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.
One hundred and sixty-six years ago, in 1848, Karl Marx wrote in the Communist Manifesto that “A spectre is haunting Europe. It is the spectre of communism”.
In comments that he is reported to have made at a luncheon yesterday, President Zuma apparently asked why there was so much criticism over state expenditure on his personal residence at Nkandla, if the state had been prepared to build an airport for PW Botha in George in 1977?
He also pointed out that he lived in official accommodation without paying rent and that he made use of official aircraft without having to pay the costs involved. Were these unfair benefits, he asked? When it was pointed out that Nkandla was his own personal property he asked whether it was not the state’s duty to protect the president and the deputy president?
I would like to share some thoughts with you this morning on leadership and on how everyone - not just leaders - can make a difference.
#WeAreHere. Yes we are. With the suspension of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates the decision was taken not to allow the conversation to be silenced in South Africa. The event has been renamed, rebranded and reignited. Now known as the Global Youth Peace Indaba the conversations will most definitely be happening from 13 - 15 October, right here in South Africa!
In a statement issued today, the President’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj, has taken “strong exception to the attack on the South African government by the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Ms Patricia de Lille”, because “she blamed government for the cancellation of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Laureates.”
It is with the greatest sadness that I have received the news that the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town has been suspended.
The FW de Klerk Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Klaus Kotzé as Operations Officer.
Our friends at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation challenged us to participate in the ALS/ MND #IceBucketChallenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise funds for and awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/ Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Our staff accepted the Challenge - which took place at Nobel Square at the V&A Waterfront - and pledged a donation of R1000 to Joost van der Westhuizen's J9 Foundation.
Our thanks goes out to our friends at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation for the nomination, and for attending our Challenge to show their support. Thanks also to the V&A Waterfront and Nobel Square, and to Ryan and his wonderful team at Coza Productions for donating their services on the day.
Watch the video of our #IceBucketChallenge HERE