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Monthly Archives: August, 2020

Learning to breathe again

On 24 August, the Catholic Women of South Africa gathered virtually for their annual Day of Prayer. Mahadi Buthelezi reflects on the...

Mourning the loss of human touch

Reflecting on the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sean van Staden comments on the importance of human touch and personal contact to foster our relationships with one another and with God.

Can computers really save our schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the vast chasm in the access to education during the lockdown, mainly because students from poor communities...

The many kinds of hunger

Seeing the hunger and poverty around her, Levinia Pienaar reflects on her own experience of poverty. She recognises that hunger is often...

Tobacco’s hopeless attempt to legitimise its industry

Prior to the lifting of the cigarette ban on 15 August, the tobacco industry said that it had fallen victim to the...

Bishops’ statement on government corruption reveals deep frustration

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) recently criticised the rampant corruption around the purchase of medical material and supplies to fight...

The audacity of corruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the dark underbelly of many African societies, where nepotism, corruption, and authoritarianism deprive the citizens of their...

Church and civil society need collaboration to end gender-based violence

August is Women's Month in South Africa. Mahadi Buthelezi says that it is impossible to speak about freedom for women without first...

The balance between mission and market in Catholic schools

Increasingly, independent schools are run as businesses. Mark Potterton draws on some of the ideas by John Sullivan in his book "Catholic...

Catholics and non-Catholics stand with the Bishops of Zimbabwe

On Thursday, 14 August 2020, the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) issued a pastoral letter entitled "The March is not ended". Drawing...

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Millions at risk of abject poverty after the expiry of the COVID-19 grant

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a basic income grant to those who were the most affected...

Breaking the silence of abuse in schools

The horrific account of sexual abuse at Parktown Boys is the subject of veteran journalist Sam Cowen's new book. Mark Potterton examines...

Thoughts on Guy Ferrer’s “T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E.”

Matthew Charlesworth visited his former high school, where he encountered an artistic composition that prompted a deeper spiritual reflection. The artwork calls...

Overcoming gender and race inequality in the business sector

Mahadi Buthelezi drew attention to the gender pay gap during a 10 September webinar that advocated for greater gender equality for women....