AS IT HAPPENED: Sfiso Ncwane's JHB memorial service
Sfiso Ncwane (Photo: Gallo)
Cape Town - Follow Sfiso Ncwane's memorial service at the Grace Bible Church in Johannesburg as it happens.
Hundreds gathered on Thursday at the eThekwini Community Church in Durban to pay tribute to the popular gospel singer. Here's everything that you missed.
Sfiso Ncwane died at the age of 37 of suspected kidney failure on Monday. Read the full story here.
10:10 Final preparations taking place at Grace Bible Church.
10:30 Friends and fans of Sfiso Ncwane flock to Grace Bible Church in Soweto, to pay tribute the the gospel legend.
10:36 PIC: The late Sfiso Ncwane's son - Ngweti - comforts his mother Ayanda during Sfiso's memorial service yesterday.
10:46 Inside Sfiso Ncwane's Johannesburg memorial.
11:13 Artists paying tribute are set to perform Sfiso Ncwane's songs.
11:15 An artists pays tribute to the late gospel singer.
11:18 Pastor Benjamin Dube pays his respects.
11:21 Local gospel star Deborah Fraser and guests are on their feet, celebrating the life of Sfiso Ncwane.
11:26 "A musical celebration of Sfiso Ncwane's life"
11:28 The atmosphere inside Grace Bible Church.
11:32 Guests are waiting for the family to arrive.
11:39 LIVE VIDEO: Paying tribute to Ncwane
11:40 SA's top gospel artists begin the memorial with tributes in song.
11:43 Guest continue to arrive.
11:53 Eugene Mthethwa joins the celebrations.
12:15 Sfiso Ncwane's wife arrives at Grace Bible Church.
12:18 Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa with the family.
12:25 The official programme about to start.
12:28 Guests celebrate the life of Sfiso Ncwane.
12:48 Sfiso's cousin pays tribute.
12:49 Emotions are running high.
12:51 "We will miss you."
12:53 Local stars continue to arrive to pay their respects.
12:55 Tributes continue.
13:11 Promoter Bruce Kgapane: "He has blessed a lot of people with his beautiful voice and comforting music."
13:13 Promoter Bruce Kgapane "Sfiso's death has shown me that life is too short."
13:17 Bishop M Sono: "There was something captivating about the way he sang."
13:21 Bishop M Sono: "He taught us when God gives you a gift, use it."
13:25 A love letter from Ayanda is now being read.
13:52 A letter from Madikizela-Mandela now being read.
13:54 Ayanda leans on her friend as tributes being given to her late husband.
14:01 MEC Faith Mazibuko takes to the stage to pay her respects.
14:07 President Zuma's wife MaNtuli also attending the proceedings today.
14:12 Rebecca Malope takes to the stage to pay tribute to Sfiso.
14:19 Tears are flowing in the church.
14:26 Honourable Nathi Mthethwa: "Without Sfiso Ncwane SA is poorer today. Cry no more because his legacy lives on."
14:28 Honourable Nathi Mthethwa: "We are fortunate that his music will live on in our hearts."
14:38 Apostle MVG Lephoko delivers the sermon.
14:42 Apostle MVG Lephoko: "You need people and you also need in God in your life. This is what Sfiso represented."
14:45 Apostle MVG Lephoko: "We have come to celebrate a life well lived in Christ."
14:49 Deborah Fraser takes to the stage to pay tribute.
14:50 The family is preparing to leave.
14:58 Family spokesperson Sipho Makhabane thanks the media and makes the final announcements.
15:08 Guests start to the leave the church.
15:12 Artists deliver final tributes to Sfiso Ncwane
15:17 Watch the final tribute performances here:
15:20 Inside fans and family continue to celebrate the life of Sfiso Ncwane.
15:43 The Johannesburg memorial service ends.