Letter to The Honourable Kwazi Mshengu, KZN MEC for Education

29 May 2020

Letter – Department of Education and Teachers’ unions

ATT:       The Honourable Kwazi Mshengu, KZN MEC for Education

Mr. Sandile Phakathi, KZN Head of Ministry for Education

Dr Ngogi Mahaye, Director, KZN Department of Education

Thirona Moodley, Provincial Chief Executive Officer, NAPTOSA

Nomarashiya Caluza, Provincial Secretary, SADTU

C.S. Barnes, General Secretary, NATU

Innes Kritzinger, Provincial Chair, SAOU

Sithembiso Sithole, Provincial Chair, PEU

Dear Colleagues,

We, leaders representing ecumenical churches in KZN, write to you at this time when many are fatigued of lockdown and yet concerned about the risks of allowing our children back to school. We affirm the support and leadership that our government is continuously providing during this challenging time. We equally understand that it is in the interest of government and parents to ensure that the future of our children is not jeopardized by them being out of school for longer than necessary. We also affirm your concern for the safety of every child and educator to be a priority before they can resume their normal activities.

We applaud the announcement made by the Department of Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that some learners will be able to start returning to school. The truth is that school is where learners spend most of their time not only for education but also for access to food, a safer space than their homes and a space to socialize with their peers.

However, safety in schools during this time of the COVID 19 pandemic is a priority, not only to the learners but also teachers, administration and other support staff. People at risk include those involved in the transportation of the learners to and from school. As a result, parents and guardians need assurance that they are making the right decision when they let their children return to school. With this is also the agreement between the teacher trade unions and the department of basic education on the safety pre-conditions which must be adhered to by government before learning can take place. This agreement is in line with the protocols that have been put in place and the same procedures that are used everywhere else where screening and testing needs to take place.

We note with concern some of the challenges currently faced by schools:

  • Slow or non-delivery of PPE
  • provision of water tanks
  • provision of additional classrooms
  • refurbishment of vandalized classes
  • cleaning and disinfecting of schools

We also note the Statement put out by the SAHRC Urging the Minister of Basic Education to reconsider the date for reopening schools for Grade 7 and 12 learners because the above challenges have not yet been adequately addressed.

We therefore, call on our Provincial government and Teachers’ Unions to support the educators and learners by ensuring that the following issues are prioritized and implemented as a matter of urgency:

  • Speed up the supply and delivery (using local service providers where possible) of PPE.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of schools
  • A clear plan on teachers and learners with co-morbidities or existing illnesses, including teachers older than 60 years. For learners this needs to include ensuring they have access to age- and grade-appropriate high-quality online and telephonic educational support together with an uncomplicated procedure to register for an online stream.
  • Appointment of people who will administer sanitizing and screening of learners and teachers during school hours
  • Employment of replacement teachers
  • Provision of water tanks where these are not yet in place to ensure hand-washing is possible
  • Additional classrooms to support physical and social distancing
  • Provision of security of the PPE when delivered in schools in light of the burglaries and break-ins that schools have experienced over this time
  • Provision and safety of scholar transport
  • Provision of adequate funding for implementing these measures

We also request that the opening up creches is urgently discussed by the department. As the economy opens, this places care-givers (particularly mothers) in an impossible situation. Additionally, young children are also extremely vulnerable to sexual and other exploitation if they are left alone at home or in the care of an inappropriate family member. We have heard some horrendous reports. Hence our concern that a suitable way forward be found, which safeguards our young children.

We would also like to highlight that there are churches within our coalition who have offered their buildings to be used at this time, as additional classrooms to make physical distancing easier. We are open to discussion on how this could be done.

Finally, we fear that failure to meet these important suggested safety measures will cause a disastrous loss of confidence by parents in government systems thereby eroding all the good work that has been achieved thus far. We offer our prayers for wisdom for you all in this important time.

In faith,

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, OFM, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders Group and Chairperson of the KZN Inter Religious Council.

Dean Nkosinathi Myaka, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Christian Council

Bishop Nathi Zondi, on behalf of the Steering Committee of the KZN: Covid 19 Churches Respond project.

KZN Covid-19: Churches Respond: Letter to His excellency, President C. Ramaphosa

11 April 2020
The Presidency President Cyril Ramaphosa Union Buildings Government Avenue Pretoria Email: presidentrsa@presidency.gov.za Copied: Honourable KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala

Dear Sir, Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa

KZN Covid-19: Churches Respond – Affirming your Leadership and Pledging Our Support
We are a broad and inclusive coalition of Churches, Christian Associations, Ecumenical Networks and Ministers’ Fraternals committed to using our extensive footprint across the KwaZulu Natal Province to respond more effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lockdown and their respective impact.
Your Excellency, today, we wish to applaud and affirm your leadership and that of the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize in this time of disaster. We further express our appreciation for the work of the KZN Premier, Honourable Sihle Zikalala as well as the MEC for Health, Honourable Nomagugu Simelani-Zulu for meeting and updating Church Leaders on the way forward. We express our full support for your government’s efforts to save lives and in the process “flatten the curve”. We do this even as we stand in solidarity and mourning with the millions around KZN and the country whose very lives are threatened by both the Coronavirus and the extended lockdown.
In particular we affirm the generous and commendable example set by you, your Cabinet and the Premiers, of pledging a third of your salary to the Solidarity Fund. This is a powerful gesture of inestimable symbolic value. We gladly notify you that the Churches across the KwaZulu Natal province, are pledging R1 million to the relief emergency in our province.

As a Church united against the pandemic, we are putting together Emergency Relief that will roll-out cash vouchers to 1000 vulnerable families in each of the 11 Districts over the next three months through our Church-based fundraising efforts.

Other elements of our provincial plan include; (i) Communications, Education and Awareness, (ii) Pastoral care and Support, (iii) Advocacy and support around social and economic vulnerability. All of this is undergirded by an inter-denominal space for prayer and theological reflection. Full details are available on our website www.covid19response.co.za.

As Church Leaders, we continue calling on all churches, Christian Associations and ecumenical organisations and networks in KZN to come on board with specific and practical support for the coordinated work taking place at Ward level through the various Church structures we are setting up.

We further support your call for those who have resources to make a similar contribution urgently. Now is the time for sacrifice, for self-sacrificing generosity, and most importantly for Corporate responsibility, care and solidarity.

We are grateful for the third dimension of your latest strategy to address COVID-19, the programme of increased social support to protect poor and vulnerable households. We need to express our anxiety and concern for the poorest and most vulnerable at this time. May we urge you to expedite that relief through the Solidarity Fund as soon as possible.

We are receiving daily calls from across all 11 Districts from desperate individuals and communities, including some who don’t know where their next meal or rental payment is going to come from; from survivors who remain in abusive homes because they are afraid of starvation; from car guards, refugees and casual workers do not have any income. We endorse your call to support these, the most vulnerable urgently.

As we commemorate the death and celebrate the resurrection of Christ this weekend, we move from grief and lamentation to hope and new life for all humanity. This Crisis reminds us that we hold in tension the fear of death on the cross and the hope of the resurrection to a new life of Christ. At this time, we pray most ardently that he creates for us a new, more just dispensation for all South Africans.

Christ is risen! He is alive! The Resurrection is real!

+ Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, OFM, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders Group and Chairperson of the KZN Inter Religious Council.

Dean Nkosinathi Myaka, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Christian Council

Bishop KE Khomo, President Interdenominational African Ministers Association in South Africa (IDAMASA)

Bishop B Mchunu, President Church Leaders Council of South Africa (CLCSA)

Bishop Nathi Zondi, Truevine Family of Churches

Rev Sipho Sokhela, National General Secretary South Africa YMCA.

Daniela Gennrich, Coordinator We Will Speak Out South Africa

Rev Gregory Matthei, Baptist Union of Southern Africa

Rev Janice Nomvuyo Mpuqa, Chairperson of the Thukela, Amajuba & Mzinyathi Christian Council

Bishop BM Buthelezi, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Region Christian Council

Archbishop Sthembiso BB Ngcamu, Chairperson of the Southern KwaZulu Natal Christian Council

Church Leaders add their weight to the COVID-19 relief efforts

Easter WeekendPress Briefing (003)  

Churches across KZN pledge R1 million to KZN relief efforts

A broad and inclusive coalition of Churches, Christian Associations, Ecumenical Networks and Ministers’ Fraternals are together seeking to use their extensive footprint across the KwaZulu Natal Province to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, the related Lockdown and their impact.

In a letter to the State President this weekend, they applaud his decisive leadership: “We particularly affirm your generous and sacrificial example, as well as that of your Cabinet and the Premiers, by pledging a third of your salary to the Solidarity Fund. This is a powerful gesture and a symbolic message. We hereby notify you that as Churches across the KwaZulu Natal province, we are pledging R1 million to the relief emergency in our province,”

“South Africa is in Lockdown until the end of April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This dramatic and yet critical step is having a very significant impact on the country, especially on the food security of a majority of the country,” says Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders Group and Chairperson of the KZN Inter Religious Council.

The KZN united Church plan has Emergency Relief as their most immediate focus where they are aiming to roll-out cash vouchers to 1000 vulnerable families in each of the 11 Districts over the next three months through their Church-based fundraising efforts. Other elements of their provincial plan include: communications, education and awareness; pastoral care; advocacy around social and economic vulnerability. All of this is undergirded by an inter-denominal space for prayer and reflections on the life-affirming theology of care in the face of the pandemic.

They have partnered with the South African Council of Churches and Intellimali, a well-established SMS voucher service provider, to develop a solution that sends vouchers via SMS to beneficiaries identified by local community leaders and church networks.

These vouchers can be used at any Shoprite, PicknPay, Usave, Checkers or Boxer store, to purchase food and other essential items. With operational costs funded by a designated grant, and Intellimali supplying the system at cost, this solution is extremely cost effective with 99% of funds getting directly to the beneficiary.

Church leaders invites businesses, organisations and individuals to contribute generously.

The KZN Covid-19: Church Response website has further details. http://www.covid19response.co.za/

“This is the weekend we commemorate the death and celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is a weekend of lament, hope and new life for all humanity. We are holding in tension the death on the cross and the resurrection from the dead in receiving the new life of Christ. Through Government efforts and support of the Church and the entire community we are confident to create a new, free, abundant and just dispensation for all South Africans” adds Dean Nkosinathi Myaka, Chairperson of KwaZulu Natal Christian Council.

 

 

Ends

 

Pastoral Letter on Easter and Elections

KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders Group (KZNCLG)                                                       16th April 2019

To All Church Leaders and the Entire People of God

We, the KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders released a Pastoral letter on the 31st of October 2018 at Diakonia in Durban. Therein we lamented the escalation of violence and killings with specific reference to the alleged “politically motivated” killings in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Now as we celebrate the holiest time in the Christian calendar, we take the opportunity to once again implore the people of our Province to join us in supporting all peace initiatives being made by all sectors of civil society, the churches and those engaged in the ecumenical and interfaith movements. As Easter leads us to the 8th May 2019 general elections, let us exhaust all avenues as we strive to live the principles of tolerance and peace.

We invite all people of goodwill to celebrate principal message given by Jesus after his resurrection: Peace be with you! of Jesus. It is his Resurrection that reinforces the values and fruits of peace: faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude and hope. Jesus himself sums up the message of Easter with these words: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, do I give to you … (Jn. 14: 27).

With this kind of peace the KZNCLG asks you to give this peace to everyone and to let it go on beyond the National and Provincial elections of the 8th May 2019. We implore the People of God, to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Colossians 3:15).

In some of our past elections which we monitored and observed, we noted that the Province was showing signs of political maturity on the part of both the political parties and the electorate. Somehow we have slipped from that commendable tolerance, to the current situation characterized by intra-party scuffles, which so easily degenerate into political violence. Whereas what we need is mutual acceptance built on the “principles of peace” and communal stability. As we walk the “via dolorosa” (the way of the cross) towards the Resurrection we implore all the Churches to pray for peace in our province, our country and indeed all the world.

We share with our Catholic brothers and sisters in their deep pain as they begin  this Holy week with the extremely heavy burden of witnessing the destruction by fire of the 850 old Norte Dame Cathedral, a most sacred place of worship in Paris. Let us pray for Pope Francis and the entire Catholic community in France and indeed in the world.

May God Bless our country and us, its people as we celebrate Easter in the hope that God will endow us with wisdom and dedication as we seek to apply the “Principles of peace”, which will hopefully lead us towards a free, fair, credible and integral 2019 General elections on the 8th of May 2018.

KZN Church Leaders Group

Chair: Cardinal Napier.

Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice

Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice

Key Note Address presented at the Celebration of the independence of Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC) 30 May 2012 also presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) on the 6th December 2018

Text: John 10: 30 – “I and my Father are one” 

Introduction

The topic we are tackling in this key note address at the celebration of the independence of Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC) is: Dependence, Independence and the Interdependence of the Members of the Body of Christ for Social Justice. The state of independence we are celebrating is intermediate. This means that we have just departed from the state of dependence and are maturing towards the state of interdependence.

“Hence, international co-operation and solidarity and the relentless search for consensus become an absolute imperative. They are the only possible alternative for all nations, whose interdependence is being  made increasingly manifest by the rapid development of production technology, of transport and communication, as well a by the overhanging threat of deterioration of the environment and exhaustion of natural resources. And what is one to say of the frightful accumulation of means of destruction in a world facing the no less frightful problems of hunger, disease and ignorance” (Wikipedia/ Interdependence)

Our existence as part of the ecumenical family was realised around a common course of making a contribution to socio-economic and socio-ecological challenges as well as expressing our Christian faith in the world ravaged with multifold injustices, inequities and inequalities.  We read from surveys that the church is one of the institutions which is trusted by the majority of the people for its uprightness and integrity.  In recent times we know that the church has lost its edge as a prophetic movement. We can then take advantage of the ecological degradation and lack of quality service delivery and the corruption in the upper echelons of our present political dispensation to emerge as a force to reckon with as far as issues of social transformation and justice for all are concerned.

In a nutshell the text we have read where Jesus says “I and the Father are one” means that the Son is coeternal with the Father, is co-substantial with the Father is co-existent with the Father and that the Son is not subordinate to the Father but is of the very essence and Aseity with the Father and that in them there is interdependence and inter-dwellingness, collaboration coordination and as the union of the Homosione.  The God is that of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has been understood as Father, Son and Holy Spirit though in modalism the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father. The Father is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father and the Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Son. And the Father is of the Son and the Holy Spirit and the Son is the Father and the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son of the inseparable Godhead.

In the same manner KZNCC is of TAMCC is of KRCC is of Midlands Christian Council (MCC) is of Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) is of SACC, of AACC of WCC all seeking to fulfill the ecumenical vision on earth.   Shall we turn to the topic of the day proper?

What is Dependence?

Dependence is the State of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support, or the like. This state of affairs is not sustainable. In the order of human life children grow to a point of seeking de-parenting, and continue to be supported to adulthood and consequently the inevitability of independence is realised.

Dependence is s state of being conditional or contingent on something, as through a natural or logical sequence: the dependence of an effect on a cause. In our regard KZNCC caused TAMCC and this relationship of contingency has to mature or else if perpetuated becomes an undesirable scenario where:  In medicine, dependence as a state of being psychologically or physiologically dependent on a drug after a prolonged period of use is not good. The independence process was a panacea of helping TAMCC from a serious addiction with KZNCC medically speaking. Dependence is a state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something; a state of being subordinate to something.

 

Dependence is a state of reliance on someone’s judgment – an allusion to children hanging on their parents’ sleeves. TAMCC should not be like in computer science where dependency is called Coupling, a state in which one object uses a functionality of another object. It must not be the case that TAMCC must be paralysed and made dysfunctional because KZNCC for some reason cannot function.

In Economics a dependent is a person who relies on another as a primary source of income. And in economics the dependency theory is an economic worldview which states that resources flow from the poor states to wealthy states.  In other words this theory says the wealthy, not that KZNCC is, take from the production of the producers/ the workers. The state of independence makes it possible that the workers begin to own the means of production and have sovereignty and final decision making on where and how those resources must be utilized to benefit the majority of the people.

What is Independence?

“Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory politically speaking (additions mine)” (Wikipedia)

Independence means not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc. It means thinking or acting for oneself; not subject to another authority or jurisdiction; not influenced by the thought or action of others; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc; and not relying on another or others for aid or support (ibid)

 

In politics, a person who votes in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the position taken by, any party is independent; is free from control in action and judgment and does not depend on anything else to function and validity.

Economically an independent person is the one providing a large sum towards one’s support; having independent income and independent means.

What is Interdependence?

“Interdependence is a relationship in which each member is mutually dependent on the others. This concept differs from a dependence relationship, where some members are dependent and some are not. In an interdependence relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically and or morally reliant on and responsible to each other.” Seemingly in an interdependent relationship, all the parties feel and are weak and vulnerable without the other or feel and are stronger, complimentary, better of, and confident working together is unity, cordiality, transparency, equality, and sharing co-responsibility.

“An interdependence relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants (e.g., – co-op).” A state of interdependence is a common ground between the participants who share common goals and aspirations.

 

“Karl Marx first used the term interdependence in the Communist Manifesto (1848) in describing the universal interdependence of nations in comparison to the old local and national seclusions of independence and self-sufficiency”. Fundamentalism and nationalism must be superseded by internationalism and interdependence if the world should survive in years to come.

 

In business and commerce “there is a view that computer technology has allowed greater communication, interaction and interdependence. It is thought that this has massively helped the introduction and start up of new ideas and enterprises”. It is in networking and relationship building that the collective impact on the enhancement of social justice and further social transformation of communities can potentially happen.  Interdependence makes it possible for gestalt synergies to have a greater impact than not.  Interdependence is one of the principles of the age of networked intelligence, and of progress in knowledge and innovation.  This can be harvested to cause a greater change by the interdependent ecumenical body of Christ in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Covey maintains that we function best as innovators when we recognize, and work towards, the role of interdependence (ibid)

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of [humanity] as self-sufficiency. [Humans] are social beings. Without interrelation with society he (sic) cannot realise his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His (sic) social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality” (Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, March 21, 1929, p. 93)

About interdependence, Martin Luther King Jr. once said in his lecture from Birmingham prison: “Moreover, I am cognizant of the interconnectedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects us directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds” (Martin Luther King Jr., Lecture from Birmingham Jail, April 6, 1963)

 

And Stephen Covey writes in his famous book on ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ (1989): “Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won’t be good leaders or team players. They are not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality” (Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989)

In closure, the answer of our common survival and progress can be found in our quest to supersede independence and yearn to be interdependent if we were to achieve social justice and radical social transformation.

Dr Lucas Mogashudi Ngoetjana

Incwadi Yokwelusa Mayelana NeNdluzula Eqhubeka kulesisiFundazwe

INCWADI YOKWALUSA MAQONDANA NENDLUZULA YE-KZNCLG

Incwadi Yokwelusa YesiGungu sabaHoli BamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal Mayelana NeNdluzula Eqhubeka kulesisiFundazwe

31 October 2018

Bafowethu noDadewethu abaThandekayo kuKristu.

Lena yiNcwadi YokweLusa mayelana nokhetho lukazwelonke kanye nezifundazwe lwango-2019.

KwabaseRoma 12:17-19

“Ningaphindiseli-muntu okubi ngokubi; nakani okuhle phambi kwabantu bonke; uma kungenzeka, ngokwenu hlalisanani ngokuthula nabantu bonke;…” isho iNkosi.

Thina siGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group – KZNCLG) sikanye nombuthano wamaBandla abambiseneyo kulesisiFundazwe, siyanibingelela nonke. Ngalencwadi Yokwalusa sifisa ukuniqaphelisa ngokuthi izinga lendluzula selenyuke laze lafinyelela eqophelweni elingemukeleki neze. Sidinga ukukhuleka sinxuse ngesineke ukuba uMoya oNgcwele kaNkulunkulu asisize ukwenza isiFundazwe sethu sibe nokuthula.

Ilukuluku LokuLungisa izinto Ngempindiselo: IsiFundazwe sakwethu sesizithola futhi sesisengozini enkulu, yobuhlungu kanye nokulimazana ngenxa yezehlo zokubulalana esezisabalele nalolonke izwe laseNingizimu Afrika, kepha esezivame kakhulu kulesisiFundazwe. Ukuze sihlangabezane nalesisimo, sifisa ukunikhumbuza ukuthi ubulungiswa bukaNkulunkulu buhlala njalo bugebele ngasohlangothini lwesihawu nomusa kunokujezisa nempindiselo. Ngakho-ke, nathi masiphokophele izinto ezinhle lapha eKZN, ngaleyondlela-ke, imiphakathi yelakithi iyokwelapheka amanxeba.

Isimo Sokwanda Kwezigameko: Izibalo zezigameko zendluzula ezikhishwe ngamaPhoyisa emnyakeni ka-2017/18 zikhomba ukuthi izigameko zokubulalana lapha eKZN zenyuke zisuka ku-4014 zaya ku-4382, amacala aphathelene nendluzula yocansi wona enyuke asuka ku-8484 aya ku-8759; kwathi amacala anesihluku esivamileyo, wona akhula esuka ku-22285 aya ku-22842. Ngaphezu kwalokho, sekube nezigameko ezingamashumi amane (40) ukusukela ku-Meyi 2016 kuya ku-Agasti 2018.

Ukubuka lesisimo ngeso loKholo: Uma sibhekisisa lezizibalo ezethusayo ngomqondo nje owodwana woKholo, othiwa yilukuluku nesifiso sabantu ukuziphindiselela, kuyasikhanyela ngokusobala ukuthi ukuvumela ukuchuma kwalokhu kuyokwandisa izinkinga. Kanti imfundiso yokuxolelana, ukuthula, nokubuyisana nokuphokophelela njalo ukwenzela isintu okuhle, kusinikeza ithemba lokuthi ukuthula okwesekeleke esimweni sezomnotho esisabalalisa amathuba ngokulinganyo kubobonke, ukunakekelana nokuhlomulisana, yizona zinto eziyokhulisa isithunzi sobuntu kubobonke.

Inhlabamkhosi YokuSukuma Senze:

Genesise 4:9-10 “Wayesethi uSimakade kuKayini: Uphi umfowenu uAbela na? Wathi: Angazi; ngingumlindi womfowethu na? UNkulunkulu wathi: Wenzeni na? Izwi legazi lomfowenu liyakhala kimi lisemhlabathini”.

  • IsiGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal sinxusa bonke abashumayelayo ukuba basabalalise umyalezo wokuthula, ithemba, isimo esizinzileyo, umoya wobuntu nokuhlonishwa kwempilo yesintu.
  • Kufanele ukuba sinxuse ukuba kwande ukuphathana ngobumnene nesihawu, nokuthethelelana, njengalokho noNkulunkulu wanithethelela ngoKristu (Kwabase-Efesu 4:32).
  • Sinxusa onke amalungu amaBandla kaKristu ukuba akukhuthalele ukubikela amaphoyisa ngezigameko zobugebengu kanye nalokho okusolisayo ukuthi kungase kugcine sekunomphumela wendluzula ezindaweni esihlala kuzo.
  • Sidinga ukukhuleka singaphezi; sikhulekela ubulungiswa nokuthula, ikakhulu ngaphambili nangasemumva kwesikhathi sokhetho luka-2019, sikhuleke sinxuse ukuba lube ngolukhululekileyo, nolungasolisi, nolunokuthula kuzo zonke izigceme zemiphakathi yakithi.

Isiphetho: LeNcwadi Yokwelusa ingumzamo wethu ukuqwashisa abantu ukuthi izehlakalo zendluzula emphakathini wakithi sezifinyelele ezingeni elingenakubekezeleleka. Nokho, ukuhlangabezana kwethu nesimo sayo akufanele kube yizenzo eziqhutshwa yilukulu lokuzama ukudala ubulungiswa ngempindiselo; kepha kufanele ngasosonke isikhathi kube yizenzo ezikhuthaza ukwabiwa kwamathuba ezomnotho ngokulinganayo.

Okungaxhunyanwa Nabo:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031-310 3500| the director@diakonia.org.za
  1. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209| simphiwemanqokontsi@gmail.com
  2. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| nyuswa@krcc.org.za
  3. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897| skzncc@gmail.com
  4. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078 429 0774| sonto6150@gmail.com

The SAPS: 08600 10111. Provincial Commissioner’s Offices: (031) 325 4825

  • Premier’s Hotline: 0800 596 596
  • Presidential Hotline: 17737

KZNCLG Secretariat: |KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC): 50 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201. 033-345 4819|  info@kzncc.org.za

Incwadi Yokwelusa ngoKhetho lukaZwelonke noLwesiFundazwe Ngo-2019

INCWADI YOKWALUSA MAYELANA NOKHETHO LWANGO 2019

Incwadi Yokwelusa ngoKhetho lukaZwelonke noLwesiFundazwe Ngo-2019

31 October 2018

1 KuThimothewu 2:1-4

“Ngakho-ke kuqala kukho konke ngiyala ukuba ukunxusa, nokukhuleka, nokucela, nokubonga kwenzelwe abantu bonke, 2. amakhosi nabo bonke abakhulu, ukuze sihlale kahle nangokuthula, ngokumesaba uNkulunkulu nangesizotha esipheleleyo. 3. Lokhu kuhle, kuyabongeka emehlweni kaNkulunkulu uMsindisi wethu, 4. othanda ukuba abantu bonke bafinyelele ekulazini iqiniso”.

Ukubingelela nesiNgeniso: IsiGungu sabaHoli bamaBandla aKwaZulu-Natal (KZNCLG) kanye nombuthano wonkana wamaBandla kaKristu nezinhlangano ezisebenza ngokubambisana, sibingelela wonke amalungu amaBandla kanye nabantu bonkana abakhele isiFundazwe saKwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Sinilobela leNcwadi Yokwelusa ukuze silungiselele ukhetho oluzayo lukazwelonke nolwezifundazwe eNingizimu Afrika, ikakhulukazi lapha esiFundazweni sethu sase-KZN. Sikwenza lokhu ngenxa yokukuqonda ukuthi ukuba yisakhamuzi esihle kumbandakanya ukuba leso naleso sakhamuzi sibambe iqhaza okhethweni, okuthi kusimo esinjengesethu lapha eNingizimu Afrika, esiqhutshwa ngenkambiso elawulwa ngumthethosisekelo. Lokhu sikwenza ngenxa yalezizimo ezilandelayo:

Isimo esibhekene naso: Uma singakusonga ngezwi elilodwa lokho esibhekene nakho singathi isimo esikuso sekuyileso esilawulwa “yindluzula”. Sikhathazeke kakhulu ngenxa yokudlondlobala kokubulalana okubukeka kunomthelela wezizathu zezombusazwe ikakhulukazi, lapha eKZN; isiFundazwe esisithandazelayo sikanye nezwe lonke laseNingizimu Afrika, ukuba amazinga obugebengu anciphe noma aphele nya. Nakuba kunjalo, siyabona ukuthi baningi abantu abanentando enhle abazimisele ukuba izwe lakithi lithathe igxathu eliya phambili esimweni esinokuthula nenhlalakahle. Ngakho-ke, sinxusa ukuba yilowo nalowo kini azimisele ukwenza into eyodwa enhle, okungukusukuma phansi niyovotela abantu abanentando enhle ngesikhathi sokhetho.

Akungabikho ukuDembesela ukuVota: Ukudembesela ukuvota kungumuzwa wokuba umuntu athi akunamsebenzi walutho ukuvota. Siyakuqonda ukuthi zikhona nokho izimo okuphethwe ngazo izwe lakithi esezenza abantu baphelelwe ngumdlandla. Noma kunjalo, thina zakhamizi sinamandla okuba ngevoti lethu siguqule izimo ezinganambithekiyo zokubuswa kwezwe. Ngakho-ke; Sebenzisa iVoti lakho. Ungadembeseli!

UkuVuna: UkuVuna yigama elisetshenziswa yiKhomishane eziMeleyo YoKhetho (IEC) ukuqhuba umkhankaso wokuqoqa amakheli aqondileyo abo bonke abantu asebeselungelweni lokuvota. Ngakho-ke, nawe siyakunxusa ukuba usukume phansi uyobhalisela ukuvota kusenesikhathi noma ngabe uhlala ezindaweni zasemakhaya ezikude nezizinda ezithuthukileyo zaseNingizimu Afrika.

Indluzula Ngesikhathi soKhetho: Ngenxa yokuqonda ukuthi njalo nxashane siyovota sekuvame umkhuba omubi wokubulawa kwabantu, kungalokho-ke sinxusa ukuba thina sonke njengomphakathi, ikakhulukazi, amaqembu ezombusazwe, ukuba azibophezele ukulawula nokukhuza amalungu awo, nokuba nathi sifunde ukuzibamba ukuze singalawulwa yimizwa yentukuthelo; – kepha sikhombise ukuvuthwa nokwephusa kwemiqondo ukuze sikwazi ukwamukela lokho okungahambisani nathi nokwehlukahlukana kwethu ngemibono.

Ukulamula nokuXazululwa KokuNgqubuzana: Thina siyisiGungu sabaHoli BamaBandla (CLG) kanye nezinhlangano zamaBandla ezisebenzela ukuchumisa ubunye nokubambisana, sizimisele ukusiza ngokulamula nokuxazulula izinkinga ezingadalwa ukungaboni ngasolinye kanye nokungqubuzana  uma simenywa yinoma ngubani onesidingo salokhu.

Inhlabamkhosi YoMkhuleko: Sinxusa bonke abantu base-KZN ukuba bakuthandazele ukuba kuhlonishwe ukusebenza koMthethosisekelo Wezwe kanye nomthetho. Khulekelani ukuthula nenhlalakahle. Khulekelani ukuphepha nokuvikeleka kwazo zonke izakhamizi. Khulekelani ukhetho olukhululekileyo noluqhutshwa ngendlela eyemukelekayo. Bese-ke nimbonga uNkulunkulu ophendula imikhuleko yethu.

Isiphetho: NgaleNcwadi Yokwelusa sikhuthaza zonke izakhamizi esezifinyelele ebangeni naselungelweni lokuvota ukuba zibhalisele ukuvota ukuze zikwazi ukubamba iqhaza okhethweni lwango-2019. Ningakuvumeli ukudembesela. Khulekelani ubulungiswa kanye nokuthula!

Izinombolo Zokuxhumana Ezingaba Lusizo

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031- 310 3500| Ms. Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala director@diakonia.org.za
  1. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209| Rev Simphiwe Mankqokontsi|simphiwemankqokontsi@gmail.com
  2. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035|+27(35) 474 105. Mr. Mxolisi Nyuswa:nyuswa@krcc.org.za
  3. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|Rev Milton Cele: skzncc@gmail.com
  4. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078 429 0774|Rev Sonto Thusi: sonto6150@gmail.com
  5. Premier’s Hotline: 0800 596 596
  6. Presidential Hotline: 17737
  7. SAPS: 08600 10111
  8. Provincial Commissioners Office: (031) 325 4825

 

CLG Secretariat: KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC): 50 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201|033-345 4819; Fax No. 033-394 9965| info@kzncc.org.za

 

A Pastoral Letter urging participation in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

A Pastoral Letter from the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group urging participation in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

 

31st October 2018

Micah 6:8 (NKJV): He has shown you, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

We the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG) and the provincial ecumenical movement greets church ministers, pastors, congregants and all people of the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). We are issuing this pastoral letter to help our people to prepare for the oncoming national and provincial elections. Responsible citizenship means that all eligible voters should participate in electoral processes in a constitutional democratic order such as ours in South Africa.

Context: However we are aware that we do this in a context of violence.  We are deeply disturbed by the number of alleged political killings in KZN, and the widespread prevalence of crime. On the other hand we recognise that the overwhelming majority of our people want to take our country forward to prosperity. We encourage you to use your vote to end the self-seeking culture that leads to greed, corruption and jostling for positions; and instead to choose election candidates whom you believe will bring about a more just and peaceful society.

Voter Apathy: Voter apathy is an attitude of indifference or even cynicism about elections. We acknowledge that there are high levels of mistrust and discouragement exacerbated by unjust governance and poor service delivery. Nevertheless we as citizens have to vote to change our situation. So we urge you not to be apathetic but to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to help you use your vote wisely.

Harvesting: “Harvesting” is a term used by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the process of collecting addresses of people who are eligible to vote and encouraging them to use their vote. Please register to vote even if you stay in the remote or rural areas of the province.

Electoral Violence: Realising that every time there are elections people are killed, we call on all our members and the public generally but especially the political parties, to show maturity and acceptance of different opinions and interests. Political differences should not make people enemies.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution: The KZNCLG and the ecumenical movement are offering services of mediation and conflict resolution by invitation.  These services are available to individuals and groups in conflict. (Cf the contact details below).

Your help is needed: One of the most significant ways in which we can help to ensure that the elections are free, fair and peaceful is to offer our services as observers at the voting stations. In each area of the province the KZNCC will be looking for many people to volunteer to do this work on the day of the elections as well for the count afterwards. Please be assured that you will receive training to help you undertake this task with confidence. People who have skills and experience of mediation are also invited to make themselves known to the KZNCC or any of the regional ecumenical structures listed below.

Call for Prayer:

I Timothy 2: 1 – 4. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.       

We call upon the people of KZN to pray earnestly for the upholding of the Constitution and the rule of law; for respect for the value of human life; for peace and goodwill; safety and security; free, fair and peaceful elections.

Helpful Contacts:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031 310 3500| the.director@diakonia.org.za
  2. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|simphiwemanqokontsi@gmail.com
  3. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| +27 (35) 474 1058; nyuswa@krcc.org.za |www.krcc.org.za
  4. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|skzncc@gmail.com
  5. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078429 0774| sonto6150@gmail.com

– The SAPS: 08600 10111|Provincial Commissioner’s Offices: (031) 325 4825

– Premier’s hot line: 0800 596 596

– Presidential hotline: 17737

CLG SECRETARIAT: KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)| 50 Langalibalele Street Pietermaritzburg, 3201| 033-3454819| info@kzncc.org.za

For more details contact: Rev Siyabulela Gidi 072 97777 07| sgidi@kzncc.org.za

A Pastoral Letter On Violence In The Province

A Pastoral letter from CLG on violence in the Province

PRESS RELEASE DOCUMENT: NO. 1

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM KWAZULU-NATAL CHURCH LEADERS GROUP ON VIOLENCE IN THE PROVINCE.

31 October 2018

Romans 12:17-19 New International Version (NIV):Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone….” says the Lord.

Introduction and Greetings: We, the KwaZulu-Natal Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG) and the ecumenical movement of KwaZulu-Natal greet the people of the province. Through this pastoral letter we want to draw your attention to how the violence we are experiencing has reached a totally unacceptable level. We need to pray earnestly that God’s Holy Spirit may help us to make our province more peaceful.

Vengeance or Distributive Justice: Our province finds itself once again in a position of absolute vulnerability, pain and hurt as a result of the murders and violence that are becoming ever more prevalent in South Africa and especially in this province. In responding to this violence, the justice of God favours mercy and grace rather than punishment and revenge. Let us therefore pursue the things which are good in KZN and then our communities will be healed.

Statistical Context: The police statistics for 2017/18 indicate that murders in KZN have increased from 4014 to 4382, sexual offences from 8484 to 8759, common assaults, from 22285, to 22842. In addition there were approximately 40 politically aligned killings within the period May 2016 to August 2018.

A Theological Reflection: Reflecting on these alarming statistics from only one theological point of view, namely the theology of retribution, will only exacerbate the problem. By contrast the doctrines of forgiveness, peace, reconciliation and the pursuit of the common good for all humanity give us hope that peace based on economic justice, caring and sharing is the way to enhance human dignity for all.

A clarion call for action:

Genesis 4:9-10 (NKJV)

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”10 And God said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground”

  • The KZNCLG urges preachers to spread the message of peace, hope, stability, ubuntu and respect for human life.
  • We should call for kindness and compassion towards one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us (Eph. 4: 32).
  • We should also call on our congregants and members to report to the police cases of crime and suspicious acts that may lead to violence in our vicinities.
  • Ceaseless prayers for justice and peace are needed, especially in the pre- and post-election period in 2019, that the elections may be free, fair and peaceful in all our communities.

Conclusion: This pastoral letter has attempted to alert people that the violence we are experiencing has reached unacceptable levels. However our response to this violence must not be one of vengeance and retributive justice but earnestly seeking economic and distributive justice

Helpful Contacts:

  1. Diakonia Council of Churches: 031 310 3500| the.director@diakonia.org.za
  2. Midlands Christian Council (MCC): 071 697 8209|simphiwemanqokontsi@gmail.com
  3. KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC): 082 672 4035| +27 (35) 474 1058; nyuswa@krcc.org.za |www.krcc.org.za
  4. Southern KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC): 078 624 5897|skzncc@gmail.com
  5. Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC): 078429 0774| sonto6150@gmail.com

– The SAPS: 08600 10111| www.kzncomsafety.gov.za|Email: info@comsafety.gov.za

– Premier’s hot line: 0800 596 596

– Presidential hotline: 17737

CLG SECRETARIAT: KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)| 50 Langalibalele Street Pietermaritzburg, 3201| 033-3454819| info@kzncc.org.za

For more details contact: Rev Siyabulela Gidi 072 97777 07| sgidi@kzncc.org.za