Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Aired on Tuesday dropped on Wednesday: Red Bull pulls Jesus ad

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The Red Bull energy drink company has dropped the ‘Jesus walks on water‘ campaign in South Africa. The campaign originally aired on Tuesday but was gone by Wednesday after successful protests from Catholics and Muslims who labelled the ad ‘offensive’. The cartoon ad picks up on the familiar Gospel story of Jesus walking on the Read more

Murdered South African witchcraft opponent may be made a saint

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Catholic Church will soon consider whether a South African man killed 12  years ago should be proclaimed blessed  –  the first step towards sainthood  –  according to a Sunday Times report.

The man would be the first saint to be recognised from South Africa, the weekly asserted.

Benedict Daswa, a businessman and devout Roman Catholic from rural Limpopo, was murdered in February 1990, aged 46, after rejecting claims of the existence  of witchcraft in his village, Mbahe, near Thoyohandou.

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South Africa bans fallen angels ad

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

According to South Africa’s national Advertising Standards Authority, a TV commercial for deodorant, featuring angels falling from heaven, is offensive to Christians and it has ordered the ad’s removal. The angelic beings are seen tumbling to Earth because they are attracted to a man wearing Axe deodorant. “A viewer who complained to the ASA about the advert Read more

1981 Springbok Tour a cultural catharsis

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It is thirty years since the 1981 Springbok tour took place. It was a “coming of age for New Zealand, a time when the country’s traditional cultural roots and a sense of social justice and progressive idealism crashed head on in spectacular fashion. The collision of those competing values, while violent and spiteful, changed New Zealand forever. Read more

Catholic Bishops urge Swaziland reform

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference is urging reforms in Swaziland, calling sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy a police state that is “tearing itself apart.” A statement issued Thursday after the bishops visited Swaziland said the king should lift a state of emergency that has been in place for nearly four decades, reinstate “the full Read more