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.
The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report has shown South Africa has made great strides, however CPLO director Fr Peter-John Pearson argues these are not nearly enough in dealing with the great scourge affecting vulnerable people around the world.
Following years of legal negotiations the Department of Home Affairs has granted rights equivalent to permanent residency to the majority of applications that were submitted on ‘special grounds’ by a group of Angolan former refugees.
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.
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.