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Let us dialogue

By Dr. Hlope Brigalia Bam

We as South Africans have a way to come together in creative ways when it really matters. We came in our millions to vote peacefully in all the recent elections. We united to transform this country from an apartheid state to a constitutional democracy.

We hosted and won the rugby world cup in 1995 and the African Cup of Nations in 1996. South Africans successfully hosted the Fifa World Cup and made Africa and the World proud. We have the capacity to embrace one another and our brothers and sisters from around the world. We proved the skeptics wrong, time and again.

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Finding Ways to Walk Together. National Dialogue in Liliesleaf, Rivonia, South Africa

Finding Ways to Walk Together. National Dialogue in Liliesleaf, Rivonia

We are still finding the way to build a shared society in South Africa!

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba is convening sixty South Africans from various sectors to renew their commitment to sustain and enhance meaningful dialogue in South Africa at a time when dialogue is often confused with debate.

This dialogue, which aims to strengthen existing efforts to help our nation succeed, takes place on 25-26 July 2012 at Liliesleaf, Rivonia, to discuss ways to ensure that civil society, business and government continue to find ways to walk together through sustained collaboration and dialogue.

South Africans from all walks of life have been calling for some time now for creative ways to assist our nation to overcome various challenges. The national dialogue is one way of responding to these calls and build on the momentum that has been created by various dialogue initiatives, such as  the four Finding Ways to Walk Together regional dialogues, the National Social Cohesion Summit in Kliptown on 4-6 July 2012, the National Planning Commission’s consultations, and various other ongoing citizen-driven dialogue efforts at various levels, such as the Citizens Movement for Social Change, Partnerships for Possibilities, and others. These initiatives now need to be connected and woven into a national dialogue and cohesion infrastructure.

Among the participants are Minister for Planning, Min. Trevor Manual, and Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, and participants from the regional dialogues. They will be joined by Club de Madrid Board Member President Ketumile Masire of Botswana who support South African efforts to promote shared societies.

The Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative is a partnership between the Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Idasa as local partners, and a core group comprising The Citizen’s Movement for Social ChangeDynamic Stability, the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, and the Africa Centre for Dispute Resolution of the Stellenbosch University School of Business.

 

Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa – Free State Youth dialogue

Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa – Free State Youth dialogue

By Ayanda Nyoka, from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

The Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa hosted a youth dialogue, the last of the four regional dialogues on the 31st May to 1st June in the Free State province, in partnership with the International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social justice of the Free State University.  The dialogue was set to coincide with youth month which begins the 1st of June each year to commemorate the youth of 1976 who came together on June 16 in Soweto and different parts of South Africa in resistance against Bantu education.

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Finding Ways to Walk Together dialogue initiative in South Africa

The Finding Ways to Walk Together initiative in South Africa which started last year is a partnership between the Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Idasa as local partners, and a core group comprising the Letsema Circle, Dynamic Stability, the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, and the Africa Centre for Dispute Resolution of the Stellenbosch University School of Business.

The initiative aims to build a critical analysis of the quality and impact of current dialogue efforts; what the cumulative effect of these dialogue efforts is; and how dialogue can achieve system level impact. Where is dialogue working and not working and why? How can we improve the quality of conversations and interaction in order to jointly tackle the huge challenges such as inequality and improving the standard of education?

Initially designed as a one year initiative, the initiative set out to convene four regional dialogues and a national level dialogue which is planned for the 25-26 of July 2012.

The first of the series of dialogues was held in the Western Cape in October 2011 which was an open-ended dialogue about the quality of dialogue in South Africa. Our most recent was held in the Eastern Cape on the 2nd to the 3rd of March with a specific focus on education. The Eastern Cape dialogue brought together learners, teachers, principals, civil society, business, and academia. The highlight of this dialogue was bringing and amplifying the voices of the learners which are so often left out in mainstream dialogues.

The next series of regional dialogue will be held in Limpopo on the 29th of March which will focus on unemployment and poverty; and a Free State youth dialogue will be convened on 31st May – 1st June.

A national dialogue will be convened on the 25-26 July 2012 in Johannesburg to bring together the recommendations from the regional dialogues.

 

 

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