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in-formation: to share what is happening; in the process of being formed or transformed, referring especially to students; to
work together as a team (as in birds flying in formation)

THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE STUDENTS' CHRISTIAN ORGANISATION • DECEMBER 2017

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IN THIS ISSUE
- THE INAUGURAL DR RORY
PREST MEMORIAL p.2
- MASIYE CONFERENCE p.3
- STEM PROGRAMME p. 6

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RAISING THE LEVEL OF TRUST AND
ACCOUNTABILITY IN SCO LEADERSHIP REFLECTING, REINVISIONING & REUNITING:
INTRODUCING THE DR RORY PREST MEMORIAL LECTURE
Commemorating the livelihood of his dreams, temporal home of the SCO National Office but
his vision and his belief – the Inaugural Dr more significantly the base of Dr Rory Prest
Rory Prest Memorial Lecture did just that, as during his time of office.
SCO associates joined side by side with SCO
leadership in reflecting upon the practices of Dr Speaking with an honest reflection of Dr Prest’s
Rory Prest, SCO’s first National Director. great leadership and dynamic transformational
vision, Prof Dave Holgate, the first SCO

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Dr Prest led SCO from the day of merger National Treasurer and Bro Tandi Memani
between the Students’ Christian Association (above), the first SCO National Chairperson
(SCA), an organisation racially classified by delivered powerful sentiments which resonated
Bro Jack Koma the influence of the Apartheid regime as being the values Dr Prest stood for.
for English-speaking Whites and the Students’
"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers Christian Movement (SCM), an organisation This has now paved way for the Dr Rory Prest
of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. racially classified by this same regime as being Memorial Fund, a seed account to help subsidise
Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be for the Black African community - in July 1997 salaries for new SCO staff members in making
found faithful" - 1 Corinthians 4: 1-2 (KJV) up until his passing in 2001. way to employ 20 field workers by the year
2020, the NATEX believes.
In March this year, when we were elected into In its inauguration, the lecture is the first of
office as the new SCO NATEX, we found an four per annum and was held on November “Our prayer is for the Lord to help us keep
organisation which according to a report on 25, 2017, at the Rosebank Methodist Church the vision of Rory alive in SCO,” says Bro Jack
the state of SCO, commissioned by the previous Complex in Cape Town, this being the current Koma, the NATEX Chairperson. (page 2 >>)
NATEX, was broken on many sides. At the core National and Provincial Leadership Governance ensuring that the SCO Constitution addresses all
of the problems facing the organisation was the Training governance challenges faced by the movement.
quality and character of leadership from national A task team has been appointed, as headed by
to branch level. There was an obvious trust deficit As part of our strategy to capacitate leadership the NATEX Deputy Chairperson and we hope its
among key stakeholders of the movement resulting and develop trust between national and provincial work will be done in time for the National Council
from a lack of accountability amongst many issues. leaders, in August, a governance training Meeting in April 2018, where the amended
programme was organised by the NATEX for both Constitution will be adopted.
It became clear in line with the recommendations of national and provincial leaders. This was held in
this report, presented by Bro Septi, that we need Kempton Park and was facilitated by the IFES Lastly, the NATEX adopted a new Finance
to focus on enhancing governance and leadership Regional Secretary for English and Portuguese- Policy for the organisation in a meeting held on
development as key to the renewal of SCO. speaking Africa, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam. Upon November 25, 2017, in Cape Town. We want to
hearing great feedback, we as the NATEX decided applaud the Treasurer General of the organisation
There are a few highlights we have achieved over in our recent meeting to develop this initiative into Sis Mabel Ndlovu (CA-Sa) for the effort she put
the past eight months of assuming office as aligned an annual NATIONAL LEADERSHIP GOVERNANCE into developing this policy. Our financial systems
with the recommendations provided. TRAINING programme where all Provincial and management have greatly improved since she
Executive Committee leaders and the National took over through the employment of our Finance
Leadership will continue to come together for Manager, Sis Mamodike Makgoba (CA-Sa). This
Students' training, fellowship and strategic discussion to take policy will certainly improve financial stewardship
the movement forward. across the organisation.
Christian
Organisation of We belìeve this will go a long way in improving In 2019, SCO will be hosting the IFES WORLD
South Africa our stakeholder trust account; this being the belief ASSEMBLY in Durban and it is my prayer that we
www.sco.org.za by our stakeholders that we as an SCO leadership will be a stronger and more united organisation as
info@sco.org.za will deliver on our mandate with excellence and we welcome the world. I would like to personally
integrity across all levels of the organisation. appreciate and appeal for your continued
________________ partnership as we take SCO to greater heights
@SCOSouthAfrica Constitutional Review and Financial Policy over the next three years.
1 Elloughton House, Chapel Lane, Rosebank, 7700 To strengthen governance, the NATEX has Kgotso!
(021) 685 0942 facilitated an Extended Council Meeting in early » Bro Jack Koma: SCO NATEX Chairperson
November to continue with its Constitutional Review, Page 1 • December 2017 • In-formation
The Fund is inspired by Dr Prest’s

2018 CALANDER
(<< page 1)
now-defunct Centenary Fund founded in 1996
with the very-same objective in mind.
The Dr Rory Prest
“Our target is to raise R250 000 for 2018” Bro Memorial Fund
Koma explains. This can be reached through
a once-off contribution of R2,500 or smaller You can contribute towards SCO salaries by 02-04 NATHIEX TRAINING
JHB, GP • HIS REPS
deposits over a period of up to six months
through bank deposits into the SCO Bank
simply making a deposit. FEB
Account. Banking Details 03 NATIONAL SCHOOLS
CONSULTATION
Donors can also contribute to this fund Name: Students' Christian Organisation MAR TBC • SCHOOLS
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electronically via the PayFast module on the Bank: FNB
SCO Website, www.sco.org.za. Acc No: 501 700 75706 NATIONAL COUNCIL
APR
Branch Code: 201 509 JHB, GP • COUNCIL

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The Dr Rory Prest Memorial Lecture will
continue in 2018, with local gatherings across
the country. Up until the implementation of the
Reference: [Your Name] + Memorial Fund
E.g Motseki MEMORIAL FUND 27 DR RORY PREST
MEMORIAL LECTURE
Dr Rory Prest Memorial Fund, a majority of
SCO staff have earned less than 50% of their Online Giving APR PMB, KZN • EVERYONE
intended monthly-earnings. More information on
the Fund can be obtained from Motseki Sosibo, Visit www.sco.org.za and locate the Dr 11-13 GOVERNANCE
TRAINING
the Acting National Director at motseki@sco.
org.za.
Rory Prest Memorial Fund for more info. MAY DBN, KZN • ALL PEC+NATEX

01-31 PRAYER MONTH


EVERYWHERE • EVERYONE
MAY
22 DR RORY PREST
MEMORIAL LECTURE
JUN JHB, GP • EVERYONE

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08-12 THE NATIONAL
CONFERENCE
AUG BFM, FS • EVERYONE
18-19 LEADERSHIP TRAINING
AUG
LOCALLY • HIS LEADERS

5-9 STAFF CONFERENCE


DBN, KZN • STAFF
NOV
26-29 NATHIEX TRAINING
TBC • NATHIEX
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MEMORIAL LECTURE
DEC CPT, WC • EVERYONE

It’s a joy to share with you the ministry news of SCO.


SCO is an organisation filled with a rich history of
touching lives, by reaching out to learners and students
MINISTRY UPDATE
with the gospel of Christ. 2017 started with a renewed
hope as we started rebuilding the broken walls of our
beloved movement. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ
with students, deepening their discipleship, equipping
them for service and seeing Christ transform their lives for
His glory is at the heart of our core aims and vision.

Our Vision is…….


“Is to build students in South Africa into
communities of disciples transformed by Jesus
Christ, impacting the School, the University, the
Church and society for the glory of God”
Motseki Sosibo
What a beautiful and encouraging year it has been to
serve God under the leadership of the new National
Executive (NATEX) lead by Bro Jack Koma.

We call on SCO learners, students and associates to


join us again in 2018, as we continue to rebuild the
organisation. We are grateful to God for your continued
support towards our organisation, your financial help and
unrelenting prayers as SCO embraced the year of 2017.

Have a peaceful festive season, a Blessed Merry


Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

» Motseki Sosibo: Acting National Director

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WHO'S WHO WE WELCOME AFRICA,
THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE (NATEX) THE MASIYE CONFERENCE
Jack Koma – Chairperson (Free State) Esteemed with a blazing zeal for missions, Daniel Bourdanné; IFES EPSA Regional
the IFES English & Portuguese-speaking Secretary, Gideon Para-Mallam; IFES
Lusapho Mlandu – Deputy
Chairperson (Eastern Cape North) Africa (EPSA) region witnessed the Associate General Secretary, Martin
becoming of the Masiye Conference, the Haizmann; Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM)
Antoinette Sithole – General first-ever IFES Southern African missions International President, Frank Chikane;
Secretary (Gauteng)
conference held from October 3-8, 2017 Vice-Chancellor of the Evangelical
Mabel Ndlovu (CA-Sa) – Treasurer at the YFC Cyara Resort in Hekpoort, University (Zambia), Lazarus Phiri; Senior
General (Gauteng)

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Gauteng. Pastor of the Nairobi Baptist Church
Adv. Ntswaki Emma Mareane – (Kenya), Calisto Odede and Senior
Legal Advisor (Gauteng) Associate for Partnership Development
Matthew de Smidt – Training & with One Challenge International (USA),
Development Officer (Western Cape) Jon Lewis.
STAFF
STAFF “Masiye truly opened my eyes to see
Motseki Sosibo – Acting National the beauty that is SCO. I was so amazed
Director to see how we’re a part of something
Sibongile Ndlovu – Gauteng bigger” said Siyanda Zono, an SCO
Provincial Director volunteer at the conference. “I am
revived for the call of God as I dream of
Phumlani Mhlongo – KZN Provincial

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Director going out unto the nations,” says Africa
With delegates from across ten Southern Ngantweni, a South African delegate.
Anathi Mtengwane – STEM Director African countries actively engaged “I’m so glad for such a massive learning
Mamodike Makgoba (CA-Sa) – Finance in talks around missional living, the experience and will keep praying for the
Manager challenges of missionary work, the need work of missions,” said an SCO member
Malikhetla Mokoena – Free State for missions and the resources one needs at the University of Pretoria.
Staff to prepare for a life of missions – this
conference saw students, ministry staff Amidst the Magaliesburg mountains, the
Reta Nyatela – Associate Staff in the conference venue was simultaneously
Eastern Cape and associates pledge and commit their
time to reaching the unreached and used for lodging whilst programmes
Lungelo Nogqala – Office supporting the need for global outreach. included small-group Bible study,
Administrator in Eastern Cape North breakout seminars, plenary talks, a
The word Masiye means “Let’s Go”

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Vuvu Masindi – WA Administrator and this was perfectly packaged with prayer walk, recreational swimming and
the launch conference theme “Let’s Go an excursion to South Africa’s landmark,
Khayalethu “Casta” Zatu – New Mandela House and Hector Pieterson
Staff Member (2018) in the Western Missions… to God’s World”.
Cape Memorial in Soweto.
With 9 plenary sessions and 40 seminar
talks, the conference welcomed over The conference concluded with a strongly
300 delegates, each able to engage EPSA-backed invitation to the World
with anyone of its 36 speakers for the Assembly in 2019. A brief introduction
prime purpose of kindling a heart for to the incoming Regional Secretary,
missions, in line with the IFES Living Zelalem Abebe was also provided
Stones Vision Till 2020. The list of by the Incumbent Regional Secretary,
speakers include, IFES General Secretary, Gideon Para-Mallam. The next Masiye
Conference will be held in 2020.

Above: The IFES EPSA Governance


& Leadership Summit held from
October 26-31, 2017 at Seascape
Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(See page 5)
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GROWING TOGETHER, YOUR SCO STAFF » Phumlani Mhlongo
The 2017 SCO Staff Conference was prayed, developed patience and (2:18). Working together they
held in Ballito, KZN from November planned. Throughout the book, we accomplished that which could not
7-8, 2017. This conference sought find Nehemiah praying no less than have been accomplished individually.
to be a planned time for fellowship, 11 times in 13 chapters.
prayer, team building, reflection, • When the enemy opposes us as he
planning, personal development and • To serve God realistically, we surely will, we should respond with
must learn to work with people. prayer, work, vigilance and focus

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listening to God’s word. We had an
amazing time studying the book of This is a reflection of how Nehemiah on the Lord.
Nehemiah chapter 1- 4 and learned knew how to work with an unbelieving
king. He too was able to relate In our other sessions, a discussion was
ideal key-traits from the Servant held in planning Staff Business, the
Leader: to demoralized believers and had to
work with his enemies. National Conference, our year-plan
• Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem for 2018 and our personal ministry.
to rebuild the walls. We learnt • To accomplish God’s purpose, we It was truthfully a refreshing time of
that: Nehemiah had a burden for need a common vision, dedicated encouragement and reflection, to
His people, a vision for His purpose leaders and willing workers help better equip each other. All
and was committed to His purpose. who do their part. The people staff committed themselves to start
heard Nehemiah’s vision and they rebuilding the broken wall on our

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He was willing to count the world as
loss for the sake of God’s purpose responded, “let’s arise and build” campuses and in our communities.
and to overcome this obstacle for this
very cause. The rest of the book is
an account of how he overcame one
obstacle after another. There is an
overt and covert opposition from his
enemies. There are problems within
the ranks that could have stopped the
work, however, Nehemiah persisted
and thus the wall built in 52 days!

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• To serve God realistically, we
must learn to wait on Him, to work
with people and to wrestle wisely
with problems. While waiting he

ALL ABOARD, LEADERSHIP TRAINING


SCO held a series of Leadership Training Camps for new leaders in three
provinces across the country. Other provinces will hold theirs early next year.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal Higher Institution Programme of Action that will serve
Section (HIS) held it’s first combined to develop and empower students:
Leadership Training Camp (LTC) on academically, spiritually, personally
October 14, 2017. Over the past and psychologically so that they will be
three years, branches held their own responsible citizens and Christians in on
individual leadership training sessions campus.
within their respective branches. In order
to unite the province and for branches KZN Staff Workers, Vuvu Masindi
to develop a steadfast relationship, a and Phumlani Mhlongo both served as
collective LTC was held inclusive of all facilitators for this event. The Provincial
KZN HIS branches. Objectives of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
training were to provide participants also attended the training programme
with an opportunity to: by facilitating the election for HIS
provincial committee. This is where the
• Gain more knowledge and KZN Higher Institution Section provincial
understanding SCO’s vision, aims and committee was elected.
mission which will increase their ability
to plan programs that are relevant The delegates in attendance were SCO
to students (both Christians and non- campus committee members who will
Christians) be leading the respective branches of
Mangosuthu University of Technology,
• Deepen their knowledge about their Durban University of Technology:
portfolio, role and responsibilities Durban and Indumiso, Ethekwini TVET
collectively and individually. and Richfield College in 2018. We look
forward to seeing their great leadership
• Draft the 2018 SCO Branch at work.
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STAFF & LEADERSHIP NEWS Meet our new staff in 2017
THE BIG ISSUES: 1. Lungelo Nogqala – joined SCO early this year as the Office Administrator
AN IFES CONSULTATION for Eastern Cape North office in Mthatha.
2. Malikhetla Mokoena – joined SCO in June this year as a Free State field-
BETWEEN STUDENTS worker based in Qwa-Qwa.
3. Mamodike Makgoba (CA-Sa) – joined SCO this year on a part-time basis
Mustering postgraduates into unpacking as the Finance Manager.
4. Vuvu Masindi – joined SCO staff as the World Assembly Administrator.

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the spiritual diameter of “the university”
– the IFES EPSA Big Issues Consultation We praise God that in 2018, Khayalethu “Casta” Zatu will be joining SCO as
was held concurrently with the IFES EPSA a Western Cape (WC) Schools staff-worker. Casta has vast experience in youth
Governance & Leadership Summit from ministry work and has previously taken part in a gap year program with African
October 28-29, 2017 at Seascape Enterprise (FoxFire program). He has also served as an SCO volunteer in 2006. We
Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. are happy to see our WC office expand and look forward to working with Casta as
we reach out to schools with the gospel.
Represented by Mr Godfrey Matowane
and Mr Mokgophana Ramasobana
in the student peer group alongside
Mr Ian Siebörger in the faculty peer
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part of small groups comprised of
representatives from twelve different
EPSA national movements for crucial
conversion around the “big issue”
facing students in their respective
countries and institutions. Campus life,
academic involvement, the nature of the
interaction between Christians with other
religious and social groups along with A notable question raised was a Apart from this, the consultation drew
the means of entering the marketplace query on how to best strengthen the numerous possible initiatives to curb
are all themes which were strongly involvement of associates. ministerial inabilities to “engage the
defined, discussed and identified by university”. Findings found that the

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students during this consultation. ”Many IFES-EPSA movements already represented majority sought to see an
involve associates (graduates), but exemplary Christian lifestyle, self-
“It was clear that ‘big issues’ are consultation participants were keen governance, integrity and a strong
part and parcel of campus ministry, to explore associates involvement prayer base as a viable agent in
and some IFES-EPSA movements are beyond the typical roles of financial making this aim work.
beginning to shape their ministries supporter and guest speaker. This
accordingly,” says Arthur Davis, a is about increasing cooperation, We thank the IFES for taking a great
facilitator of the discussion from not necessarily increasing time step into grooming the future of
Tanzania’s TAFES. commitment” Davis concludes. student ministry.

SCO SHARPENED AT THE


From October 26-31, 2017 The
International Fellowship of Evangelical

EPSA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT


Students (IFES) hosted it's Leadership
and Governance Summit for the English
and Portuguese-speaking Africa in
Tanzania.
Lusapho Mlandu and the National » Lusapho Mlandu
As a member organisation, SCO Director, Motseki Sosibo. The summit also created an environment
was represented by the Deputy for different national student ministry
Chairperson of the National Executive, Facilitators of magnitude hailing from leaders to share their experiences
across the waters throughout in solving various cases, as a means
Europe, Australia and America to mutually edify each another. It
shared their experiences in did not end there as new and fresh
their diverse yet distinct fields intercontinental networks were created
of governance. Below are for continuous support and possible
but few topics which were inter-fellowships.
covered:
An important highlight, which bore
1. Understanding governance great emotion was the passing of the
in student ministry baton for the role of the EPSA Regional
2. Enhancing the competency Secretary, from Uncle Gideon Para-
of the boards Mallam of Nigeria to Zelelam Abebe
3. Fundraising of Ethiopia. This saw words of wisdom
4. Pastoral Care and Support and great insight shared by the two
for National Directors exceptional African leaders.
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REBUILDING THE STEM Prayer and Praise
• Please pray for all SCO delegates
attending Kenya #Commission17
from December 27, 2017 to January
1, 2018. Three SCO staff members
(Sibongile, Vuvu and Anathi) will be
part of this conference as well.

• Please pray for Anathi Mtengwane

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as she travels to Kenya to be part of
STEM Orientation after Commission.
In the process of rebuilding SCO, » Anathi Mtengwane We are grateful to those who gave
we are excited and encouraged deemed specifically towards Anathi’s travel
to welcome our seven dedicated necessary. and living costs while in Kenya, may
interns for STEM 2018. We have God Bless you.
one rep from Eastern Cape North, As part
two reps from Kwa-Zulu Natal, of my • We praise God for the success of
three reps from Gauteng province preparation our Inaugural Dr Rory Prest Memorial
and one rep from Mpumalanga. for my new Lecture held on November 25, 2017.
role as
All these brethren are SCO the STEM

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faithfuls and truly zealous for coordinator,
the work of student ministry. I am FOCUS
excited to welcome them to the Kenya has agreed to partner with
SCO STEM family. It has been a SCO in making this program a
challenge to revive and rebuild success. I will thus be travelling to
the program which has been on Kenya to take part in the FOCUS
hold for up to four years, however, STEM Orientation Programme
we praise God for making it held in January 2018 whilst taking Support Us!
possible as we trust every effort the opportunity to attend FOCUS
was worth it. Kenya Commission 17. I am We could not have done student
looking forward to the experience ministry in 2017 without your
We look forward to our STEM with great anticipation. prayerful and financial support.

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training which will be held in KZN
from January, 28 – February 7, For more information regarding Could you make a gift to SCO
2018. Your prayerful and financial the STEM program, contact Anathi today? You can give on-line
support in making this program Mtengwane at anathi@sco.org. www.givengain.com/c/sco/
a success is highly welcomed. za or 073 685 8333/ 083 559 donate/#start or through the
Why not adopt one stemmer? You 9259. bank:
can support him/her in any form
Name: Students’ Christian
Organisation/SCO
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Acc. No: 501 700 75706
Branch Code: 201509
Branch: Rondebosch
SWIFT Code: FIRNZAJJXXX

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