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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.

SPEECH - FW DE KLERK: ENSURING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DRIVING PROSPERITY THROUGH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

SUPERRETURNIt is a great pleasure for me to be able to speak to you this morning about the role that partnerships between government and business can play in ensuring economic growth and prosperity.

There can be no doubt that a sound partnership between business and government is essential for the promotion of economic growth. 

Governments have a core role to play in creating the environment within which businesses can generate growth. Businesses cannot function effectively without the security, legal frameworks, macroeconomic environments and infrastructure that only governments can provide.

On the other hand, experience has taught us that governments themselves are not very good at creating economic growth. 

That is the task of the private sector.

ARTICLE: IS SASSA EATING THE POOR?

SASSAOn 23 November 2016, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) in the National Assembly called the Minister of Social Development, the Auditor-General and members of the Hawks, together with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), to a hearing on the weighty matter of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

A close reading of the minutes of the Committee attest to an Agency befuddled and fiddling while millions of South Africans are drawn deeper into poverty. The patience of the Portfolio Committee was severely tested by playing sleuth in the absence of comprehensive responses and the total absence of institutional accountability, this despite the Committee having provided SASSA with a list of key questions prior to the hearing.

ARTICLE: DID THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON STATE CAPTURE UNINTENTIONALLY EXTEND JACOB ZUMA'S POLITICAL SHELF LIFE?

zumaThe previous Public Protector’s report on state capture has been released and the political impact of the report and its findings have already been felt, and will be for some time. What happens after the Commission of Inquiry (the Commission) publishes its report, findings and recommendations? What influence will these have on the Zuma presidency and his successors?

The recommendation of the Public Protector is that the President appoints a Commission of Inquiry within 30 days. This must therefore take place by 2 December. For this to happen the President requires the name of the designated Chairman very soon - as identified by Chief Justice Mogoeng. The Commission has 180 days to complete its work.

STATEMENT CONDEMNING ASSAULT ON MR VICTOR RETHABILE MLOTSHWA

fwdk logo NO TEXTThe FW de Klerk Foundation unreservedly condemns the assault on Mr Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa on a farm near Komati Power Station in Middleburg, Mpumalanga.

The dehumanising and humiliating assault on Mr Mlotshwa by two men, has justifiably met with public outrage and the FW de Klerk Foundation supports action that recommits all South Africans to our founding provisions of the Constitution to value human dignity, non-racialism and the Rule of Law.

The Foundation furthermore commends the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for swift action taken against the alleged perpetrators who have been charged with assault and intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

ARTICLE: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE 2016

worldcultureOn 16 November each year, since 1995, members of the UN pause (or not) to reflect on the meanings of tolerance and its destructive converse, intolerance.

In declaring a Day of Tolerance, UNESCO asserts in the preamble of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, the reference to the UN Charter, which states, “We, the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, ...to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, …and for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours”.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADV BIZOS

BIZOS CUD optOn behalf of the FW de Klerk Foundation, we salute a brave warrior of freedom and democracy, George Bizos, on his 88th birthday. 

May the year be filled with blessings and good health for you and may you continue to be our lodestar in trying times.

 

STATEMENT: NOT MERELY THE RANTINGS OF AN INFANTILE POLITICIAN

MALEMA IOLAccording to media reports and transcripts Julius Malema told his supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court yesterday that:

We, the rightful owners, our peace was disturbed by white man’s arrival here…They killed our people during land dispossession…They found peaceful Africans here. They killed them! They slaughtered them, like animals! We are not calling for the slaughter of white people, at least for now”.

We will not chase white people into the sea. We will give them portion…That is where you stay. And you can’t own bigger than us. You are a visitor. Visitors must behave. They must know the land belongs to the people of South Africa, the indigenous people of South Africa… No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in South Africa and in the whole of the African continent. This is our continent; it belongs to us”.

SPEECH: TRANSFORMATION AND GOVERNANCE

fwdk podiumIt is a great pleasure for me to be able to address you today on the important questions of transformation and governance.

According to Charles Darwin the success of species is not determined by their relative strength or intelligence, but by their ability to adapt to change. It was in this area that our homo sapiens ancestors did really well. Not only were they able to adapt to the rapidly changing environments created by a succession of ice ages, they were progressively able to change the environments in which they lived.  In effect, we humans became the only species with the ability to manage change.

That is the secret of our phenomenal success - and it has led us to the point now where for most of our lives we live entirely in environments that we ourselves have created - our homes, our cities and our offices.  

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