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Area Seventy Profiles

WALTER CHATORA

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Elder Walter Chatora was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2014.

Elder Chatora studied sales and marketing and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Institute of Marketing Management in 2005.  He has worked as a school teacher in Zimbabwe, a depot manager for the Grain Marketing Board, and a branch manager for Norman Bissett & Associates.  From 2004-2009 he worked with Nestlé as an assistant brand manager and a business development manager.  Currently he is the temple recorder for the Johannesburg South Africa Temple.

Since joining the Church in 1993, Elder Chatora has served in several Church callings, including branch president, bishop, bishop’s counselor, stake president’s counselor, stake president, and temple recorder. Walter Chatora was born in Zvishavane, Midlands, Zimbabwe, on July 29, 1965. He married Diana Tapfumanei in April 1987. They are the parents of three children. Elder and Sister Chatora reside in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa.

MERVYN C. GIDDEY                                                          

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Elder Mervyn C. Giddey was sustained a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of the Church on April, 6 2013.  Elder Giddey studied Electronics Engineering and has worked for the City of Cape Town since 1975. He has served in several Church callings including stake president of the Cape Town stake, high councilor, twice as bishop of the Mowbray, Cape Town Ward and as a stake presidency member. Elder Giddey was born on August 24, 1954.

 He married Lilian Magdalen Dyason in October 1977.  They are the parents of four children.  Elder and Sister Giddey reside in Cape Town, South Africa.

DANIEL P. HALL

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Elder Daniel P. Hall was sustained a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on April 5, 2015.  Elder Hall has a professional qualification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 2009 with a Professional Chartered Degree. He worked as a CEO of IA Systems and currently is a country manager for Magic Software. Elder Hall has served in several church callings, including Stake President, Bishop, Bishop's counsellor and stake high councillor.  He served a mission in the South Africa Mission 1990-1992. He married Cherene Faith Welsford in November 1993. They are the parents of four daughters.  Elder and Sister Hall reside in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa.

Christophe Kawaya

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Elder Christophe Kawaya, 55, Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo; VP of training and admission, Bar Council of Kananga; former branch presidency member, branch president, district president, and stake president; wife: Souzane Kawaya, nine children.

W. JEAN-PIERRE LONO

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Elder W. Jean-Pierre Lono was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2014. Elder Lono worked as a teacher for the Mabuidi Institute from 1986 -1990.  He then graduated as an electro-mechanic from an Institut Supérieurin in 1990, and then graduated as a surveyor from the Ecole Nationale de Cadastre in 1995. In 1994 he began working for the Ministry of Land Affairs as a surveyor, where he is still employed.                                                                 

Since joining the Church in 1989, Elder Lono has served in numerous Church callings, including branch clerk, high councilor, branch president, stake president’s counselor, and stake president.  Wembo Jean-Pierre Lono was born in Lubumbashi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on July 7, 1959.  He married Mukwakaya Angel Tshisekedi in November 1991. They are the parents of eight children.  Elder and Sister Lono reside in Kinshasa, DRC.

L. JEAN CLAUDE MABAYA

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Elder L. Jean Claude Mabaya was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2012.  Elder Mabaya studied chemistry at the University of Kinshasa and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years.  He currently works as the Family History Manager in Kinshasa. Elder Mabaya has served in numerous Church callings, including branch president, bishop and stake president. Lutumba Jean Claude Mabaya was born in Kalunga, Kasal-occident, Democratic Republic of the Congo on June 30, 1960. He married Mimie Kanyanga Masube in May 1996.

They are the parents of four children. Elder and Sister Mabaya reside in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

TASARA MAKASI

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Since joining the Church in 1994, Elder Makasi has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission, branch president’s counselor, district president’s counselor, district president, stake president, and high councilor. Elder Tasara Makasi was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5 2014.  Elder Makasi received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health from Solusi University in 2001 and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Africa in 2012.  He worked as a teaching assistant before he began working for the Church.  From 2003-2013 he worked as the coordinator for the Church Educational System in Zimbabwe.  Elder Makasi is currently employed as the Seminaries and Institutes director for the Africa Southeast Area.

Tasara Makasi was born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, on October 5, 1973.  He married Shamiso Mberengwa in December 2001. They are the parents of three children.  Elder and Sister Makasi reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.

KHUMBULANI MDLETSHE

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Elder Khumbulani Mdletshe was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2014.  Elder Mdletshe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 1991, a master’s degree in education from Brigham Young University in 1992, and a PhD in education management from Rand Afrikaans University in 1999.  In 1993 Elder Mdletshe began his career as an education center coordinator for the National Research Foundation and continued to work in the education research field until 1997 when he began working for the Church. Since that time he has worked as both a regional and area director for the Church Educational System (CES).  Currently, he serves as the director of the Roodepoort South Africa Institute.

Since joining the Church in 1980, Elder Mdletshe has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the London South Mission, bishop’s counselor, branch president’s counselor, branch president, high councilor, stake president’s counselor, and mission president’s counselor.  Khumbulani Desmond Mdletshe was born in Durban, South Africa, on October 18, 1964.  He married Cynthia Ntombifuthi Hlongwane in December 1994. They are the parents of four children.  Elder and Sister Mdletshe reside in Roodepoort, South Africa.

JACQUES A. VAN REENEN

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Elder Jacques A. Van Reenen was named a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 2013. Jacques Armand Van Reenen was born June 14, 1968 in Durban, South Africa. Elder Van Reenen studied Electrical Engineering and runs his own business, supplying tools to the stone and construction industries.  Since joining the Church,

Elder Van Reenen has served in numerous Church callings, including stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake young men’s president, ward young men’s presidency and elder’s quorum presidency.  He married Christine Lee Kingma in April 1991.  They are the parents of three children.  Elder and Sister Van Reenen reside in Benoni, South Africa.