The Centre for Public Witness

The Centre for Public Witness (CPW) was established to operate within the Dutch Reformed Church family and to be the church's voice in the marketplace - to make a concrete difference from the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Center is a joint initiative of the Dutch Reformed Church (Synod of the Western Cape) and the United Reformed Church (Regional Synod of Cape). 

The chair of the board is Dr Llewellyn MacMaster (URCSA).

The director is Dr Braam Hanekom (DRC).

Our Mission

The Centre for Public Witness wants to bring the Gospel to the marketplace in the widest possible sense. We proclaim the reconciliation message of Jesus Christ, but also strive to give this message a concrete form in the most topical issues with which we are confronted. We seek to promote conversation and dialogue at the local level and increase the church's contact and networks with the media, government and business.

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What do we do?

The Center drives public theology with a specific focus on issues affecting the South African socio-economic context.


  • The main focus is the establishment and facilitation of multicultural dialogue sessions across South Africa. (See #100DorpeDialoog);

  • The Center is also responsible for the Hope and Reconciliation Trust, which focuses on rural development and early childhood development;

  • The Center also serves as the administrative office for the WCEN (Western Cape Ecumenical Network), which provides an ecumenical network for approximately thirty denominations and church organizations in the Western Cape;

  • Ecological issues are a major concern for the Center and Dr Hanekom also serves on the board of SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Initiative);

  • Specific areas of focus include: housing, poverty alleviation, skills development and faith development in a modern context.