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South Africa: Social Cohesion is Alive and Well in the Cape Winelands
Source: Issued by: Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sport
Source Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 24, 2013

The success stories shared by various church and community-based organisations focused on voluntary reconciliation and community development initiatives. A highlight of the event was a poem read by Reconciliation Award winner Olga Macingwane, who has a permanent limp after having been injured in a bombing by a far right-wing organisation in Worcester 16 years ago. She travelled to Pretoria Central Prison to meet one of the bombers at his request.
Similar engagements are taking place across South Africa and in every province to mobilise ordinary people and community structures to work together to create cohesive, inclusive communities and promote nation building. It was very clear that people from across the social divide in the Cape Winelands have a high level of interest and energy in contributing to reaching one common goal: working together to make things better for all.
Mr Thumakele Gosa of the Imbadu Ma-Afrika organisation in Stellenbosch felt the session was the perfect platform for people in the region to engage with and understand one another. “It was really inspiring to see the wonderful things that are possible when people, their organisations and government institutions work together. It motivates us to learn from each other and opens our minds to finding ways of restoring human dignity”, he added.
Across the country people are joining hands to building a caring and proud society based on shared values and a vision of a better South Africa in 2030. The feedback sessions for the Cape Metropolitan Area and West Coast District took place in Khayelitsha and Morreesburg on Saturday, 19 January 2012.
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