Steve Biko  

A new South Africa will not be happier by forgetting Biko

  16 September -   
September 12 1977 is etched in memory as the day when the world was robbed of one of its greatest of minds - Steve Bantu Biko.
(pic courtesy WCC)  

WCC Afro-descendent conference calls for churches to use education against racism

  3 July -   
A call to churches worldwide to educate people about racism was made by church leaders from across the Americas and the Caribbean at the end of a conference held last week in Managua, Nicaragua.
Dr Jorge Ramirez Reyna (pic courtesy WCC)  

Struggles against discrimination can benefit all

  30 June -   
Dr Jorge Ramirez Reyna, president of Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos (Black Association for Human Rights Defense and Promotion, ASONEDH) in Peru, reflects on the issue of racism in his country and the role of the conference on the Violence of Racism in Latin America, which was organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) 22-24 June in Managua, Nicaragua. He was interviewed by Sean Hawkey.
Rev. Alfredo Joiner and Rev. David Batiz (pic courtesy WCC)  

To combat racism “agents of discomfort” in churches are needed

  25 June -   
Church leaders from across the Americas and the Caribbean are meeting in Managua, Nicaragua, to discuss the violence of racism, and the challenges it poses for churches and ecumenical organizations.
(pic courtesy Timeslive)  

Township and suburb on the same rugby team

  5 April -   
For some homeowners, a squatter camp mushrooming next door could be a sign to start packing up. Darren Clarke, however, saw it as an opportunity to help start a decent rugby team. Clarke and other residents of well-heeled Noordhoek in Cape Town have teamed up with township rugby players to form the country's newest and most unusual rugby club.

Reconciling All Things in South Africa

  1 April -   
I live in a deeply divided society. I have not lived long enough in any other part of the world to know for certain whether this is a unique problem for South Africa. What I do know is that on any one day in South Africa, newspaper reports alone make one acutely aware of the deep divisions in South African society, whether it be between one race group and another, or between one gender and another, or between one socio-economic group and another.
Professor Jonathan Jansen (pic courtesy Timeslive)  

People like this give you hope: My South Africa is not the angry, corrupt, violent country whose deeds fill the front pages

  12 March -   
My South Africa is the working-class man who called from the airport to return my wallet without a cent missing. It is the white woman who put all three of her domestic worker's children through the school that her own child attended. It is the politician in one of our rural provinces, Mpumalanga, who returned his salary to the government as a statement that standing with the poor had to be more than words. It is the teacher who worked after school hours every day during the strike to ensure her children did not miss out on learning during the public sector stay-away.
(pic courtesy Timesllive)  

Bondage to freedom

  17 November -   
My family was shipped as human cargo. A hundred and fifty years ago today, a paddle steamer, the SS Truro from Madras, docked in Durban harbour. On board were 342 Indian coolies destined for the sugar plantations and eventually the mines, railways and domestic service of colonial Natal.
walking in racial solidarity (pic courtesy Timeslive)  

Mixed messages

  8 October -   
Does South Africa really belong to all who live in it? When I first developed a sense for politics, as a teenager on the Cape Flats, wallowing in anger, this was the one clause in the Freedom Charter that upset me: "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white."

Southern African churches begin process to heal historic and contemporary wounds

  18 September -   
Violent conflict leaves wounds not only on the victim's body but also in the soul of the community. The healing of these invisible wounds was the subject of a 5-11 September regional consultation and training session for Southern African church representatives.