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.
#WeAreHere. Yes we are. With the suspension of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates the decision was taken not to allow the conversation to be silenced in South Africa. The event has been renamed, rebranded and reignited. Now known as the Global Youth Peace Indaba the conversations will most definitely be happening from 13 - 15 October, right here in South Africa!
In a statement issued today, the President’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj, has taken “strong exception to the attack on the South African government by the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Ms Patricia de Lille”, because “she blamed government for the cancellation of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Laureates.”
It is with the greatest sadness that I have received the news that the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town has been suspended.
The FW de Klerk Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Klaus Kotzé as Operations Officer.
Our friends at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation challenged us to participate in the ALS/ MND #IceBucketChallenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise funds for and awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/ Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Our staff accepted the Challenge - which took place at Nobel Square at the V&A Waterfront - and pledged a donation of R1000 to Joost van der Westhuizen's J9 Foundation.
Our thanks goes out to our friends at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation for the nomination, and for attending our Challenge to show their support. Thanks also to the V&A Waterfront and Nobel Square, and to Ryan and his wonderful team at Coza Productions for donating their services on the day.
Watch the video of our #IceBucketChallenge HERE
The judgment last week of the Constitutional Court in Renate Barnard raises questions as to whether the foundational value of non-racialism is still applicable to white South Africans.
The following is an edited version of a speech given by FW de Klerk in Hong Kong on 7 September 2014
The current crisis in the Ukraine points to one of the central challenges of the new millennium: the need to ensure the peaceful coexistence of diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic communities within the same country.