Listening To Our Nation

Listening To Our Nation

There is a seemingly obscure verse in the Old Testament, referencing a group in David’s army.  It says that the sons of Issachar were “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).  This is a powerful and relevant principle for the church today.  Christ-followers should be those who understand the times, with knowledge of what the church should do.  And it is grappling with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper (or internet!) in the other that will ensure that the church …

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14 Things to do on Heritage Day 2014

14 Things to do on Heritage Day 2014

Did you know that Heritage Day aka ‘Braai Day’ almost never happend? Yes, 24 September wasn’t included in the list of new proposed public holidays in a post-Apartheid South Africa.

How, then, did we end up with this holiday?

It all began in a pre-democratic KwaZulu-Natal (back then only known as ‘Natal’), when ‘Shaka Day’, which commemorated the legendary King Shaka Zulu, took place on 24 September. However, in 1996, when the new, democratic Public Holiday Bill had to be voted in, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) objected because ‘Shaka Day’ had …

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QUIZ: How clued up are you on current affairs?

QUIZ: How clued up are you on current affairs?

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The day that rock beat paper

The day that rock beat paper

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, …

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We’ll be back in 2014!

We’ll be back in 2014!

The Common Good team wishes all of our blog readers a blessed and restful Christmas!

We’re going to be taking a break from blogging for a while (to put our feet up and enjoy the sunshine) but we will be back with fresh and inspiring content to kick off the New Year!

See you then

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Early Childhood Development: What’s The Big Deal?

We all know the importance of education but did you know that the success of a child’s education begins before they’re even born? Watch this 4 minute video to find out why those early childhood years are so important and how we can all be part of the solution:

Interested in learning more? Read this article by Bernadette Moffat, delivered at the launch of the Child Institute’s Child Gauge 2013. We also thought the statistics in this Times Live article were pretty eye-opening – 58% of children …

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To Braai Or Not To Braai

How are you celebrating Heritage Day today? Have we lost the essence of what this day was really meant to be about?

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For the last couple of years, there’s been a debate raging over how we as South Africans should celebrate Heritage Day.  For many, it’s an opportunity to partake of that widespread South African tradition, the braai, ukhosa, or chisa nyama, but for others this seems like a cop out.  For these South Africans, honouring this public holiday by …

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EXPOSED: Stand Against Corruption

All you need to do is read the newspaper headlines to know that corruption is a very serious problem – but an exciting new campaign is giving us the chance to do something about it.

Many of us can probably admit to having climbed atop a proverbial soapbox at least once to voice our frustrations about corruption in our country, right? 

After all, South Africa is mired in corruption from the small time bribery happening in shady alleyways to the gross mishandling of public funds taking place …

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World Refugee Day: Why Should We Care?

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Every year on June 20th, millions around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. Let’s take a moment to consider what this day really means. By Sam Rawson

It seems that every day is an international day for something or other, but when I saw that today was World Refugee Day I just couldn’t carry on with my regular work. If I’m honest, usually when I see that it’s “World Water Day” or “World Health Day” I take all of three …

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Response to Cape Town Flooding

Wondering how to help those affected? Read on.

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If you live anywhere in the greater Cape Town area, you would’ve by now  witnessed at least some of the havoc that the weather has wrecked over the city in the last couple of days. The torrential rain has flooded roads, delayed transport, and damaged many homes. We’ve been shocked by some of the news reports coming in. One reported that over 9000 shacks have been flooded and another has stated that more …

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