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The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.

zuma-world-economic-forumIn a recent article (abridged in the Cape Times, 20 January 2014) Professor Jane Duncan pointed to the fact that although socialist ideas are widely espoused by the masses there is little reference to socialism in most of our media. She says that objective viewers "would probably conclude that socialism was consigned to the dustbin of politically bankrupt ideas long ago."

conference-picThe FW de Klerk Foundation - in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation - invites you to attend a full-day conference at the Pavilion Conference Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town on Friday, 31 January, 2014.

Supreme Court The way the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) of South Africa presently recommends candidates for judicial appointment to the President has been the subject of controversy and widespread criticism and raises concerns that it attaches excessive consideration to race and not enough to whether candidates are fit, proper and appropriately qualified.

houses-of-parliament-londonThe sorrow and adulation that the world has expressed following the recent death of Nelson Mandela are a worthy tribute to his greatness. Last Monday the British parliament added its voice to the global chorus. It was appropriate - because it was the same parliament that set the course for South Africa’s future history when it created the Union of South Africa only 103 years ago. In so doing it set the stage on which Nelson Mandela - who was born only eight years later - would play out his extraordinary career.

1993 fwdeklerk-and-nelsonmandela-receiving-the-nobel-peace-prizeToday is the 20th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to FW de Klerk and to Nelson Mandela. Significantly, it is also the day of the principal commemoration in Johannesburg of Mr Mandela’s life. In addition, it is also International Human Rights Day.



Perhaps the greatest significance of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Peace Prize is the progress that South Africa has made since then.

1993 president-de-klerk-and-mr-mandela-in-sweden-decemberIt was with the greatest sadness that I have learned of the death of Nelson Mandela. My wife Elita and I would like to convey our deepest condolences to his wife, Graça Machel, the Mandela family and their friends, to the ANC and indeed to the entire South African nation.

South Africa has lost one of its founding fathers and one of its greatest sons.

womanfactory1940s lThere is something quite touching in the ANC’s belief that it can solve complex economic and social problems simply by promulgating new laws. What is not so endearing is the underlying notion that the state has a right to intrude into the legitimate affairs of private businesses, civil society organisations and political parties in its efforts to impose its ideological precepts throughout society. That has the whiff of totalitarianism­‐ however benign the intentions may ostensibly be.

scalesThe recently published BEE codes and the Employment Equity Amendment Bill (EEAB) can be understood only within the context of the ANC’s overarching National Democratic Revolution (NDR) and its ideology of demographic representivity (DR).

According to the ANC’s 2007 Strategy and Tactics document "A critical element of the programme for national emancipation should be the elimination of apartheid property relations." This would require, inter alia, "the de-racialisation of ownership and control of wealth, including land"; and "equity and affirmative action in the provision of skills and access to positions of management".

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