The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.
Twenty-one years after the establishment of our new constitutional democracy minorities have very little to celebrate on Heritage Day. The vision of a vibrant multi-cultural society with a mosaic of cultures and languages coexisting harmoniously in mutual toleration and respect has not been realised.
The Constitution makes full provision for such a society. It recognises our 11 national languages and accords them parity of esteem. It enjoins the state to develop our indigenous languages and requires government to be conducted in at least two languages at national and provincial level. It recognises the right of everyone to practise their cultures and use their languages. It accepts the right of everyone to education in the language or languages of their choice at public educational institutions.
Former President De Klerk’s views on peace - based on an extract from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech delivered in Oslo on 10 December 1993.
“Peace does not simply mean the absence of conflict. Throughout history, there has been an absence of conflict in many repressive societies. This lack of conflict does not have its roots in harmony, goodwill or the consent of the parties involved - but often in fear, ignorance and powerlessness. There can thus be no real peace without justice, consultation or consent.
I have been asked to address you on economic and political prospects for South Africa and Africa - a topic in which I, of course, have a very special interest.
The first point that I would like to make is that in our globalised world the futures of South Africa and Africa are inextricably dependent on, and interlinked with, developments in the global economy and in global geopolitics.
Luister, the video that was recently produced by the Open Stellenbosch (OS) movement, should be viewed by everyone who is interested in the future of our universities and the future of South Africa as a multicultural society. It presents 32 interviews - primarily with black students - regarding their sense of racial exclusion at Stellenbosch University. They complain of subtle - and not so subtle - racism in their interactions with white Afrikaans-speaking students - including accusations of out-and-out racial abuse in student bars and on the internet.
In a recent speech in Cape Town, FW de Klerk discussed the topic of why business should continue to invest in South Africa.
South Africa has not been doing well on the investment front. Since 2007, Australia has attracted more than eight times as much FDI as South Africa - and Chile, with a smaller economy, has received more than three times as much as us. This is despite the fact that South Africa has by far the greatest mineral resources in the world.
We welcome reassurances by South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin of his devotion to the Constitution (A distortion to stir the demagogues, Letters, Business Day, August 11.
However, his criticism of Paul Hoffman’s view that “those who subscribe to the values of the national democratic revolution (NDR)” are “anticonstitutionalists” is disingenuous. The NDR is, in fact, profoundly irreconcilable with the Constitution - and particularly with its foundational value of non-racialism (and thus by extension with the foundational values of human dignity and equality as well).
The FW de Klerk Foundation has called on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to remove quotas based on national demographics for Coloured fishermen from its recently announced Draft Sector Specific Policies for the Allocation of Fishing Rights in a wide range of fisheries.
SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT SECTOR SPECIFIC POLICIES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FISHING RIGHTS IN THE ABALONE, HAKE INSHORE-TRAWL, HORSE MACKEREL, KWAZULU-NATAL SARDINE, BEACH SEINE, LARGE PELAGICS, NETFISH, PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH, SEAWEED, WEST COAST ROCK LOBSTER NEARSHORE, WEST COAST, ROCK LOBSTER OFFSHORE AND THE FISH PROCESSING ESTABLISHMENT SECTORS - CONTAINED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, NO 38771 OF 12 JUNE 2015