A Limpopo woman has made waves by building a Christian media empire.
Tshifhiwa Irene runs a media business that includes a radio station, a television station and a community newspaper.
Irene, who is a pastor at the Christ Worship Centre, started building her media empire in 2001 by establishing Divine Truth Publishing, which prints a monthly newspaper called Forever. The newspaper, aimed at the Christian community, is distributed countrywide.
Irene, popularly known as Ramashia in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, left her job at a top bank 'to fulfill a calling from God'. She then established the Divine Truth World Restoration Service in Thohoyandou.
Two years ago, the visionary pastor launched the 24-hour satellite station Divine Truth Broadcasting Television Gospel Channel.
In April she established the 24-hour Divine Truth Radio Station. Both the radio and television stations operate from Johannesburg.
The stations preach the word of God by healing the sick and providing counselling to people and communities affected by HIV-Aids.
Irene says she gets financial support from individuals within South Africa and other African countries. She has visited many countries including Botswana, Greece, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia.
She plans to visit Britain, the Netherlands, the US and other European countries early next year.
"I believe in God Almighty, that is why I heal the sick. God ordered me to go and pray for the sick, the poor and the helpless. That is why I do not charge for my services," said Irene.
She said she also does a lot of house visits, spreading the word of God, giving advice and counselling.
Irene said she received a call from God some time ago to communicate, teach and pray for people through media.
She said she is fulfilling God's commandments by achieving her own dreams. "I'll keep praying for people without charging them any cent because it is a calling from God," Irene said.
Irene is the eldest daughter of "strict but loving" parents Rachel and Pandelani Tshikhudo.