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Human Rights Day

On 21 March 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against pass laws. The pass laws required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook everywhere they went. This long-standing practice served to severely restrict and control travel, dictating when, where...

Freedom Day

Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race. Prior to this, during apartheid, racial segregation which was enforced by the ruling party, prevented any kind of inter-racial activity. It...

Day of Reconciliation

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...

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 carry a pass. These laws served to maintain segregation, control urbanisation,...

Giving in the Bible

Talking about money, whether your own or someone else’s, makes most people uncomfortable – either you feel you have too little of it and so feel embarrassed having such a conversation, or you may feel you have quite a bit of it and that comes with unique questions and pressures of its own. Money becomes that awkward subject we...

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...