SECAM is happy with the initiative of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops in Southern Africa (IMBISA) to host a Media and Communications workshop from 5-7 November 2018 at the Lumko Centre in Benoni, South Africa.
The workshop gathered 33 participants chosen from the nine-member countries represented by IMBISA: Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé e Príncipe, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The workshop which was the first of its kind for IMBISA sought to develop and significantly improve the communication skills of participants.
Among the participants were lay women and men, ordained priests and a bishop. Most were involved in some way with communications and media efforts in their respective dioceses.
The workshop reminded participants of the many platforms available to them and the opportunities they present. At the same time, it created awareness of common fears, especially regarding the use of social media, and the need to confront those fears and move out of their comfort zones.