“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.
Despite its significance within SADC and growing evidence of its contribution to poverty alleviation and food security, informal cross border trade (ICBT), is yet to occupy its rightful place in regional policy making. Discussions on regional integration remain largely biased towards big business. It is therefore encouraging to note that the 2016 South Africa – Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) included discussion on the facilitation of free movement of people, introduction of a one stop border post and promotion of people to people linkages. The informal and small businesses sectors can help address high unemployment in the region, especially among youth.
In terms of SA-Zimbabwe nexus, the Beitbridge border post is the busiest in the region. A 2015 study by the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP) identified Zimbabwe is the main country of origin for cross border trade with SA, constituting 29% of all traders. In 2012 Chiliya et al estimated 70% of Zimbabwean women of reproductive age to be involved in cross border trade. The Strategic Business Partnerships for Growth in Africa (SBP) in a 2006 survey estimated an annual spend of R6 million among some 114 randomly polled cross border traders and shoppers in central Johannesburg. Perhaps for this dominance, the introduction of import restrictions by the Zimbabwe government in June 2016 triggered an outcry.
This dialogue forms part of efforts to place ICBT on the policy agenda within the region, by first providing an opportunity for engagement between relevant stakeholders and the lead ministry in South Africa. The dialogue is also an opportunity to address several inter-connected issues, including unemployment, poverty, migration, regional integration, gender, peace and security, socio-economic justice and economic development among others.
Venue: Alliance Française, 155 Loop street, Cape Town
Registration: 17H30 – 18H00 (Wine and light refreshments will be served)
Chair: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO
- Keynote speaker: Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery
- Sanja Bornman, Chairperson of the National Hate Crimes Working Group
- Mabhuti Mkangeli, Senior Community Fieldworker, The Triangle Project
Open discussion: 19H15 – 20H00
Vote of thanks
Wine and light refreshments will be served
SALO would like to thank the following (in alphabetical order) for their direct support for this event:
The Alliance Française du Cap and the Consulate General of France in Cape Town, Irish Aid and the Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria; The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pretoria; Open Society Foundation for South Africa
On Thursday 24 November 2016 SALO in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Pretoria and the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) hosted: A Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on French and South African OGP Commitments: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices on Co-creation with Civil Society
On 20 September 2016, South Africa handed over the chair of the Open Government Partnership to France. This half-day multi-stakeholder workshop looks at South Africa and France’s OGP commitments (and the APRM in the case of South Africa) with the aim of highlighting and sharing lessons on best practices around co-creation with civil society.
This workshop explored these issues, in the context of the forthcoming OGP summit to be held in Paris from the 7th to the 9th of December 2016.
Date and Time: Thursday 24 Nov, 9am – 12pm (followed by a light lunch)
Venue: Alliance Francaise, 99 Rivier Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria