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South Africa: Arts and Culture Commemorates Human Rights Month through Dialogues
Source: http://www.dac.gov.za/
Source Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 14, 2018

Human Rights Day commemorations will be held on March, 21 at George Thabe Cricket Pitch, Sharpeville in Vereeniging. The democratic government declared 21 March as Human Rights Day to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for liberation and to celebrate the achievement of democracy in South Africa.  The basis of Human Rights Day is attributed to the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960 where the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people in a peaceful protest march against pass laws.

“We urge all residents citizens of this country to participate in these activities in order to promote the culture of working together and to build the South Africa  we want to live in”, stated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The activities are scheduled as follows:
1.  Tuesday, 06 March 2018, arts at Sharpeville Hall at 10:00 The Department held dialogue on human rights from the perspective of the arts. Speakers included the Living legends and social cohesion advocates such as Don Mattera and Caiphus Semenya among others.

2.  Thursday, 08 March 2018 at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) at 12:00: Arts and culture in partnership with South African Human Rights council (SAHRC) will host Human Rights dialogue on decolonisation and human rights. Speakers - Prof Somadoda Fikeni; Prof Siphamandla Zondi and Adv. Mohamed Shafie Ameermia of SAHRC.

3.  Thursday, 15 March 2018, Stellenbosch University at 12:00: Dialogue on Human rights and the language question - Are Afrikaans-only medium institutions antithetical to the founding values of the Constitution? Speakers - Professor Willem Esterhuyse, Dr Marx Price and Patrick Solomons.

4.  Wednesday, 20 March 2018, Sharpeville at 18:00 - Dialogue on Human rights and the language question - Are Afrikaans-only medium institutions antithetical to the founding values of the Constitution? Speakers:  Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Dennis George, Advocate George Bizoz, Commissioner Angie Makwetla, Commissioner Prof David Mosoma, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Commissioner Mbuyiselo Botha.

5.  Wednesday, 27 March 2018 at Pretoria Girls High School: School debate on rights and responsibilities School RCL, Young Patriots and Youth Advocates Pretoria Girls High School.
Media enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / ZimasaV@dac.gov.za or Teresa Magidela at 060 601 7724/ teresam@dac.gov.za

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