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Social Cohesion and Reconciliation in South Africa: A rights-based conversation

10 December 2014
10:30 - 13:00

Keynote address:
Kayum Ahmed, CEO, South African Human Rights Commission

Prof Sharlene Swartz, HSRC
Thabo Motsoane, UFS

Date:  Wednesday, 10 December    Time: 10:30  – 13:00

Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

Critical conversations on the state of democracy in South Africa, 20 years since 1994, have already begun, closely reflecting on the extent and nature of progress made, and shortcomings expressed in persistent inequalities and poverty. This seminar will contribute to this national conversation by bringing together rights-based perspectives on the subject of social cohesion and reconciliation in the context of Human Rights. In commemorating International Human Rights Day in the 20th year of democracy the seminar offers the opportunity to reflect, take stock, and ask further questions about achievements, progress and the current gaps related to reconciliation and social cohesion. The seminar objectives focus on:

  • understanding the meaning, purpose and value of social cohesion and reconciliation in the context of building national personality.
  • interrogating the antecedents for social cohesion and reconciliation in the context of human rights and ongoing inequalities.
  • considering prospects pertinent to social cohesion and reconciliation as we enter the third decade of democracy.

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

RSVP by 9 December

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