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Reflection on Madiba’s 1992 Challenge to the Church
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Politics and Society Reflection on Madiba’s 1992 Challenge to the Church

In 1992, the Free Ethiopian Church of South Africa had their centenary celebration. Nelson Mandela gave a speech that outlined eight tasks for the church. The tasks included, national reconciliation, supporting democracy, and the war on violence, in addition to acting as “the conscience of the present and future society”. Are churches across Africa drawing any lessons from Mandela’s counsel?

Nigeria buckles under pressure, reduces visa fees for Americans
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Politics and Society Nigeria buckles under pressure, reduces visa fees for Americans

The Nigeria government has buckled under pressure, reducing visa charges for Americans visiting the country. The US Government earlier this week announced new visa fees for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians. The new “reciprocity fee” regime was scheduled to take effect from August 29.

US journalist refers to South African President Ramaphosa as “unidentified leader”
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Politics and Society US journalist refers to South African President Ramaphosa as “unidentified leader”

An American journalist Darlene Superville stirred the hornet’s nest after she tweeted a picture of global leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, identifying three heads of state except for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whom she referred to as an “unidentified leader”. The reference was heavily criticised by Twitter users, seen as one steeped in sheer ignorance and disrespect.