Healing of Memories and Reconciliation (HoMaR) Consortium


Everyone has a story to tell and every story needs to be heard, acknowledged, and respected. This is the first step to personal healing as well as healing of interpersonal relationships. By exploring and acknowledging the emotional wounds carried by nations, communities and individuals, the workshop enables people from diverse backgrounds to confront sources of alienation and conflict.


Those infected and affected by HIV/Aids have often experienced deep trauma, including rejection by those nearest to them and prejudice from the wider community. Therefore they need to deal with psychological and emotional feelings on their capacity to rebuild their lives.

Migrants/ Refugees

Many people who live in exile carry painful memories and experiences from their earlier life, the emotional burden of which are exacerbated by experiences of rejection, prejudice and loss of identity in their new country.

Women and care-givers

This workshop is for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters and other care-givers. While much is expected of them, they usually receive little support and often themselves victims of discrimination or abuse.


Prisoners rarely have access to types of restoratives justice Programmes that enable them to take responsibility for their behavior and acknowledge the pain and suffering they have caused.

Interfaith groups

Churches and mosques in particular have often been at the sharp end of efforts to bring about healing and reconciliation between divided communities.


To create a safe space for young children were their voices can be heard; assist them in identifying the emotions they experience; provide them with tools to express their emotions and teach them about empathy, love and Ubuntu and non-violence.


The workshop allows youth to deal with their painful feelings in order to become tomorrow’s conciliators and agents of positive change.

KZNCC Democracy and Elections Office

Context and objectives of the programme:

Since 1986, political violence has claimed the lives of more than 20 000 people and left more than 500 000 people displaced.  In 1997, political violence claimed lives of more than 320 people and since the beginning of 1998, 385 people have died as a result of political violence.  During the 1999 national government elections, more than 55 people were killed in political violence, over 38 people were injured, and additional 43+ cases reported in police stations related to political violence (e.g. arson, political clashes, service delivery protests etc).

The KwaZulu Natal political conflict, political violence and the political killings are often attributed to various factors such as:

  1. Poor literacy levels and lack of reliable and accurate sources of information
  2. Limited knowledge on democracy frameworks
  • Lack and or less knowledge of the South African constitution, peoples’ rights and responsibilities.
  1. Lack of effective skills training of citizens’ participation in decision making at the three spheres of governance
  2. Lack of political education by political parties on their ordinary membership
  3. Dismal service delivery by municipalities leads to violence, arson on state buildings and destruction of infrastructure
  • Mismanagement, corruption and greed.
  • Jostling for positions of political influence and nepotism in top management positions.
  1. Human settlement backlogs that lead to overcrowded hostels that is a breeding ground for violence.

Programme objectives:

  1. To provide accurate and credible information about dynamics of violence and geo-map the most worst affected areas (hot spots) in KZN. Identify potential conflict areas and rapidly facilitate conflict resolution dialogues months before and after the May 2019 national elections.
  2. To map strategic provincial-level organisations that are actively involved in promoting reconciliation and peace building in KZN.
  3. To examine some significant factors such as social, economic, political, cultural and religious that inform various forms of violence in KZN.
  4. To produce a rich and comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data to help inform various organisations working on conflict resolution and peace building to design evidence-based intervention.
  5. Recruitment and mobilisation of sensitisation trainings, communication and or information dissemination activities in the areas of balloting education, electoral codes of conduct, and post-election citizen participation in democracy development.
  6. Organizing and facilitating 6 multi-stakeholder post-election learning and reflections sessions


Given the context and the objectives of the democracy and elections offices, it is obliged to capacitate/sensitize citizens to understand the concept of active participatory citizenship, this will be implemented through the ward based ecumenical fraternals’ framework.

It seeks to enhance communities to maximise participation in good governance processes through engaging in policy formulation processes including but not limited to public hearings and submissions to portfolio committees and the legislature.

Will further sensitize and encourage individuals and communities to assume their roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship in democratic systems through the creation of safe spaces for dialogue to engage on matters of democracy deepening.

The community engagement processes will assist in analyzing and understanding of civil society on various dynamics i.e. socio-economic, political and civil democratic rights.

The role out of some of the objectives has been achieved already, as early as October to early December 2017 working in partnership with the Msunduzi IEC office pilot training project was executed in 5 of the 7 Municipalities of the uMgungundlovu District.

Statistics: 5 municipalities sessions [93 women including 39 young women were trained] overall 61 young people of the 189 total number of trainees.

In association with 18 CBO’s that work on democracy, elections and human rights issues, we have re-launched the Kwa-Zulu Natal Democracy and Elections Forum (KZNDEF) in preparations for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. The office was unanimously given a lead organization role with in the Forum members.

The role of the Lead organization to coordinate work on behalf of the five sub-committees within the KZNDEF which are:

  1. Civic and voter education.
  2. Election Observation.
  3. Violence monitoring and tracking.
  4. Peace building and mediation
  5. Litigation and legal frameworks.

There has been 6 meetings held with the members of the Forum since April 2018, in addition and most importantly was the Forum’s presentation by the 5 sub-committee chairpersons to a potential funder.

The funding campaign continues as we hope that as the elections draw near there will more interest shown by the funding agencies. The aim is recruit and train ten pairs of trained facilitators who will be tasked with facilitating 200 workshops across the province. Each workshop will consist of 20-50 participants

The collation and packaging of researched information and briefing the Advocacy teams in preparation for submissions to the various portfolio committees.

During the end of July 2018, the Church Leaders’ Group (CLG) unanimously agreed to ask KZNCC through the Democracy and Elections office to be the secretariat of the CLG. This was implemented with immediate and the first meeting as the secretariat sitting was on the 25th September 2018 at St. Josephs’ Catholic Church in Durban. CLG is chaired by the Cardinal Wilfred Napier and Bishop Gabriel Dino is the deputy chairperson. The office was tasked to draft two Pastoral letters after a rigorous engagement on contentious matters of violent crime escalation in the province and in the country in general. This was after the release of the crime statistics by Minister of Police Honorable Bheki Cele on the 11th of September 2018. The first Pastoral Letter was a lament on violence in the province. The second Pastoral letter we designed is on an urge for people of the province and the nation in general to exercise their constitutional rights and responsibilities, to cast their votes in the upcoming 2019 elections.

Both these letters will be published to the media by the CLG on the 31st of October 2018 at Diakonia Council of Churches in Durban by Cardinal Napier at 13h00.

Children & Youth Programme



Coordinated by a young, passionate and vibrant Rev.Nkululeko Khumalo; the KZNCC Children & Youth Programme specialises on caring for children and youth that are subjected to a wide range of social and economic difficulties: psycho-social distress, grief, stigma, discrimination, isolation, and economic deprivation, loss of educational opportunity, burdensome domestic responsibilities, and fear for their own future. As a result of the socio-economic situation and the HIV and AIDS epidemic, all children in our province, particularly are potentially vulnerable.  There are many ways of defining and evaluating vulnerability, yet in this case the communities we work with themselves best define vulnerability.  We depend on them in identifying the children known to be vulnerable.


Promote the wellbeing, resilience and dignity of children who live in exceptionally difficult circumstances and are not easily accessible because of their location, their work or their circumstances.

Mobilise local churches, local ecumenical organisations, local business and local families to practically contribute sustainable solutions to the plight of children at risk, protect children and promote children’s rights. (Strengthening community based initiatives and social safety nets);

Workshops to develop skills of children, raise awareness and educate communities so that there is an increased respect of children’s rights.

Strengthen existing strategic networking and partnerships among stakeholders in order to exchange and expand knowledge, skills and experience, strengthen capacity building and lobbying and advocacy for child rights and increase human and institutional resource mobilisation by December 2019;

Increase child participation where appropriate in all issues that concern them from community, district to provincial level, considering their evolving capacities;

Increase the percentage of children with birth certificates in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019;

Increase new school enrolment of OVC in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019, while ensuring retention of OVC in primary and secondary schools;

Increase access to nutritious food, health services, shelter, water and sanitation for all OVC by December 2020;

Reduce the number of children who live outside of a family environment by at least 25% by December 2020 (this includes children living without adult guidance, children living on the streets, and children in institutions).

Street Children are exposed to risks such as substance abuse, prostitution, health hazards and crime.



Churches’ Provincial Advocacy Office

Churches’ Provincial Advocacy Office


Right from the establishment of the KZNCC, we were aware that one of its most important roles would be to help the Church engage with public policy from a faith perspective. A consensus developed that a specialised programme would be the best way to achieve this, so the Churches’ Provincial Advocacy Office (CPAO) was established in 2003. This provides a platform for constructive and critical engagement with Kwazulu-Natal’s provincial legislature and government. It ensures that a Christian influence is brought to bear on the provincial legislature and that social services are effectively delivered, especially to the poor and marginalised.


  • Clearly articulating the KZNCC position on current issues and events;
  • Engaging with provincial government on key aspects of policy, especially as these affect the poor;
  • Facilitating church submissions to policy makers so as to influence policy formulation and implementation;
  • Training and supporting member churches and organisations in lobbying and advocacy related to key aspects of delivery;
  • Developing the CPAO’s research capacity, and using research undertaken by others;
  • Supporting the advocacy and lobbying components of all KZNCC programmes;
  • Initialising and supporting community advocacy campaigns

KZN Church AIDS Network

AIDSThe KZNCAN, which was jointly initiated by church leaders and the KZNCC in 2004, encourages churches and Christian organisations to respond effectively to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. It networks and partners with interfaith organisations and civil society. Its most significant projects are “Men and Gender”, the Male Caregivers’ Programme, and “Sisters of Faith in Action and Advocacy” (SOFIA).

Men and Gender aims to transform men and institutions in the context of HIV and AIDS and poverty. It mobilises and supports men in church leadership positions to influence their peers to change their attitudes and behaviour, in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. The Male Caregivers’ Programme challenges men to become caregivers for people affected by or infected by HIV and AIDS. SOFIA organises women to reflect on and advocate for gender justice and development.


Emphases of KZNCAN:

  • Promoting cooperation, resource-sharing and innovation among churches and ecumenical structures working on HIV and AIDS;
  • Facilitating liaison between churches, NGOs and government;
  • Equipping churches with skills to initiate HIV and AIDS programmes and/or to integrate these into their overall work;
  • Devising prevention campaigns and strategies, also for TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections;
  • On the basis or research, designing appropriate interventions to support child-headed households;
  • Mentoring church-based organisations catering for orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Continuing to develop and promote a theology of a caring community;

Emphases of Men and Gender:         

  • Encouraging and training men to give practical care and psychosocial support;
  • Collaborating with health institutions in giving such care;
  • Discussing with men how they are socialised into particular forms of masculinity;
  • Lobbying government and other institutions about issues affecting this Programme;
  • Extending the Programme to additional areas of the Province;
  • Supporting Men’s Forums to increase the impact of the Programme;
  • Developing materials on gender justice suited to the KZN context.

Emphases of SOFIA:         

  • Mobilising women throughout discussions about how male children are socialised into a particular kind of masculinity;
  • Together with tertiary institutions and seminaries, compiling and analysing stories about how women are impeded from effectively contributing to development and leadership in society;
  • Creating spaces for dialogue, networking and partnerships;
  • Running workshops and theological reflections on the experiences of women as presented in the scriptures of various faith groups.

Whenever possible and appropriate, the KZNCC encourages participants in SOFIA and Men and Gender to discuss issues of mutual concern.


KZN Land Issues Programme

KZN Land Issues Programme

The KZNCC Assembly of 2007 mandated the organisation to play a more proactive role in attending to land issues in the province. Baseline research in both white and black communities revealed a willingness to meet and find solutions together. KZNCC is now assisting the land stakeholders to find solutions through promoting dialogue among them. The starting point was an understanding that conflicts about land will always be complex and may be resolved with an active and equal participation of those directly involved at local level including church leaders.



  • Promoting healing and reconciliation through processes like “Healing of Memories”, “Alternatives to Violence” (AVP), “Non-violent Communication”, and “Managing Diversity”;
  • Facilitating constructive dialogue between farmers and farm dwellers;
  • Offering capacity-building training for partners and stakeholders in communication, conflict resolution, lobbying and advocacy skills;
  • Hosting an annual provincial summit for stakeholders to share experiences, seek common ground and explore opportunities for collaboration;
  • Focusing on women living in rural communities and on farms who are affected by land issues;
  • Responding to human rights abuses which are raised by any group;
  • Publicising inspiring success stories;
  • Wherever possible, working closely with other organisations involved in land issues.