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CREATING THE SOUTH AFRICAN OBJECT: What is it that we want to become?

17 February 2015
09:00 - 12:00


Professor Daniel Plaatjies Executive Director: Governance, Democracy and Service Delivery, HSRC

Date:  Tuesday, 17 February       Time: 09:00  – 12:00

Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The State of Nation Addresses provide the President, as head of state, a constitutional platform to describe conditions in the country, problems facing the nation and articulate the executive branch’s political, economic and social development roadmap. A State of Nation Address (SoNA) intent is to confirm the social contract between society, branches of government, capital and various publics in the development of citizens and the country, and protection of its sovereignty.
This Panel Discussion promises to go beyond the narrow commentary of contest and promises to explore the transversal implications within the SoNA through the context of praxis, thereby searching for processes and outcomes that enable the South African nation to reach our goals of the social contract and national development.
The Panel comprises:

Professor Brian O’Connell – Former Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape
Ms Karima Brown – Group Executive Editor, Independent Media
Professor Cheryl Potgieter – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor Olive Shisana – Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Professor Ivan Turok – Acting Executive Director, Economic Development Planning (HSRC)
Professor Sipho Seepe –  Adviser to Minister of Human Settlements and Political Commentator 
Each Panellist will be given an opportunity to make a statement/presentation of 5 to 7 minutes.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 16 February
Cape Town: Jean Witten (021) 466  8004,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria