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Whistleblowing — A role for the Church?

We are presented with examples of corruption and wrongdoing at every turn. In our workplaces, governmental and non-governmental institutions, our churches and our schools...

Calling for financial accountability from SA’s Church

South Africans have been privy to the devastating scandals of state-capture and the massive mismanagement of corporate finances frequently uncovered in our country.  Paulina...

Social Media and creating God in our own image

We have become social media junkies just waiting for our next Facebook or Instagram fix to keep us sane. Janine Scott-dos Santos, our newest...

kiSwahili – not just any other African language

Educational authorities in South Africa have announced their decision to introduce KiSwahili to the pool of additional languages available to school learners. This decision...

On our current economy — An open letter to SA President

In an open letter to the South African President, Mphuthumi Nthabeni cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa about being too worried or paying disproportionate atttention to...

State and Church out of sync with the Times

As we condemn xenophobia and vigilantism, we must not lose sight of why they are on the increase or even too glibly blame the...

The new scramble for Africa: China and the West

Fearmongering seems to be the present modus operandi and the motor force for delivering fake news. Many are finding themselves brainwashed and worshipping at...

What Steve Biko can teach the Church in crisis today

Steve Biko was an anti-apartheid activist brutally murdered while in police custody in September forty-one years ago. Few would know that he also held...

Zuma:‘No’ State Capture! Satire, Farce or Tragedy played for laughs?

"There is no state that is captured", this was the much-reported remark of Jacob Zuma as he addressed university students at Walter Sisulu University...

Catholic system of power: rule by priests

The growing state of crisis in our Church leads Fr Chris Chatteris, a Jesuit priest who has held many positions of leadership in the...

Young pregnant and poor — a global reality

Earlier this week we reported on the Stats SA report on live births and the startling revelations it contained of pregnancy among young South African girls....

State Capture and lessons learnt from Spiderman

State Capture has plagued South Africa's public discourse such that its mere mention evokes the strongest feelings of contempt, across the land and beyond. The outbreak of clerical sex-crimes in the Church has evoked similar reactions of disgust. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya looks to Spiderman for inspiration in the hope that the webspinners can offer us the motivation we need to act beyond our justified visceral impulses.

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