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Eminent South Africans meet to Champion the Social Cohesion Agenda (Conferences)
Start Date: Mar 18, 2014
End Date: Mar 19, 2014
Venue: 3 Rivers Lodge, Vereeniging
Description: The Department of Arts and Culture will host a special conference for Social Cohesion Advocates on 19 March 2014, at the 3 Rivers Lodge in Vereeniging, Sedibeng. These thirty eminent South Africans have been appointed as advocates to promote social cohesion and nation building. These include Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Dr Patric Solomons, Don Mattera, Dennis Goldberg and many others.

The conference will be preceded by a Welcome Cocktail Function on 18 March to be addressed by Minister Paul Mashatile.

The purpose of the conference is to create a consultative platform for the Advocates whose tasks it is to popularise and create awareness about social cohesion. The conference also seeks to launch a nation-wide Advocates’ program to highlight and mainstream their role in creating a caring and inclusive society. It is crucial in working towards the attainment of the National Development’s Vision 2030.

The conference is a follow up to resolutions taken at the National Social Cohesion Summit held in Kliptown, Soweto in July 2012. The aim of the Summit was to afford citizens and sectors of society to contribute to the draft Social Cohesion Strategy and to come up with an implementation plan.

The summit was representative of all key sectors of society ranging from government, the youth, people with disabilities, business labour, cultural and religious groups, political parties and civil society. This culminated in a declaration with the 12 summit resolutions.

The Advocates for Social Cohesion also have an oversight role to ensure that all sectors of society play their part to implement the resolutions of the Summit.

The conference is one of the major steps towards a national Report Back Summit to be held later this year where government, civil society, business and other stakeholders will deliberate on the progress made regarding implementation of the Social Cohesion Strategy Framework. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Website: https://www.dac.gov.za/
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture
Participation Requirements: Open

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