Staatskaping : Verklaring van die SARK

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Gemeentes kan gerus hierdie belangwekkende verklaring van die SARK deel op hulle gemeenteblaaie of ‘n kopie daarvan beskikbaar maak vir gemeentelede om te lees.

Dit is uiters noodsaaklik dat gemeentes ingelig word tov die stem van die ekumeniese kerk oor staatskaping in ons land.


State of Capture: Much More Than Corruption

“Our experience had made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government that is neither
transparent nor accountable. To this end our Constitution contains several mechanisms to ensure
that government will not be part of the problem” – Nelson Mandela, 1996 –


The Power Elite Anchored at the Top

• “If it were up to me and I made the rules, I would ask for six months as a dictator. You would
see wonders, South Africa would be straight. That’s why if you give me six months, and allow Zuma
to be a dictator, you would be amazed. Absolutely. Everything would be straight. Right now to make
a decision you need to consult. You need a resolution, decision, collective petition, Yoh! It’s a
lot of work.”
– President Zuma, July 2016.

7 Ways The President’s Power-Elite Undermines the State

1. Securing control over state wealth, through the capture of state- owned companies by
chronically weakening their governance and operational structures.
2. Securing control over the public service by weeding out skilled professionals.
3. Securing access to rent-seeking opportunities by shaking down regulations to their advantage,
and to the disadvantage of South Africans.
4. Securing control over the country’s fiscal sovereignty.
5. Securing control over strategic procurement opportunities by intentionally weakening key
technical institutions and formal executive processes.
6. Securing a loyal intelligence and security apparatus.
7. Securing parallel governance and decision-making structures that undermine the executive.

Die Verklaring sluit af met die volgende:

#7 of 7: Undermining of Collective Political Institutions in the Executive

There appears to be concerted efforts underway that undermine collective political institutions in
the Executive, including Cabinet. It appears that critical decisions are delegated to handpicked
groups, masked as Inter-Ministerial Committees, that are able to function in an unaccountable
manner. Recent examples include:
• The IMC on Banks (purportedly set up to investigate the regulations and legislation that govern
them, but strangely chaired by Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and set up after the Bank’s closed
the Gupta bank accounts);
• The IMC on Communication, unusually chaired by the President;
• The National Nuclear Energy Co-ordination Committee (NNEECC), as already
stated above, and chaired by President Zuma.
The nature of IMC’s is that in and of themselves they lack transparency, in that they do not report
to Parliament (which individual members of Cabinet are required to do) and they are not formulated
in legislation (as is the case of formal Cabinet Structures).
In essence, we must ask the question whether Cabinet is still able to function as a
forum for honest deliberation on matters of public policy.

Om die hele dokument af te laai, kliek hier: Final MEDIA SACC presentation


PhD program in New Testament

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Fakulteit Teologie

The Faculty of Theology of Stellenbosch University is offering a three-year scholarship for prospective doctoral students who wish to specialise in New Testament studies. The continuation of the scholarship of R15 000 per year, is subject to satisfactory progress in the first year. Preference will be given to applicants planning an exegetical study of the Synoptic Gospels or a critical study of the work of any contemporary New Testament scholar.

For admission to the PhD program in New Testament applicants should have Greek III or an equivalent qualification and a relevant master’s degree. Apply for doctoral studies at Stellenbosch University online at www.maties.com by 30 November 2012. To be considered for the scholarship, submit a complete CV and a one page outline of the focus of the proposed study to Dr Marius Nel at mjnel@sun.ac.za, also by 30 November 2012. Please attach a complete academic record and copies of degree certificates.

Enquiries: Dr Marius Nel, tel 021 808 9233, email mjnel@sun.ac.za

M Th Practical Theology US

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The Faculty of Theology of Stellenbosch are pleased to announce a modular M Th in Practical Theology for 2011. The course will focus on the building of missional and ministerial leadership capacity. Research done in congregations of the Partnership for Missional Churches in Southern Africa (SAPMC) over the past six years, inspires the focus and content of the different modules. The course has served as a learning community for pastors and congregational leaders who want to build their missional and ministerial leadership capacity. The lecturers are faculty members of the Faculty of Theology and accredited research fellows. One of the co-presenters is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business School (USB).

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Reclaiming your Magic Workshop

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Gameplan Special

Hello from my new cyber-home. Feel free to go and have a look at www.clariact.com

Here is an affordable opportunity to give yourself (again) or your spouse, friend or colleagues a chance to pause and examine their life’s gameplan.
This first half of the year I did quite a few very successful team interventions and it is wonderful to keep contact with the teams on different levels of their growth and development.

Many of these people thought that their spouses/ friends/ colleagues could also benefit. I decided to create such a space with the Gameplan Special.

Why not join this fresh Big Soccer Event vibe on a personal note and join me (or extend the offer to a colleague or friend) with my Gameplan Special – and reclaim your magic!

Remember that I also have group rates for group booking (6-8 participants). Please contact me for a quote.

Hope to see you (or your friend) soon!

Soccer Greetings
Elsa Simpson

Gameplan Special: 3 DAY: Reclaiming your Magic Workshop
This workshop will help people who want to reclaim their magic by deep-tuning their people skills.
Many teams have also done the three days to reclaim their magic as individuals as well as teams. For more details see www.clariact.com

Dates: 14-16 July 2010
Duration: 09h00 – 17h00
Costs: R4000 (excl vat) course material, venue and catering included
If you book before 20 June you qualify for the Gameplan Special:
Half price R2000 (excl vat) course material, venue and catering included

Other services and workshops available:
Make your pick: (descriptions at www.clariact.com)
1 – 2 HOURS: Coaching sessions
1/2 DAY: Learning Groups
1 DAY: Personal Growth Workshop
2 DAY: Living my Magic Workshop
3 DAY: Reclaiming your Magic Workshop
4 DAY: Grounded Facilitation

The venue for all the above bookings is 29 Koorsboom Crescent, Vredekloof, Brackenfell.

Should you be interested in booking or finding out more about any of these workshops/days for yourself or your team, please contact Elsa Simpson at elsa@clariact.com or 021 982 7038 or 083 782 1249.

Articles by Elsa Simpson click here www.conca.co.za

PMC Southern Africa at 5 years! By Patrick Keifert

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This conversation was to be the first of many powerful, intense, delightful, fruitful conversations, including one just last week. Last week’s conversation took place in the house of Coenie and Lydia in Stellenbosch. They were hosting me the last few days of my recent journey to South Africa to celebrate the first five years of Partnership for Missional Church-Southern Africa. The visit included two major gatherings, one in Johannesburg (over 80 congregational and judicatory leaders and scholars) and the other in Cape Town (over 150 congregational and judicatory leaders and scholars). We both were filled with joy at what God has made of that first conversation. His Dutch Reformed imagination would call it Providence. God surely provides more than I usually imagine.

That first conversation led Coenie to visit a Gospel in Our Culture conference where Alan Roxburgh and I made presentations on the research we were guiding on demoninational, and non-denominational, systems and how they innovate local missional churches. We shared among other things the work of the Partnership for Missional Churches-North America. Coenie and his colleagues, including Jurgen Hendriks, also a professor at Stellenbosch, were engaged and intrigued. Perhaps, they thought, something like PMC could work in southern Africa.

They returned to South Africa and organized a trip of 14 church leaders, with the primary focus on local church leaders. They visited a number of local churches and judicatories who had been a part of PMC North America. We sent them to a wide variety, including congregations who really had not taken up the challenge to be missional. They ended their visit with a few days with us in Saint Paul. They noted that they had visited a number of other organizations like ours and the congregations and judicatories they had worked with over the years and made a comparison. They noted that we were the only organization to send them to congregations that had not taken up the missional challenge; you might call them failures from our point of view. They noted they liked our concept of excellent failures since they were quite certain they would have many failures in southern Africa and they wanted to work with an organization that knew how to innovate out of failure. They knew the church could fail; they needed partners who understood failure as a part of Christian innovation.

This led to an invitation to travel with a number of key leaders in their country sharing our theory of Christian innovation and explaining the journey of spiritual discernment we call PMC. I arrived to find a new partner, one of the most amazing church consultants, pastors, and theologians I have ever had the privilege to partner with, Frederick Marais. Frederick had done his doctoral work with Jurgens and was Coenie’s partner at BUVTON, a continuing education organization attached to the Theological Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch. Over the next couple weeks, Frederick and I traveled to Gauteng, both Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth), the southern Cape (George) and the western Cape, (Cape Town) and spoke to faculty, pastors, laity, and other mission related organizations.

Along the way, I met other partners who have become close friends and co-workers in the missional church movement. Among those were Jannie Swart, Nelus Niemandt, Gideon Kok, David Venter, Theo Marais, Johan Kotze, Steven Moreo, Andrew Esterhuizen, Gordon Dames, Nico Simpson, Danie Mouton, Felix Meylan, Benjamin Nopeche, Elna Mouton, Dirkie Smit, Nico Koopman, Wynand Nel, Divine Robertson, Pieter Van der Walt, Corrie du Toit, Ian Nel, Cicilna Grobler, Christna Van de Merve, Hannes Theron, Frances Ludik, Hannes Pretorius, Frederick Nel, Hugh Arnott, Marius Nel, Christhilde Pretorius, Hettie van Niekerk, Esme Arnott, Kubus Sandenbergh, Hansie Breedt, Linda Sandenbergh, Skalk Pienaar, De Wet Strauss, Breda Ludik, Zack Pienaar, and the list could go on. (I hate making a list because I know I have neglected some very important persons.)

While starting in the four Reformed Churches, still divided by the forces of Apartheid, the original gatherings included Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, and some independent churches. Eventually over twelve major denominations would become a part of PMC-SA. They would speak five different languages and make this American English speaker feel exceptionally welcome at the same time asking tough questions that indicated how seriously they were considering the partnership with CI.

Against my advice, they started with clusters in Gauteng, Port Elizabeth, George, and Cape Town. The beginning two years had me crossing the Atlantic to Amsterdam and then south to the tip of Africa twice a year. I learned the lessons of sleeping on planes and working through the jetlag. I learned the lessons of constant translation and the work of listening to how I was continually failing and needing to learn from the failures.

Soon Pat Taylor Ellison joined me on the trips as we coached our partners into the work of PMC. In addition to doing training and consulting, Pat worked with the reading teams who had the overwhelming task of reading hundreds of Congregational Discovery interviews and writing thoughtful reports. I am still amazed at the work they accomplished. Despite the massive challenges of creating a support system of consultants, trainers, readers, researchers, and theologians in several different denominational systems and languages, those initial clusters of congregations hung in and accepted their “guinea pig” status with energy, good will, faith and hope. The financial resources alone were so much smaller than our North American resources as to make it a miracle that the partnership flourished. Amazing, I say, truly amazing.

Now five years later there are hundreds of congregations in Namibia and South Africa already through the three year journey and working on their own learning and growing phases. The drop out rate was almost negligible when compared with North American experience. Despite the steep learning curve, the financial challenges, the continuous innovating of culturally appropriate processes, PMC southern Africa continues to grow. Other churches in other countries have invited PMC-SA to partner with them in the journey. These include Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, and Nigeria with interest in other sub-Saharan countries. Nothing in my life’s experience prepared me for this blessing.

Some of the scholars and congregational leaders gathered for the two conferences, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg, repeated my amazement, delight, and thankfulness. They spoke of the surprises from the research. They admitted to failures and asked very tough questions about the remaining challenges. We saw genuine growth in the ability of local churches to work across denominational and cultural boundaries but we also learned of failures to do so. New and tougher challenges were uncovered by both missiologists from three of South Africa’s major universities, Stellenbosch (Xolile Simon), the University of South Africa (UNISA) (Klippies Kritzinger), and Pretoria (Nielus Niemandt) and Wellington (Eben Moories) and lay and clergy leaders of the congregations who have made the journey.

Still, the overwhelming evaluation was one of transformation, personal and communal. The basic practices of PMC, the three phases, the Dwelling in the Word, the Congregational Discovery process, the risking to create multi-cultural bridges to members of the community, and the struggle to focus and get short lists, proved durable, dependable, and strong for most of the congregations in PMC-SA. From the side of PMC-NA, we have seen tremendous learning from our southern African partners. In PMC-NA we made major changes in our second phase, especially the plunging into cultures different than the dominant culture of the local church; these changes have alone transformed PMC-NA by the PMC-SA learning. The learning goes on and the challenges exhaust and inspire. The Holy Spirit leads on and we stumble and tumble into God’s preferred and promised future together in God’s mission.


Pat Keifert