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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South African Cardinal, Bishop and Sister interviewed in Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS & the Catholic Church

Journalist Michael O’Loughlin, from our sister publication, America Media, recently published a fascinating podcast called “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.” His investigation focuses primarily in the United States, but in the final episode he examines the context of HIV/AIDS and the Church’s response in South Africa. Michael O’Loughlin interviews Bishop Kevin Dowling of the Diocese of Rustenburg; Sr Alison Munro, of the SACBC Aids Desk; and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM during the final episode of his […]

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South African Cardinal, Bishop and Sister interviewed in Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS & the Catholic Church

Journalist Michael O’Loughlin, from our sister publication, America Media, recently published a fascinating podcast called “Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church.” His investigation focuses primarily in the United States, but in the final episode he examines the context of HIV/AIDS and the Church’s response in South Africa. Michael O’Loughlin interviews Bishop Kevin Dowling of the Diocese of Rustenburg; Sr Alison Munro, of the SACBC Aids Desk; and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM during the final episode of his […]

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President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa // Flickr, GovernmentZA

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued the following New Year Message to all South Africans. He reflects on the highs and lows of the previous year and notes we “enter this New Year and this new decade, encouraged by the progress we have made under difficult conditions, knowing that we still have many mountains to climb, and many treacherous rivers to cross.” He invites us to turn adversity into opportunity since “upon the conduct of each depends the fate […]

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- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Waiting for the Messiah in imperfect times

It is nearly Christmas but Sarah-Leah Pimentel finds it difficult to focus on the meaning of the season in the midst of bad news and other daily distractions. She has found that while it is might not be possible to totally withdraw from the busyness, she looks for the Christ Child amid the day-to-day events. It’s less than a week to Christmas. It’s been a difficult year for South Africa. The economy remained stagnant and jobs elusive. The general election […]

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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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- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

In another prison? Migrants in Johannesburg

On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, in commemoration of the United Nation’s Human Rights Day, the Jesuit Institute South Africa, in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), premiered their new 21-minute documentary entitled “In Another Prison? Migrants in Johannesburg.” The documentary highlights the trauma that female migrants and refugees suffer on their journey to Johannesburg as a result of gender-based violence; a chilling reminder at the close of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. In the documentary, several […]

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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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- Shrikant Peters

The National Health Insurance — vision and practical implications

The proposals for a state-funded National Health Insurance (NHI) policy have generated a great deal of media reporting and reaction. While many people agree that global access to quality healthcare is a national priority, there are equally significant concerns about the cost and quality of the future NHI. Shrikant Peters unpacks the values underpinning the NHI and the implications of the proposals in their current format. The National Department of Health recently published the NHI Bill, which sets out a […]

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