Justice and Peace Report
In 2009 each parish in the Vicariate were asked to choose two members to represent and work for Justice and Peace ministry. They did select them and they attended the Justice and Peace the Regional Conference in Durban. At the end of 2009 Sr. Lidia was appointed coordinator of the Vicariate Justice and Peace.
In February 2010 two members participated in the J&P National Conference in Johannesburg and since then we initiated a number of activities in the Vicariate.
Two members participated of the training course run by the J&P national team. They completed the Justice and Peace training of trainers programme on building parish justice and peace groups, advocacy skills for social justice and basic financial management. They received certificates and they are now skilled to mentor the J&P trainees. They are Mr. D. Mthembu from St. Philip, Ndumo and Mr. M. Jele from St. Michael, Hlabisa.
Since 2012 two new members (Mr. Manqele from Mtubatuba and Mrs. A. Mntambo from kwaNgwanase) are attending the training. It consists of twice-yearly workshops for three years in Johannesburg.
We motivated other people to work for Justice and Peace and we are busy forming groups in the communities. At the end of 2010 Mr. Kabelo came to the Vicariate to run a J&P training workshop. It was indeed a good experience for us. Since then our members are giving J&P presentation in church after Mass about the core and spirituality of Justice and Peace. They understand that the spirituality of Justice and Peace ministry is an integral part of Christian faith.
Four members participated in the Regional Conference in Newcastle in June 2010, and in June 2011 nine of our members participated in the Regional Conference in Durban. The result is that people are highly motivated and willing to work for Justice and Peace.
In 2010 our main focus was to create awareness against human trafficking in the communities in preparation for the Soccer World cup. There were a numbers of workshops run by J&P members to different groups: at the municipality with different stakeholders, e.g. social workers from the welfare department, police, NGO, etc., and also care givers from rural areas, school children, communities in general, women's groups, Tribal authorities, Church etc. People were aware and careful about it. We continue fighting human trafficking.
In 2010 we also did a survey questionnaire about Basic Needs Basket (BNB). It was requested by the J&P National team. We visited over 200 families in one ward for the survey. The results of the survey were made available in February 2012 by the J&P National team. In 2013 the surveyors continue monthly checking prices at the shops at Hlabisa.