AU Agenda 2063 and Africa Peace and Security
SALO is part of the Africa Policy Circle (APC), a network of African Civil Society and Policy Think tanks to contribute collaboratively to Africa’s development, Gender equality and the strengthening of the Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The APC occasionally produces policy briefs and meets with relevant organs of the AU to contribute towards the evolving APSA. The APC also supports network members in addressing development challenges at national level. The APC meets twice a year.
On the 5th and 6th October 2017, SALO attended the 7th Workshop of the African Policy Circle. The meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya focused on their continuing theme of “inequalities”. The topic discussed was “Structural Inequalities as a driver for Violent Extremism.”
Francisca Mdleleni, Salo Operations Manager can be seen in the second row from the back in the image above.
On the 14th of September 2017 SALO co-hosted a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue with the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa (FES) entitled “From G20 to BRICS: Civil Society Engagement and Government Perspectives” at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria.
In 2018 South Africa will host the 10th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit. The South African foreign affairs ministry together with the official civil society lead organisation in South Africa, Economic Justice Network (EJN), are currently consolidating their plans for the civil society forum in the summit.
With a special interest in addressing inequality and looking forward to 2018, the objective of this public dialogue was to unpack engagement in multilateral fora, in particular G20 and BRICS.
Speakers included the South African Sherpa for the G20 and BRICS, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who spoke on government perspectives on the G20 and BRICS; as well as a representative from the German Embassy, who shared the German experience of hosting the G20, outcomes, lessons and opportunities around the G20 for addressing inequality. Other speakers reflected on civil society engagement with multilateral processes, past, present and future.
Participants included members of the diplomatic corps, civil society organisations and think tanks based in South Africa, government officials, youth and ordinary members of the public.
“The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”
As an organization that strives to build international consensus to help resolve conflicts especially in Africa, SALO will continue to be guided and inspired by the life, dreams and words of Nelson Mandela.
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On June 28th SALO’s Deputy Director Dr Showers Mawowa (second from right) gave a talk on the topic “Zimbabwe: An Impending Catastrophe?”. The seminar was hosted by The Concerned Africans Forum (CAF) and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Chris Lansberg of UJ and also SALO Board member on the far left chaired the seminar. Other panelists included Dr Oscar Van Heerden (second from left) as discussant and Mr Aziz Pahad far right gave opening remarks.
This workshop sought to address two main concerns, namely:
- What are likely to be the key items on SA’s Foreign Policy agenda for 2017?
- What are some of the key trends and considerations likely to inform the country’s international engagements in 2017?
This workshop was a continuation of SALO’s well-received annual South African foreign policy outlook dialogues, now in its third year. Each year a high profile individual is selected to deliver the keynote areas for this flagship dialogue series, which provides an informed outlook of the ‘form and shape’ South African that foreign policy might assume in 2017.
The international environment in 2017 is likely to continue to be characterised by change and uncertainty, as evidenced by contemporary political and economic events. These will undoubtedly impact South Africa’s foreign policy.
For 2017, DIRCO Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has indicated that key to South Africa’s foreign policy priorities and objectives will be “accelerating our economic diplomacy efforts, creating new trade opportunities aimed at opening market access, increasing investment and deepening existing economic ties”.
Minister Mashabane has also pointed out that the African continent will remain high on the agenda of South Africa’s engagements with other partners across the globe.
The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill provides for offences related to several forms of discrimination, including those on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. The bill was originally drafted with only hate crime in mind. However, in response to the recent increase in hate speech incidents, especially on social media platforms, the department of Justice and Constitutional Development made the decision to include a hate speech provision. The bill, through the criminalisation of hate speech and hate crime, intends to ensure greater alignment between practice and constitutional provisions that protect vulnerable groups. It will not only enforce harsher sentencing and larger fines, but will also implement educational and sensitivity training programmes for both the public and public service staff as a means of making its effect felt on a grass roots level.
The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in Partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Society Foundation for South Africa hosted a dialogue on the ‘Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’ on Thursday, February 23rd 2017, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg. The dialogue sought to explore whether the Bill will be effective in addressing some of the systematic hate crimes plaguing South Africa.