National Interfaith Council of South Africa

The National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) is a non-profit organisation born out of the merger between the National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF) and the National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC). The two organisations met in January 2011 and resolved to form a single national interfaith organisation. On 5 September 2011 the two organisations dissolved and formed NICSA.

NICSA was established to:

Take up the challenge of moral regeneration, nation building and social and economic development 

Promote the recovery of the humanity (Ubuntu/Botho) and common good of all South Africans, both black and white

Mobilise all faith–based organisations (FBOs) and communities for the creation of a socially cohesive South Africa in which the value of every individual citizen is measured by our common humanity 

Embrace the principle of inclusivity, religious tolerance and co-operation at national provincial, regional and local levels

Promote social education, training and development

Combat corruption and crime, be involved in HIV and AIDS programmes on prevention, care and treatment, as well as looking after orphans and the elderly

Participate in legislative and other government processes to ensure that the voices of faith-based organisations (FBOs) are take into account

Partner with private and public sectors for reconstruction, development and progress

NICSA Background

In 1997 former president Nelson Mandela convened a national religious leaders’ summit to consider collaboration with the government. Then President Mandela told the summit that religious and political organisations would not be able to achieve their objectives if they acted separately. Click here to read more...

New Chapter in the Evolution of the Interfaith Movement

CRATA facilitated the interaction of the NRLF, NILC, civil society organisations and government departments with a view to enhancing the development role or the religious institutions.
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