2018 KZNCC Annual General Meeting

DATE     : 06 September 2018

VENUE  : KwaMkhize Community Hall, Hlathikhulu (Estcourt)

TIME      : 08h00 – 14h00

This year’s AGM was a huge success in that the meeting commenced at the Hlathikhulu Taxi Rank with intercessory devotions led by uKhozi FM’s Bishop Scelo Mbokazi. The session aimed at soaking KwaZulu Natal  and the nation at large, in prayer.

Subsequent to this was the formal programme and  lunch that was held at the community hall;  courtesy of Inkosi Sibonelo Mkhize.

 

Healing of Memories and Reconciliation (HoMaR) Consortium

   

Everyone has a story to tell and every story needs to be heard, acknowledged, and respected. This is the first step to personal healing as well as healing of interpersonal relationships. By exploring and acknowledging the emotional wounds carried by nations, communities and individuals, the workshop enables people from diverse backgrounds to confront sources of alienation and conflict.

HIV/AIDS

Those infected and affected by HIV/Aids have often experienced deep trauma, including rejection by those nearest to them and prejudice from the wider community. Therefore they need to deal with psychological and emotional feelings on their capacity to rebuild their lives.

Migrants/ Refugees

Many people who live in exile carry painful memories and experiences from their earlier life, the emotional burden of which are exacerbated by experiences of rejection, prejudice and loss of identity in their new country.

Women and care-givers

This workshop is for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters and other care-givers. While much is expected of them, they usually receive little support and often themselves victims of discrimination or abuse.

Prisoners

Prisoners rarely have access to types of restoratives justice Programmes that enable them to take responsibility for their behavior and acknowledge the pain and suffering they have caused.

Interfaith groups

Churches and mosques in particular have often been at the sharp end of efforts to bring about healing and reconciliation between divided communities.

Children

To create a safe space for young children were their voices can be heard; assist them in identifying the emotions they experience; provide them with tools to express their emotions and teach them about empathy, love and Ubuntu and non-violence.

Inter-generation/Youth

The workshop allows youth to deal with their painful feelings in order to become tomorrow’s conciliators and agents of positive change.

KZNCC Democracy and Elections Office

Context and objectives of the programme:

Since 1986, political violence has claimed the lives of more than 20 000 people and left more than 500 000 people displaced.  In 1997, political violence claimed lives of more than 320 people and since the beginning of 1998, 385 people have died as a result of political violence.  During the 1999 national government elections, more than 55 people were killed in political violence, over 38 people were injured, and additional 43+ cases reported in police stations related to political violence (e.g. arson, political clashes, service delivery protests etc).

The KwaZulu Natal political conflict, political violence and the political killings are often attributed to various factors such as:

  1. Poor literacy levels and lack of reliable and accurate sources of information
  2. Limited knowledge on democracy frameworks
  • Lack and or less knowledge of the South African constitution, peoples’ rights and responsibilities.
  1. Lack of effective skills training of citizens’ participation in decision making at the three spheres of governance
  2. Lack of political education by political parties on their ordinary membership
  3. Dismal service delivery by municipalities leads to violence, arson on state buildings and destruction of infrastructure
  • Mismanagement, corruption and greed.
  • Jostling for positions of political influence and nepotism in top management positions.
  1. Human settlement backlogs that lead to overcrowded hostels that is a breeding ground for violence.

Programme objectives:

  1. To provide accurate and credible information about dynamics of violence and geo-map the most worst affected areas (hot spots) in KZN. Identify potential conflict areas and rapidly facilitate conflict resolution dialogues months before and after the May 2019 national elections.
  2. To map strategic provincial-level organisations that are actively involved in promoting reconciliation and peace building in KZN.
  3. To examine some significant factors such as social, economic, political, cultural and religious that inform various forms of violence in KZN.
  4. To produce a rich and comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data to help inform various organisations working on conflict resolution and peace building to design evidence-based intervention.
  5. Recruitment and mobilisation of sensitisation trainings, communication and or information dissemination activities in the areas of balloting education, electoral codes of conduct, and post-election citizen participation in democracy development.
  6. Organizing and facilitating 6 multi-stakeholder post-election learning and reflections sessions

 

Given the context and the objectives of the democracy and elections offices, it is obliged to capacitate/sensitize citizens to understand the concept of active participatory citizenship, this will be implemented through the ward based ecumenical fraternals’ framework.

It seeks to enhance communities to maximise participation in good governance processes through engaging in policy formulation processes including but not limited to public hearings and submissions to portfolio committees and the legislature.

Will further sensitize and encourage individuals and communities to assume their roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship in democratic systems through the creation of safe spaces for dialogue to engage on matters of democracy deepening.

The community engagement processes will assist in analyzing and understanding of civil society on various dynamics i.e. socio-economic, political and civil democratic rights.

The role out of some of the objectives has been achieved already, as early as October to early December 2017 working in partnership with the Msunduzi IEC office pilot training project was executed in 5 of the 7 Municipalities of the uMgungundlovu District.

Statistics: 5 municipalities sessions [93 women including 39 young women were trained] overall 61 young people of the 189 total number of trainees.

In association with 18 CBO’s that work on democracy, elections and human rights issues, we have re-launched the Kwa-Zulu Natal Democracy and Elections Forum (KZNDEF) in preparations for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The office was unanimously given a lead organization role with in the Forum members.

The role of the Lead organization to coordinate work on behalf of the five sub-committees within the KZNDEF which are:

  1. Civic and voter education.
  2. Election Observation.
  3. Violence monitoring and tracking.
  4. Peace building and mediation
  5. Litigation and legal frameworks.

There has been 6 meetings held with the members of the Forum since April 2018, in addition and most importantly was the Forum’s presentation by the 5 sub-committee chairpersons to a potential funder.

The funding campaign continues as we hope that as the elections draw near there will more interest shown by the funding agencies. The aim is recruit and train ten pairs of trained facilitators who will be tasked with facilitating 200 workshops across the province. Each workshop will consist of 20-50 participants

The collation and packaging of researched information and briefing the Advocacy teams in preparation for submissions to the various portfolio committees.

During the end of July 2018, the Church Leaders’ Group (CLG) unanimously agreed to ask KZNCC through the Democracy and Elections office to be the secretariat of the CLG. This was implemented with immediate and the first meeting as the secretariat sitting was on the 25th September 2018 at St. Josephs’ Catholic Church in Durban. CLG is chaired by the Cardinal Wilfred Napier and Bishop Gabriel Dino is the deputy chairperson. The office was tasked to draft two Pastoral letters after a rigorous engagement on contentious matters of violent crime escalation in the province and in the country in general. This was after the release of the crime statistics by Minister of Police Honorable Bheki Cele on the 11th of September 2018. The first Pastoral Letter was a lament on violence in the province. The second Pastoral letter we designed is on an urge for people of the province and the nation in general to exercise their constitutional rights and responsibilities, to cast their votes in the upcoming 2019 elections.

Both these letters will be published to the media by the CLG on the 31st of October 2018 at Diakonia Council of Churches in Durban by Cardinal Napier at 13h00.

Children & Youth Programme

   

THE PROGRAMME IN A NUTSHELL 

Coordinated by a young, passionate and vibrant Rev.Nkululeko Khumalo; the KZNCC Children & Youth Programme specialises on caring for children and youth that are subjected to a wide range of social and economic difficulties: psycho-social distress, grief, stigma, discrimination, isolation, and economic deprivation, loss of educational opportunity, burdensome domestic responsibilities, and fear for their own future. As a result of the socio-economic situation and the HIV and AIDS epidemic, all children in our province, particularly are potentially vulnerable.  There are many ways of defining and evaluating vulnerability, yet in this case the communities we work with themselves best define vulnerability.  We depend on them in identifying the children known to be vulnerable.

OBJECTIVES :

Promote the wellbeing, resilience and dignity of children who live in exceptionally difficult circumstances and are not easily accessible because of their location, their work or their circumstances.

Mobilise local churches, local ecumenical organisations, local business and local families to practically contribute sustainable solutions to the plight of children at risk, protect children and promote children’s rights. (Strengthening community based initiatives and social safety nets);

Workshops to develop skills of children, raise awareness and educate communities so that there is an increased respect of children’s rights.

Strengthen existing strategic networking and partnerships among stakeholders in order to exchange and expand knowledge, skills and experience, strengthen capacity building and lobbying and advocacy for child rights and increase human and institutional resource mobilisation by December 2019;

Increase child participation where appropriate in all issues that concern them from community, district to provincial level, considering their evolving capacities;

Increase the percentage of children with birth certificates in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019;

Increase new school enrolment of OVC in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019, while ensuring retention of OVC in primary and secondary schools;

Increase access to nutritious food, health services, shelter, water and sanitation for all OVC by December 2020;

Reduce the number of children who live outside of a family environment by at least 25% by December 2020 (this includes children living without adult guidance, children living on the streets, and children in institutions).

Street Children are exposed to risks such as substance abuse, prostitution, health hazards and crime.

 

Media release: SACC Alarmed at Violence in North West Province

 

SACC Alarmed at Violence in North West Province

April 20, 2018

 

Media Release

 

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

 

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is alarmed at the violent nature of the protests taking place in the North West Province. We call on communities to desist from violence and the criminal acts of looting and destroying property.

 

The valid grievances of the people must be attended to without delay. Much has been said about Premier Supra Mahumapelo and his presumed association with corruption, linked also to what seems an irrational and wasteful mobile clinic project of Gupta fame. There has been the long standing belief that the Premier has been using Gupta resources to butter up loyal acquiescence and consent to wrongdoings in the North West. We applaud President Ramaphosa for returning home to address the crisis, and call on him to intervene decisively in that situation. We appeal to the people to remain calm and give space for effective interventions.

 

The SACC will join with other faith organisations, and engage with the Departments of Health and of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs for a pastoral engagement to ensure that just and lasting peace can be secured.

 

 

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For media queries contact:

Moagisi Sibanda

Director: Communications

South African Council of Churches (SACC)

Tel: 082 295 1581

Email: moagisi@sacc.org.za