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Eswatini – A Call for Inclusive Dialogue for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation

Cape Town, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 – Eswatini celebrates the Kingdom’s National Flag Day on 25 April every year. The day commemorates the anniversary of the national flag that was first hoisted in 1967, ahead of Independence in 1968. While there was so much hope and enthusiasm when the national flag was first hoisted, we note that the country is facing critical socio-economic and political challenges that threaten the basic freedoms and livelihoods of the majority of the citizens, including women, children and the vulnerable in society. 

Apr 26th, 2022|

Reflection by IJR ambassador

My name is Christopher Tarentaal and I am from the community of Calitzdorp. I am also an ambassador for IJR. There are a lot of social issues in my community, like alcohol and drug misuse, GBV, racism, economic inequality, etc. One of the things that disturb my soul is that our rural community is always left behind and our youth suffer the greatest consequences of the unemployment rate and lack of opportunity. As young adults we also face the aftermath of the apartheid system that placed us in a disadvantage position. This led to several crimes and social issues like, if we don’t have we will want to steal or break in just to have and to survive. Talking about survival and rural communities, people of colour live in a constant survival mode. We don’t have wealth or land to have a constant flow of income. In Calitzdorp the facilities are either out of order or it is under construction. We don’t even have an internet café to use the internet to our advantage and all of this issues fuel the issue of mental health problems. We, also, have a high rate of a lack of father and mother figures, and healthy families where we can have open relationships to talk about anything in life.

Mar 29th, 2022|

A site of Historical Trauma: Castle of Good Hope, A ‘Silent Witness’

The history of South Africa entails colonial and apartheid era violence and trauma (visible and invisible) which ingrained various socio-economic-political-agrarian orders of brutalisation, mass killings, and the displacement of local people from their culture, language, land, agency, and spirituality. Attached to such history, are the intact remnants of the colonial and apartheid eras – national heritage monuments.  The Castle of Good Hope (hereafter the Castle), as a national heritage site, is not limited as being the oldest architectural structure erected in 1666 in Cape Town, nor is it only a transitioning site that tries to incorporate democratic principles of multiple heritage. This site, as a ‘silent witness’, wields memories of both individual and collective historical colonial and apartheid trauma. Thus, it is navigated by resilient apartheid survivors - descendants of the colonised, enslaved, and oppressed generations - as a site of historical trauma.

Mar 29th, 2022|

Africans still face a persistent digital divide, and the false information is rife on social media

There has been an increase in the amount of news being sourced from digital platforms such as the internet and social media in Africa. According to the latest analysis from Afrobarometer, Conroy-Krutz and Kone (2022) found Afrobarometer data indeed highlight these digital divides. The privileged still get more from these platforms than the underrepresented. However, there is an increase underrepresented groups enjoying more access to digital media.

Mar 29th, 2022|

Youth Identity project: Report back

Throughout apartheid and into democracy, violence has been a prevalent feature of community life and contributed toward high levels of psychological distress and aggression. Not only overt and physical violence, this, also, includes structural and institutional violence, in the form of forced dislocation, lack of opportunities, and inhibitions to upward mobility for persons of colour.

Mar 29th, 2022|

Afrophobic violence

This year’s Anti-Racism week comes at a pivotal moment for South Africa and the world. As global and local current events have shown, there is an urgent need to radically disrupt and dismantle racial injustice, anti-blackness, afrophobia and the various global power structures that entrench violence and inequity.

Mar 29th, 2022|

With all eyes on Russia-Ukraine, what will this mean for Africa’s peace and security?

The end of February 2022 marked a major turning point in international relations after Russia launched a full-scale invasion into Ukraine. Many see this as a flagrant violation of the international norms and standards that have developed over the past decades, including notions of sovereignty, international law, individual human rights and freedoms and democracy. At the same time the invasion has also been hailed as an opportunity for a restructuring of the global system.

Mar 29th, 2022|

Is the Central African Republic at risk from violent extremism?

The threat of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in the African continent is on the rise. Previously limited to a few select countries, it is now expanding into parts of the east, west and centre of the continent. Poor governance, alienation and marginalisation are among the well-known drivers, while a sense of belonging and relevance are amongst the pull factors. An incident [...]

Mar 24th, 2022|

Work against anti-foreigner sentiment

Always latent, xenophobic tensions in South Africa are once again threatening to boil to the surface. The flames of this latest wave appear to be fanned by opportunistic actors seeking to exploit the current confluence of economic and political uncertainty, against the backdrop of the multiple traumas inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the most concerning developments in [...]

Mar 23rd, 2022|

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 South African Reconciliation Barometers Survey: 2021 Report
South African Reconciliation Barometers Survey: 2021 Report

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Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 474

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Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 467

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Brave Conversations: A Guide for Inclusive Anti-Racism Dialogue

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Civil Society Participation in Peacemaking and Mediation Support in the APSA

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IJR Policy Brief 30: State of the nation

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 Generation of Democracy in South Africa: SARB Occasional Paper 6
Generation of Democracy in South Africa: SARB Occasional Paper 6

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