Arts and Culture to host the Colloquium on Race and Racism as part of Africa Month

602X752-INSTAMinister Nathi Mthethwa will give an opening address during a colloquium on Building a Better Africa: Confronting Race and Racism at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town on Wednesday, 11 May 2016. The colloquium is part of the Africa Month intensive programme that will be taking place throughout the month of May under the theme, “Building a Better Africa and a Better World.”

Tabling his Budget Vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, Minister Mthethwa said that the focus of the 2016 edition of Africa Month is community engagement, programming in all parts of the country and in all arts disciplines and in partnership with other sectors culminating in a music event towards the end of the month to celebrate the cultures of the continent and in honour of those who founded the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.

A panel comprising of leading minds in the country has been assembled to deliberate on issues of race and racism in an attempt to build a social cohesive society thus achieving the Africa vision of a better African continent and the world.

“We called upon all members of society to speak out against racism and in all their stations of life to infuse the message that racism is wrong and can and must be stopped. In this way we are continuing our work in cultivating an inclusive society. Sectoral meetings to garner consensus on key commitments from different sectors in promoting nation-building and social cohesion and eradicating racism are to be held within the coming months culminating in a national convention resulting in a social compact to build social cohesion and strengthen the movement against racism. These sectoral commitments will result in a consolidated social compact with its accompanying sustained programme of action and acknowledging the importance of socio-economic transformation and alignment to the goals of the National Development Plan”, said Minister Mthethwa.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Panelists: Sindiwe Magona, Sipho Seepe and Harry Garuba, Moderator: Muxe Nkondo

Date: 11 May 2016

Time: 18h00

Venue: Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Media RSVPs: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, 074 478 7681 MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za

Media Enquires Ms Lisa Combrinck, 082 821 4886 LisaC@dac.gov.za or Teresa Magidela, 0606017724/ TeresaM@dac.gov.za

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