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.
The judgment last week of the Constitutional Court in Renate Barnard raises questions as to whether the foundational value of non-racialism is still applicable to white South Africans.
The following is an edited version of a speech given by FW de Klerk in Hong Kong on 7 September 2014
The current crisis in the Ukraine points to one of the central challenges of the new millennium: the need to ensure the peaceful coexistence of diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic communities within the same country.
In a speech on the evolution for property rights since 1994, FW de Klerk warned Government against taking any action that would destroy the carefully constructed agreements on property rights that are contained in section 25 of the Constitution.
It is with regret that I must inform you that Minister Gugile Nkwinti will not be able to join us today. He told us that he would very much have liked to have been able to address us but, despite his best efforts, was unable to change pre-existing commitments.
I am sorry that Elita and I will not be able to join you this evening. However, the FW de Klerk Foundation will be represented by Dave Steward - and Elita and I shall be with you in spirit.
People who are sceptical about big government sometimes observe that society can afford lazy and ineffective public servants because, on the whole, they do little harm - apart from consuming taxpayers’ money.
The FW de Klerk Foundation - in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation - invites you to attend a full-day conference at the Johannesburg Country Club in Napier Road, Auckland Park on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.