South Africa is a place of paradox, in fact, many paradoxes. There exists, for instance, the paradox between poor and rich, or rather, between extremely poor and extremely rich – South Africa being identified as the country currently in the world with the biggest gap between those that have, and those that do not have.[1] There is the paradox between luxurious mansions and affluent estates on the one hand, and, on the other, often just a few kilometers from that, struggling townships and dilapidated shacks. There is the paradox – in comparison to many other countries – between the highest figures of unemployment, and the lowest rates of life expectancies; the highest forms of educational inequalities, and the lowest forms of productivity rates; the most sophisticated technological advances in the world (for example the largest disk-shaped telescope, SKA, being constructed in the Karoo[2]), and a seemingly crumbling provider of electricity (Eskom); between being able to host, in the spirit of Ubuntu,[3] one of the most successful Soccer World Cups in history (2010), and experiencing some of the worst bouts of xenophobia ever (in 2008; and again in 2015); between indescribable natural beauty, and inexcusable waste and pollution; between having probably the best political constitution in the world, and some of the worst cases of poor service delivery; between having fabricated Apartheid, but also producing Nelson Mandela, etc. Read more…


Some further information concerning our upcoming conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 11-16 March 2016.

The detailed program will be sent to all members and visitors closer to the date of the conference. We are looking forward to an interesting (and full!) program, with keynote speakers like Father Michael Lapsley, Deborah Mumfoard, Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen, and Allan Boesak. As is our custom, there will be workshops, inter alia on themes like the following: Music and Voice/Music and Preaching; Preaching and Art/Painting; Preaching and Rap/Preaching and Hip Hop; Language and Paradox; a PhD-Café Poster session, etc.

Conference Registration
Registration for the Stellenbosch conference is open, follow this link.

If you encounter any problems, please contact Alexander Deeg (international secretary) or Theo Pleizier (webmanager).

Please note: you are responsible to make your own reservations at the Protea Hotel. See next tab.
Accomodation and Hotel Reservations
The conference organisers have made a preliminary booking at PROTEA HOTEL STELLENBOSCH IN TECHNO PARK
70 x Standard Rooms (Single or Twin)
50 x Deluxe Rooms (Single or Twin)

R1324 (€96 / $106) per person per night in Single Standard Accommodation
R808 (€59 / $64) per person per night in Sharing Standard Accommodation

R1624 (€117 / $129) per person per night in Single Deluxe Accommodation
R958 (€69 / $76) per person per night in Sharing Deluxe Accommodation

The above rates include a Full English Breakfast and 14% VAT, but exclude 1% Tourism Levy. (The rates are in South-African Rand, as a courtesy the rates given in Euro's and US dollars are estimations based upon the exchange rate July 2015.)

Delegates are responsible to make their own reservations. When making a reservation, GUESTS are to quote the reference:
E-mail: Reservations manager Ms. Tammy van der Merwe
Telephone: +27 21 880 9500
Fax: +27 21 880 9505
Note: don't use the online bookingsystem of the hotel for making reservations, since the systems has blocked rooms that are only available for the conference. Make your reservations by phone or by email.

Delegates will be responsible for their own cancellation fees.
Up to 60 days prior to arrival, rooms reserved may be cancelled with no cost.

The PROTEA HOTEL STELLENBOSCH IN TECHNO PARK will hold the allocated accommodation (as stated above) until 20 January 2016. Thereafter subject to availability. GUESTS will be helped on a first come first serve basis at the best available rate of the day.
Call for Papers
We are also now opening up the call for papers. An abstract of about 300 words, inclusive of the title of the paper, should be sent to the President and/or the International Secretary at the latest by 1 October 2015. The abstracts will be published on the homepage. We envisage papers of about 5,000 words, in order to allow time for discussions, and the complete papers must be sent to the President and the International Secretary at the latest two weeks before the conference. No copies of the papers will be made at or during the conference as such, in view of the peer-review editing process for the publication of the proceedings (Studia Homiletica) after the conference.
Contact the Stellenbosch360 office for bookings and other travel information:

(Download the overview of tours here; newly added in February 2016 are these extra possibilities for Safari-excursions.)


Cape Peninsula Drive, including Kirstenbosch Gardens, Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Town City, including Robben Island, historical museums, District Six and Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain, township drive-through

Full day chocolate, olive oil, cheese and wine tour
Hermanus and False bay coast
Safari Day trip

Stellenbosch on Foot
White shark adventures
Wine route tour


Cape to Addo Elephant National Park

Cape to Kruger National Park
Garden Route

Stellenbosch, South-Africa

Conference registration for mobile users