Summary Report for the KZNCC Executive, 30 November 2011
28 November 2011
Introduction This summary report to the KZNCC Executive meeting of the 30th November 2011 is on the ongoing work of KZNCC programmes in the last quarter of 2011.
Lobbying and Advocacy COP17: The 17th Conference of Parties is now held in Durban, KZN, SA. KZNCC has been part of organizing some events around COP17. The Climate Justice Rally Concert was attended by about 400 people from KZNCC alone. The rally which was held at Kings Park Stadium was attended by approximately 2 000 people from the province of KZN.
Teenage Pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, Substance Abuse Campaign: Led by uMgungundlovu District Mayor, to be honoured by the Minister of Education, the Department of Health and KZNCC as implementing and participating partner will be hosting a Rally on Prevention of Teenage Pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and Substance Abuse. The occasion will be on the 30th November 2011, Blackburn Stadium, Pietermaritzburg, from 09h00 – 15h00. In the very rally will be an exercise of Community Dialogue on the main subject of the day – Prevention of Teenage Pregnancy.
Provincial and District Council on AIDS (PCA and DCA): The District Council on AIDS (DA) held on the 17th November 2011 and the Provincial AIDS Council (PCA) held on the 23 November 2011 where KZNCC was 2 represented included the Head of Advocacy of KZNCC as deputy chair of the prevention programme and representative of the religious sector respectively. KZNCC is making inroads of including the SAVE Strategy in the Provincial Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS.
Partnerships and Networks: The latest development is that of partnership with the uMgungundlovu District Municipality. The uMgungundlovu District Municipality has approached KZNCC and asked for the partnership in the implementation of the programme of feeding and clothing the poor in their area of jurisdiction. The campaign will be commenced in the festive season and will be an ongoing programme. Further KZNCC is pursuing the possibility of conducting Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) Methodology or Community Dialogues with the Department of Education (DoE) in their My Life My Future Campaign. The training manual on the CCE methodology is in place (Manual Available)
Public Participation, Public Hearings and Submissions: KZNCC members, lobby groups, support groups and partners such as the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), Rural Network (RN) and cooperating organisations have been attending public hearings on ‘Land Administration and Immovable Assets Bill., 2011 in Newcastle, Portshepstone, Richardsbay and Pietermaritzburg. Led by KZNCC a submission was made in the legislature (document available). KZNCC held a discussion of the Green Paper on Land Reform. Consultations and discussions are going on.
Development of Regional Christian Councils: KZNCC has been approach by the church leaders of Ugu municipality who are proposing to establish an ecumenical structure in their area. The matter was discussed with the leadership of SKZNCC. Formative meetings are lined up.
Land Matters Project The Provincial Land Summit was successful. It was held at the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary. Representatives and donors from Meserior and FELM were present. The delegation of donors was exposed to the work of KZNCC on Land Matters in the entire province of KZN (Annual Report is available). KZNCC now sits in the Ugu District Farm-workers’ Forum. The presentation on the Theology of Land was done and theologizing on the issues of land continues.
KwaZulu-Natal Church Aids Network (KZNCAN) The regional Male-Care-Givers were held at TAMCC and SKZNCC. A paradigm shift is inculcated that whether a stipend is attached to Male-Care-Giving work or not it must be held as part of the ministry of Male-Care-Givers. The provincial Male-Care-Givers meeting is postponed to February 2012. The SOFIA consultations are going on in TAMCC and SKZNCC.
Healing of Memories and Reconciliation (HoMaR) The Healing of Memories and Reconciliation (HoMaR)Consortium meeting will be held early in 2012. The HoMaR meeting will be on evaluation of the programme and planning for 2012.