Simunye Challenge urges South Africans to connect across racial divides

The Simunye Challenge is where mistrust and distrust between race groups stops, say the organisers of the new campaign launched by Christian nation-building movement Time2Rise SA.

“Biases and negative stereotypes are usually borne out of ignorance and not knowing the richness of each others’ cultures,” says Dr Pearl Kupe, a Time2Rise advisory board leader who is driving the campaign.

She says: “In the Simunye challenge, we encourage everyone in South Africa to get to know one another by:

1) Studying and learning another South African language that is not your mother tongue;
2) Studying and learning another culture that is not the culture you were born into:
3) Intentionally developing friendships and relationships with people outside of you own race and ethnic grouping.”

Simunye is Zulu for “We are one”. The challenge is “geared at focusing the nation on our oneness and commonalities as a people, while celebrating our diversity”, says Pearl.

Challenge participants are encouraged to send video testimonies of their cross-.cultural friendships, videos of themselves speaking in a SA language that is not their mother tongue, and messages of hope to South Africa and Africa at large. Videos and messages should be posted to the Time2Rise Simunye Challenge Facebook page:

Pearl also urges South Africans to attend an upcoming Time2RiseSA event at Bloemfontein from October 6 to 8 where members of God’s mighty family from all over SA will gather across age, race and denominational lines for a time of prayer, worship and uniting to find godly solutions for the nation. You can find out more about the event at the following link:

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