June 2013 Newsletter

From the desk of the CEO  (Dr Douglas Dziva)

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

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


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

Bishop Sandy Dickie encouraged the KZNCC and TAMCC to organise ecumenical meetings for senior church leaders in the North Interior of KZN to discuss ecumenical relations and their involvement in social, political, and economic issues.

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

Rev. Mvume Dandala recently met with KZNCC and Midlands Council of Churches’ staff to discuss issues of ecumenical development and mutual support. From the Seth Mokotimi Theological Seminary, we are currently hosting Mr Mohlatse and Mr Masentse as interns learning about administration and filing, project managemen,t and proposal writing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology Consultation

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

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

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

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

News from ecumenical partners


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Parliament sitting days – public invited to make input

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

Mandela Day Activities involving Parliamentarians 

  • 16 – 18 July

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

  • 19 July to 27 September

Multiparty feedback Sessions: churches and public invited to make input

  • 30 – 31 July
  • 2 – 3 August

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

  • 7-8 August

Provincial Cabinet Lekgotla: churches and public invited to make input

  • 21 – 23 August (Provisional date)

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

  • 04 September

Public Awareness Workshops: churches and public invited to participate

  • 10 – 14 September

Multiparty Visits: churches and public invited to participate

  • 17 – 21 September

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

  • 24 – 25 September

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

  • 27 - 28 September

Welcome to the KZNCC family, Jabu Sibeko

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

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

December 2012 Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should people not be allowed to speak for themselves?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Napier addressing the AGM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

News from Ecumenical Partners in KZN

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Basic requirements

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

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

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

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

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


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

13 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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

16 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


2 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


4 to 6 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


10 to 14 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


17 December to January
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


20 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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

23 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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

November 2012 Newsletter

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

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


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

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

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


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

Some thoughts on collaboration and development practice

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

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

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

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

The KZN Church Leaders’ Group (KZNCLG)

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

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

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

Forum for Directors of Ecumenical Organisations in KZN

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

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

South African Council of Churches (SACC) saga:

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

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

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

Premier meets church leaders

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

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

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

People on the Move:

  • Congratulations to Rev. Thulani Ndlazi, the former UCSSA Moderator, for his new appointment as National Secretary (CEO) of the UCCSA, South African Synod. We wish him well as he relocates to Johannesburg on 1 January 2013.
  • Mr Eddy Makue has made a huge contribution to the ecumenical movement in South Africa especially through his work with the South African Council Churches (SACC) for well over 20 years. We wish him well in his next appointment with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the National Lotteries Board (Lotto). 
  • Congratulations to Bishop Mvume Dandala who was appointed as the new President of Seth Mokitimi Theological Seminary. We wish him success in this challenging position. 
  • Mr Paddy Kearney is a consultant to the KZNCC with a special focus on supporting the formation and nurturing of ecumenical structures. Midlands Council of Churches (MCC) and Southern kwaZulu Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) are areas of focus. KRCC and TAMCC continue to benefit immensely from Paddy’s expertise. -Paddy also does voluntary work for the Denis Hurley Centre Project at Emmanuel Cathedral in Durban. This Centre will focus on three priorities: Care, Education/Training, and Community Building in one of the most challenging inner-city areas of the eThekwini Municipality. -If you would like to contribute to this work at Emmanuel Cathedral please contact Paddy at pkearney@saol.com 
  • Rev Phumzile Zondi Mabizela the former KZNCC CEO now works for Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) Southern African Desk where she heads the Gender justice Advocacy work. She has been very gracious and remains in touch with KZNCC advising and offering technical support on gender justice issues. We wish Phumzile success as she continues to serve the wider ecumenical movement.

News in Brief from KZN Regional Offices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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

16 November 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


2 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


4 to 6 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


10 to 14 December
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


17 December to January
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


20 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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

23 December 2012
KZN Parliament
244 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg


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



Very accessible for public and private transport users.

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

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


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

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

July 2012 Newsletter

From the desk of the CEO…

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

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

Dr Douglas Dziva

 Good Day, San'bonani - Out There:

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

Shalom Bishop Mike Vorster

Crisis of the South African Council of Churches (SACC)

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

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

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

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


KZNCC facilitates the following programmes:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ecumenical Outreach - Meetings With Members Of KZNCC

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

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

TAMCC Independence

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

TAMCC focuses on the following programmes:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

Good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.


Pastoral Retreat

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