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(SANCO) eThekwini Regional Strategic Workshop

6 – 8 July 2007 at Centre for Civil Society – UKZN


Crossmore and Ekupholeni Community Development Workshop

Saturday 09 June 2007 M.P. Vanthen Primary School, Crossmore - Chatsworth


Amandla Abasha Strategic Workshop

Umlazi AA Boyi Simelane Community Centre - 30 May 2007

The community strategic workshop was organised by Amandla Abasha of which is the community-based organisation based at Umlazi

AA section and focus on the community developmental programmes.

The workshop catered the community activists from various social movements ranging from co-opt, youth and informal small

business initiatives with Umlazi area. The workshop also acted as an eye opener to many as it helps the participants to

realise that their lack of voice to decision on matters related to energy in particular electricity and the causes of the

highly debated global warming. The Centre for Civil Society made the possibility of this workshop through its various


The Centre for Civil Society also used this opportunity in keeping with its tradition of raising the banner of information

gathering, sharing and distribution to participants and the Umlazi AA Library Centre where contributed some research


The Librarian after receiving some of the CCS’s publications


Youth Leadership Workshop held at Hlanganani Educare Centre

Inanda Newtown A - Friday 27 April 2007.

The workshop was hosted by Youth In Action that has been established by some members of Abasha Cultural Group based at Inanda

Newtown in Area One. The Youth In Action consists of youth who are not schooling, unemployed and schooling who lack

opportunities to advance their lives in the world of information, excess and exposure to the world of knowledge.

Therefore, the youth opted to retaliate to the conditions they face by forming themselves into a group in order to access

some of these needs and to work in collective as they face the same daily livelihoods. The Youth In Action requested

assistance from the Centre for Civil Society in order for the workshop to be realised.

The Workshop Programme focussed on Youth Leadership skills, activism and organisational skills such as group dynamics.




April-June 2007


26 April 2007 at Umlazi AA Library

Facilitated by Ntokozo Mthembu
Data captured by Bheki Mkhize and Ntokozo Mthembu


Film shown: Globalisation and Africa: which side are
we on ?
(Ben Cashdan -2001).

The Amandla Abasha a community-based organisation convened a meeting for its member to conduct a normal business of

reasoning. The CCS Outreach was invited to hold a film screening session after the meeting, as part of the community

awareness campaign – QWASHA.

The presentation started with the film and followed by discussions that took almost about one hour, the participants posed a

various questions and they were tempted to raised question while watching the screen. The youth and students who attended

were complaining knowing or seeing something they never saw in their lives but they only heard about it from the elders.

The film enabled the participants to pose questions that compare what has happen overseas and here in South Africa. Other

questions focused on the powers of the Governments in controlling the violence that perpetuated by the police against the

communities when they complaint for their rights. There was also a complaint of the used of democratic rights that are

enshrined by the constitution like the right to protest peacefully, the right of freedom of expression.

The participants complained about the unemployment that exacerbates the issue of crime and poverty hence more people in our

day are unemployed. The aged people complained a lot that the old bad days come to their days after a lot of promises not in

South Africa but in most part of this world.

There were also young scholars who attended appreciated their exposure to things that occurred in our country and

international, as chances such as these tend to be extremely minimal, if not there at all.

The film or the discussion raised eyebrows of the community and encouraged the community to take actions in developing

themselves. The community did ask for the other platform to debate and have progress for the bitterness of the community.

Amandla Abasha can be contacted through Bheki Mkhize – 083 49 33384 and email:>

January- March 2007

Lamontville Community Health Workshop: Theme - “Nutrition before medication”. 27 February 2007

Compiled: Dudu Khumalo and Ntokozo Mthembu


The workshop was organised by SANCO Lamontville Branch to share different experiences of community, researchers, Advisor on

organic food, civil society organisation and medical doctors. The workshop was attended by community members over 40 of which

included almost everybody in the community except that there was no youth, maybe because the workshop was during school


The workshop attendees included delegates from Government’s Communication and Information System (GCIS), Health (Mr. Kim

Cools, Dr. Rath Foundation Africa, Department of Education, Department of Health, the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO)

and Centre for Civil Society.

Purpose of the workshop

The workshop was about providing a platform whereby the community will share life saving health information. It was also

meant to inform community about organisation such as CCS that can help with researched information. The community and to

other invited stakeholders the workshop was about the health challenges facing the community and to make the community aware

about the Aids pandemic and alternative on Vitamins.

The workshop
The workshop was to make the community aware of the importance of nutrition. CCS Representative –Dudu Khumalo gave input

about the work and importance healthy life.

Government also gave a presentation on how to get information about how can people look after themselves in times of


Health advisor on organic foods had a plastic full of different foods that we usually but in shops or supermarkets because we

always saw it on TVs. He advised the community on how cheap food could be if people are able to plant their own vegetables

even if the space is small. He also made the community aware of the fine prints usually printed at the bottom of the

containers of food. Eating healthy and staying healthy was the theme of the presentation.

Other organisation such as Dr Rath Health Foundation also did a presentation on vitamins and micro nutrients and also gave a

short input about HIV/AIDS.

The Department of Education also gave an input on the importance of eating healthy and looks after the inner of you body very


The traditional healers also highlighted the importance of natural herbs as it has been seen that people have distanced

themselves from the natural herbs and made to believe that the natural herbs are not so good for their bodies because they

are not tested and so forth.

The workshop adjourned at 16h00.

October & November 2006

Mandeni Church Leaders Workshop-10th to 11th October 2006



A group of 40 Church leaders came together in Mandeni for 2 days workshop. The group reflection represents part of the

discussion that took place after the video show: “Globalization-which side are you on.” The whole exercise was seen as ‘eye

opener’ by participants because most of the Church leaders did not have such an exposure other than mission work. The group

reflection is tabulated as follows:

Group reflection

  • It was noted that the video talks about unemployment, access to land, injustice, and campaign for debt relief, gap

    between the rich and poor, and how international market flow alongside its policies impact on the lives of people especially

    in Third World Countries.

  • That we as Church leaders need wisdom to be able to balance our spirituality and material.

  • We should not wait for the government to pose a question to the Church such as: “what is the church doing in the world”.

    We need to set a standard for the government.

  • That poverty stimulates or invokes anger if it is not addressed.

  • We need to challenge the missionary’s doctrines which taught people to look for answers in heaven for prosperity; in turn

    we are learning that as leaders we need to engage with social context.

  • There is enough land, but people say “there is no land”. This is argument is not clear from the video.

  • It’s difficult to eat and preach without shelter. If people live in sizeable space, like government houses which does not

    have enough space to move and play in the lawn their social condition will be oppressed.

  • We need to look for wholeness of life as God promised us abundant life.

  • We should not allow the world to dictate us, but we need to defeat all the social ills in our society through

    confrontation-lobbying and advocacy.

  • The capitalist world is ‘playing mind game’.

  • Thabo Mbeki operates along racial lines-mixed identity.

  • Some vocal Church leaders exchange their prophetic voice with government positions and in turn the government ends up

    despising them.

  • People talks about democracy. What about theocracy? Where is God in democracy?

  • It is clear that truth – telling is the friend of justice, not fear of expulsion by our parishioners; instead we use

    biblical text that ‘cover truth’ to support our agenda.

  • It is clear that politics and Church are one.

  • Disunity amongst Church leaders prevents us from engaging in social context.

  • We can’t go to parliament and challenge the government if we are not united. Shalom should begin in us.

  • That we as Church leaders should form our social organizations that stand for God’s justice. We need to find our role in

    society. There are powers invested in us.

  • We observed ‘kings’ (rich people) of this world undermining justice for the poor. The Bible says: “all the kings of this

    world will one day fall.”

  • Our mandate is to help the poor in society.

  • These were ‘fruitful’ responses that stimulated our thinking about globalization. It appeared that Church leaders were on the

    side of the poor, the ‘left out’ in the process of ‘big cake’. I therefore quote the words of Yong Bock Kim (1999; 120) who

    points out that “Globalization brings about a new social Darwinism which idolizes the ideology of the survival of the fittest

    and the doctrine that allows the strong to eat up the weak. This promotes the so-called “virtue” of free and unlimited

    competition, the 21st century global version of the jungle that destroys life.”

    August & September 2006


    18 August 2006 at Westville campus T7, Durban

    QWASHA-(awake) Session #1

    Facilitated by Ntokozo Mthembu
    Data captured by Molefi Ndlovu and Ntokozo Mthembu


    Film shown: INKANI (Shannon Walsh & Heinrich Bohmke,


    The Centre for Civil Society Outreach program launched the first QWASHA Session on 18th August 2006, the campus based CCS

    Outreach Program aimed and targeted at opening spaces for students to engage in current discussion affecting lives of those

    who are poor and remain predominantly Black.

    What was interesting in this campus is that students’ activism is said to be dwindling and there are different reasons that

    lead to such state. Some students highlighted that this activity coincided with the election of the new student

    representative council -SRC. Other students noted that student politics in the campus reached a point whereby it is hard to

    differentiate between the office of the SRC and the office of the student movement that happen to be in the leadership.

    Therefore, it is argued that this happen to be one of the reasons that contribute to the failure of some of the student

    participation in activities such as these one.


    This screening was intended to be a joint activity with some student organisations that are active in the campus but that

    could not be realised due to some technical problems. The seminar started by film screening of which was followed by the

    speaker from the Right to Work Campaign and speaker and another speaker that was expected to attend could not make from the


    Student organizations, activists, workers and the open minded joined the CCS for the launch event, which was a day of

    screenings of and intensive discussion on burning issues faced by young people students being a big portion of that group.

    During film screening session

    During film screening session

    During film screening session

    During film screening session

    Other participants listened attentively

    Input from the Right to Work Campaign representative

    Other campus based student movements joined participants in discussions about the state of student and youth activism in

    light of the systematic exclusions of working class students from institutions of Higher learning.

    The discussion was also heated further when alternatives were discussed, comrades from the Right to Work campaign proposed

    for youth and student activities should be channelled on building a campaign aimed at pressuring the capitalist elites

    together with the government to make it more possible for young people to be absorbed into the Job market. Other students

    differed strongly with this suggestion because they view this approach is not different from fighting for crumbs.

    Participants agreed to differ yet seemed to be willing to find a radical mode and form of youth and student involvement

    issues facing their lives.

    Input from the students participants

    Concerned participants

    Participant answer questions

    Refreshments time

    In closure, the event was somewhat dampened by the poor show of invited organizations and key “actors” in the arena of

    student affairs. The quality of discussions was very high with participants speaking from a knowledgeable perspective and an

    animated spirit accompanied all discussions.


    18 August 2006 at Inanda Newtown A, eThekwini Municipality

    Facilitated by Ntokozo Mthembu
    Data captured by Molefi Ndlovu and Ntokozo Mthembu


    Film shown: INKANI (Shannon Walsh & Heinrich Bohmke,


    The launch of the first QWASHA Session on the 18th August 2006 at Westville campus led the CCS Outreach Program to

    “unexpectedly” reach the youth of Inanda Newtown A. This contact came to being after some of the resources that were under

    utilised during Qwasha session and placed the programme to be in the state of ‘surplus’, due to the low turnout of


    Therefore, this led the facilitators to seek best alternative(s) where ‘surplus’ will utilised effectively and this brought

    about the application of the snow ball method (that is usually used in cases of research) to identifying next outreach

    port-o-call. This was facilitated by the fact some of the participants were from Inanda area of which is one of the areas

    that are targeted for outreach the Centre.

    Participants are from Inanda Newtown and consisted of the category that still attend school and unemployed youth that spend

    most of their time idling around during the day. These youth come from the neighbourhood, as they were idling on Friday

    afternoon of which turned to be unexpected film “show” night. The neighbourly spirit helped the screening of the film to take

    place “egcekeni” of one the neighbours at Inanda Newtown A (the semi-urban township that was part of the Urban Foundation

    housing project in the 1980s).

    Although participants were not given the normal notice for such event but their attendance was interesting. This lead to some

    conclusion that says the attendance of this youth defied the normal practice of issuing notice as not the only way to call

    youth together. Another very interesting part is that there was no rain that day that could have forced the end of the sudden

    show but wind. But wind kept on blowing humbly although sometimes it was harsh to the extent that we have utilise means to

    anchor our screen to the ground.

    Film screening takes place

    The show goes on

    Participants enjoying the show

    In the pitch black night!


    Township movie show…

    The assembly in session…

    What do you see?

    The discussions that started on the low note, as participants were seems to not sure tom state what they saw in relation to

    their daily experience. Although the film was about the problems encountered by job seekers when they come to the city to

    seek employment, as they end up being the “citizens” of informal settlement unintentionally.

    Participants related the film to their own experience, as they indicated that their experience is the lack of support to

    further their studies as they are the Black youth in the townships. Some of the participants highlighted that they finished

    their Matric two years back but they don’t know what, how, where to start as they lack information on steps to be taken if

    one need to further studies. Participants also highlighted their disappointment to the township leadership as they are

    failing to help the youth as they are unemployed, idle and not studying and others have opted to usage of drugs and alcohol

    and sexual behaviours.

    The youth highlighted that they know township leadership such Councillor or Mayor for that matter but they are of no use to

    the youth as there is no programme that is meant to address youth problems. Although the discussion was hot but had to be cut

    short as some of the participants were starting to be recalled in their respective homes.

    Where is the movie?

    In conclusion, the youth highlighted that the film screening/seminar has helped them to have another view of their exposure

    to socio-economic set- backs they experience. The youth also highlighted that they needed such activities but they don’t know

    whom to ask for such help because they don’t know where to start.


    13 September 2006 at Adams Mission Public Library, eThekwini Municipality

    Facilitated by Rev. Solomuzi Mabuza – Ujaama Centre and Ntokozo

    – Centre for Civil Society
    Data captured by Rev. Solomuzi Mabuza and Rev. Lindani Hadebe – Ujaama Centre


    WE ON? (Ben Cashdan -2001).

    The outcomes of the Centres’ joint activities with its sister organisation –Ujaama Centre in Pietermaritzburg Campus led to

    the invitation to outreach at this part of eThekwini Municipality. The invitation came from the Adams Mission Centre for

    Advanced Education as part of its exposure of students to contemporary livelihood struggles in other parts of the country.


    The workshop was well attended by the adult learners from the Adams Mission Centre and some few from schools in the

    surroundings of Adams Mission. Film - screening was used as the method of creating space for the participants to talk about

    social issues in their respective communities.


    Welcome note…

    The show begins…

    More chairs needed…

    What’s going on?...

    Serious show is on…

    Serious look…

    Thank you…

    Discussion begins…

    Questions and answers session…

    Participation in practice…

    More questions and answers

    Facilitators allowed the participants to reflect on the film; social issues that were raised at the workshop are as follows:
  • Poor service delivery e.g. housing, water.

  • Corrupt community leaders.

  • Lack of initiative from the community members to engage with issues of concern.

  • Lack of knowledge in areas of development e.g. how to help yourself in order to help others.

  • Lack of vision e.g. where do you want to see yourself in the future.

  • Young people appear not willing to work.

  • Lack of knowledge about globalization.

  • We were there…

    Time for information dissemination…

    Learners in group discussion…

    ‘Consumers’ of information in progress…

    In conclusion, the participants were ‘moved’ by the screening of a film and appreciated their knowledge that facilitators

    helped in taking out, as part of “each one, teach one principle of the outreach programme.

    May - July 2006

    Kwa – Mashu Film Seminar at E-Nkanyisweni Hall (F-Section) – 20 May 2006

    Facilitated and data captured by Ntokozo Mthembu

    Film shown: Apartheid Gold and Reparation(Ben Cashdan, 2002/3)

    During the film session

    The film seminar at Kwa-Mashu was organised in conjunction with the assistance of Edenic Community Movement. The movement

    helped in organising the venue and as well as distributing flyers that were issued by the centre. The attendance to the

    seminar followed the normal set up of apathy by community members and even the shop floor workers tend to follow the same


    The film seminar was attended by youth ranging from 12 years of age to about 30 years from the surroundings of various

    sections next to F Section. The seminar started by showing the film and later was followed by discussion of which resembled

    or fulfilled the famous township “each one; teach one principle”. This seminar helped the younger youth

    To grasp what has happened to the township and the livelihood of African populace. The attendance reinforced the normal

    practices of the township, where issues pertain to films are usually related to the “boys” and girls are “not” expected to be

    seen amongst boys.

    The discussion acted as the facilitation mechanism in transmitting different experiences as the older youth has some little

    experience of apartheid. Whilst the younger ones were born in the perceived change society and they are still trying to

    understand the developmental issues in the township. This was emphasised by one of the younger youth when he said I’m pleased

    to see the film because it helped me to understand how African people were removed from their land and as well as seeing the

    Sharpeville day, as we usually study about these things at school and never saw them”.

    During discussion session

    The film helped the participants to engage in the discussion with some clue of what happened as they live in the township

    today. The younger youth highlighted that their concern was about the status of their schools as most of them – schools don’t

    have window panes and that exposes them to cold as it is winter. That also contributes to the lack of concentration to their

    studies and often sickness due to cold. The youth further noted that their schools grass is not kept to the required standard

    and school tend to resemble the jungle as it has long grass and also help in securing the “izigebengu”- criminals.

    The older youth tended to focus on their daily survival as they noted on issues such as their exposure to unemployment and

    the lack of sound living environment. This was expressed as the youth noted that “Although it said that we are free but we

    are still squashed in the same old township where there is no land to plant vegetables or whatever that will help you to

    fight poverty”. The youth also noted that “we see today, the councillors and the likes speak of township renovation through

    programmes such as INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa-Mashu) but these programmes fail to address the issue of land that was stolen

    by the colonisers or even the issue of overpopulation in one household. This is seen here in the township as many households

    have outside rooms as part of dealing with overcrowding in the families”. Furthermore, the older youth also noted the state

    of development in the township and regarded it as bias because shops such as Udumo Lwama Africa at L Section and other

    African businesses within the township
    that were burnt during apartheid violence are still not renovated. But what is seen is the further development of white

    businesses such as the introduction of Spar at Kwa- Mashu station. In short the youth feel that there was change in the

    country but that so called change is characterised by the enrichment of the few African at the expense of the majority.

    In conclusion, the film seminar programme as the outreach project, I believe is one of the best ways of involving the youth

    to partake of issues affecting their communities. Furthermore, it helps the youth to regain itself as they feel important and

    also regarded as people who think can be part of addressing issues affecting their communities. Therefore, the “each one;

    teach one approach” is recommended in reviving the spirit of youth to participate in community issues. Instead of applying

    the well known seminar format of coming up with answers and ways of expressing their experiences

    Film Screening/Seminar at New Emaus Community Hall Emaus – Pinetown: 2 July 2006

    Facilitated by Ntokozo Mthembu and Pastor Thulani Fakazi
    Data captured by Molefi Ndlovu – CCS Research Assistant

    Film shown: INKANI (Shannon Walsh & Heinrich Bohmke, 2006).

    During film screening

    There are many problems facing residents of this area just outside of the industrial complex of Pinetown, these ranged from

    inadequate housing -many residents are still living in informal dwellings, which are prone to periodic demolition by council

    official), the scarcity of employment opportunities especially among young people, corruption and inefficiency of local

    authorities and public representatives, lack of access to arable lands as well as general socio-economic inequalities that

    still characterize communities in the Pinetown district. Community members were looking for innovative ways to begin

    organizing activities that aim at addressing some of these disparities but also assist to draw other members of the community

    and bridge organizational divides that have pervaded many initiatives aimed at dialogue.

    The subject of the film is an attempt at re-telling the militant tale of emerging social movements in Durban. Through a

    mixture of visual texts and the footage itself being the narrative, the film invokes key struggles of Durban based

    communities in post-Apartheid South Africa, in way that does not offer an all encompassing meta-narrative. The visuals of the

    film are kept audiences at the edges of their sits as they watched police shooting at unarmed people, the tales of anger and

    resistance that emerge out of the various interview footage also brought out some of the key areas of struggle emerging

    movements are involved in. More importantly the film raises some questions around common demands and modes of resistance in

    the light of increasing state repression.

    The hall quickly filled up as more people, especially with young children keen to see some cinema in their locality. Since

    the film is relatively short (+/-20min) there was certain sadness when we had to switch off the projector at the end of the


    During discussion session

    During discussion session

    The discussion:
    The chairperson- Pastor Fakazi then introduced the CCS and gave Ntokozo Mthembu –Outreach officer of the CCS, time to

    introduce the work of the centre to the gathered community, also to facilitate a discussion around the impressions from those

    that saw the film.

    A vigorous conversation occurred where the communi

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