Journalist starts his own church

Video journalist, Thabo Katsande, has finally realised his lifelong dream of starting his own church.

Thabo Katsande, who was born and raised in Qwaqwa and is currently working as a video journalist for SABC News in the Free State, has always dreamed of starting his own church.
After completing his high school career, he decided to study Clinical Psychology. According to this single father of one, after two years at university, he changed his course to journalism.
Katsande, who was good at maths and science, said his parents were not impressed by his new choice, as he initially wanted to be a medical doctor.
“I realised that I wanted to tell people stories in a different way,” he said. He then started working for the campus newspaper.
After completing his studies, Katsande went to work for Pretoria News as a journalist. After that he worked for various newspapers before he later joined SABC radio news as a journalist.
In 2011 he started his own community newspaper, but later dropped the idea because of other commitments.
Katsande told Voice that it was during this time that he realised a lot of people needed to be taught God’s Word. As he continued to work as a journalist, his passion to open his own church grew. He ended up attending different churches, but none of these churches gave him the satisfaction he was looking for.
Katsande said he started preparing to open his church last year. His church, the Naledi Reality-based Church, will officially open its doors in Phuthaditjhaba the second week of May.
“I named the church after the biblical star as my purpose is to lead the members of my congregation to the light of God,” he said. With his church he plans to help people with free counselling concerning all kinds of relationships. He also plans to publish a free newspaper for the gospel of Christ to reach more people. – Matseko Ramotekoa