Attachment: Newsletter July-Aug 2021

In July our province was shaken to its core. But the church has been extremely active over this time and brought the faith, hope and love of Jesus to those who have needed it most.

Have a read about some of what we’ve done together. There are a number of valuable resources also linked in the document. Please do forward onto your networks

Theology of Money: Good News to the Poor and Marginalised

Discussions facilitated and collated by Dr Mogashudi Lucas Ngoetjana. Deputy CEO: KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) and Provincial Programmes Director.

Dr. M L Ngoetjana 2018


This paper presents a theology of money as a philosophy of the role and nature of money in contemporary society from the perspective of the poor and marginalised. It considers socio-economic factors as a phenomenon that determines who must be kept poor and who to keep rich by powers that be. It continues to look at the land question from the Hebraic perspective of the Old Testament – the people of Yahweh and the Greek perspective of the New Testament – the Jesus movement. In this paper there is the identification of the poor. One may say, essentially, the poor are those who have no money – the oppressed and the marginalised by capitalist institutions. It professes that God in the situation of deliberate monetary oppression and exclusion is on the side of the poor and the oppressed. Lastly it addresses the fallacy of the gospel of prosperity. It argues that the manufacturing of poverty is structural.

Click this link for more info:- Theology of Money interaction with Luke

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.

“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.





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” 


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

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

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. ( ).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



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".



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.


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


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:


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.


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


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


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.



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.


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.


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.

Dr Clint Le Bruyns


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 ,  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?


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. 

God bless and keep you safe.
Shalom, Bishop Mike 




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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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: 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; or Fax: 033 3949965;
  • 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; or Fax: 033 3949965;
  • 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


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.


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.


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.

Dr Clint Le Bruyns



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)