Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Oscar Siwali, founder and director of Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency (SADRA) Conflict Transformation, has dedicated his life to equipping communities with skills that embrace nonviolence and peaceful methods of resolving conflict. Mennonite Mission Network partners with SADRA in training students and communities in peer mediation, as peacekeepers in rioting and working to diminish xenophobia. Siwali's work attracted the notice of one of South Africa's major television stations, eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). Watch the interview where Siwali advocates for restorative justice approaches to violence to prevent people from becoming numb to violence and accepting it as the norm. 

 

 

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​Before founding SADRA in 2013, Oscar Siwali worked at the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town and for the Centre for Conflict Resolution, conducting workshops for audiences across Africa. He also provided technical assistance to partners and clients of these agencies. Oscar and his wife, Zandi, have three sons. Zandi worked at Rape Crisis for many years before studying for her bachelor of commerce degree at University of Western Cape.

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