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Easing the suffering of winter and COVID-19 in Snake Park Township

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on already poor communities. Many have lost their jobs and...

A crisis of possibilities

The COVID-19 public emergency in South Africa and the world has spurred individuals, communities and governments to support each other in unprecedented...

A glimpse into the real South Africa

Increasing poverty and the state's indifference to the plight of disenfranchised urban communities cast a pall of gloom over South Africa. Fikile-Ntsikelelo...

How about a “wealth line”?

As world leaders gather in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly, the world's poorest nations will look for a greater share...

In Madagascar, Pope Francis says that joy lightens the demands of discipleship

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass on 8 September in Antananarivo, Madagascar, as part of his 4-10 September pastoral visit to Southern Africa. He had already been in Maputo and travels on to Mauritius on Monday, 9 September. The Catholic News Agency reports on the Mass at the diocesan grounds of Soamandrakizay.

The Church’s response in times of increased joblessness and crime

Statistics South Africa released its employment figures in late July. The data shows that unemployment has increased and the job market remains stagnant. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya...

It took death to prick our national conscience on homelessness

The murders of five people living on the streets of Pretoria has provoked calls for an urgent investigation into finding the killer. It’s pitiful that the death of human beings is what it takes to shock us to see — and maybe respond to — those who live on our streets.

Calling for a tax revolt is immoral

Helen Zille, the previous leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, provoked a social media storm when she threatened to initiate a "tax revolt" if the country's corruption history wasn't timely tackled. Paulina French investigates what this would mean for our society's poorest and also the moral implications of such action, taking the Catholic Church's social teaching into account.

In the line of fire

Whether as victims of crime or fires, the poor are always sidelined and find themselves on the back foot and at the mercy of...

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....

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Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that...

Natural evil and God: from Voltaire’s “Candide” to Camus’ “The Plague”

Every age has its cataclysm and every generation asks how a loving God can permit suffering. The COVID-19 pandemic has so far...

Cut the government some slack

There is a growing weariness and frustration among South Africans as the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response enter a fifth month....

Tribute to Andrew Mlangeni: champion against corruption

On 21 July 2020, the last remaining Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who jailed with Nelson Mandela during the anti-apartheid struggle, died...