"I had my visa all ready to come here but after a long season I wasn't sure. but now I am pleased I came here to the Joburg Open".
"I'm very relieved, I had a lot of pressure this week but I know God was looking over me today".
Baldwin began his round with a sensational eagle on the par-five first and went on to add six birdies - bogeying just once.
Sweden's Christofer Blomstrand was second after a 62.
Broome Manor man Howell hit his straps early with birdies at the fourth and sixth holes before surrendering his only shot of the day with a bogey at the seventh.
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The baby, however, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for almost a week. But the baby boy started moving in the body bag as family members made their way to the funeral.
Home favourite Erik van Rooyen and Englishman James Morrison are a shot further back in a tie for third place while overnight leader Tapio Pulkkanen is seven shots off the lead alongside Marcus Armitage.
"I want to stay within myself and play against my course". He will hope to produce something special on Sunday as he seeks to add to the PGA title he won at Eye of Africa previous year. "I've been in this position before, so many times, and will have to draw on all my experience, the losses and the wins".
After rounds of 65 and 64, Pulkkanen slumped to a one-over 73 that included a double-bogey six at 16.
Dylan Frittelli, the big pre-tournament hope of South Africans after winning the Mauritius Open last weekend, had a 71 and is out of contention 15 shots off the pace.