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.

Contributors

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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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women — the invisible face of migration

Having spent some time at the Scalabrinian-run Bienvenu Women’s Shelter in Johannesburg, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on how women are still largely invisible in conversations around migration and xenophobia. He shines a light on some of the challenges and dangers migrant women face. Xenophobic episodes in South Africa have become commonplace. Hardly a month passes without foreign nationals living and working in South Africa’s townships being forced to pack their goods and flee from where they live.  In a recent incident […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women — the invisible face of migration

Having spent some time at the Scalabrinian-run Bienvenu Women’s Shelter in Johannesburg, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on how women are still largely invisible in conversations around migration and xenophobia. He shines a light on some of the challenges and dangers migrant women face. Xenophobic episodes in South Africa have become commonplace. Hardly a month passes without foreign nationals living and working in South Africa’s townships being forced to pack their goods and flee from where they live.  In a recent incident […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women — the invisible face of migration

Having spent some time at the Scalabrinian-run Bienvenu Women’s Shelter in Johannesburg, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on how women are still largely invisible in conversations around migration and xenophobia. He shines a light on some of the challenges and dangers migrant women face. Xenophobic episodes in South Africa have become commonplace. Hardly a month passes without foreign nationals living and working in South Africa’s townships being forced to pack their goods and flee from where they live.  In a recent incident […]

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- Kyoko Morgan

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Kyoko Morgan reflects on her Japanese history and her family’s stories of World War II. She considers that Japan was both the victim and perpetrator of terrible atrocities, but as is so often the case, history is told from a one-sided perspective. As South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy, she calls for a retelling of the various sides of our struggle history that brings to life the experiences of real people. I was born 22 years after the end […]

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- Mike Batley

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South Africa’s financial situation remains constrained despite hopes that President Cyril Ramaphosa would create much-needed jobs and restore investor confidence. Mike Batley warns of the dangers of unilateral solutions for South Africa’s economic challenges. He calls for a more holistic and reflective approach to overcome the endemic structural inequalities of our economic landscape. Recent major news stories about the new levels of unemployment in our country have rightly been labelled as an indication that we are in a “crisis”. Added […]

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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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- Chris Chatteris SJ

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Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has captured the imagination of climate change activists. Chris Chatteris SJ examines the environmental impact of a consumer economy on the future of the planet.

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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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