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Tomorrow’s news today: Paul Modjadji, S’fiso Ncwane and stowaways

FILE PICTURE: S'fiso Ncwane won the award for

FILE PICTURE: S'fiso Ncwane won the award for "Best gospel song of the year" as well as "best male artist" at the Crown gospel awards which were held on 21 November 2010 at the ICC in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sowetan/Thuli Dlamini)..

Renowned South African choreographer Paul Modjadji has added another feather to his cap after being selected for US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) by the United States government.

SA dancer climbing global ladder

Renowned South African choreographer Paul Modjadji has added another feather to his cap after being selected for US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) by the United States government.

Despite his busy schedule, Modjadji still arrives refreshed for an interview at a restaurant in Sandton – and although meeting for an interview, he still had his ballet shoes with him.

Chosen from among the top 1% of applicants from Africa and the US, the 31-year-old from Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, will fly the South African flag high on the initiative embodying commitment to invest in young people.

Stowaway in critical condition in London

South African and UK authorities are working to establish the details of two stowaways – one of whom died on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Heathrow Airport, London.

According to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), the matter falls under police investigation due to a possible criminal factor connected with such an incident.

Details of how the two got on the flight, where precisely they were located in the plane and their nationalities were not available, Acsa spokesperson Colin Naidoo said.

S’fiso Ncwane: Gospel hero never gave up

Renowned gospel musician S’fiso Ncwane expresses himself fluently in the Queen’s language like someone with a good educational background. But he is quick to explain that he only made it to grade two.

He encourages youngsters to complete their studies, hence he has started the S’fiso Ncwane Bursary Foundation. He has sponsored lots of pupils with their school fees, bought “uniforms for over 1 000 children” and has adopted one of the new schools on the South Coast. He also recorded albums and donated the proceeds to an orphanage in Roodepoort.

Ncwane is living testimony that prophets of doom cannot determine one’s destiny. Growing up in a poor family, he was constantly told he would not get anywhere in life.

 

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