By Khanyisa Sinqe,
Zithethele Community Newspaper
The City of Durban, South Africa, has gone complete green. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are meeting in South Africa from November 27 to December 9 for major climate talks. Yet many around the central Durban venue have their own understanding about global warming and climate change.
Archbishop Moletelo Molaba of Tababusiwo Village in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State believes climate change is a sign. The 52-year-old preacher says he is so surprised at how people have suddenly responded to the call of taking charge in the fight against climate change. He has, he says, been preach for the last 10 years that the world is coming to an end.
“To me, COP17 is a revelation because ten years ago God called me to tell his people about the world that is coming to an end. I have been preaching this gospel in Free State Province and surrounding villages but people are ignorant – they never paid attention. But now, that the scientists and experts are having dialogues, people are listening,” he said.
Molaba says if people can take notice and be observant of things that are happening now, and compare them with life before, they will know that it is God speaking to them.
“Today we are dying because we are sick, hungry. Back in the days, we never died because of hunger. We used to plant and eat from the soil. There was never a high rate of people who were dying of unusual diseases; there were no heavy rains that ended up being floods; there was no drought. We used to drink from rivers … there was no water pollution. Life was simple and easy. Now, the experts are coming with big names like global warming and climate change,” he explained.
The man-of-cloth says he vacated his job as a miner to answer God’s calling to teach and preach about the world that comes to an end. Durban is a “great platform” for him to be heard because all the nations are gathering together.
Rastafarian Jacob Sehloho of Carletonville has come to COP 17 because he believes in taking care of the earth. Sehloho says his belief and religion go hand-in-hand with protecting Mother Nature from coming to an end because of people who contaminate earth.
“Yeh! Sister me as Rasta, and a Youth Climate Change Forum member, I believe and support this great initiative. Because of that reason, man, that is why am here. And even in my area, I preach the gospel of saving our earth,” he said.
Sehloho said in his organisation teaches and educates people – young and old – to take care of the earth and stop polluting.
Durban’s Reunion Secondary pupils are also taking part in COP17. The students say their school has been a running project to save the world because they believe that the world is in their hands.
“In our school, we have taken it upon ourselves to be part of this great world initiative,” said Grade 11 pupil Ntlantla Zungu.
“In our school, we have adopted the slogan that says: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ where we collect and recycle and reuse. We want to take charge in saving our world.”