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Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Sarah-Leah is Johannesburg-born and raised but now lives and is inspired by the ocean in Cape Town. A former teacher and current open source media analyst and translator, she has worked in the field of open source media monitoring for the last ten years. Sarah-Leah is about to take a leap of faith in teaming up with some great minds to start a new company that provides open source intelligence to public and private entities to assist them in monitoring and responding to political and security risks. Born and raised a Catholic, the Church's social teaching is both a challenge and inspiration to her. She also writes a monthly column in The Southern Cross.

Anger lives next-door to fear

As South Africa enters the second phase of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sarah-Leah Pimentel reflects on the changing mood in...

The (im)possible challenge: The road to recovery

On 21 April President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce the creation of a R500 billion recovery and stimulus package to help South...

A far more serious disease than coronavirus

The coronavirus has now spread to all continents and, in response, nations are issuing travel restrictions or placing entire cities on lockdown in an...

Church in the Congo: The delicate balance of speaking truth to power

A statement by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) accusing political groups of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country has generated...

Waiting for the Messiah in imperfect times

It is nearly Christmas but Sarah-Leah Pimentel finds it difficult to focus on the meaning of the season in the midst of bad news and...

Stories of hope — Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series, containing stories of hope by the participants at the recent Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust held in...

Stories of hope — Part 1

The Taizé community held a Pilgrimage of Trust in Cape Town between 25-29 September. Each morning, the pilgrims gathered at the parishes of their host families...

Cape Town hosts Taizé pilgrimage of trust —25-29 September

From 25 to 29 September, Cape Town will host an international youth pilgrimage of trust, organized by the France-based Taizé community. Sarah-Leah Pimentel writes...

Amnesty International wants Pope Francis to focus on human rights during African visit

Pope Francis begins a three-leg pastoral visit to Southern Africa on 4 September. Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has called on the pontiff to address human...

IN-DEPTH — Why the Ebola outbreak in the DRC should be everyone’s concern

One year after an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the crisis is far from over. Sarah-Leah Pimentel and Shrikant...

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The (im)possible challenge: The road to recovery

On 21 April President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce the creation of a R500 billion recovery and stimulus package to help South...

Underlying racism and other-isms of the Church as institution

Despite the worldwide demonstrations in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, Sarah-Leah Pimentel argues that racism cannot be overcome...

Archdiocese of Cape Town gains two new priests and one deacon

On Saturday, 10 August, the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the ordination of two men to the priesthood and another to the diaconate at...

For whom the bell tolls: prayer or noise?

The sounds made by people gathered for prayer are considered, by some, a serious public nuisance and a violation of religious freedom. A heated social media exchange on this issue provoked Sarah-Leah Pimentel to write.

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