On Friday, 26 August 2016, the FW de Klerk Foundation is hosting a conference in Johannesburg to launch its Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD). The Centre’s name is derived from the reference in the Preamble to the Constitution that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
The CUD will operate alongside the Foundation’s existing Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR). Its aims include promoting the constitutional rights of South Africa’s communities to preserve and develop their cultural, religious and linguistic identities within the framework of national unity, and promoting harmonious non-racial relations between all who live in South Africa.
The new Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD) will:
- support cultural, linguistic and religious rights, and work for national unity;
- monitor developments that might affect inter-community relations;
- oppose discrimination from any quarter; and
- participate in the national debate on inter-community relations and the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.
The theme of the launch conference is “Unity in Diversity: A Roadmap towards understanding Reconciliation”, with keynote speeches by former President FW de Klerk, Ms Rhoda Kadalie, Executive Director of the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, and Adv George Bizos, Senior Counsel at the Legal Resources Centre.
Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation