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Heritage Day call for ‘unity in diversity’

first_img25 September 2012 No culture in South Africa was pristine and no language was unaffected by the melting pot of the country’s history, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Heritage Day, calling on South Africans to unite in their diversity to build a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. South African cultures influenced each other even at a time when racial domination was scarring the country’s landscape, Motlanthe said. Addressing hundreds of South Africans gathered at the main national Heritage Day celebrations at the Danie Kuys stadium in Upington on Monday, Motlanthe said that, during the years of apartheid, cultural influences still managed to find outlets to decant into different social domains. “No culture in South Africa is pristine and no language is unaffected by the multi-lingual experience that has been the melting pot that is South Africa,” Motlanthe said. “The Afrikaans diction has been heavily influenced by indigenous languages, as the indigenous languages themselves reflect English and Afrikaans influence in many respects. “Culture is a historical phenomenon whose development is determined by the succession of socio-economic formations.” From the Tshivenda minwenda to Boere khakhi to the Indian sari to the Sesotho seshoeshoe and Xitsonga xibelani, South Africans proudly dressed in their colourful traditional clothes to show off their cultural uniqueness on a day when South Africa is united by diversity. According to the Deputy President, Heritage Day seeks to acknowledge the injuries of the past and the history which diminished the use and status of indigenous languages and free cultural expression. “Celebrating heritage is part of our efforts of healing the divisions of the past and establishing a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. “Heritage Day reflects the values of a constitutional democracy where all South Africans’ cultural and linguistic rights are recognised and protected by the Constitution.” Motlanthe said that if in the past the enemy was the oppressive system of apartheid, today the biggest enemy was the triple problem of poverty, inequality and unemployment. “While it is the primary duty of government to address the triple problems, it is also true that government needs social partnership to achieve the results. “All South Africans, black and white including business have to roll up their sleeves to uproot the conditions that engender and sustain poverty, inequality and unemployment.” The Deputy President also emphasised the need to open the doors of learning and culture to all. “We need to build on the culture of teaching and learning to produce thought leaders and technical skills that our economy needs for growth, development and reconstruction,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Partners for Possibility selected as finalist of the global WISE Awards

first_imgPartners for Possibility joins NGOs from Morocco and Nigeria on prestigious WISE listPartners for Possibility (PfP), a South African social enterprise that develops leadership capacity in under-resourced schools across the country, is a finalist in the global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards.The announcement of was made this morning by the Qatar Foundation, which created the WISE Awards in 2009. Every year it evaluates hundreds of innovations in basic education before ultimately selecting six winners to be showcased at its WISE Summit in Qatar and receive $20 000 in prize money.Since its inception, the judges for the WISE Awards have evaluated over 2 400 nominations for the Awards from over 150 countries and have awarded just 54 prizes, to social innovations in countries as far afield as Finland, the USA, Spain, Morocco and India.“To be recognised by the WISE Awards is a very special achievement,” says Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder and CEO of Partners for Possibility. “It means that our programme meets their criteria of being a creative solution to reduce inequality in South African education.”Partners for Possibility was founded in 2010 as a leadership development and principal support programme that brings together a school principal of an under-resourced school and a business leader in a year-long developmental partnership. The partnership participates in an accredited leadership development process while at the same time working together to develop solutions to the challenges faced by its specific school.Since starting at its first school in Cape Town, the programme has grown to over 720 schools across South Africa.“Our programme provides the much-needed support and leadership skills to school principals who have received little or no preparation for the challenging task of managing a complex organisation with very limited funds amidst crippling social challenges such as poverty, child-headed households, drug abuse and gangsterism.“Aside from supporting the principal and partnering him or her with a business leader who works and learns as an equal alongside them, the programme also creates fertile ground for further interventions and support from business and social change organisations,” says Van Rhyn.Partners for Possibility’s unique concept of combining leadership development with social support to principals of under-resourced schools has received wide acclaim since 2010. The global platform HR.com has selected Partners for Possibility as one of its Top International Leadership Providers in 2016 and 2017, and NGO Adviser selected PfP – the only social enterprise on its list from South Africa – as one of the top 100 NGOs in the world in 2018.“Being a WISE Finalist will also offer PfP a global platform to share its insights and solutions as well as how these could be applied to other industries and countries. We look forward to networking with other global finalists who share our passion for quality education for all children,” says Van Rhyn.It is estimated that 80% or 20 000 public schools in South Africa are “in crisis” or under-resourced and in need of support.An evaluation team from the WISE Awards will soon travel to South Africa to experience the programme first hand and to interview alumni and other key programme stakeholders. The winners are set to be announced in September 2018 during the biennial WISE Summit.“Brand South Africa is delighted to hear that Partners for Possibility have been announced as a WISE Awards Finalist.  These awards are a testament that giving back to communities does not go unrecognised”, said Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza.last_img read more

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Activist dies in police custody in Rajasthan

first_imgA transparency activist arrested along with two members of his extended family allegedly after a fight among them over their ancestral property died on Sunday in police custody at Balotra near here, said an officer. Following the custodial death of 42-year-old activist Jagdish Goliyar, all personnel of the Pachpadra police station have been transferred to the district police lines, said Barmer SP Sharad Chaudhary. The custodial death would be probed by a judicial magistrate, Mr. Chaudhary said. To ascertain the exact cause of the death, a medical board would be conducting his autopsy on Monday under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, he added. Balotra Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chandra said the activist is suspected to have died of some internal injuries that he suffered in the fight with his family members.Goliyar worked as a typist at district court besides doubling up as a transparency activist.last_img read more

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Sena demand for CM post: Everyone has right of expression, says Maharashtra BJP chief

first_imgMaharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Saturday responded to ally Shiv Sena’s reported claim to the post of Chief Minister by stating “everyone has the right to express (their views)”.The BJP’s tally in the Assembly polls, results of which were declared on October 24, came down to 105 from 122 in 2014, prompting the Sena, with 56 seats and greater bargaining power, to play hardball in power sharing talks. Among the Sena’s demands is a written assurance from the BJP on “equal sharing of power”, which could possibly include equal division of the chief ministerial tenure.Mr. Patil, who won from Kothrud in Pune, however, added the final decision on government formation would be taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Patil said, “Fadnavis was the most successful CM of Maharashtra.”Also Read Mr. Patil, meanwhile, also claimed the BJP, despite losing seats in 2019, had done better than 2014 as its strike rate had improved. Maharashtra government formation: Shiv Sena sets terms, will talk only to Amit Shahlast_img read more

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