You don't have to get cancer to start living life to the fullest. My post-cancer philosophy? No wasted time. No ugly clothes. No boring movies”  Regina Brett.

 “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” yonke into yikrokrele: all must go through fire  (René Descartes).

 

 

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