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Claire Mathieson

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Writer, editor and knowledge management specialist, Claire has worked in both traditional and Catholic media spaces. She balances her time between providing strategic communications and knowledge management in the world of climate change and sustainable development and as an associate editor on spotlight.africa.

Enough condemnation, we need protection; we need action

Capetonians took to the streets outside Parliament on Thursday, 5 September to raise their voices and take a stand against the onslaught of femicide and gender-based violence that has rocked South Africa in recent weeks. Claire Mathieson was on the streets and created this pictorial of the day's events.

Top tips if you’re hiring or looking to be hired

As part of a new series on unemployment, Spotlight looks at the disconnect between jobseekers and those hiring. Claire Mathieson speaks to a human resources expert, Helen van Eeden, about her personal experiences on both sides of the table, as jobseeker and recruiter. She shares her top tips for closing the gap.  

From a generation of service to one self-serving

Confronted with a wholesome image on the internet, Claire Mathieson compares her generation to the one before and asks whether it is the lack of societal service that has helped create a greater imbalance in our world.

They’re still coming

South Africa is something of a conundrum. Life here is hard, yet people want to visit, want to work, want to play in our home. We don’t always make it easy for them and every obstacle we put forward is at the detriment to our tourist industry. However, against many odds, tourists are still coming.

Has Cyril hit the bullseye?

Civil society has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden address to the nation during SONA 2018 and his government’s plans to get the country back on its development pathway.

Run, Ramaphosa, run well

A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

Civil society: It’s time to rebuild South Africa

All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

The Church responds to Zuma’s resignation

The country's bishops have welcomed Jacob Zuma's resignation and have urged the new leadership to turn away from party politics with haste, and to focus on the cry of the people. 

Catholics called to be prophets, not ‘Zuma-bashers’, at bi-centenary celebration

The Catholic Church celebrates being present in Southern Africa for 200 years in 2018. At a mass, marking the anniversary, held in Pretoria, the...

A Matric is still worth celebrating

While the quality of education, the standards to which our learners and teachers are held, and the lack of clear direction from the Department of Education are all massively problematic for education in South Africa, there are still many stories of educational triumph despite a system that seems to suppress it. Claire Mathieson believes a Matric certificate is certainly still worth celebrating.

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A Matric is still worth celebrating

While the quality of education, the standards to which our learners and teachers are held, and the lack of clear direction from the Department of Education are all massively problematic for education in South Africa, there are still many stories of educational triumph despite a system that seems to suppress it. Claire Mathieson believes a Matric certificate is certainly still worth celebrating.

Catholics called to be prophets, not ‘Zuma-bashers’, at bi-centenary celebration

The Catholic Church celebrates being present in Southern Africa for 200 years in 2018. At a mass, marking the anniversary, held in Pretoria, the...

World Youth Day wanted in South Africa

It's time for World Youth Day to come to Africa and South Africa wants to host it say pilgrims, clergy and Cardinal Napier.

Civil society: It’s time to rebuild South Africa

All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

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