Author Archives: church-land


Exchange visits take place between various women’s group to share skills on beadwork. Young crafters from groups like Xoshindlala share their skills with other crafters from groups like Thandanani.

The ladies get practical training on how to weave scoobie wire to make earrings and bracelets. The trainees vary in age and are very keen to learn so that they can generate an income from the craft.

Padkos No 114: Gathering together, and being… here… now

On 24 March 2022, padkos friends got together for a very special gathering. It was our first chance to get together as a padkos community since COVID-19 impacted. The event launched a new padkos booklet from us at CLP, Being… Here… Now…. We are humbled and honored that it features a powerful foreword from Toronto-based, Molly

Exciting update: In, Against & Beyond Corona

During August, we rather nervously circulated some of our reflections on the experience of living through the Corona crisis here in South Africa. We were thrilled when that piece – In, against and beyond corona: What does the corona crisis in South Africa reveal to us? – was picked up by radical international publisher, Daraja Press. Before

Burning & looting: ‘law enforcement’ in Maritzburg lockdown style

This short reflection was prompted in the first instance, by a couple of disturbing actions by elements of the state in CLP’s hometown of Pietermaritzburg. It seems terribly important to highlight them, and to expose them. But perhaps more deeply, we want to flag an ‘activist’ tendency to externalise ‘enemies’ rather than thinking from “our collective