Press Release 15 November 2016

National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA)

NICSA conference on rebuilding a values-based society

African social cohesion and nation building is the focus of a 2-day conference on 8-9 December 2016, to be held at Freedom Park in Pretoria. Hosted by the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA), the conference aims at developing an interfaith programme of action to promote private and public partnerships with all faith-based communities.

The event will also commemorate the life and times of one of the pioneers of the African Ethiopian Movement, Rev Mangena Maake Mokone (1851-1931). Mokone’s contribution to spiritual and liberation theology, in particular his promotion of the right of all Africans to have access to all-inclusive and non-ethnic religion, is the inspiration for the conference. 

Chairperson of NICSA, Dr Mathole Motshekga, says commemorating Mokone’s contribution is an important part of the conference, as his life and work represents NICSA’s aspiration to build a society that is deeply rooted in the moral and ethical values of African spirituality and culture.

“Nothing is sustainable without values. Through NICSA, the many faith-based organisations across South Africa can come together to rekindle a movement towards a values-based society,” he said.

In the context of South Africa’s cultural, religious and linguistic diversity, the NICSA conference will develop a declaration for future engagement to promote a socially cohesive, values-based and prosperous society.

Led by public and civil leaders from government and religious organisations, the conference programme covers both the history and context of cultural and moral cohesion and development in Africa, as well as measures for driving this movement forward. Issues on the agenda include how faith-based organisations can partner with government, their role in a developmental state and measures for their commercial sustainability.

Motshekga says that Rev Mokone epitomises the philosophy of Ethiopianism (African redemption) which inspired the moral vision of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.


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