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Youth Day

Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. On 16 June 1976 between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilised by the South African Students Movement's Action Committee marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest. Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in...

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...

The Mask Makers

Image courtesy of Ballo, ballo.co.za We’re calling for volunteers to make masks to reduce COVID-19 transmission in high risk areas. You can join us in serving our city by sewing masks to be distributed for free in communities where people are not able to purchase personal protective equipment. The Western Cape Department of Health has stated the need for cloth masks to...

Gleaning: Letting Lockdown Prepare Us to be a Blessing

An (unforeseen) Opportunity to Practice Simplicity, Generosity and Being Ready to be a Blessing Social media and modern-day news cycles push striking images in front of us relentlessly. These emotive photos can push us into a corner where we can feel overwhelmed by the need and we can feel stuck in lockdown, forbidden to help. Or we may be getting...

Loving Others Generously During Lockdown

In this time of lockdown, does your generosity extend beyond those in your household? What could God be calling his followers to in this season when self-preservation holds our hearts and minds captive? On Monday 23 March 2020, in response to COVID19, the government of South Africa has instituted a national shutdown for 21 days. This unprecedented move is an attempt...

How To Multiply Compassion and Justice in a Time of Isolation

The Division Beyond ‘Social Distancing’   Corona-chaos has ensued and each of us are having to think about hygiene, the safety of our immediate family, and how to run our household for days – even months – into social isolation.   Some jobs are being shifted to the online-world of video conferencing, WhatsApp, and sharing via 'the cloud.’ The privilege of private transportation, access...

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...

Let’s Talk Land

In May 2018, the Common Ground Rondebosch AM congregation hosted an insights evening on the topic of land. They invited in a range of speakers to guide, inform and spark discussion. These four videos capture the heart of the evening and will help you grapple with land and what can be done for the future of South Africa. Intro to...

Redeeming Land

It's easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the extent of inequality, immobilized by the politics or simply unsure about what we could be doing- if you've felt like that- then this is where you can start! Read how people who share the pews with you are responding to Christ in all kinds of places and ways. Adam and Rachel Why We...