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ARTICLE: LANGUAGES, JUSTICE AND THE COURTS: A MISINTERPRETATION

interpreters - foterAccording to media reports, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is getting ready to introduce indigenous language courts “in an attempt to speed up justice” and “make courts more accessible”.

A pilot project for indigenous language courts was run in 2009, but was stopped after an assessment by the Department. The Department stated last month that it was reopening the project.

According to the Department, the objective is to introduce and promote the use of indigenous languages in a few courts, then to expand to other courts.

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ARTICLE: CULTURAL DIVERSITY, DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT: MANAGING EFFECTIVELY WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

diversity editThe 21st of May is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

It is recognised to provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better.

The South African Constitution fully recognises the diverse nature of our society and states that South Africa belongs to all who live in it – united in our diversity.

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ARTICLE: THE 2014 ELECTION

sa-election-foterThere are a few points that we should consider in the wake of last week’s election.

The first – and most positive – is that the fifth election of our new constitutional dispensation has helped to consolidate and entrench our constitutional democracy. The elections were free and fair and were, on the whole, managed in an exemplary fashion. All those involved – the 18.6 million voters who cast their ballots; the political parties that participated and the IEC – deserve our sincere congratulations.

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ARTICLE: WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2014: STOPPING THE PRESSES?

WPFD logoWorld Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of a UNESCO General Conference.

Since then every 3rd of May is an anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek and is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • Defend the media from attacks on their independence; and
  • Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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ARTICLE: WORKERS DAY

mineworkers-foterWorkers Day – earlier this week – provided us with an opportunity to assess the state of employment and labour relations in our country.

The picture does not look good. 

According to StatsSA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the 4th quarter of 2013 unemployment was at 24.1%. If one includes discouraged work-seekers the unemployment (expanded definition) rate jumps to 34%.

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STATEMENT: THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

sa-flag-foterThe FW de Klerk Foundation strongly rejects the view expressed by Mondli Makhanya in City Press on 27 April that we should abandon our beautiful national anthem.

It is a great pity that he chose Freedom Day – a day on which all South Africans should be celebrating the establishment of our new non-racial constitutional democracy – to air views that are so destructive of the national unity that we have been trying to achieve for the past 20 years.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference 2024

The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference – hosted in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation South Africa.