Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, will meet with Social Cohesion Advocates to discuss ways in which to strengthen nation-building and social cohesion and eradicate racism. This discussion will contribute in charting a way forward for the development of sectoral and national plans to build social cohesion, combat racism and eradicate discrimination in South Africa. Social Cohesion Advocates are a group of eminent South Africans who play a prominent role in building a nation that is caring, dignified and where there is mutual respect for fellow South Africans and humanity at large.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, 21 January 2016 at Cedarwoods – Woodmead, Johannesburg.
“As we enter a new year, it is important that as a country, we take stock of the progress we are making in building a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. In recent weeks, we have seen that much remains to be done to build non-racialism in particular. Therefore I am inviting social cohesion advocates to participate in a forum that will contribute towards strengthening nation-building and eradicating racism in our country,” said Minister Mthethwa.
This meeting is expected to drive a broader nation-building and anti-racism agenda and plan for a bigger engagement with a wide range of stakeholders that is envisaged to take place on 01 February 2016.
“While the nation-building project has made many advances in the first 21 years of freedom, the current reality point to mind-sets that need to be changed. We need to focus on what unites us. We need to dwell on the importance of raising consciousness, and a fundamental re-inventing and re-imagining of some among us, so that equality and inclusivity become engrained in all our people, who together should work towards a better life for all.” said Minister Mthethwa.
As mandated by Cabinet, the Department of Arts & Culture has the responsibility to coordinate and mobilise society to promote Nation-Building and Social Cohesion as envisioned by The National Development Plan Chapter 15.
The programmes of the Department actively encourage the fostering of national unity and the building of a nation.
Sectoral plans on nation-building and social cohesion and combatting racism will culminate in a national gathering later in the year.
Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date : 21 January 2016
Time : 08:30 am
Venue: Cedarwoods – Woodmead, Johannesburg
RSPVs: Obed Makgoale,ObedM@dac.gov.za; Tell: 012 441 3713, Cell: 079 311 8546