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HSRC Racism Dialogue – INVITATION

28 June 2016
10:00 - 13:00

Join us in addressing racial inequalities and racism in South Africa; history, mechanisms, and ideas for change in our Racism dialogue series Mr Solly Lebelo||

28 June 2016

Summerstrand Hotel, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth

9:30 for 10:00 – 13:00

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Dear Stakeholder,

The CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Prof Crain Soudien, cordially invites you to attend our fourth and final Racism Dialogue panel discussion on 28 June 2016 at the Summerstrand Hotel in Port Elizabeth.

The theme for the Racism Dialogue series is “Racial inequalities and racism in South Africa: history, mechanisms & ideas for change”. This final leg will focus on “Racial inequalities and racism: Effects and interventions”.

We are pleased to announce an exciting group of speakers for our Port Elizabeth event. The discussion will be chaired and moderated by media personality Mr John Perlman.

Panelists included in this round will be:

Mr Thabang Kheswa (Senior Legal Officer in the South African Human Rights Commission)
Thabang Kheswa is an Attorney of the High Court of RSA. He works as a Senior Legal Officer and Acting Provincial Manager in the Eastern Cape Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission

Mr Thulani Madinginye (Co-founder of Real Talk)
Thulani Madinginye is the co-founder of Real Talk, an initiative which aims to create safe spaces where people of all races and cultural backgrounds can listen, talk, understand, ask and learn from each other in constructive discussion. He is also a co-founder, Chief Executive and Lead Researcher at Berakah, for which he has overall responsibility for day-to day operations. Thulani graduated with a Bachelor of Business Science with Honours in Economics, and a major in Politics, as well as a Masters in Applied Economics, both from the University of Cape Town. Prior to establishing Berakah Value investment, Thulani worked as a public sector consultant in the areas of water strategy development, infrastructure finance and public-private partnerships. His corporate experience was with Pegasys and Genesis Analytics. He was also a student leader, having held various positions in student governance, including President of the Students’ Representative Council at UCT. Thulami is a member of the Economic Society of South Africa.

Ms Milisuthando Bongela (Co-founder of Feminist Stokvel)
Milisuthando Bongela is an award-winning freelance writer, blogger and consultant based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Although her background is in Journalism and Media Studies, having obtained a BA Journalism Degree from Rhodes University, she spent 7 years working in the fashion, music and art industries in South Africa.  In 2010 she won the Sanlam Journalism Award for breaking an internationally recognized story on fashion, politics and pop culture in South Africa. Her fashion and culture blog has seen her do collaborative work with local and international publications including Elle, Marie Claire, Dazed and Confused, Colours and W Magazine.  Between 2010 and 2012, she wrote a weekly social commentary column in the Mail and Guardian and currently writes on race, gender and cultural issues for the Sunday weekly, City Press Newspaper.

Having created a wide-ranging vocational framework, her ability to adapt her skill to any creative endeavor, keeps her extremely active.  Between 2011 and 2015, she was a researcher and fashion and economic trends consultant for Woolworths and worked with many other companies on a research basis including Trend Watching, Flux Trends, African Sales Company, Random Window and The Future’s Company.  Mili was featured in CNN’s Quest Means Business series ‘’The Millenials’’, where for six months, CNN followed her career progress in Johannesburg.  In September 2012, Richard Quest interviewed her in London as the series came to an end. In 2014 Mili became a founding member of The Feminist Stokvel – a women’s collective and stokvel in Johannesburg that address gender disparities in our society through content and community activations. In June 2015, she won her second award for writing, the 2015 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award for her body of columns in City Press.  Mili is currently writing and directing a documentary on hair and growing up in transition South Africa that will be completed in 2017. She lives in Johannesburg where continues to tell her generation’s stories.

Mr Thabang Queench ( Community Engagement and Research Coordinator Officer at the Centre for Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy)
Thabang Queench is a Community Engagement and Research Coordinator at CANRAD (Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His research interest includes: anti-racism education, citizenship education, non-racialism and democracy, youthful subjectivities, cultural studies, socially engaged scholarship, and student engagement. 

You can follow the discussion on Twitter via @HSRCza and use the hashtag #RacismDialogues


Please RSVP with Mr Solly Lebelo at