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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.

PUBLICATION: THE CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNANCE - AT ANOTHER CROSSROADS?

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"On 2 February 1990 Mr De Klerk stood up in Parliament to make a speech. It should have been an ordinary speech, it should have been a runof-the-mill speech in which President De Klerk would be espousing the policies of the National Party. But instead, in that speech he turned on its head 500 years of history. The speech included announcements such as the unbanning of the African National Congress, as well as the announcement that Nelson Mandela would be released from prison. The speech in essence established President De Klerk’s (as he was then) vision for a new, improved and better society. In 1990, South Africa was isolated globally, on the virtual brink of bankruptcy and was largely operating outside any accepted definitions of the Rule of Law. Fast-forward to today in 2017 - 27 years after President De Klerk gave that monumental speech - and South Africa is fundamentally a different society. A different society for the better, I might add. However, there are certain concerns that remain."  - Welcoming remarks by Ms Phephelaphi Dube, Director of the Foundation's Centre for Constitutional Rights

SPEECH: THE CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA - AT ANOTHER CROSSROADS?

FWDK 2017 2 FEBWe are privileged to have with us today a number of eminent South Africans who are very well-qualified to address various aspects of our conference today. Judge Yacoob will give us his assessment of where we stand with regard to constitutionality; Moeletsi Mbeki and Christo Wiese will provide perspectives on governance - particularly with regard to the economy. Our goal will be to consider “The Constitution and Governance in South Africa” and to ask whether these are now “at another crossroads?”

It is appropriate for us to refer to “another crossroads” because we have encountered a number of crossroads on our constitutional journey during the past 30 years.

We were confronted with an historic crossroad at the end of the 1980s. There were many who insisted that we should remain on the road to confrontation and conflict. On the right and on the left there are still those who believe that we should not have made the painful compromises that peace always requires - and that we should instead have fought it out to the bitter end. 

SPEECH: THE CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNANCE - AT A CROSSROADS AGAIN? (A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE)

CHRISTO WIESETo state the obvious, there are diverse, sometime conflicting, business interests. The interests of manufacturers seeking protection from imports and subsidies for exports differ from the wholesaler and retailer wanting to offer consumers an expanded product range at lower prices.

The interests of a street vendor or spaza shop differ from those of a formal retailer or of a supermarket.  But in a wider sense they all share the same desire and need for a business-friendly climate created by Government.  That might be trite and obvious to everyone who is economically literate, but is often overlooked by anti-business ideologues, activists, officials and politicians.

STATEMENT: THE FW DE KLERK GOODWILL AWARD 2017

goodwill award smlThe  Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation decided at its last meeting in 2016 to award the 2017 FW de Klerk Goodwill Award to the coach and athlete team of Mrs Anna (Ans) Botha, and Mr Wayde van Niekerk.

The Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation established the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award in 2010 to give recognition to individuals and organisations that have made exceptional contributions to the promotion of goodwill between South Africans. Past winners include Dr Danny Jordaan (2011), Pieter-Dirk Uys (2012), Studietrust (2013), Patrice Motsepe (2014), Afrika Tikkun (2015) and Adv Thuli Madonsela and the Office of the Public Protector (2016).

CONCISE SUBMISSION ON THE PREVENTION AND COMBATING OF HATE CRIMES AND HATE SPEECH BILL

  1. fwdk logo engFW de Klerk Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution). To this end, the Foundation seeks to promote the Constitution and the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution; to monitor developments including legislation and policy that may affect the Constitution or those values, rights and principles; to inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights and to assist them in claiming their rights. The Foundation does so in the interest of everyone in South Africa.

STATEMENT: FW DE KLERK RECEIVES THE PRAESES ELIT AWARD FROM TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN

FWDeKlerk TrinityFormer President FW de Klerk was presented with the prestigious Praeses Elit award from the Law Society of Trinity College, Dublin on 18 January 2017.  The award was established by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, to honour people who have advanced legal discourse through excellence of advocacy and commitment to causes.

In his acceptance speech, De Klerk discussed the acceptance of non-racialism and non-discrimination as one of the most important advances in social and political attitudes during the 20th century. 

SPEECH: EQUALITY, FREEDOM AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

trinity logo optIt is a great honour to accept the Praeses Elit award from so ancient and august an institution as Trinity College.  It is also a pleasure to address the Trinity College Law Society.  As you may know, I myself am a lawyer.  In 1972 I almost became a law professor - but chose instead to go into politics.  The rest, as they say, is history.

We seldom stop to think how radically the world has changed since the beginning of the 20th century: it is not only the material conditions in which we live that have changed out of all recognition, but perhaps, more significantly, many of our core values and social attitudes.

SPEECH: THE NEED FOR PHILANTHROPRENEURS TO SUPPORT PEACE-MAKING AS THE PREREQUISITE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING

philan forum optIt is a great pleasure for me to address the 2017 Philanthropreneurship Forum with its theme of ‘Generation Impact’.   

One of the most positive aspects of free market economies has been the willingness of its most successful entrepreneurs to dedicate their time and fortunes to the improvement of the lives of people throughout the world. They are deploying the skills that brought them success in business to tackling the developmental and human crises that continue to afflict a third of the world’s population.

It is appropriate for a new generation of philanthropists to develop new models of giving that will enable them to achieve measurable impact, sustainability and scale.

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