DHC Update: December 2013

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University of Natal’s Principal, Prof Brenda Gourley, shares a light moment with Dr Nelson Mandela after he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University’s Chancellor, Archbishop Denis Hurley (Pic – Archive)


2014 will be an important year for the Denis Hurley Centre: construction of the Centre will be completed and it is the 10th anniversary of the Archbishop’s death. A series of events in collaboration with the Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), the Justice & Peace Commission and the Diakonia Council of Churches (DCofC), will mark this occasion.

These will include the Hurley Lecture on the evening of Friday 14 February – given by Fr Sean O’Leary of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute; a Diakonia workshop on lessons from ten years of DHPI peacemaking in other African countries, on the afternoon of Saturday 15; a candlelight procession to the Archbishop’s Tomb on Saturday 15 after the 5.30p.m. Mass; special liturgies and preachers at the 7.45, 9.45 and 11.45am Masses on Sunday 16; a public report‐back meeting on the progress of the Denis Hurley Centre on the afternoon of Sunday 16. A full programme of dates, times, venues and people involved, will be issued as soon as it has been finalised. We hope it will include laying the foundation stone for the Centre and unveiling the Premier’s statue of Archbishop Hurley at the KwaThintwa School for the Deaf.

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(Pic –GVK )


In spite of the heavier than usual rain the construction of the ground floor has made substantial progress. The contractor has had a herculean task of dealing with a rainy site and keep the rising groundwater at bay while an underground water tank was built for the sprinkler system. In spite of these weather and technical challenges the ground floor structure is now nearing completion. The decking to accept the casting of the first floor slab is underway and the building will start to emerge above the safety hoarding that surrounds the construction site. What a wonderful milestone for the New Year!

Jean‐Marie the DHC Building Manager will be taking regular progress photographs so we have an archival record of our historic project. These photographs are also essential for our fund raising efforts and the regular progress reports to our generous donors

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Our team for the Argus Cycle Tour, from left Rebecca Arnold, Father Stephen Tully, Patrick Wilson (team leader) and Nokubonga Khuzwayo. (Pic – JM Ntamubano)


First it was runners (in the Comrades and London Marathons), then it was walkers (Camino pilgrimages), now it’s cyclists about to take part in the arduous 109 km Argus Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014 through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cape Peninsula. A team from Emmanuel Cathedral will be doing the Argus tour as a sponsored ride for the Denis Hurley Centre. They are already training hard three or four times a week. If you would like to sponsor them or help find sponsors for them, please contact Vanessia Wilson on 072 858‐ 7261, vanessiawilson@gmail.com We are also hoping to have canoeists in the Duzi Marathon early next year. If you’re interested, contact Des Stone 082 455‐7129 desstone88@gmail.com.

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The newest project associated with the Denis Hurley Centre is a training programme for seamstresses organised by Sr Marion Milane HF which has benefited from the ample space at the Surat Building ‐ our temporary accommodation while the new DHC is constructed. So far, 45 women have been trained, most of them from different parts of Africa. The hope is that they will be able to find work in Durban’s clothing industry. So far two of them have found such jobs, and once we have more industrial machines for training it’s hoped that many more will. Donations of industrial machines will be most welcome.
Contact Sr Marion on 031 208‐4425/ 076 177‐5151 marion.millane@yahoo.com

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