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Contributing to a just society by keeping alive the legacy of Nelson Mandela
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As South Africa struggles with both the legacy of the past as well as the continuation of the capturing of democracy, there is a need to review the social compact that underpins our society.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Earthrise Trust will host a two-day dialogue on “Reimagining the State and Society” to unpack some of these complexities, to develop a new language of progressive politics and to revisit the role of civil society.

Some of the key issues to be discussed:

What is the impact of proposed state legislation on civil society?
1. How do we unpack and discuss the ‘undemocratic’ practices within civil society as well as the inequalities present?
2. What is the current state of cross sector dialogue?
3. What is the role of protests in affecting change and can violence be an acceptable means of protest?
4. Can we imagine a set of counter-cultural strategies that would enable a new political praxis which are underpinned by the values of equality, freedom, democracy and dignity?
5. Can the political efficacy of our constitutionalism and democracy still be taken for granted?

Key note conversations include:

Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Gino Govender and Themba Mbatha;
Joel Modiri and Prof Pikita Ntuli
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No matter how small the action, you can change our world for the better. Lend a helping hand to someone less fortunate #ActionAgainstPoverty

You can find resources to support your various #MandelaDay activities at www.mandeladay.com 
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Statement on the passing of Sir Ketumile Masire. Robala ka kagiso Mmina Phiri. Ntwa o e lole

https://www.nelsonmandela.org/news/entry/statement-on-the-passing-of-sir-ketumile-masire

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"Frequently erstwhile revolutionaries have easily succumbed to greed, and the tendency to divert public resources for personal enrichment ultimately overwhelmed them." ~ #NelsonMandela from the unpublished sequel to his autobiography, circa 1998 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered

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On this day, 23 June 1996 #NelsonMandela attended a Thanksgiving Service on the retirement of Archbishop #DesmondTutu

http://db.nelsonmandela.org/speeches/pub_view.asp?pg=item&ItemID=NMS388&txtstr=Thanksgiving%20service

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Media Release: Innovative new book on Project Coast turns readers into investigators #PoisonedPasts

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"A democratic order is not based solely on the accepted principle of one person, one vote; it must, in addition, recognise the constitutional right of dissent. It must also ensure that the power of the majority is constrained by constitutional means." ~ #NelsonMandela during his Investiture as Doctor of Laws, Soochow University, Taiwan, 1 August 1993 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered

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As part of the 67 Blankets for Mandela Day initiative, SA Airlink staff made knitted blankets to honour Dominican Sisters of Ekukhanyeni Hospice #MandelaDay 
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#NelsonMandela lived his life by 3 principles : Free yourself, free others, serve everyday. How will you serve humankind? #ActionAgainstPoverty

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Are you interested in attending the launch of 'Dis-eases of Secrecy: Tracing History, Memory & Justice', a seminal book on difficult South African pasts.

We mark the book launch by engaging the authors – both well-established scholars with international reputations – in an intergenerational dialogue designed to insist that the difficult questions be asked.

These questions will include among others:

Will this book not reinforce narratives of rage and alienation?
Why is science in post-apartheid South Africa not supported by robust education in ethics?
What chemical and biological warfare capacity does the post-apartheid security establishment have?
Is memory work about holding up a mirror? Who should be holding the mirror?
Can we re-define ‘reconciliation’ as an accounting process which demands that ‘the books’ and ‘the numbers’ add up?
How do make the reading of books a more accessible (if not entertaining) practice and, at the same time, a commitment to investigation?
Science demands curiosity and competition. What holds you back from embracing science…. Is it uvalo?”

Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation, 107 Central Street, Houghton

Date: Thursday, 22 June 2017

Time: 17h30 for 18h00
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