• RACISM IS EVERYONE’S PROBLEM

    Since the dawn of our democracy 26 years ago, many articles have been written, and press statements issued, condemning acts of racism. Countless media conferences, workshops, seminars and training events have been held on the issues of racism, race, and race relationships in our country. The main aim of these

  • THE LIGHT IS AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL AS THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES

    It has been over five months since President Cyril Ramaphosa uttered these words whilst announcing a State of National Disaster and the National Lockdown on 16 March 2020. In the same week on 23 March 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan and said “We

  • WE MUST ALL STAND TOGETHER AGAINST THE EVIL OF RACISM IN THE WORLD

    In the last two weeks we have witnessed huge demonstrations and protests across the USA, and around the world, triggered by the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on

  • LET’S PROTECT THE VULNERABLE AMONGST US

    United Nations Secretary-General, during the launch of a COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan on 23 March 2020 said, “We must come to the aid of the ultra-vulnerable – millions upon millions of people who are the least able to protect themselves. This is a matter of basic human solidarity. It

  • Food insecurity is the most basic form of injustice, and a call to action

    This week the President announced a R500 billion support package to address the myriad of socio-economic ills that are likely to arise from the COVID-19 pandemic. The faith community should applaud and support the initiative of the government and recognize the timely announcement of the support package. However, we must

  • FEAR NOT AND DON’T PANIC WE HAVE OVERCOME BEFORE AND WE WILL AGAIN

    South Africa and the world have been confronted with the Coronavirus – now declared by W.H.O. as a pandemic – and it is changing the way we think about life, as it has already severely affected several countries around the world. Economies globally are being affected negatively, in particular the

  • Need for Ethical Leaders

    WE HAVE CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP GLOBALLY Comment by Ray McCauley Former President Thabo Mbeki, when speaking at the special official funeral of amaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu that took place in the Eastern Cape last Friday said that South Africa is in need of strategic thought leadership to accelerate the progress

  • Crises in SOE’s : We all lose.

    GROUNDING SAA BY MANAGEMENT AND THE STRIKE BY UNIONS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO COLLAPSE THE AIRLINE AND THERE WILL BE NO WINNERS Comment by Ray McCauley We are almost at the end of the year and this might be an opportune moment for self-reflection at a national level. Much has

  • Are we in a mess or what?

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH SAY SOUTH AFRICANS – THE RAPE AND BRUTALITY AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAS GONE BEYOND CRISIS POINT WE NEED TO ACT NOW Comment by: Ray McCauley 10 September 2019 – Last week we witnessed horrific attacks against women, children and foreign nationals. This behaviour cannot be justified

  • THE WIDENING GAP BETWEEN THE HAVES AND THE HAVE-NOTS

    THE WIDENING GAP BETWEEN THE HAVES AND THE HAVE-NOTS, THE RICH AND THE POOR IS A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY Comment by: Ray McCauley Today, almost half of all South Africans are living below the poverty line, surviving on just over R500 a month — an improvement from 1993, where

  • LATEST AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT ON OUR MUNICIPALITIES MAKES A DEPRESSING READ

    Comment by :Pastor Ray McCauley ( 30 June 2019 ) The one good thing emerging from the Auditor General’s report on municipalities is the independence of the office of the Auditor General. As citizens, we rely on the Auditor General to provide us with assurances that government activities are carried