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Our nation in converstion IV: Deepening Our Democracy

08 February 2014
11:00 - 16:30

Our nation in converstion IV: Deepening Our Democracy
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Time: 11h00–16h30
Venue: Iziko South African Museum, Whale Well
Fee: Free

There will be a free to all public panel discussion on South Africa’s 20 years of Democracy chaired by author and activist Ryland Fisher, CEO, Cape Town Festival on Saturday 8 February at the Iziko SA Museum in the Whale Well from 11h00-16h30.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • “Factors that Opened the Road to Our Constitutional Transformation”– Dave Stuart (Executive Director & Trustee, De Klerk Foundation)
  • “The Role of Youth in a Democratic State– Yershen Pillay (Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency)
  • “The KhoiSan Struggle of Loss and Return to Land for the past 20 years and beyond” – Dr Yvette Abrahams (Former Commissioner for Gender Equality, Activist, Researcher)
  • “Governance and the State of the Nation: 20 Years On” – Judith February (Executive Director, Democracy and Governance HSRC Cape Town)
  • “Activism and the Role of Intellectuals in South Africa’s Democracy” – Dr Xolela Mangcu (Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at UCT, Columnist and Writer)

“We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”
Nelson Mandela (Aah! Dalibhunga), Inaugural Address, 9 May 1994, Pretoria.

20 years on: Is the luggage still labelled?–In conversation with Vuyile Voyiya, Andrew Lamprecht, Riason Naidoo, Athi Mongezeleli Joja
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2014
Time: 11h30–13h00
Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, ISAM
Fee: Free

There will be a public discussion following a film screening, The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art, chairedby Dr Heidi Grunebaum(Senior researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape) on Saturday15 February from 11h30 – 13h00 at the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the Iziko SA Museum. The film screening starts at 10h00.

The film discusses art and politics through a series of interviews with various artists who express their frustration at the marginalization they continue to face. 20 years into democracy, we ask the question: “Is the luggage still labeled?” If so what needs to be done?