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Freedom and Workers’ Rights: More closely Intertwined than mere Calendar Proximity

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

Workers protesting Photo: SA History Online International Workers’ Day is celebrated globally on 1 May every year. In South Africa, where it follows so closely after Freedom Day on 27 April, it takes on a more nuanced meaning. Both days are imbued with meaning and symbolism. May Day, as it is often called, came out of [...]

Can we even imagine a pro-poor economy? What does it look like?

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

An image of hands on the globe. Taken from SME South Africa “The failure to transform the structure of our economy has given oxygen to elite demagogues who want to seize the commanding heights of the economy for selfish accumulation agendas, in the name of the people, as other avenues for legitimate development and accumulation are [...]

On humility, accountability and narratives of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

Young child covering face photo: ladyenews It has become almost commonplace to note that “rape is a weapon of war”. It is a feature of mediatized representations of sexual violence in conflict, it characterises such policy and legal frameworks as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council Resolutions relating to [...]

Freedom Day: A chance for South Africa to celebrate, remember and reflect

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

By: Elnari Potgieter, SARB Project Leader South Africa’s Freedom Day Annually, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on 27 April in commemoration of the country’s first democratic election that took place on this day in 1994. This election, and its outcomes, paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution for South Africa[1]. Marking [...]

IJR Statement on the South African Government reshuffle

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

Media Statement: 31 March 2017 Following last night’s cabinet reshuffle, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) joins other civil society organisations in their call for active citizenship to defend transparent and accountable democracy. The retention of poor performing ministers, such as Min. Bathabile Dlamini, who two weeks ago have been reprimanded by the Constitutional Court [...]

Statement on Human Rights Day

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Most public holidays in South Africa hold great historic significance as they serve as remembrances of a painful history as well as reminders of the long road ahead. Human Rights Day is one such day that serves as a moment of reflection & commemoration for those who lost their lives in the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. [...]

Seeing the ‘Other’ & being the ‘Other’

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Archive|

The Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA) is an alliance of organisations working to respond to racism in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation facilitated the formation of ARNSA and currently serve as the secretariat. On Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 10h00 – 12h00 the Western Cape Chapter of ARNSA cordially invite you and your [...]

South Africa’s 22 Years of Democracy: Myth Busted

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|

Commuters hang on to the outside of an overcrowded Metrorail passenger train in Soweto. Photo: Michel Bega South Africa celebrated its first democratic elections in 1994 which marked the end of political apartheid. This period was esteemed as the new dawn of a better life for the previously disadvantaged – better times ahead with promises to [...]

“The Autocrats Club”: Ensuring an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa?

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|

African Union leaders. Photo: PressTV This year, the AU enters its fifteenth year of existence, it is also the year in which the AU elected the fifth chairperson of the AUC, Chadian foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat. Former chairpersons of the AUC have been perceived as ineffectual in resolving conflicts, ensuring accountability for human rights violations [...]

South Africa’s Perpetual Struggles with Reconciliation and Social Cohesion: “It’s The Economy, Stupid”

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|

A contrast image of one of South Africa’s overlooked inequality, Imizamo Yethu Township next to the leafy Hout Bay suburb in Cape Town. Photo by: Johnny Miller Just as James Carville had used the phrase as one of the core messages to help president Bill Clinton get elected in the 1992 US election, this should be [...]

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