December 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter Focus on Gender Justice, HIV and AIDS  

It may be difficult to imagine that any good at all could evolve out of the AIDS pandemic which has caused so many people so much pain and so much loss.  However it has asked us to reconsider our sexual behaviours and in doing so has forced us, as a society, to review the complex relationship between men and women, and the customs and beliefs that may exacerbate HIV exposure.  This newsletter focuses on the work of the KZNCC and its partners in relation to HIV and gender.
 

How you can participate in stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS


The KZNCC’s HIV and AIDS response is led by Ms. Duduzile Radebe who was appointed the SAVE Campaign Manager in March 2014. Dudu has worked within the development sector for the past 15 years, she is passionate about strategic issues of socio-economic justice and community development.  Dudu is a dedicated Christian, wife and a mother of an 11 year old boy. 

To be involved please contact Dudu Radebe on 033-3454819  dradebe@kzncc.org.za
 


SAVE HIV and Aids Prevention Campaign – what does it mean?

SAVE  is an abbreviation standing for:
 
S afer practices ( A+B+C+PMTCT+ Safe blood+ Safe injections+ Safe circumcision )
A ccess to treatment ( STIs +ART + nutrition + clean water )
V oluntary testing and counselling ( regular counselling, stigma issues and treatment ), and  E ducation and Empowerment ( gender justice + policies + sex, sexuality rights (SRHR ).
 
The campaign also covers training of leaders and communities on the problem issues of Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction and Misaction ( SSDDIM).
 
The background to SAVE -  SAVE  forms a key element in the strategy of Christian Aid, a not for profit organization of the English and Irish Christian Church. Since 2012 the strategy of Christian Aid entitled “Partnership for Change: The Power to end Poverty” focuses on the elimination of poverty. Christian Aid is mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication and the  SAVE campaign is an acknowledgement of the complex connections between high HIV infection, social injustices and poverty.  Christian Aid is founded on the Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity. 

The KZNCC is a  partner for change  to the  SAVE  HIV and AIDS Prevention Campaign in South Africa. ( www.christianaid.org.uk ).The  SAVE  HIV and AIDS Prevention Campaign aims to reduce HIV transmission and improve Care and Support to HIV infected people by:

  1. Conducting a protracted lobbying and advocacy campaign targeted to the South African Government Department of Health to adopt and apply  SAVE  as its formal HIV and AIDS prevention, education and awareness strategy. (LONGTERM GOAL)
  2. Mobilizing and educating communities to form strategic networks and partnerships on rolling out a nationwide  SAVE  campaign and to lobby and influence national policy. (MEDIUM TERM GOAL)
  3. Creating awareness of and promoting access to safer practices, treatment, testing and counseling, education and empowerment, including gender equity. (SHORT-TERM GOAL)

SAVE originated in an African pastoral context; leaders of faith communities realized the need to respond to people who are infected and affected by HIV in a way that reflected a loving God rather than a judgmental dismissive God. The SAVE campaign is an HIV and AIDS prevention program, adopted by KZNCC, it primarily seeks to mobilise the religious sector, moving beyond the ABC methodology, and working together with many other sectors to promote safer sexual practices to address the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS.

This is the SAVE HIV and AIDS Prevention campaign letter head
 

Recent SAVE Campaign Activities by Dudu

The campaign has sparked ongoing interest and desire for the methodology of SAVE to be replicated and adopted by the KZN government. In the Provincial and District AIDS Councils, the KZNCC has been working closely with the TAC (Treatment Action Campaign) and NAPWA to promote SAVE HIV and AIDS prevention.  We are delighted that the provincial TAC chairperson, comrade Patrick Mdletshe was recently elected as the Provincial Aids Council’s (PAC) deputy chairperson.


In collaboration with TAC the SAVE Campaign team holds quarterly meetings with senior provincial Management of the Department of Health (and the HAST unit) to discuss progress on SAVE campaign and related HIV interventions within the province.

Furthermore, KZNCC works together with the District Mayor’s office, we are engaged in a process of mobilising private business’s resources for children and households affected by the impact of HIV and AIDS.


The KZNCC SAVE Manager has been invited to a number of its member churches to present the SAVE methodology. The church is becoming a real source of hope, comfort and life giving information. People infected and affected by HIV and AIDS are included in all the engagements and participate in dialogues about HIV and AIDS.

The Natal Coast diocese of the Methodist church is a member church of the KZNCC that has demonstrated a perpetual passion for the SAVE campaign, where the KZNCC has been invited to engage with the church and its members on the methodology. During the 2014 Youth Month a workshop was held with HIV 20 coordinators from the KZN coastal region, the SAVE campaign was well received and coordinators resolved that there needs much more training and dialogue on the SAVE campaign in their local areas as there is a dearth of HIV related information and targeted interventions. This has been followed with other opportunities where information has been shared though the dissemination of to various events that have taken place within the diocese.

These interventions are some of the many that have been implemented over the past few months, indicating the progressive achievement of the SAVE objectives for ensuring that HIV and AIDS is addressed and eradicated by the church. The church will have tangible interventions and will no longer be silent about critical issues around HIV and AIDS and its ongoing impact on society as a whole.


 


The Distribution of Condoms: Reported by Andiswa Mchunu (intern KZNCC)

In many churches the distribution of condoms has raised many questions based on faith and doctrines of the church.  On the 24 th  September 2014 the KZNCAN and the KZNCC youth visited the Mpophomeni area where church elders, pastors and the youth participated in these discussions that showed that the distribution of condoms in churches as a way of preventing the spread of HIV is a practice many church leaders shy away from. When condoms are distributed, some look the other way and just walk away and others say “the distribution of condoms is against their belief and against God”.

Ms. Radebe shared with various churches how essential it is for church leaders to preach a change of behavior and attitudes to save lives, in addition she explained how condoms are another way of stopping the spread of HIV.  She urged the church leaders to organize youth and to initiate discussions about family life, and other issues that affect youth. We note that in churches, while some elders respond positively to the topic, many church leaders remain uncomfortable being part of discussions on sex and sexuality.
 


Scaling up to the National Level – New networks and partnerships

Most of the work on the SAVE HIV and AIDS campaign was in KwaZulu Natal. The campaign was introduced and warmly accepted by Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces. The Councils of Churches in these provinces, Treatment Action Campaign and National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids (NAPWA) in these provinces are in full support of the campaign, and are currently developing strategies to incorporate the SAVE methodology into their existing HIV and AIDS programs. The South African Council of Churches (SACC), representing the faith community, and the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), representing the totality of sectors of organisations and individuals actively involved in eradicating HIV and AIDS across South Africa have been approached for support.
The SACC’s provincial chairpersons and ecumenical secretaries’ deliberations on the SAVE campaign ended in them resolving to take the campaign to their respective provinces starting with meetings, dialogues and trainings needed to mobilise masses, inform them and capacitating them for necessary action. 

Sonke Gender Justice and INERELA have committed to work with KZNCC in taking the SAVE HIV and AIDS prevention nationally, especially taking it to South African National Aids Council (SANAC). Taking SAVE to SANAC is vital to ensuring that the approach is integrated into the national plan of addressing the crisis of the spread of HIV infections, AIDS, stigma and discrimination, limits to access to treatment through defaulting, and promoting behavioural change amongst South Africans. The SAVE Campaign works in close contact with the Gender justice arm of the KZNCC “Sisters of faith in action” and the “male caregivers’ programs”.
 


Sisters Of Faith In Action (Sofia)

Through this initiative, the mobilising of women of faith and facilitating safe spaces for them to discuss ways to promote gender justice, stop domestic violence and promote gender equity. Women get together and explore ways to support each other. Reverend Phumzile Zondi Mabizela has been running sensitization workshops at SOFIA meetings in which she shared her belief that, “women are precious creatures from God, created to be helpers in their households and society at large” and added that it “is imperative to respect a woman and in doing so to acknowledge the beautiful creation of the Lord”. In all meetings and workshops women are urged to report any form of abuse. Participants in these meetings are encouraged to form local support groups offering care and support against gender injustice.
 

Washable and reusable Sani-pads – a project of SOFIA

Sani-pad is a panty made of 100% cotton knit, (130 – 140g). The elastic is a standard non-woven rubber base, and won’t stretch out of shape. The panty a fitted pad with 6 layers, the outer being the 100% cotton knit, water proofing, 3 layers of hydrophilic fabric and then the inner is a hydrophobic fabric. It is fully washable and therefore reusable and will last a minimum of 5 years. 3 pads are provided per panty enabling the female to change the pads when out and about, and to wash them when she gets home.

Background to the washable and reusable Sani-pads  - According to a research by Leonie Taylor in 2011, 56% of female learners in rural KwaZulu-Natal province lose 28% of learning time due to absence from school because they menstruate and have no sanitary pads to wear. These girls are unable to afford health friendly sanitary care. To avoid embarrassment and stress they resort to inserting  toilet paper in their private parts or stay at home missing valuable school time.

The SOFIA program supported by KZNCC has started supporting local women to make and produce reusable sani-pads and supplying them to disadvantage girls. These pads provide girls with solution to to be comfortable during menstruation, a solution that enables them attend school confidently. We are engaging the KZN Department of Education for support.
 

Capacity Building Training for Church People

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council supported by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) are working on a capacity building project for churches. The first phase was the training of Master Trainers on  gender justice issues.  Daniela Gennrich facilitated the training of Master Trainers using an inspirational toolkit for church people. The toolkit on gender justice and how churches can combat gender based violence and transformation is available for use on request.

 The 15 Master Trainers were drawn from KwaZulu Natal Christian Council, Gauteng Council of Churches and Western Cape Council of Churches. Participants felt that training was of a high standard and equipped them with valuable skills to engage the public and community leaders on gender justice and transformation.

Daniela Gennrich with the KZNCC team at a Capacity Building workshop in Pietermaritzburg

 


The 16 Days of Activism

This year’s 16 days of activism against woman and child abuse started on 25 November to 10 December with awareness workshops and campaigns focusing in Inanda-Ntuzuma-KwaMashu areas. Other campaigns were in KwaPata, Ladysmith, Colenso, Mpophomeni and Howick areas reaching out to over 50 clergy and over 6000 people in the province.

Also in the 16 days, the office of the Ungungundlovu Municipality Mayor Yusuff Bhamjee decided to implement a campaign aimed at:

  • Raising funds to assist children who have been negatively impacted by HIV and AIDS
  • Supporting development of a model on how the church can support abused woman
  • Creating safe platforms in the municipality for abused women
  • Encouraging abused women to report abuse
  • Standing together against all forms of violence



 


Plans for the SAVE Campaign in 2015

  • Follow-up meetings with Civil Society organisations (CSOs) to finalise the SAVE campaign intervention strategies in the Western Cape.
  • Together with TAC, NAPWA and KZNCC continue introducing SAVE to learners within the basic education level through various meetings and mobilisation activities with COSAS.
  • The national launch of the SAVE campaign in 2015.
  • Translation of the SAVE training toolkit into other South African languages.
  • In 2015 the SAVE campaign will be implemented in Western Cape and Gauteng province, in collaboration with CSOs
  • The SAVE HIV and AIDS prevention campaign is to be presented to SANAC sectors during the first quarter of 2015

Christmas always reminds us  …  to Love and Care

A message from the KZNCC Chairperson Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe

As we approach the universal celebration of the birth of Christ our lord, it always amazes me at Christmas how we increase our spirit of sharing, loving and caring.  On behalf of KZNCC I urge all Church leaders and laity to show love, share abundantly with the less fortunate ones, and embrace one another even in the midst of the current challenges facing us as individuals, families and as a nation. During and after Christmas we all need to be part of that visible expression of togetherness and sharing as a way to spread love, kindness and respect of human dignity in tangible and meaningful ways.

At Christmas we realise the meaning of Christmas as joy, happiness, excitement because “ …  for God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten Son.“ (John 3.16).  Together let us make OUR PROVINCE A PEACEFUL PROVINCE OF LOVE, CARE AND GOODWILL.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank your for all your good work in 2014, and on behalf of the KZNCC staff and Executive I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and safe festive season and a prosperous 2015.

November 2014 Newsletter

Focus of Newsletter: Land Issues and Farming  

A ll over the world Christians thank God for their daily bread. We seldom pause to consider the farmer who grew the wheat.  This newsletter is dedicated to current and aspirant farmers, large and small, land owners and the landless who dream of farming
 

ARTICLE 1

 

KZNCC nominated Bheki Nene for The Future Leaders Youth Awards.  We felt he was a very worthy candidate whom we were proud to recommend; here is his story...

Bheki is a farm kid, his grandparents and parents all worked as labourers on a farm near Mooi River. Bheki attended the local primary school, but as there were not funds for him to go to the secondary school in the next town, he began to work on the farm too.  After three years he had learnt a lot about farming, but he had also learnt that being a farm labourer was not a job for a young man wanting to go places, so he took his savings and put himself through grade 12 at KwaDlamini Secondary School. He then worked for three years  as a stipend paid educator for Masfunsane on their functional adult literacy programme.

As a result of a land claim the workers on the farm where Bheki grew up came to own the land.  The decision was taken to lease the land, however this did not go well so by the time Bheki was elected as the Chairperson of the Guguletu Trust in 2012, the land and the equipment had been abused and the lease remained unpaid. After a legal battle the community families moved back onto the land but realised they would need help to re-develop the land. Bheki successfully gained a 3 year mentorship contract with Techno Serve, an American grant maker.  He also negotiated contracts to supply Shoprite, Spar and Woolworths with lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. The donor contract began in March 2014 having been negotiated during the previous year. The farming is going very well, with the co-operative members working hard and the first income banked in the Trust account.

Bheki has many dreams, in the short term he wants to gain the skills for packing their own product (which is currently outsourced).  In the medium term he wants to save enough funds and gain financial knowledge so that at the end of the 3 years contract with TechoServe the farm will be sustainable.  And in the long term he wants all the members of the cooperative to develop a “we can do this ourselves” attitude which will lead to them building their own  formal homes, empowering themselves with knowledge and most importantly for the youth to see farming as a viable and exciting career choice. And finally he dreams of a food secure South Africa to which his cooperative contributes significantly.

Gene 3:23 "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken".
 

ARTICLE 2

 

The Church goes farming……
The KZNCC have embarked upon a project which aims to turn fallow church land all over KZN into productive mini co-operative farms, by training unemployed Christians from the local church to profitably grow and harvest suitable fresh produce for sale at farm gate prices primarily to the church community.

 

The first operation in Bishopstowe is currently sponsored by ICCO and the Hudson Trust, and coordinated by Ian Holderness who reports as follows: 

The rains have eventually come – having had an extremely dry winter and spring – the soils are ready to be planted with vegetables. The lands are going to have to be hand-howed due to the terrain of the land and the odd stump that would make tractor cultivation impossible at this point. We hope that the vegetables will be ready by December – in time for the Christmas festivities.

The pigs have adjusted well to their new out-door environment. The Coop members have named the Boar “King Douglas”. I am sure he is going to be a point of much discussion – in the reports to come.


The strategy for the farm was to create a revenue stream as soon as possible. Our first two batches of chickens have been slaughtered. The proof is in the eating – Reverend Ntuli – was deservedly our first customer – asked how they tasted he replied “best ever”!

Ducks have been added to the operation – to also gain alternative revenue streams.

ABOUT APPELSBOSCH……..

 
The second track of land is in Applesbosch. It is funded by a Dutch funder ICCO and by the Provincial Department of Agriculture.
 
The coop members are busy clearing the arable land.  Fencing material has been delivered to the farm by the Department of Agriculture.  The area which is to be irrigated has been demarcated for fencing first.  The lime is at the Allerton store waiting delivery.  It will be incorporated when the lands are ploughed.  Fertilizer for the 2 ha of green mielies has arrived, however the price increase of 15% was not in the original quotation so we are awaiting authority to proceed.  A request to the Department of Agriculture for irrigation equipment has been submitted and is awaiting an order as the site visit has already been completed.  
 
Mr Jeffrey’s reports that the coop members are enthusiastic and that the success of the project rests mainly with them. Further as Mr Jeffrey is retiring soon, Mr WM Ndlovu the extension officer for the area should be considered an excellent contact person to work closely with in the future.
Here is our draft logo for the farm produce, note the KZNCC endorsement in the right-hand corner

WHERE TO NEXT…..

There is discussion over land in Keat’s Drift and at Umzimkhulu. 

Human Rights in Action

The Land Issues Sub-committee of KZNCC deals with all manner of injustice relating to the access to land.  Abahlali baseMjondolo  (Shack Dwellers of South Africa)  attended the last meeting despite their recent bereavement.  They  were very distressed about the passing of the Chairperson Thuli Ndlovu and explained there concerns as follows:

PRESS STATEMENT

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Thuli Ndlovu, the Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson in KwaNdengezi, was Assassinated last Night

Between half past six and seven last night an armed man burst into Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi while she was watching TV. He shot her seven times and she died on the scene. There were two other people in the house at the time. One was Sphe Madlala, an 18 year old neighbour. He finished matric last year and did very well in physics and maths. Our movement has been trying to help him to get into university. He had come to the house to help Thuli’s 17 year old daughter, Sli, with her matric studies in maths and science. Sphe was also shot twice in the stomach but he survived. He underwent surgery at RK Khan Hospital at one this morning and remains in a critical condition. Thuli’s one year old son, Freedom, was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He was not physically harmed. Sli was in a separate outside room with her grandmother at the time of the shooting.

Quoting from an article in the Daily Maverick written by Daneel Knoetze for GROUNDUP  2/10/2014

“In a  substantial press statement  by AbM on Tuesday evening, the movement named a local ANC ward councillor as a suspect in ordering the killing, placing him at the scene an hour before Ndlovu was shot. His presence intimidated Ndlovu, AbM said, and she apparently told her mother, who was also present at her home, that "today we are going to be shot".

The movement explained the discord between the KwaNdengezi community and the local councillor as stretching back to 2010. AbM said the implementation of an RDP housing project in the area under the direction of the councillor had been corrupt, had been done without community consultation, had infringed on land settled by the original shackdwelling community and had desecrated family graves.

In response the community had launched a branch of AbM - a shackdwellers movement which mobilises against corrupt housing allocation and illegal evictions - in November 2012. Since then, the movement's members had been subject to intimidation, death threats and gunshots, Wednesday's statement said.

"Our movement is shocked but not surprised. We have accepted that some of us will die in this struggle. We are well aware that our leaders have been removed from the housing list and placed on the death lists. Many of us have received threats. We knew that another assassination was coming... Senior police officers were also aware that another assassination was coming. They have done nothing to give protection to our members."

The KZNCC has provided a “Healing of Memories” workshop for the extended family and effected community members.  Please join us in praying for Abahlali baseMjondolo 

Dear heavenly Father, 
We thank you that You formed the world, created light and that You are the light of the world,
You surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses of faith,
You are strengthening us in our faith in that You accepted Abel’s sacrifice, although he had to suffer,
You saved Noah and all in the ark because against all odds he set his eyes on you,
You gave Your promise and inheritance to ordinary people like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Jacob, Joseph and his children;
You strengthened the feeble faith of Moses to lead Your people from bondage into freedom, through sea and desert into the promised land.  
You set judges, prophets and leaders as an example of those who were willing to suffer for Your cause even in trials and temptations;
We fix our eyes in faith on Your Son, Jesus Christ, who obediently endured shame, cross, death and hell for our sake,
Who was raised in victory and sat down at the right hand of Your throne to rule our lives.
We remember Your words of encouragement that addresses us as sons and daughters,
Let us, even in trying times, throw off everything that hinders us and sinful thoughts that so easily entangles us, 
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us endure hardship as Your disciples, so that we can support righteousness and peace,
Strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees.
Make level paths for our feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather be healed.
Let us make every effort to live in peace with all people and according to Your holy will; 
Let none of us miss Your grace and let no bitter root grow among us.
We are in your hands that gives us strength;
We are in your sight that gives us courage;
We are in your heart that gives us comfort.
This we ask through Jesus Christ, your Son and through your Holy Spirit. Amen 
 
(Based on Hebrews 11-12)
provided by Rev Georg Scriba

Picture: A gathering of abahlali

KZNCC has many injustices reported to the Land issues committee, who investigate allegations such as  reported by the Members of 'Nkosi vuka Nathi Trust' Committee representing the Nkwalini Landless People fighting against eviction of local communities to give way to investors wanting the land for mining coal and iron-ore. (Fourth from left is our KRCC office coordinator Mrs Sthembile Sibiya and (in blue) is the Headman, Mr Zulu. This was at a committee meeting at the Headman’s home to discuss strategies of lobbying and advocacy to stop eviction of 319 families from their land, with each family promised a compensation of R 2149 to move away to somewhere.


The Landless People’s Movement is also a member of the Land issues sub-committee.  They were  established in 2001  with the aim of addressing illegal evictions, illegal impounding, the abuse of widows and youth, discrimination and racism and improving the economic empowerment of the landless people.
Many challenges have arisen over the past 13 years. Most of these challenges relate to the legislation regarding land redistribution, impounding and burial rights and the implementation of these Acts.  The main challenges are the lack of recourses which limits the movement’s ability to take up issues. The redistribution of land is too slow and the land reform system in not fully functional.
The KZNCC has played an important role in funding meetings, organising dialogues between stakeholders and providing support on court cases.

ARTICLE 3

Then KZNCC and its partners have decided to record the many and various cases they have worked with through the Land Issues Dialogue Programme. This book is in the final stages of preparation by Lucas Ngoetjana and Philippe Denis and is called

Voices of farmers, landless people and land movements in KwaZulu-Natal

We will let you know as soon as the book is available as it is full of interesting case studies and  records the experiences of all stakeholders.  We are able to bring you a snippet to whet your appetite, so here is the section on the RECOMMENDATIONS:
 
In the light of above, I propose that the following issues need to be addressed in a church based statement on land:

  1. Encouraging EKZNW to protect the biodiversity of this province and finding people solutions that will balance the needs of surrounding communities, without watering down the protection plans of these vulnerable areas. We praise God for the beauty of this province
     
  2. Encouraging all workers of the land, being subsistence farmers and commercial farmers, to remember that the land is a gift from God and needs to be protected and cared for at all times.
     
  3. Reminding the Ingonyama Trust that they manage a substantial big portion of this province and encourages the development of scientific more profit generating food production that will contribute to the need for food in the cities. We also encourage the Ingonyama Trust to explore ways in which to develop traditional Zulu foods in being commercially profitably sold in the cities.
     
  4. Reminding the government that land needs are not a political tool that can be abused for personal and party political gain. The land is a gift of God.

Commercial farming is one of our treasures ensuring food security nationally. Commercial farming is an asset to this province. But commercial farms are reminded that greed will increase the gap between rich and poor, enhancing the colonial discomfort and tension between commercial farmers and the poor. We see a Christian responsible way in managing this gap in healthy mentorship programs between commercial farmers and upcoming farmers. 

The land belongs to all. The right to own land is not a given, it is an opportunity coming with great responsibility towards the whole community. Land needs to be used in a responsible way. It needs to be shared in a responsible way. Agricultural skill training is needed desperately in order to be responsible stewards of the land. Twenty years after apartheid we need to look at African ways of managing, owning, farming and working the land, taking from the colonial era what is good, building it into a strong viable economic asset to all.


And the (Shortened) Conculsion

 
Making a difference through networking, advocacy and dialogue 
 
Under the impulse of the KZNCC Land Matters Project partners and stakeholders regularly participate in policy forums such as the parliamentary portfolio committees on land, labour and agriculture in the national and provincial Parliaments. Social movements and community leaders are empowered to debate on land matters in these portfolio committees. Church leaders participate in platforms such as the land summits where land issues are discussed. KZNCC has been able to obtain the participation of partners such as the Church Leaders’ Group, land-related NGOs, farmers and the Provincial Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Provincial Department of Agriculture.

The KZNCC Land Matters Programme has developed partnerships with organisations which enabled KZNCC to harness a wide range of voices on the complex issues of land in South Africa. The positions of farmers, farmworkers, government, organised agri-business, social movements and church leaders have been tabled for discussion in quest of sustainable solutions to landlessness, poor government land policies, abuse of human rights in farms, murders, land grabbing, forced removals and evictions, land invasions and lack of significant support by government to people allocated land.

KZNCC has engaged the Provincial Parliament, which in turn has been steadily discussing land issues with church leaders and civil society leaders at various levels. Lobbying and advocacy is taking place at Parliament portfolio committees of land and agriculture, in the public galleries during Parliament sittings, at Cabinet meetings and at private meetings with the Premier of the province. Structured and systematic training on lobbying and advocacy enabled members of participating organizations to be better informed on their rights and engage on the use of the roundtable dialogue methodology as a tool for addressing land issues in KwaZulu-Natal. KZNCC has long advocated for the usage of dialogue to resolve challenges on land matters.

The roundtable dialogues have been a successful model when issues calling for mutual engagement between farmers and farm owners, on one hand, and farm workers and farm dwellers, on the other hand, emerge.

Theological reflections have equipped participants in contextual theological hermeneutics to interpret the Bible for themselves through their own experiences in the situations in which they find themselves. KZNCC has been successful in creating space for churches and communities to have theological discussions on land matters. By so doing the churches and communities could make a connection between their faith and spirituality with the land question.

The provincial steering committee is stronger than before. It now includes farmers’ organizations and government departments of agriculture and land affairs. The Land Matters Programme of KZNCC is doing lobbying and advocacy to the National and Provincial Legislatures and presentations in the Peoples’ Parliament and the All Africa Parliament. Despite lack of funding, the Landless People's Movement has been able, with the help of KZNCC, to become operational and hold regular meetings to plan and design strategies and plan actions.

Land issues sub-committee meeting chaired by Bishop Voster

 

In conclusion, the programme has allowed the various stakeholders to work together in seeking solution to the problems of the land. It has served as a safe platform for poor people to express their views, fears and aspirations. In many ways it has made a difference in their lives. Government departments have started to engage farmers and farm dwellers on land issues. Church leaders have been galvanized and now look at the land issue with new eyes. A synergy has been created and the call for justice has been amplified.

If you and your church are not involved in this successful initiative contact Rev Ntuli to get the notice of the next meeting zntuli@kzncc.org.za.

KZNCC Admin

The KZNCC welcomes Bishop Ndwandwe to the Chair of the KZNCC Executive Committee. Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, suffragan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Natal and based at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Pietermaritzburg has been with KZNCC for the past decade and was elected into the current KZNCC Executive in 2013. Bishop Ndwandwe has deep commitment to supporting para-church organisations in their quest for social, economic and political justice.

Dates for the Diary

9 th  December:

Time: 9-1pm Land Matters provincial Summit  at Vuleka Trust in Botha’s Hills.
10 th  December

VICOBA Consultation Financial literacy and Savings club training at Sweetwaters.

February 2014 Newsletter

Introduction

This newsletter focuses on KZNCC’s land matters programme. Included in this newsletter is progress on interventions, issues, and workshops of the Healing of Memories and Reconciliation Programme.  Every bit of land needs to be used to improve the quality of life for all.  The  ‘ONE HOME, ONE FOOD GARDEN’ is a vision our former KZN Premier offered our beloved province.


Message by the Chairperson

The Durban North Methodist Church (DNMC) manse has a food garden that supplements vegetables for us and those who work here. The DNMC itself has very limited grounds and a grace garden has been planted without fencing and all are welcome to help themselves to what is growing (at the moment it is mielies).

Imagine if every house, shack, small holding, and rural home in KZN had a food garden. Imagine if every church had a grace garden.  Imagine if every church manse had a food garden.  Imagine no one going hungry in our province. The DNMC food garden proves that another world is possible; all it takes is willingness.  After all, is it not the will of God we need to align ourselves with? Listen to what Jesus of Nazareth says:  “… FOR WHEN I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU GAVE ME FOOD… Truly I tell, just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25: 35;40). God comes to us every day in the face of the hungry.  “IF A BROTHER OR SISTER IS NAKED AND LACKS DAILY FOOD, AND ONE OF YOU SAYS TO THEM, ‘GO IN PEACE; KEEP WARM AND EAT YOUR FILL,’ AND YET YOU DO NOT SUPPLY THEIR BODILY NEEDS, WHAT IS THE GOOD OF THAT?” (James 2: 15). When you have a grace garden, you can say to the hungry person: “Go and help yourself to as much as you need.” Better still, let us make real the vision of ‘one home, one garden’ and restore dignity to all in the process. Let us all come together and become a willing community.

Peace and Blessings.

Shalom Bishop Mike


 

The Land Issues Programme is Divided into Two

The first component pertains to issues of policies and human rights in relation to land issues. The KZNCC plays a proactive role in assisting the land stakeholders in finding solutions together.  The second dimension involves farming projects on land that has been made available to KZNCC for utilisation in conjunction with the communities where the farms are located. The community at Appelsbosch is making an application to become a farming NGO.


 

KZNCC'S Involvement in Healing of Memories:

KZNCC, through its regional formations, facilitates constructive dialogue between farmers and farm workers / dwellers. This also promotes healing and reconciliation through a process called ‘Healing of Memories and Reconciliation’ on land issues. Healing of memories sessions first took place at Melmoth; the second and third sessions were held at Pax Christie in Newcastle. The participants at these sessions were farm workers and farm dwellers who have experienced trauma in their lives. The last healing of memories session involved refugees, who have also experienced trauma in their lives. The Institute of Healing of Memories serves as a facilitator in all of these events.


 

Policy, Justice and Human Rights

KZNCC is   engaged in the issues of policy relating to justice and human rights. Farm workers / dwellers are especially affected by injustices levelled against them by the farmers. As a result, KZNCC has intervened on various farms throughout KZN through our regional offices. The KwaZulu Regional Christian Council catering for Uthungulu, Umkhanyakude and Zululand Districts has engaged farmers and farm workers to try and resolve issues affecting both parties. Through these engagements, it has become clear that it is not only farmers who miss the mark. The farm workers / dwellers also deliberately allow their livestock to be where they are not supposed to be.

Similar exercises have been done by the Tukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council, which caters for Uthukela, Amajuba and Umzinyathi Districts, as well as the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council catering for Sisonke and Ugu Districts. Most issues dealt with so far include issues of salaries, violation of human rights of farm workers / dwellers, unfair distribution of work load, as well as inhumane living conditions. Some of these issues, especially salaries issues, were negotiated successfully. More serious cases involve evictions of farm dwellers and the demolition of their houses, as has happened in Estcourt, Vryheid and other places. Some of these traumatic experiences have resulted in the death of individuals, as in the case of Escourt where Mrs Shalazile Ndlovu died of a heart attack and was buried on the farm.


Demolished houses in Estcourt


Left - The Natal Witness Newspaper article.
Right - Burial of Mrs Shalazile Ndlovu


 

Steering Committee on Land Matters

Steering Committee meetings on land issues (which take place bi-monthly) have been conducted in February, April, June, August and October, where scriptural reflections (evoking lively discussions) and other issues specifically relating to land issues and government policies have been tackled. Also, various structures like the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), Rural Women’s Movement (RWM), Rural Network (RuN), farmers, and regional partners of KZNCC have made inputs relating to the work they are doing.

The work done by the Provincial Steering Committee on Land Issues culminated in the SADC Land Summit, which took place St Philomena in Durban from the 16th – 18th October 2013. The following SADC countries were invited: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, DR Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar. Important decisions relating to the way forward were taken at this Summit.  A follow-up meeting involving a SADC sub-committee consisting of Botswana, Zambia and South Africa took place in Pretoria from the 18th – 21st November 2013.

 


 

Participation of the Government Departments

The Departments of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Affairs and of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs have played a huge role by deploying engineers   to the farms of Appelsbosch and Bishopstowe to assess the farms. Recommendations have been made that will help in the proper implementation of the farming projects. Not only are they helping with technical support; they have also promised much material support.

 


 

Trips Undertaken

Trips have also been undertaken to Mandeni and Pinetown to look at the greenhouses and tunnels which are used for intensive farming.

On the 21st May 2013, a KZNCC delegation went to the South Coast, St Faiths, to view a farm given to KZNCC by the United Congregational Church of Sothern Africa (UCCSA), the extent of which is 10 acres. The delegation met with the UCCSA Saint Faiths Council members to discuss the following issues:

  • Food security
  • Possibility of job creation
  • Commercial farming
  • Sustainability of the project


Left - St Faiths plot which is 10 acres.
Right - Members of UCCSA St Faiths Council


 

News from Rural Network – KZN

Rural Network SA is the organisation formed by different communities covering Pongola, Mtubatuba, Eshowe, Melmoth, Njobokazi, Rosboom, Howick, Utrecht and Masangweni under Empangeni. We stand for all land matters and gender justice.  We ensure, through the help of our funders, that we give our community members the opportunity to develop themselves through the University of KZN. The communities are informed that we stand for land rights and justice.

We strongly believe in seeing our people taking the lead in their land struggle, regardless of gender and age. We let those who suffer pain talk about it and attempt to work it out themselves. We consult the courts if necessary so that the judiciary plays a role where we see injustice. We have immense hope for success in the future because we are able to sit around the table with farmers who see no reason to undermine the voice of the poor. This makes it possible to fulfil the calling endowed on us by God to be the prophetic voice of the nation.

 

RURAL WOMEN'S MOVEMENT

The Rural Women’s Movement held a launch of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality at Mathafeni Community Hall (uGu District - Umzumbe) on the 23 March 2013. The KZNCC participated, since we are in partnership with the movement. This was a grand affair with representatives from the Premier’s office, the UN desk in Johannesburg and from most of KwaZulu-Natal.

RWM is also busy trying to solve the water issue in Underberg. In addition to this, 750 women in Sisonke municipality are training people on how to run businesses.


Rural Women's event at Umzumbe's Mathafeni Hall

RWM is also busy trying to solve the water issue in Underberg. In addition to this, 750 women in Sisonke municipality are training people on how to run businesses.

LANDLESS PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT

The Estcourt issue, where families were evicted, is awaiting the land court’s decision. The farmer at Hilton farm, whose workers complained of indecent living conditions and the abuse of human rights, has sold his farm. The government Portfolio Committee was prevented by the famer from conducting investigations on his farm relating to violation of farm workers' rights, as well as the decomposed bodies which were found on his farm. Lastly, on the issue of leases, the lessee pays R1 per year for a period of 5 to 10 year lease.

THEOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

This exciting interdisciplinary programme envisions the increased capacity of Christian leadership in Africa to reflect on and be engaged in social transformation for the public good.

  • A programme of choice for African theological scholarship
  • Critical reflection on issues in development
  • Postgraduate degrees: BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD
  • Dynamic classes & cutting-edge research
  • Expertise for leadership in the church, academy & society

Applications to study in 2014 are open, until 31 October 2013. A limited number of bursaries are available based on academic merit & promise.

Enquiries:
Director: 
Dr Clint Le Bruyns

Website

November 2013 Newsletter

From the Desk of the CEO

Welcome to the KZNCC newsletter! The KZNCC is making inroads into combating the scourge of HIV and AIDS. This newsletter will focus on the work done by KZNCC in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We also share news from our sister ecumenical organisations in KZN  where available.

You are also encouraged to see our job advert for the position of SAVE HIV and AIDS Prevention Campaign Manager on  www.kzncc.org.za ,  as well as the UKZN advert in this issue dealing with registration dates for the Theology and Development Programme.

God Bless!

Dr Douglas Dziva


A Word from Bishop Mike Vorster, Chairman of the Executive Board

 

The other day my doctor told me that her son is spending a semester in a Scandinavian university and that A CELL PHONE WAS STOLEN FROM A LOCAL STUDENT. The reaction by the students in his residence was of shock and disgust (because crime is uncommon). The doc’s son said his initial response was of indifference because petty and major crime like this happens so often in South Africa. My doc went on to say that we seem to have become numb to crime in general.

Last week my daughter was one of 40 PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN SCAMMED by a person selling fraudulent tickets for a music festival in Darling, Western Cape. This chap made about R30 000. This left her stranded. From a distance, we as parents were frantic and, together with our circle of church friends, we managed to find her accommodation and another ticket. It all turned out okay for her in the end. This does not always happen for many who are affected by crime. Crime comes to us in many ways. Are we becoming indifferent to it all?  Have WE BECOME COMFORTABLY NUMB when injustices and crimes occur in South Africa because it happens so often?

TEST YOURSELF. READ A NEWSPAPER TODAY; ESPECIALLY ANY ARTICLE TO DO WITH CRIME and/or POLITICAL VIOLENCE and/or INJUSTICES. HOW DO FEEL ABOUT THIS?

Yes, WE HAVE OUR MOMENTS OF MORAL OUTRAGE and then we go back to accepting, even participating in breaking the law (like talking on our cell phones when driving, thinking this is nothing), until THE NEXT CRISIS that is headlined in newspapers. Remember how everyone was dancing in the townships recently as part of a campaign against rape? Where did that moment of moral outrage get us?  Programmes of action are needed. Socio-economic issues need to be addressed. 

THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT WAS CALLED “THE WAY,” BECAUSE THEY LITERALLY SHOWED THE WAY IN THE WAY THEY LIVED.  As a Christian community we ought to LIVE PROPHETICALLY – here is a hint of HOW from Acts 2:44 “All who believed were together and HAD ALL THINGS IN COMMON; they would sell their possession and goods and DISTRIBUTE THE PROCEEDS TO ALL, AS ANY HAD NEED. 
IMAGINE IF WE LIVED THIS WAY…..???

God bless and keep you safe.
Shalom, Bishop Mike 


 

News

KZNCC, TAC, AND NAPWA SIGN MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING

The signing of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the KZNCC, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and with the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPWA) was an historical achievement. This milestone was reached on the 19th June 2013 at the sitting of the 6th South African AIDS Conference (SAAC) at the Durban International Conference Centre. The MoUs are ultimately about rolling out the SAVE Campaign in all the 9 provinces of South Africa. Member churches are encouraged to take an interest in the SAVE Campaign. Look out for invitations to participate in spreading the positive messages of prevention.

Patrick Mdletshe for TAC, Mululeki Zazane for NAPWA and Douglas Dziva sign memorandum of agreement on SAVE campaign

APPROACHING THE CHAPTER 9 INSTITUTIONS: KWAZULU-NATAL CHURCH AIDS NETWORKS (KZNCAN)

The KZNCAN programme is now approaching the Chapter 9 Institutions of South Africa for partnership and joint implementation where our activities are compatible. Watch this space for the progress report in the next issue.

EIGHTY (80) FATHERS HONOURED: SISTERS OF FAITH IN ACTION (SOFIA), SOBANTU BRANCH

SOFIA is that hosted a successful Fathers’ Day event at the Sobantu Chambers on 16 June 2013. About 80 fathers from as far as Mngeni Municipality attended. The fathers were presented with ablution cosmetics donated by the Gift of the Givers. The fathers were engaged in a discussion addressing social ills such as rape of children, women, and the elderly, and lack of respect for one another in the communities. This discussion was facilitated by Dr L.M. Ngoetjana. This discussion at Sobantu will be conducted once a month.

Dr L M Ngoetjana facilitating a conversation on Fathers’ Day

VICTORY ON QUACK MEDICINES: LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TAC

KZNCC is working in close collaboration with the TAC as one of our partners supporting the campaign against bogus claims advocating the use of the HIVEX machine, purported to heal HIV. On the day when HIVEX was finally vexed, a meeting was held, chaired by KZN MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, which gave Mr Clive an opportunity to describe and define the HIVEX system. During his presentation, Mr Clive indicated that he does not own the HIVEX operation, but is a volunteer and a layman in the context of HIV and medical technology. He failed to provide any personal academic background when asked to do so and indicated that the HIVEX system uses electromagnetic treatment to “cure” or eradicate the HI virus proteins” (TAC Newsletter 2012:4). In keeping with the MEC’s resulting instructions, the HIVEX operation has been closed.

CONCEPT PAPER ENGAGING PERCEPTIONS AND THEOLOGIES OF FAITH AND HEALING AND HEALTH: PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ON AIDS (PCA) – HIV AND AIDS SUB-COMMITTEE

In the most recent development at the Provincial Council on AIDS (PCA) in respect of the KZNCC influencing policy-making processes, the Premier of the Province of KZN has appointed a sub-committee to look at government’s and society’s response to some faith groups who claim to have healing powers for HIV and AIDS. The MEC on Health was asked to chair the committee. The Premier called the representative of the faith sector, Dr L.M. Ngoetjana, who happens to be a staff member at the KZNCC, to automatically join the committee. At one committee meeting, the MEC asked the KZNCC advocacy person to write a concept paper on health, healing, and faith healing. The concept paper has since been approved and is being used for discussion around the province of KZN and is well-received by all participants.

PROVINCIAL ADVOCACY FORUM

The Provincial Advocacy Forum (PAF) is now up and running. The latest development with the PAF is that they have engaged with and lobbied behind the uMgungundlovu Municipality to give attention to the men’s sector. The PAF of KZNCC is leading that process. The forum continues to have workshops on the Theology of Care, community conversations on social ills, and development of advocacy strategies to engage on issues of service delivery on health related matters.

ISSUES EMERGING FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIDS CONFERENCE (SAAC) 2013 HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (ICC), DURBAN – 17TH – 20TH JUNE 2013

At the meeting of the 2013 South African AIDS Conference (SAAC), several issues have emerged as they have been addressed by speakers and participants from various parts of South Africa. Below is a brief description of what has emerged out of the conference’s deliberations.

  • Gender-based violence (GBV) against women living with HIV and human rights violations against people living with HIV (PLWH).  This has implications for policy, legislation, and programming. The programme that shall emerge will be an advocacy tool for law and policy makers, as well as human rights organisations and PLWH networks. All these efforts are meant to address stigma and discrimination against PLWH. KZNCC is urging churches and partners to organise discussions on these emerging issues. Please submit strategies for interventions to: Lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za or Fax: 033 3949965
  • Provider-Initiated Counselling and Testing (PICT) / Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).  It is acknowledged that Voluntary Counselling and Testing has not attracted many people to come forward to be tested for HIV. It is alleged Provider-Initiated Counselling and Testing (PICT) might be the way to go. PICT is an idea that HIV counselling service providers must take an initiative to openly make their skills available and challenge people to come for HIV testing - meaning that there must be an engagement between partners and policy-makers to promote an environment conducive to the implementation of PICT. Should anyone need HIV counseling, contact KZNCC – 033 345 4819; Lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za or Fax: 033 3949965; info@kzncc.org.za
  • Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC): Updates and best practices on VMMC are under discussion. From the perspective of civil society organisations, especially led and collaboratively supported by KZNCC and TAC, men must be educated on options of the methods of circumcision available so that they can make an informed choice on their selected choice. Medical Male Circumcision (MCC) was welcomed and supported by the cultural and political leadership of KZN.
  • Impact of HIV on young people:  Young people from the age of 12 are still in the grips of HIV and AIDS. The rise of teenage pregnancy is an indication that young people are having unsafe sex. More intervention and dialogue with young people is needed. KZNCC has created a tool of dialogue with young people on teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and HIV and AIDS. Should you need KZNCC to conduct a community dialogue, please contact 033 345 4819; Lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za or Fax: 033 3949965; info@kzncc.org.za
  • HIV and AIDS prevention:  The SAVE Campaign has come at the right time. This is a time when the message of prevention needs to be clearly issued. KZNCC has recently entered into Memoranda of Understanding with the TAC of KZN and National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPWA) to roll out the SAVE Campaign. The SAVE Campaign was well advertised at the SAAC, at ICC, Durban.

(From left to right) Ms. Lyn van Rooyen, Rev. Muzi Dumakude and Dr David Barstow at the KZNCC and CABSA Exhibition stall during the SAAC, ICC, Durban

INTERFAITH INTERVENTIONS EXHIBITION STAND NUMBER 73

During the South African Aids Conference 2013 which was held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban from 17th – 20th June 2013, KZNCC and other partners exhibited our work on HIV and AIDS. Approximately 4000 people visited our exhibition stand. The SAVE Campaign was especially popular and attracted many of the people who came to our exhibition stall.

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY POLITICAL DECLARATION ON HIV/AIDS: TARGETS AND ELIMINATION COMMITMENTS – TO ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HIV PREVENTION, TREATMENT, CARE AND SUPPORT BY 2015

The 2011 United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS agreed on ten targets that must be achieved by 2015. The following are the ten targets that the Assembly set. All of us should work together for these targets to be realized:

  1. Reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 50% by 2015
  2. Reduce transmission of HIV among people who inject drugs by 50% by 2015
  3. Eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and substantially reduce AIDS-related maternal deaths
  4. Reach 15 million people living with HIV with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment by 2015
  5. Reduce tuberculosis deaths in people living with HIV by 50% by 2015
  6. Close the global AIDS resource gap by 2015 and reach annual global investment of US$22 – 24 billion in low – and middle income countries
  7. Eliminate gender inequalities and gender-based abuse and violence and increase the capacity of women and girls to protect themselves from HIV
  8. Eliminate stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV through promotion of laws and polices that ensure the full realisation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms
  9. Eliminate HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay, and residence
  10. Eliminate parallel systems of HIV-related services to strengthen integration of the AIDS response in global health and development efforts.

THEOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

This exciting interdisciplinary programme envisions the increased capacity of Christian leadership in Africa to reflect on and be engaged in social transformation for the public good.

  • A programme of choice for African theological scholarship
  • Critical reflection on issues in development
  • Postgraduate degrees: BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD
  • Dynamic classes & cutting-edge research
  • Expertise for leadership in the church, academy & society

Applications to study in 2014 are open, until 31 October 2013. A limited number of bursaries are available based on academic merit & promise.

Enquiries:
Director: 
Dr Clint Le Bruyns

Website

‘KZN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES’ (KZNCC) VERGADER

Die NG Kerk in KZN was bevoorreg om deel te neem aan die drie jaarlikse "Assembly" van die KZNCC op 20 en 21 Augustus 2013. Die meeste hoofstroomkerke, kleiner kerke en ekumeniese streeksliggame in KZN is lede van die KZNCC, insluitend die NG Kerk in KZN. Ds Ben v Dyk, Predikant in Sinodale Diens in KZN, en nog vier afgevaardigdes het die vergadering bygewoon. Hy skryf:

“Vir ons as NG Kerk is die ekumeniese wêreld nog 'n groot uitdaging. 'n Mens is egter verstom oor die welwillendheid wat ons by die byeenkoms ervaar het. Ons vyf afgevaardigdes se slotsom: dit was goed om daar te wees!”

Hierdie ekumeniese liggaam skep 'n platvorm vir sy lede om gemeenskaplike sake te bespreek, verslag te kry van die projekte wat in die gemeenskap gedoen word en toekomsbeplanning te doen.

Voorgestelde projekte vir die volgende drie jaar termyn is die HIV en VIGS program, "healing of memories" en versoening asook grondkwessies. Hierdie projekte word hoofsaaklik met buitelandse donasies befonds. Tydens die vergadering is aanbiedings gedoen oor grondsake en vroueregte.

Die grondwet van KZNCC is tydens die vergadering hersien en 'n nuwe uitvoerende komitee verkies. Die vorige voorsitter, biskop Mike Vorster van die Metodiste Kerk is herkies as voorsitter.

NS: “Ons wil vir ds Ben van Dyk baie geluk wens met sy verkiesing op die uitvoerende komitee van die KZNCC. Dit is ‘n groot verantwoordelikheid, maar ons is bevoorreg om hom, van die NG Kerk in KZN se kant, op die Uitvoerende Komitee te kan hê.” (Ds Frikkie vd Merwe – Moderator KZN)

June 2013 Newsletter

From the desk of the CEO  (Dr Douglas Dziva)

Welcome to the KZNCC newsletter! In this issue we look at our outreach to KZNCC members and heads of churches to keep members updated and seek ways to improve ecumenical relationships and strengthen churches’ roles in ecumenical activism. We also share news from our sister ecumenical organisations in KZN and important information on the Parliamentary Portfolio meetings as a way of preparing church leaders and civil society to participate in engaging policy makers.  For details on how you can participate please contact Dr Lucas Ngoetjana on 033-3454819 or  lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za .  Thank you for your support and as always we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and input.


Meetings with member churches and heads of institutions to encourage ecumenical relations

 

CONSULTATION WITH BISHOP TSIETSI SELEOANE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
As a way of revitalising ecumenical relations, we are meeting with heads of churches to encourage meetings of senior clergy and heads of churches in each of the five KZN regions. The first series of meetings took place in the Thukela-Mzinyathi Amajuba region. Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane very much welcomed this idea and will be hosting the first ecumenical meeting of church leaders in the Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi region at his church in Ladysmith in July.  Furthermore, Bishop Tsietsi offered TAMCC and KZNCC free use of the church hall so that we no longer have to use hotels and motels but church premises for ecumenical events. We are very grateful for this support.

CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW METHODIST BISHOP OF THE KZN NORTH INTERIOR DISTRICT
Bishop Sandy Dickie encouraged the KZNCC and TAMCC to organise ecumenical meetings for senior church leaders in the North Interior of KZN to discuss ecumenical relations and their involvement in social, political, and economic issues.

Bishop Sandy Dickie of the Methodist church meets with Dr Paddy Kearney, KZNCC consultant, and Rev. Muzi Dumakude, Director of the Thukela-Mzinyathi-Amajuba Christian Council to discuss ecumenical relations.

MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OF THE SETH MOKOTIMI METHODIST SEMINARY (SMS) 
Rev. Mvume Dandala recently met with KZNCC and Midlands Council of Churches’ staff to discuss issues of ecumenical development and mutual support. From the Seth Mokotimi Theological Seminary, we are currently hosting Mr Mohlatse and Mr Masentse as interns learning about administration and filing, project managemen,t and proposal writing.

New exciting ideas discussed include exploring possibilities of KZNCC and Seth Mokotimi jointly hosting two theological symposia each year, students from the seminary being involved in the KZNCC’s Male Caregivers’ Programme, KZNCC being invited to make special input during certain lectures, for example on ecumenical social activism, active citizenship participation, and development of “Theologies of the Church as a caring community”.

Rev. Mvume Dandala meets with KZNCC and the Midlands Council of Churches’ staff to discuss issues of ecumenical development and mutual support. From left, Ms Hilary Taylor (SMS), Dr Mvume Dandala (SMS), Dr Lukas Ngoetjana (KZNCC) and Ms Makhosi Zondi (MCC).

MEETING WITH BISHOP GRAHAM ROSE OF THE DUNDEE DIOCESE, CATHOLIC CHURCH
Hosting the meeting, Bishop Graham Rose welcomed the idea of holding regular meetings for senior church leaders in the Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Region. As a contribution to the ecumenical movement, Bishop Graham offered the use of Pax Christi Conference facilities to TAMCC and KZNCC for use at highly subsidised cost. We deeply appreciate this gesture in the light of financial constraints currently facing faith-based NGOs working on development issues.

From left: Rev. Muzi Dumakude, Bishop Graham Rose, Bishop Steven Zulu, Mr Paddy Kearney and Bishop Twala.

UGUNGUNDLOVU MUNICIPALITY SUPPORTS CHURCHES’ DEVELOPMENT WORK
KZNCC and the uMgungundlovu District Municipality are partners in the HIV and Aids Prevention programme, as well as supporting churches on skills development so that communities can use their land and human resources for food security.

This strategic networking and partnership between churches and municipalities appears to be an important and significant link between municipalities and the churches. With this kind of practical collaboration, communities may start to develop trust in the work of municipalities. KZNCC is monitoring this pilot model and with its success, will explore how this work could be replicated in other districts.

Mayor of uMgundlovu District Municipality (behind wheel-barrow) handing over gardening tools to the Theology Students at the Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI). The gardening tools will be used to train clergy on food production and to support green vegetable production so that after graduation, students can replicate this work in their churches and communities.


Mobilising church leaders for peace building - mediating between farmers and farmworkers

Many farms are faced with continuing strikes by farm workers demanding that farmers pay the government stipulated minimum wage of R105 per worker per day. Concerned about this widespread situation, the KZNCC Land Issues Steering Committee has been closely monitoring reports on strikes on KZN farms. Now, with more farm worker strikes looming and with farmers retrenching workers, the farm situation is unstable. In fact, it threatens to be violent and spell disaster for food security. 

The KZN Land Steering Committee composed of church leaders, farmers, and landless people has recommended Rev. Zipho Ntuli ( KZNCC Land Issues Provincial Co-ordinator ), Mr Gcino Shabalala ( Landless People’s Movement ) and Rev. S. Scott, ( member of the KZN Farmers’ Union ) to continue assessing the situation on Hilton, Greytown , Seven Oaks and Boston farms and advise church leaders seeking solutions to the farm conflicts.  

These three steering committee members are identifying five church leaders in each of the regions to discuss ways in which churches can contribute solutions to farm problems in KZN. Proposed interventions include:

  • mobilisation of churches to support people affected by the KZN farm/land issue;
  • training on how to improve skills in mediation and conflict resolution;
  • briefing on land policies on land, as well as on the rights of farmers , farm workers, farm dwellers, and tenants.
  • visibility and active support of  negotiations to resolve conflict on farms.

So far, through their interventions, the farm workers in Hilton have had most of their grievances addressed and their living conditions improved drastically, with the farmer improving the housing, water supply and medical facilities for the workers.  Discussions are on-going. 


The Collaborative for HIV and AIDS Religion and Theology (CHART) Consultation

The Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology Consultation

The Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology ( CHART ), based in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has been engaged in research on the interface of religion and HIV for the past four years.  An international research project titled, “The Cartography of HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology” has resulted in two key resources: the first an annotated bibliographic database of over 2500 entries on Religion and HIV, which is available online on the CHART website www.chart.ukzn.ac.za ;  the second the publication,  Religion and HIV: Charting the Terrain  which won the 2010/2011 UKZN Book Prize in the edited book category.  CHART organised a consultation, “Contending with HIV, Contending with the Church: Building a Redemptive Religious Community,” which took place from 6th – 9th May at the Salt Rock Hotel, north of Durban. This consultation brought together Muslim and Christian leaders from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya and Namibia where the findings of the “Cartography “project were shared and a way forward for the future work  of CHART mapped out.

See our Facebook page for pictures from the consultation https://www.facebook.com/pages/Collaborative-for-HIV-and-AIDS-Religion-and-Theology-CHART/110759529023611

THE PROBLEM OF ALLEGED SATANISM IN SCHOOLS
KZNCC has been approached by several schools to intervene on the alleged Satanism activities in schools. Whilst some church leaders are restless and can’t wait to go and exorcise the demons; to this call, KZNCC has responded with caution to this and invited church leaders, the Departments of Social Development and of Education and the Premier’s Office to a meeting to deliberate on this phenomenon and to adopt an integrated approach.

Like the Gauteng Council of Churches in Johannesburg, a planning team composed of these four sectors will draw up a memorandum of understanding of  what will happen in schools, develop a database of carefully-chosen clergy to be commissioned to visit the schools, conduct briefing and debriefing sessions before the teams go to troubled schools, draw up guidelines so that the commissioned people act strictly within the laws of the country, and other guidelines outlining the processes to respond to school invitations to deal with this issue ( should you be interested to participate in this please contact Rev Simpiwe Manqokontsi on 033-3454819 ).


News from ecumenical partners

 

NEWS FROM THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH
Professional Training is offered by the Dutch Reformed Church. The NeGeMaDi Training is a joint initiative of the KZN Christian Social Services and NG Social Services in the Free State. This centre offers training for Social Auxiliary Workers. This training programme can be completed in a single year of instruction and practical experience. At the end of the programme, trainees will receive an FET Level 4 Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work.

(For more information or advice on registration, please contact NeGeMaDi KZN on 034 318 2295)

NEWS FROM THE MIDLANDS CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
Midlands Council of Churches’ (MCC) Chairperson Rev. Albert Chetty has ensured that the MCC is a registered entity with a good constitution and that careful processes are taken to recruit good leaders that will ensure good governance of MCC. Mr Paddy Kearney’s baseline study showed that MCC needs to improve on the aspect of making sure that it is diverse and representative of the spectrum that characterises Christianity: Evangelicals, mainline churches, African Independent Churches, Charismatic and Pentecostal churches.  
We are happy to share that various strategic partnerships have been pursued including networking with PACSA, Sinomlando and the Tearfund.  (For more information, please contact Rev. Simpiwe Manqokontsi on 033-3454819 or at mcc@kzncc.org.za ).

NEWS FROM THE KWAZULU REGIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL (KRCC)
KRCC has been investing its time and resources on staff and board development. Harmonious work relations among staff and the board members were emphasised as an important aspect of organisational development. Every KRCC individual was given the opportunity to identify themselves as part of KRCC, an important part of the ecumenical movements and to merge into part of a team. Through a range of team-building exercises, every member got to know the other better and helped to generate understanding of each individual through hearing about their background. In addition to this informative, fun element, there was also a formal day of discussions on the roles and responsibilities of the KRCC, as well as unpacking the roles and responsibilities of each person in the organisation. Participants were given a chance to have roles discussed with them. Staff, the management committee and executive members now have a better understanding of each other, as well as an improved understanding of how they can make a better contribution to the organisation they represent. (Should you like us to come and share with your church structures roles and responsibilities of the church council, church management committee and your church Executive Committee please contact Mr Mxolisi Roger Nyuswa on 035-4741058 or nyuswa@krcc.org.za)

NEWS FROM THE THUKELA-AMAJUBA-MZINYATHI CHRISTIAN COUNCIL (TAMCC)
In this newsletter we choose to share with you the success of our work on focussing on the protection of children. TAMCC has been working on supporting orphans and vulnerable children. This is in view of the problem of human trafficking, teenage pregnancies, street kids, child-headed homes, and child prostitution. Several presentations have been done to address this challenge in the Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi region. With the help of German partners, TAMCC has successfully built four fully-functional crèches in township communities. These serve to make sure that orphans and vulnerable children are well fed, spend their days in safe and secure environments, and that they grow being well looked after emotionally, psychologically, and physically ( For more information please contact Rev Muzi Dumakude on muzidumakude@yahoo.com ).

INVITATION

YOU ARE KINDLY INVITED TO KZNCC’S 4TH PROVINCIAL ECUMENICAL ASSEMBLY

KZNCC 4TH Provincial Ecumenical Assembly
20th 09h00 to 21st August 2013, closing at 13h00
Venue:  St Philomena Conference Centre

Two Themes will be addressed :
DAY 1:    Commemoration of 100 years of the Native Land Act: Restoration of hope for the
poor and the marginalized.
Guest Speaker - Professor Itumeleng Mosala
Response  - Mr Sbu Zikode (Abahlali)

DAY 2:  Restoring the dignity and power of women in context of the current domestic   Violence and rape of women 
Guest Speaker – MEC Arts & Culture Ms. N Sibhidla-Sapetha
Response Mrs Sizane Ngubane (Rural Women’s Movement)

This Provincial Ecumenical Assembly will draw together Churches, Ecumenical organizations and individuals to jointly look at the present challenges and deliberate on how to contribute solutions.

VERY IMPORTANT DATES: KZN PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT JULY – SEPTEMBER

Parliament sitting days – public invited to make input

  • 25 July
  • 01, 15, 22 August
  • 5, 12, 19, 26 September

Mandela Day Activities involving Parliamentarians 

  • 16 – 18 July

All Portfolio Committee Meetings:  churches and public invited to make input

  • 19 July to 27 September

Multiparty feedback Sessions: churches and public invited to make input

  • 30 – 31 July
  • 2 – 3 August

Women’s Parliament: churches and public invited to make input

  • 7-8 August

Provincial Cabinet Lekgotla: churches and public invited to make input

  • 21 – 23 August (Provisional date)

Briefing by the Auditor General: churches and public invited to make input

  • 04 September

Public Awareness Workshops: churches and public invited to participate

  • 10 – 14 September

Multiparty Visits: churches and public invited to participate

  • 17 – 21 September

People’s Assembly:  churches and public invited to occupy Parliament   

  • 24 – 25 September

Senior Citizens’ Parliament – church leaders are invited to influence discussions

  • 27 - 28 September

Welcome to the KZNCC family, Jabu Sibeko

We are very happy to introduce Jabu Sibeko to you and trust that our working relations will develop as she supports ecumenical growth. Ms Jabu Sibeko joins the KZNCC as receptionist. She is a strong Christian and has a good ecumenical background and a strong commitment to social justice and poverty eradication. Vision Excellence, Jabu’s former employer describes her as honest and hardworking, a good listener and fast learner who is punctual and meets set deadlines.

We wish her a long, prosperous service with the KZNCC family, and kindly request you to offer her your support as she will be the front face of KZNCC, liaising with you and your institution (Jabu very much looks forward to hear from you on 033-3454819 or info@kzncc.org.za .

December 2012 Newsletter

KZNCC Chairperson’s Christmas Message – Bishop Mike Vorster
“In This Time Of Advent Let Us Allow People To Speak For Themselves ….”   

Those in power tried to define John the Baptist in John 1: 19 to 27, on their terms :
“John, are you the Prophet and Messiah?”
John answers: “No – I am not the Christ.”
“Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
John says: “No.”

We hear the voice of men asking women:
“Is it not your place in society to stay at home in the kitchen? Are you not to be subservient to all that I say and demand of you?” 
The answer from women is: “No – we’re not your slaves”.

We hear the voice of the bosses in work places saying to their workers :
“Is not your loyalty to the company, therefore we can underpay you and make profits for ourselves?” 
The workers say: “No – we’re not mindless robots, we need a living wage.”

Adults ask young people and children :
“Are you not just an unruly and undisciplined bunch who need a good thumping every now and again to keep you in line?”

Young people say: “No – we’re not your punching bags.”

Should people not be allowed to speak for themselves?

What John says about himself?
As these questions about his identity are thrown at John, it is as if one can hear the impatience in his voice – give me a chance to explain for myself who I am. He replies in the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“I am the voice of the one calling in the desert, make straight the way for the Lord.”

He could well have claimed any of the titles given to him, and exploited it for his own gain. He could have deceived himself and his followers for a while, but soon the truth would have caught him out. He sets the record straight and is clear about who he is and what his function is.  He is the one to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.  “The thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie .”

During this time of Advent and Christmas may space be allowed for the least and the most oppressed in our country and world, to express who they are and not the way the powerful want them to be.

We thank God for the work of the KZNCC staff and Executive for their tenacity over this last year as together we have overcome some huge obstacles. Whilst we know we are not out of the woods yet, we praise God for all that is past; and trust God for all that’s to come.  Peace and blessings.


2012 Developments at KZNCC: A Brief from the CEO (Dr Douglas Dziva)

Cardinal Napier addressing the AGM

GOOD GOVERNANCE
In line with the principles of good governance, I ensured that the following structures are in place and operational to contribute to good governance of KZNCC.

  • Human Resources Sub-committee –  The committee consisting of Bishop Dr N Ndwandwe, Advocate Agrippa Mpongose, Dr Douglas Dziva and Mr Philip de Bruyn.
  • Fundraising Sub-committee  – Consisting of Dr Paddy Kearney, Ms Mary Kleinenberg, Dr Douglas Dziva, Dr Lucas Ngoetjana and Mr Philip de Bruyn. It meets regularly to work on resource mobilisation strategies to meet KZNCC’s short, medium and long term financial targets.
  • Finance Sub-committee  – Consists of Rev. Ben van Dyk, Ms Lundall and Dr Douglas Dziva.
  • Management Committee  – Consisting of Dr Lucas Ngoetjana, Ms Estelle Lundall and Dr Douglas Dziva manages the daily operations of KZNCC.
  • Executive Committee -  Members are Bishops M Vorster,  N Ndwandwe,  D Gabriel and S Zulu, Rev.  G Scriba and Rev. Ben van Dyk.

In 2013 we will co-opt two women leaders to have gender balance in the Executive Committee. 

MEETINGS WITH MEMBER CHURCHES
In my first round of consultations I held 22 meetings with KZNCC member and organisations helped to renew our relationships and to explore new possibilities for cooperation and support. Next year I will meet with the remaining members. The meetings yielded exceptional concrete agreements and new work possibilities.

In 2013, rather than wait till the time of the AGM, we plan to invite all members of KZNCC at quarterly intervals for to revitalize our relationship, for fellowship and joint work.

PROGRAMMES  - Dr Lucas Ngoetjana
We are proud that activities were implemented in accordance with the KZNCC 2011 Strategic Review recommendations; namely that KZNCC should play the role of supporting member churches and ecumenical organisations in implementing the planned activities rather than implement its own separate activities. We are grateful that clergy and laity, especially from the Lutheran and Methodist churches, came in numbers and hugely contributed to the planned activities as well as to the co-ordination of some of the work. This full participation of member churches in planned activities shows their affirmation of the work, see it as relevant and own it.

  • In 2013 we will seek greater practical and strategic participation of more KZNCC churches and organizations in specific planned ecumenical initiatives.

OPPORTUNITIES, OPPORTUNITIES, OPPORTUNITIES

  • We are opening-up opportunities for people from our member churches to come and offer services in support of KZNCC on a voluntary basis. Work to be done will depend on your experience.
  • We are creating “ work-place exposure opportunities ” for young people from member churches. This will help young people gain necessary basic work experience and exposure to work environment. 
  • The Dutch Reformed Church/KZN Christian Social Services (Negemadi Training  ) is  providing WRSETA accredited training in the following courses : Social Auxiliary Work, Community Health Care, Ancillary Health Care and  HIV Aids. KZNCC and DRC-KZNCSS will consider applications for 2 people selected and endorsed by each of the member churches.  For more information contact 034 318 2295 or 084 406 4953 or  e-mail:   negemadi@telkomsa.za.net
  • Lutheran  Church  leases three farms to KZNCC-  In support of KZNCC, the Lutheran Church-SED   lease three church farms to KZNCC for a 10 year period at no cost. In 2013 we are using the farms to  (i)  train church people on food production, to contribute to social cohesion as people from various racial backgrounds work together in the farms, to   generate funding for KZNCC and the church.                                  

We appeal to member churches for your support with expertise in commercial farming / food production and with material resources.

Your suggestions regarding our aim of creating opportunities to serve you and to support KZNCC will be accorded top priority consideration. Kindly contact me on ddziva@kzncc.org.za


This is the plot at Bishopstowe that was worked on by the EEP trainees  after their theoretical training. They made 30 door size plots and planted various vegetables; these are growing very well, and  from Monday the 10th of December, the same group will transplant the vegetables to a bigger plot. The facilitator was Mrs Thoko Zulu from TAMCC

SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS

  • New webpage –  enjoy it by clicking on   www.kzncc.org.za/
  • Electronic bi-monthly new newsletter – publicise your news by forwarding copy the content to   
    philip@kzncc.org.za
  • KZNCC facebook – We are open to publicise member churches’ work on KZNCC Facebook.
  • New KZNCC flier/brochure  – In 2013 our brochure will be translated into IsiZulu.  We are now a member of   
    the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business –  We will forward PCB news to KZNCC members.

News from Ecumenical Partners in KZN

KWAZULU REGIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL (KRCC) 
In September KRCC (supported by Oxfam) started a DRR (disaster risk reduction) project whereby 20 people were trained in disaster risk reduction.  The trained people visit communities, schools and churches to raise  awareness about hotspot areas and seasons for fires and floods and on how to implement good practices to avert disasters.

The DRR Awareness Campaign has seen children from Bagibile High School – mentored by Sthembile and Nothando from the KRCC – prepare drama on climate change to inform their community.  As a result of this work, local knowledge has been harnessed by bringing together unemployed women for dialogue on indigenous ways of minimising the effects of disasters. This will contribute to reduced damage/ loss of property, and livestock, as well as loss of lives.

 

SOUTHERN KWAZULU NATAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL (SKZNCC) DISABILITY ISSUES INITIATIVE
SKZNCC and clergy in the southern areas of the province, decided to work on issues of Disability and living with disability.  About 30 pastors are involved in various activities that include training churches on awareness on various levels of disability, support that communities should offer, as well as lobbying and advocacy targeted to local municipalities to ensure that facilities are user-friendly to people living with disability.

  • Rev. Nombuso Mapalela from the office of the Premier and Ms Balungile Cele from the Ugu Disability Forum are offering valuable support for the success of this initiative.
  • Two pastors living with disability were nominated to be in the Ugu Municipality Disability Forum to contribute to discussions and implementation of recommended transformation.

THUKELA AMAJUBA MZINYATHI CHRISTIAN COUNCIL 
The Thukela Amajuba Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC) is scaling-up its work on gender justice. In view of the increasing rape cases. Protracted efforts are being enforced to mobilise more women in leadership positions and in churches to be involved in advocacy for gender justice, awareness raising efforts targeted to male clergy were intensified and now 80 minister,  trained as male care-givers, have signed a commitment to offering practical support in the ministries of the male-care-givers project.

  • We plead with church and community leaders in Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi districts to join us in this important work. 

 

MIDLANDS  CHRISTIAN COUNCIL (MCC)
The MCC, formerly launched on 19 July 2012 has a membership of 20 churches in the Umgungundlovu district.

Their major work is on  HIV and AIDS, developing a Theology of Care and Lobbying and Advocacy  on the HIV and Aids SAVE campaign because of the extraordinarily high number of people living with HIV and Aids in Umgungundlovu (about 37.4% people are infected with HIV). Prostitution involving young girls has reached outrageous levels. Equally distressing are the number of taverns open till late at night, abuse of drugs and the crime in the city.  We are mobilising youth and particularly young girls to be involved in our educational workshops, advocacy campaigns and awareness raising about drugs.

Please join us in prayer about this depressing situation and support our advocacy campaigns.

THANK YOU!

KZNCC sincerely appreciates your support, dedication and commitment to our vision of ecumenical development in 2012 and in the future.  Your steadfast support and prayers for KZNCC and SACC are a source of our encouragement and hope.

PACSA SEEKS A NEW DIRECTOR

PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action), an independent, faith-based NGO that facilitates development processes to achieve social and economic justice in the uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu Natal, is looking for a new Director to take the organisation into its next period.

The successful candidate is expected to effectively perform the following functions.

  • Lead the team in visioning, strategic thinking and overall planning processes;
  • Analyse the current socio-political context from a social justice and Christian values perspective, to position the organisation to be effective, and make strategic changes quickly;
  • Present and represent the organisation responsibly in relation to different publics;
  • Strategic financial planning: Plan for and raise sufficient finance for the operations and development of PACSA
  • Hire the appropriate people to contribute to the values and work of the organisation;
  • Oversee all aspects of operational functions, including:
    • programme planning and management
    • financial planning and management
    • human resources management, and
    • internal and external communications.
  • Develop and maintain effective governance systems under the leadership of PACSA Council.
  • Inspire the team to appreciate and work out of the shared values of PACSA.
  • Promote and develop PACSA’s shared developmental practice;
  • Oversee learning and development within PACSA, including staff, volunteers and leadership;
  • Build, develop and sustain respectful and functional relationships between staff, as well as between the organisation and all its stakeholders, with a strong emphasis on community partners

Basic requirements

  • At least 2 years’ experience in leading or co-leading an organisation;
  • Experience with working in multicultural and diverse environments;
  • Excellent communication skills in English for reporting, communication, publications and media;
  • Proficiency in spoken Zulu would be an advantage, and having workable strategies to work with multiple languages in different contexts;
  • Commitment to grappling with the faith foundations of social justice and change;
  • A Christian faith commitment to social justice;
  • A postgraduate qualification would be an advantage.

Further details of the position and application requirements are available at  www.pacsa.org.za

  • Closing date: 
    16 January 2013, 4 pm
  • Date   of appointment:
    1 April 2013

Applicants are invited to submit an application letter, CV, 3 references and samples of written documents to nareshniem@pacsa.org.za . .

Please note:  PACSA is an equal opportunities employer. PACSA reserves the right not to make an appointment. Candidates will only be contacted if they are shortlisted

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO INFLUENCE POLICY!

KZNCC has ways to enable your voice to be heard by policy makers in the KZN legislature. We invite you to come and meet policy makers and present issues for their attention. The KZN Legislature was very kind and shared with us the November and December 2012 dates for Parliament and Portfolio Committee meetings:


13 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Finance at 09:00
  • Agriculture at 09:00
  • SCOPA at 13:00
  • Conservation at 13:00

16 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

COMMONWEALTH WOMEN’S PARLIAMENTARIANS


2 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

PARLIAMENT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES


4 to 6 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

LEGISLATURE SITTING


10 to 14 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT VISIT THEIR CONSTITUENCIES


17 December to January
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ARE ON LEAVE


20 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Works at 09:00
  • Social Development at 09:00
  • Human Settlement at 13:00
  • Health at 13:00

23 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Community Safety at 09:00
  • Education at 09:00
  • Transport at 13:00 PPP at 13:00

November 2012 Newsletter

From Bishop Mike Vorster – KZNCC Chairperson
When KZN sneezes …. !                              .    

“When KZN sneezes the rest of the country catches a cold”,  these are sentiments expressed both by HM King Goodwill Zwelithini and the Premier of KZN Dr Zweli Mkhize. When violence broke out in the 80’s it spilled over into other parts of our country. When HIV and AIDS became more visible it was discovered that KZN had the largest infection rate. When peace was brokered in KZN in the 90’s, the rest of the country became more peaceful.

 

Today we are faced with murders linked to political parties. Therefore if we make peace in KZN the rest of the country will benefit. This means we need political will and statesman-like leadership. Fortunately in this province we do have such leadership in the persons of King, the Premier and the IEC Provincial CEO, Mawethu Mosery. The recent initiative by His Majesty to bring together traditional and religious leaders, as well as provincial government and all political parties is commendable. All these groups have pledged themselves to tolerance and peace and to be part of the KZN Provincial Peace Program (KZNPPP).

What makes KZN PPP different to others peace programs is that it is to be facilitated by the traditional and religious leaders under the patronage of Isilo. Two meetings have been held thus far. It was most encouraging to witness every political party commit themselves to peace and tolerance of one another. The honesty by parties was impressive when they openly admitted internal and external strife. They have taken action against criminal elements within their membership by expelling them.

We are by no means out of the woods. The violence and killings have complex layers which are gradually being unraveled.  The establishment of the KZN PPP is most welcome at this time. May its peacekeeping, peacemaking and peace building actions be very successful not only for our beloved province but for the sake of our beloved country.


FROM THE CEO’S DESK KZNCC CEO – Dr Douglas Dziva

Dear Friends, 
As always, we are very interested to know your thoughts on how we could best serve member churches as well as the broader ecumenical movement in KwaZulu-Natal with relevant information, capacity building services, networking and partnership development.  We appreciate your feedback on our previous newsletter; please continue to send us your views, comments and suggestions.


Some thoughts on collaboration and development practice

In these times of financial cuts experienced by civil society, it seems imperative for civil society to create partnerships and strategic networks so as to maximise the impact of our development work. Where ever possible, KZNCC is keen to create strategic collaboration, networking and partnership as a way to improve its functions as a provincial council of churches.  Our most recent strategic review suggested a shift from KZNCC implementing its own activities to mobilising member churches and supporting them in their own work and expanding it to other areas as well as creating spaces for ecumenical collaboration.               

This understanding about the need for  strategic ecumenical networking and partnerships on social transformation influences who we mobilise for participation in development and how we do it; the weight we give to advocacy campaigning; and how to strategically link church leaders and church activists to the poor and  marginalised – and, ultimately, how much impact we have on transformation and development.

As we plan for the “16 days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women and Children” we urge churches and ecumenical organisations to join us on the provincial “16-days of activism campaign” in Eshowe, Ladysmith and Pietermaritzburg. Churches in KZN will soon receive invitations to participate in the campaign.   For full details please contact Dr Lucas Ngoetjana on 033-3454819,  lngoetjana@kzncc.org.za .

We will be more effective in thinking and acting together as churches and faith-based organisations if we also collaborate with social movements, support groups. If you know a church or an organisation interested to work with KZNCC on social, economic and political interventions please do contact me on  033-3454819 or ddziva@kzncc.org.za .


The KZN Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG)

We thank Bishop Rubin Philip for convening the KZN Church Leaders’ Group meetings. The last meeting was at St John’s Sydenham, on Wednesday 12thSeptember.  Critical issues discussed included the state of the province, the current Zimbabwean situation, and reflections on the KZN Premier’s meeting with church leaders. Among the key decisions taken during this meeting were that the KZN Church Leaders’ Group should be composed of heads of churches, the directors of Ecumenical Organisations and chairpersons of ecumenical organisations.   Among the agreed activities to take place soon are;  a Church leaders’ social analysis  imbizo,  as well as organise field exposure trips for the KZN Church Leaders Group.

  • Should you have issues that you believe are urgent and need the attention of the KZN Church Leaders’ Group please contact Bishop Rubin Philip or kindly inform me so that your issues are tabled for church leaders to discuss and act on.   033-3454819 or ddziva@kzncc.org.za .


TAMCC working with selected youth leaders on drug abuse, criminal violence and teenage pregnancies and HIV and Aids


Forum for Directors of Ecumenical Organisations in KZN

The directors of ecumenical organisations  (KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), Diakonia Council of Churches (DC of C) , KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC), Thukela-Mzinyathi Regional Christian Council (TAMCC), Southern KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC), Midlands Council of Churches (MCC) and Vuleka Trust (VT)decided to create spaces where they meet regularly to network, share and learn from each other. The first meeting was held at KZNCC, and the 2nd at Diakonia. Each of the organisations takes a turn in hosting the Directors’ meeting. During these meetings the KZN social, economic, and political landscape is discussed and a broad and common understanding of what is happening and what needs to be done by ecumenical organisations and the broader civil society is attained.  These meetings are also significant in that they strengthen relations of the directors as well as of the ecumenical organisations in the province.

  • The 3rd Ecumenical Directors’ meeting is scheduled to take place at Vuleka Trust on the 7th and 8th of November 2012

South African Council of Churches (SACC) saga:

The SACC story continues to be a familiar epic whose conclusion is not easy to speculate. At the moment all SACC staff received a letter from the General Secretary reminding them that they were no longer in the employ of SACC and that, if found in the SACC premises, they should be able to indicate who invited them. There is a lack of information and clarity about the retrenchment processes – for us some of the unanswered questions are: when will the SACC pay out the retrenchment packages? How will this happen? What will happen to the SACC after all the retrenched staff (except the General Secretary)? What is the new vision?

In KwaZulu-Natal, the KZNCC Executive Committee deliberated on the SACC crisis and continues to pray for SACC in this very difficult situation. The following concrete decisions were taken: none of our staff will be retrenched; the Executive is consulting with local heads of churches to look for resources so that we can keep all our staff and with ecumenical ministry; we are liaising with local charities and local business people in church for support, as well as seeking support at KZNCC offices from self-supporting church people who are keen and able to offer voluntary time and expertise..

Should you be able to offer any form of support please contact the KZNCC CEO Dr Douglas Dziva on ddziva@kzncc.org.za


Premier meets church leaders

On the 16th of August, the Premier of KwaZulu Natal, Hon Dr Zweli Mkhize met with KZN Church leaders and expressed his desire for greater networking and partnership between Churches and Government at provincial, district, and local government levels.

  • The presentations on the Government’s 12 outcomes and on the Operation Sukumasakhe Service Delivery Programme were highly informative.
  • Church leaders very much welcome and appreciate the Premier’s gesture to reach out to them.

Way forward: (i) the ecumenical organisations are inviting the Premier’s office to make presentations to the grassroots church constituency, and (ii) the church leaders plan to meet urgently to further analyse and discuss what emerged out of the meeting and decide on what action to take.


People on the Move:

  • Congratulations to Rev. Thulani Ndlazi, the former UCSSA Moderator, for his new appointment as National Secretary (CEO) of the UCCSA, South African Synod. We wish him well as he relocates to Johannesburg on 1 January 2013.

  • Mr Eddy Makue has made a huge contribution to the ecumenical movement in South Africa especially through his work with the South African Council Churches (SACC) for well over 20 years. We wish him well in his next appointment with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the National Lotteries Board (Lotto). 
  • Congratulations to Bishop Mvume Dandala who was appointed as the new President of Seth Mokitimi Theological Seminary. We wish him success in this challenging position. 
  • Mr Paddy Kearney is a consultant to the KZNCC with a special focus on supporting the formation and nurturing of ecumenical structures. Midlands Council of Churches (MCC) and Southern kwaZulu Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) are areas of focus. KRCC and TAMCC continue to benefit immensely from Paddy’s expertise. -Paddy also does voluntary work for the Denis Hurley Centre Project at Emmanuel Cathedral in Durban. This Centre will focus on three priorities: Care, Education/Training, and Community Building in one of the most challenging inner-city areas of the eThekwini Municipality. -If you would like to contribute to this work at Emmanuel Cathedral please contact Paddy at pkearney@saol.com 
  • Rev Phumzile Zondi Mabizela the former KZNCC CEO now works for Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) Southern African Desk where she heads the Gender justice Advocacy work. She has been very gracious and remains in touch with KZNCC advising and offering technical support on gender justice issues. We wish Phumzile success as she continues to serve the wider ecumenical movement.

News in Brief from KZN Regional Offices

KwaZulu Regional Christian Council 
KwaZulu Regional Christian Council 4th Anniversary of Independence: On 3 September 2008, the KZNCC handed over all administrative and management duties, making the KwaZulu Regional Council of Churches a wholly independent body. In the fourth year of their independence, credit was given to the commitment of the staff and board, who have carried out their respective tasks with dedication and perseverance.

In celebration of the occasion, the KRCC handed over a new television and desktop to our Youth Desk for the benefit of local youth. These facilities will allow for educational shows to be watched and the development of computer literacy after school and during the holidays – something that will be hugely advantageous for the youth such as that of Nkanini Village who attend under-resourced schools.

KRCC thanks go out to Terre des Hommes and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for helping to make the day a success.

Diakonia Council of Churches: THURSDAY IN BLACK CAMPAIGN 
Following the human rights campaign originally started by the World Council of Churches during the 80s, South Africa has instituted its own Thursday in Black Campaign against rape and violence. This campaign was launched in South Africa by the Diakonia Council of Churches during the 16 Days of Activism initiative at the end of 2008.

Local churches and communities are encouraged to join the world in wearing black on Thursdays in solidarity against verbal and physical abuse, rape, and sexual and gender discrimination. The black clothing symbolises mourning for women who have died at the hands of abusive partners, and the commitment to making a difference in light of the unacceptably high levels of abuse.

For more information, or if you would like someone to talk about this programme at your church or organisation, please contact the Diakonia Council of Churches on 031-310 3500.

Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Regional Christian Council 
The TAMCC Regional Manager Rev Gugu Shelembe resigned from the organisation for personal reasons, and the office administrator also left to pursue a nursing career. Reverend Muzi Dumakude was appointed as interim Regional Manager for 6 months, and Ann Rajoo started as administrator. Reverend Isaac Ngema and Ms Thoko Zulu continue in the organisation with their responsibilities as programme staff.

What: Sheila’s Day 
TAMCC is mobilising women to come together for prayers every Thursday. TAMCC is also using this Sheila’s Day to Support the Thursdays in Black Campaign. The Sheila’s Day is also used to promote the famous SOFIA campaign. Approximately 3 400 women have been mobilised for the Thursday campaign in the TAMCC region. For more information please contact: Rev. Muzi Dumakude:  muzidumakude@yahoo.com 0720690836

What: TAMCC is holding its annual Covenant Sunday. 
When: 29 November 2012 
For more information contact: Mrs Thoko Zulu - mail123930@telkomsa.net  Cell 072 106 3044


Working with local business and supporting local efforts to give love, warmth and education to vulnerable children in the Dundee rural areas.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO INFLUENCE POLICY!KZNCC has ways to enable your voice to be heard by policy makers in the KZN legislature. We invite you to come and meet policy makers and present issues for their attention. The KZN Legislature was very kind and shared with us the November and December 2012 dates for Parliament and Portfolio Committee meetings:


13 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Finance at 09:00
  • Agriculture at 09:00
  • SCOPA at 13:00
  • Conservation at 13:00

16 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

COMMONWEALTH WOMEN’S PARLIAMENTARIANS


2 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

PARLIAMENT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES


4 to 6 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

LEGISLATURE SITTING


10 to 14 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT VISIT THEIR CONSTITUENCIES


17 December to January
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ARE ON LEAVE


20 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Works at 09:00
  • Social Development at 09:00
  • Human Settlement at 13:00
  • Health at 13:00

23 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg

CAUCUS DAY FOR:

  • Community Safety at 09:00
  • Education at 09:00
  • Transport at 13:00 PPP at 13:00

ANNOUNCEMENT

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT KZNCC

CONVENIENCE
Very accessible for public and private transport users.

SPACE AVAILABLE:
4 spacious offices, a boardroom which comfortably takes about 20 people, ablutions, and a kitchen with built-in cupboards.  50 Langalibalele Street (former Longmarket Street).

RENTAL FEE:
R 6 500. Contact Ms Estelle Lundall on 033-3454819 or info@kzncc.org.za
elundall@kzncc.org.za

NEW APPOINTMENTS

  • Ms Samkelisiwe Mhlongo has been appointed KZNCC receptionist with effect from 1 November 2012. She has been working on youth issues at KZNCC on a voluntary basis over the past years. She is a team player with a great personality. Efficiency and self-initiative are other assets she brings to KZNCC and the ecumenical movement.
  • Reverend Muzi Dumakude was appointed TAMCC Regional Manager after the resignation of Reverend Gugu Shelembe. Dumakude is a dynamic activist whose commitment to social justice is unshakeable. He is a hard-worker committed to bringing a fresh vision and growth to TAMCC.

Favourite quote of the month “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” - Nelson Mandela

July 2012 Newsletter

From the desk of the CEO…

I am pleased that KZNCC is producing this bi-monthly news-letter sharing current ecumenical news. This newsletter will also announce and cordially invite you to forthcoming activities. In the upcoming newsletters we plan to create spaces for ecumenical sister organisations to share news-clips of happenings in local areas. I am delighted to draw your attention to the KZNCC's new web page where we will be uploading new information, www.kzncc.org.za . Both our new webpage and facebook are interactive and will give us opportunities to interact with you and receive your feedback on a regular basis. I end by sharing with you my favourite motivational quotation for the month.

“You are what your desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” (Brihadaranvaka Upanishad).

Dr Douglas Dziva


 Good Day, San'bonani - Out There:

"You shall not stand by idle while your neighbour's blood is being shed." (Leviticus 19:16). Can we stand idle while a woman's blood is shed through rape and domestic violence? Can we stand idle when blood is shed in the streets of KZN through political and criminal violence? Can we stand idle when blood is shed in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo and Palestine? Can we stand idle when blood is shed by our children through abuse? 'Have we not all one Maker? Has not one God created us?" (Malachi 2.10) We affirm KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council for not standing idle.

Shalom Bishop Mike Vorster
Chairperson


Crisis of the South African Council of Churches (SACC)

A major crisis situation has arisen for the South African Council of Churches (SACC). This crisis results from the great difficulty of raising funding in the present economic climate. Though the SACC has played a crucial role for many years in the ecumenical struggle for justice, it has been in this crisis for the past few years. This financial crisis now finally led the SACC National Executive Committee to take a decision to restructure SACC partly by drastically reducing its staff by the 30th of July 2012.

Though this decision is being hotly contested by some staff, it is unlikely that the NEC will be able to reverse this decision. At KZNCC, our observation is that the reality is that there aren’t sufficient funds to carry out the retrenchment let alone continue the work of SACC.

It should also be noted, that the national church leaders have been brought together on a few occasions to begin working out how SACC could continue to play a meaningful role. We encourage the national leadership of the member churches and organisations to continue to pray for solutions as well as to take urgent steps to contribute solutions to this crisis and to shape the future.

In the midst of this SACC crisis KZNCC’s work is not affected as it has not received any program funding from SACC in the past 6 years. We pray that the Lord will guide us, and we ask for your prayers and support as we seek to build a strong ecumenical ministry.


Programmes

KZNCC facilitates the following programmes:

  • Churches' Provincial Advocacy Programme
  • Ecumenical Democracy Development Programme
  • KwaZulu-Natal Church AIDS Network (KZNCAN)
  • KZN Land Issues
  • Healing of Memories and Reconciliation

News

From the Wailing Wall to the Separation Wall – and Back: A presentation by Hidlegard Lenz

Former KZNCC staff member, Hildegard Lenz, made a presentation on 10 April on her experiences as a German Ecumenical Accompanier (EA) in Israel and Palestine. Her talk was very well-received, as she recounted her three month visit to Palestine at the end of 2011.

Hildegard profiled the sad circumstances that are unfolding in the country on a daily basis including military restrictions and prescriptions, intimidation, and systematic persecution of Palestinians by Israelis.

She described herself as being there as a human rights activist, peacekeeper and Christian. Her presentation formed part of her task as an EA – to expose the abuses that are taking place there. There was an undeniable alignment of the current situation in Palestine to that of apartheid South Africa. As such, she encouraged South Africa and its churches to become part of the international movement condemning the occupation of Palestine, in light of our own history.

Inter-Faith Symposium Paper: Presented at the second Inter-Faith Symposium of the KZN Legislature by Mogashudi Lucas Ngoetjana: 25 April 2012.

The title of the paper read by Dr Lucas Ngoetjana at the Symposium was National Unity in Diversity, "Supporting One Hundred Years of the Role Played by Religious Struggle Fighters Nationally and Provincially" . This paper maps the role of religion throughout colonial times and the struggle years of apartheid. It also highlights the effect of the different religions with regard to missionaries and, later, the ANC and the liberation movement.

This interesting exposé of both the positive and deeply negative outcomes of the missionary system, traced the religious movement through various upheavals, including providing a religious justification for apartheid, to look at present-day South Africa in terms of reconciliation of our religious diversity.

Especially during the 1980s, political groups, activists and your ordinary citizens banded together via religious institutions against a common enemy – apartheid. The paper urged South Africans to remember our history of suffering and hope within religious tradition, and to apply those in the present situation, which is in need of renewal. We need to unite under a universal God and to show mutual respect and appreciation for one another.

Ecumenical Outreach - Meetings With Members Of KZNCC

The CEO is presently meeting with the leaders of all KZNCC member churches and member organisations for a KZNCC revitalisation plan through ecumenical outreach and relationship-building processes.

In these one-on-one discussions, we share KZNCC's Strategic Review position, as well as exploring the many ways of collaboration or partnerships to strengthen the ecumenical movement. The results so far have been very positive and staff are extremely encouraged by the support from church leaders in the province, as well as from ecumenical organisations.

TAMCC Independence

Over the past 8 years KZNCC has been supporting and grooming TAMCC. This support was in the form of paying for office space, salaries and programme ideas. Over the past 5 years, TAMCC has grown and developed to such an extent that it decided to be an autonomous ecumenical organisation with its own offices, programmes and paying its own staff. The TAMCC officially became independent on 1 March 2012 and this was celebrated on 30 May by over 200 church delegates singing, eating and praising the Lord for the new status of their local ecumenical council.

TAMCC focuses on the following programmes:

  1. Economic empowerment for rural communities,
  2. Healing of Memories and reconciliation sessions for people affected through land issues,
  3. HIV/AIDS and Health issues for people in rural areas

They offer internships in collaboration with the Global Fund, USAID and the Office of the Premier.

Please contact Rev. Gugu Shelembe telephone - 036-6353128 or gugushelembe@gmail.com 

The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) is a fellowship of churches and church- based organisations in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The KZNCC was established in 1995, and is an autonomous organisation affiliated to the South African Council of Churches (SACC).

KZNCC VISION:

Inspired by our Christian faith the KZNCC, with its member churches and ecumenical organisations, strives to achieve social justice in KwaZulu-Natal.

KZNCC MISSION:

The KZNCC promotes fellowship, partnerships and networking amongst its member churches and organisations in order to stimulate reflection on social issues and joint action to promote justice, development and peace in KwaZulu-Natal.

WE VALUE...

  • An ecumenical and people- centred approach, driven by our Christian faith but respectful of, and willing to work with, people of all faiths
  • Love and compassion
  • Honesty, integrity and simplicity
  • Open and transparent communication
  • Greater participation of women, youth and disabled people

Good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

Pastoral Retreat

A need has been identified amongst Senior Clergy for a Pastoral Retreat where they can rest and reflect on their role in the church. KZNCC, in partnership with African Enterprise, has decided to offer such a retreat to Pastors. The retreat will take place from 2-4 October 2012, at African Enterprise and the programme has been developed in such a way that ample time for reflection and meditation is set aside. For further details please contact Rev Zipho Ntuli at 033-3454819 or zntuli@kzncc.org.za