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.
Members of the FW de Klerk Foundation team, including Executive Director, Dave Steward, paid a visit to the Institute for the Blind in Worcester on Thursday, 30 July 2015. The team received a warm welcome from both staff and students, and joined in a special assembly, where students performed several songs, and had an opportunity to share how the work and support of the Institute has impacted their lives, and given them skills and hope for the future.
On Thursday, 30 July 2015, FW de Klerk Foundation Executive Director, Dave Steward, Communications Officer, Megan Dick and intern, Sibani Karki, paid a visit to the National Institute for the Deaf (NID) in Worcester. The team received a warm welcome, and were taken on a tour of the facilities, where they had an opportunity to meet some of the students.
The Department of Trade and Industry has just published the latest version of the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill. The Bill has its origins in the government’s wish to reassure foreign investors who were alarmed by South Africa’s decision three years ago to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with a number of European countries. Its purpose is supposedly to provide for “the legislative protection of investors” and the “promotion of investment”.
In celebration of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, and in keeping with the theme of ‘take action; inspire change’, staff of the FW de Klerk Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights (the CFCR) will be donating their ‘67 minutes’ to Autism Western Cape on Friday, 17 July. The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with Autism Western Cape, which provides support, advisory services, training, counselling and other resources to autistic children and their families - free of charge.
There has recently been a revealing polemical exchange between Joel Netshitenzhe, the former chief ideologist of the National Democratic Revolution, and the SACP’s chief ideologist, Jeremy Cronin.
In a critique of the SACP’s 2014 “Going to the Root” discussion document, Netshitenzhe endorsed the need for the radical implementation of the second phase of the NDR. However, he made the following points:
Former President FW de Klerk and the FW de Klerk Foundation would like to offer their heartfelt support to Chaeli and her team as they climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2015.
Chaeli’s ambitious goal of becoming the first female quadriplegic to summit Kilimanjaro is yet another example of how this remarkable young woman has chosen to live a full life, despite her disabilities.
The FW de Klerk Foundation has referred comments made by Minister Blade Nzimande on the impermissibility of single-medium Afrikaans universities to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission).
In terms of section 185(1)(a) of the Constitution the Commission is obliged to “promote respect for the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities”; section 185(2) authorises the Commission “to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities”.
The FW de Klerk Foundation shares the concerns of participants in a recent private round-table discussion - mentioned in Business Day - on the functioning of Parliament, which was hosted by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).
The theatrical disruption of Parliament by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is unacceptable - however necessary it may be to hold the President accountable over the Nkandla issue.