It is too easy in life to ignore problems, or to blame somebody else or a system for them. If we are going to move forward and become truly united as a people, we will all need to be humble and be open to correction, because we all need correcting. We will need to love people as if they are more important than ourselves, and be discontent with the social norm where it marginalises people. This means that if I believe that somebody who has …Read More »
2015 was an incredible and pivotal year in the history of South Africa. It was a year where it became very apparent that there is indeed power and influence in a collective effort that is united around a common cause. In this year it was announced that the fees of most tertiary education institutions in South Africa were going to increase by more than 10%, nearly double the inflation rate. This announcement, was the catalyst that resulted in students coming together to stand against the …Read More »
As a young, educated, black male living in Cape Town – and actively involved in the church – I feel moved to address what is currently a heated subject in our country. I’d also like to act as a voice piece on behalf of some of the students at our campuses. My hope is that what I share here will challenge the views you hold and influence your thinking.
What is my personal reality? I’m a young black figure in the creative public eye – something …Read More »
This is the second post in a two-part blog that responds to a student’s comments about Fees Must Fall protests on university campuses.
In the first post, I discussed the need for humility when we engage with contentious topics (or anything in life for that matter). We looked at what a biblical response would be and considered the fact that, on the last day, we as individuals (not groups or movements) will stand before God and have to give an account for our actions. Now I …Read More »
In response to recent upheavals on university campuses around the country, the Common Good Foundation interviewed a diverse group of students to better understand their varied perspectives, beliefs and feelings about current events in South Africa’s tertiary education space. As a Common Ground Church students’ ministry leader, and someone who spends a lot of time on campus, I was asked to comment on some of the statements that emerged from the survey. I have picked one that stood out to me and will …Read More »
On 16 June 2016, it will be exactly 40 years since the Soweto uprising. On that early winter morning, between 10 000 – 20 000 high school students protested and encountered large scale police brutality. Many would lose their lives before the day ended.
Why were the high school students protesting?
There were many justifiable reasons for protest action. The policies of Apartheid had subjected the majority of South Africans to second class citizenship across a large range of areas. In 1974, it was further legislated that …
56 years ago thousands of people gathered in Sharpeville. They stood together to protest against the Apartheid Pass laws. Police opened fire, killing 69 people. When I watched the movie Mandela, I was moved to tears as I saw this tragedy re-enacted. My fellow countrymen paid the ultimate cost to take a stand against the evils of apartheid. What happened there so long ago is part of a tide of change that I experience today.
It is this day that is commemorated as Human Rights Day …Read More »
This is a REAL MAN story.
He’s all shy. His black Polo is parked nearby; he’s just come from his new job as a land surveyor. Only when he’s pressed will he admit that he put his cousin through accounting (she now works at KPMG) and his sister through two years of UCT.
Meet Shaun Sijeqe
This REAL MAN is so humble and God-honouring in his success, and I’m so glad that I had met his family ten years ago. It’s not an everyday family – it’s made up …Read More »
Other than vague memories from high school history classes, I’m not all that clued up on the meaning behind South Africa’s Women’s Day, which takes place every year on 9 August. (I know that much.)
Embarrassingly, my response is often, “Well, isn’t that nice? Hooray, for us women! Now can I take a nap/go shopping/read my book?”
So this year I decided to do some research before the day, so that on the public holiday I’d be able to appreciate what all the fuss was about.
I googled, …Read More »
We have mixed feelings about Mandela Day around here, which takes place this Friday, 18 July. Not with the man being honoured, but with the time limit. Sixty-seven minutes may be enough time to do your grocery shopping but is it really enough time to make a lasting difference?
Nope, not really. But wouldn’t it be great if what starts as 67 minutes turned into 67 weeks, 67 days, and maybe even 67 years of someone giving their time to serve those around them? Now that seems …Read More »