South Africa's month in the spotlight during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was preceded by years of preparation and will now have a lasting impact on the lives of the people of South Africa. Rampe Hlobo SJ suggests that South Africans have been the real winners of the World Cup – how has the tournament been a turning point for the country, and in fact the whole of Africa?
Ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Graham Pugin SJ hopes that the Church can bear visible witness to the problems of trafficking, poverty and unemployment that the football may disguise
South African President Jacob Zuma’s first year in office was characterised as much by scandal surrounding his private life as by the political and economic decisions he has taken. Anthony Egan SJ, of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa, analyses Zuma’s relationships with his grassroots support base and his main rival, and suggests that the President could instigate real change by focusing national attention on the moral dangers in South African society.
Memories of the seminal events that took place in South Africa in February 1990, which ended with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, will live long in the minds of those who experienced the atmosphere in the country at the time. Anthony Egan SJ describes the reaction to this crucial chapter in the struggle against apartheid. How did people of faith see these events as a sign of the coming of God’s kingdom?
The stories one hears from those who actually met Mandela, who was born on 18 July 1918, match the portrait painted in this movie.
Denis Hurley, Archbishop of Durban, became a towering influence not only in his home of South Africa but internationally. He was born on 9 Nov 1915.
Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11 Feb 1990. Gilbert Mardai SJ paid tribute to this 'apostle of justice' who was an inspiration to all who yearn for a fairer and more human world.
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