RZIM Gears up to Deliver over 100 Talks in One Week

Posted by Bethan Mingle on April 13, 2018

Festival of Thought is heading to South Africa in mid-April with more than 100 events taking place over one week in the two major cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as in Stellenbosch, Pretoria, and Potchefstroom. This week-long festival is probably the largest-ever undertaking by the RZIM team in terms of speaking engagements in one country in any given week in its 34-year history.

The primary aim of the April 15-22 week is to give people in business an opportunity to explore at a deeper level the kind of questions they wish could be discussed in the workplace–issues such as integrity, faith, culture, identity, and values.

More than thirty events will take place in the offices of key corporate organizations, as they embrace the opportunity for employees and others to think through big questions of life and faith and how these impact the workplace. Companies participating include JP Morgan, Deloitte, Nedbank, YPO, King Price Insurance, Old Mutual, and many more.

Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Michael Ramsden, and Amy Orr-Ewing, together with a team of RZIM speakers from within Africa headed by Mahlatse Mashua, will all be speaking throughout the week. In Johannesburg, a Businesswomen’s Summit event with a 2,000 capacity has been organized by South African businesswoman Brenda Scrooby (nee Horne-Ferreira) accompanying RZIM speakers Amy Orr-Ewing, Tanya Walker, Lusanda Mashua, and Racheal Mutesi.

Many of the next generation of the country’s business leaders are currently studying at leading universities, so this Festival of Thought will include talks throughout the week on several campuses including UCT in Cape Town, Wits in Johannesburg, North West University in Potchefstroom, and Stellenbosch University.

The Festival of Thought events will also be complemented by talks in many major churches on the Sundays either side of the week to enable business people and others to ask further big questions. These churches include Every Nation, Hillsong, Hatfield Church Pretoria, God First, and Jubilee Church. Hillsong in Cape Town will also be hosting a special Friday evening event with Christian rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Ravi Zacharias.

Festival of Thought Director, RZIM’s Andy Moore, and Director of RZIM Africa, Mahlatse Mashua, believe this week will leave a lasting impact on many people as they consider so many issues relating to faith, justice, freedom, and equality–all key social narratives not just in South Africa but around the world.

This week is a massive undertaking for RZIM. Please pray for the team speaking in so many different contexts. And please help support this major initiative. We simply cannot do this without your support.