Spotlight.Africa

In a world where news evolves rapidly it is often difficult to be attentive and discerning. In an environment where fake news seeks to mislead, Spotlight Africa strives to be a reliable, reasoned and informed source.

Spotlight Africa sheds light on the social, political and economic happenings in Southern Africa. It offers analysis and commentary – informed by Catholic Social Teaching and Christian ethics – on the things that matter to Africans. In the marketplace of public opinion, Spotlight Africa is a dependable and independent voice as it illuminates what needs to be brought into the light and communicated to the world.

Spotlight Africa covers, specifically, things that are and should be important for the local Church and, specifically, Catholics in Southern Africa.

This publication strives to offer excellent content. It seeks to assist Catholic readers to better interpret their daily lives and the world around them in the light of the Catholic tradition.

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Our contributors come from all walks of Southern African life. They write boldly about issues that matter from their lived experience. We encourage debate and active engagement in Southern African life and should you wish to make a contribution beyond the comments section, you may submit high quality pieces that meet editorial standards in the form of an opinion piece or a letter to the editor. It is the editor’s decision on what gets published. Views expressed by writers and letters are not necessarily shared by Spotlight Africa.

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- Ruva Nyamupangedengu

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Ruvarashe Nyamupangedengu’s Matric essay expresses her deep affection for her African heritage. She cherishes her Zimbabwean roots but celebrates that all of Africa is her home. She reflects on the recent xenophobic violence with sadness but hopes that we can “recover the humanity” that we lost and remember that in Africa, we are all brothers and sisters. She is the proud owner of 30, 37 million km2 of land. She is a mother to over 1,216 billion people. Over 2,600 […]

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- Mike Batley

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With Rosh Hashanah on 30 September and Yom Kippur on 8 October, the Jewish community is currently marking the high point of its liturgical year. Apart from taking vague note of this and perhaps wishing them well, does this season have any deeper meaning for followers of Jesus? Mike Batley explains the links between the Jewish and Christian seasons of repentance. With the proliferation of different streams of Christianity, together with a lot of ignorance, it seems that many believers […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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An encounter with a rude child causes Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya to reflect on the “spare the rod, spoil the child” dictum and wonders why the debate over disciplining children is reduced to an all or nothing argument. I had a mini road rage incident over the weekend. A boy walking on foot swore at me and accused me of wanting to run over him and his friends. He used some choice words. He could not have been more than 12 years […]

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- Ruva Nyamupangedengu

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Ruvarashe Nyamupangedengu’s Matric essay expresses her deep affection for her African heritage. She cherishes her Zimbabwean roots but celebrates that all of Africa is her home. She reflects on the recent xenophobic violence with sadness but hopes that we can “recover the humanity” that we lost and remember that in Africa, we are all brothers and sisters. She is the proud owner of 30, 37 million km2 of land. She is a mother to over 1,216 billion people. Over 2,600 […]

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- Stan Muyebe OP

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Farm workers are among the most exploited of labourers in South Africa. Stan Muyebe OP explains the challenges around the precariousness of labour in our strained economy and shines a light on the efforts of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission to secure basic rights for rural farm workers.

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- Stan Muyebe OP

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People living with albinism in southern Africa fear for their lives. Many are killed for their body parts, which are then used in rituals. Stan Muyebe OP calls on government to enact legislation that deliberately cracks down on the ritual killings of people living with albinism, and further urges parishes to use Albinism Awareness Month to create awareness and debunk the myths that encourage violence. September is Albinism Awareness Month. At the moment, the nation is focused on gender based […]

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

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The massive forest fires in the Amazon have reached unprecedented proportions. Chris Chatteris comments on the lack of political goodwill in putting an end to the fires, and far more importantly, a change to environmental policies. The victims, he says, are the world’s people, but expresses hope that public activism will put politicians under increasing pressure to change the way we treat our common home. The Amazon rain forests are burning. An area the size of Manhattan is going up […]

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- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

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One year after an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the crisis is far from over. Sarah-Leah Pimentel and Shrikant Peters examine the complex challenges that have prevented the effective containment of the epidemic. There is a real risk of Ebola spreading to neighbouring countries unless the DRC government, regional and international bodies, and local communities work together to eliminate it. The 1 August marked the one-year anniversary of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola […]

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