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Mythbusting

The media plays a massive role in how we understand and relate to any issue. Separating fact from fiction is crucial as we consider a topic that the Bible addresses in such a compelling way. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners,...

When You See an Injustice

What to do when you see an injustice? We asked Josh Cox to share this story because we hope it will challenge us all to open our eyes and see the needs around us. Josh's attention to those who are often overlooked speaks volumes about his faith. Josh is just one man, but he used his social capital and conviction...

Common Understanding – Our Starting Point

Significant words and definitions relating to Foreign Nationals The subject of foreign nationals, refugees, and asylum seekers is a complex topic around the world but especially in South Africa. Here are some key terms and definitions to help you understand the landscape of the discussion, so that we’re literally ‘speaking the same language’. Foreign National - a person who is not...

What does the Bible have to say about ‘The Foreigner’?

What does the Bible have to say about the foreigner? Refugee, asylum seeker, status unknown. The Bible uses language like: strangers, sojourners, aliens, foreigners, neighbours. These are all names of those that are not included equally, and are often mistreated as they live outside their ‘home country'. As you might have read in these articles, there are many reasons people live...

Laws and The Ever-Changing Landscape for Refugees

Laws and the ever-changing landscape for refugees By: Laura Macfarlane, Attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright We consulted with a knowledgeable attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright to give us a glimpse into how laws have recently changed. She has given us some insight into what’s new and how that affects the current laws and challenges for foreign nationals in South Africa. Amendments to...

Organisations and Resources Available to Foreign Nationals

Organisations and resources available to Foreign Nationals Want to know where you can learn about refugee and foreign national work in our city? Start here! These are organisations that are doing amazing things in Cape Town and offer services to foreign nationals. Scalabrini  https://scalabrini.org.za/ Cape Town: 021 465 6433 SERVICES OFFERED Paralegal desk Welfare services Women & children support Employment access English school Vision: The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town’s...

How the Church Can Respond?

Relief, Rehabilitation and Development model Xenophobia in South Africa is a phenomenon synonymous with violence and hatred towards foreigners. African foreign nationals in South Africa, including refugees and asylum-seekers, continue to face xenophobic violence and threats of violence even today. Below are a handful of stats that hint at the horror and violence experienced by thousands of people. May 2008 -...

Reconciliation Day

Two historical events happened on this day, 123 years apart. On 16 December 1838, Voortrekkers (members of Dutch-speaking people who migrated from the Cape Colony into the interior in order to live beyond the borders of British rule) under the leadership of Piet Retief laagered their wagons and fought a fierce battle against Zulu warriors, under the leadership of...

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is meant to be a joyous occasion celebrating all that’s beautiful about South Africa’s diversity. Heritage can include: culture, wildlife, monuments, artwork, literature, music, languages and culinary traditions to name a few. There is great beauty in diverse people celebrating what makes them unique, yet united. This day had a few name changes in its history: Shaka Zulu day...

Women’s Day

Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. It commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" (under The Population Registration Act) to a pass, that served to maintain segregation, control urbanisation, and manage...