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.
Sunday, 6 April will be the 362nd anniversary of the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape - and of the founding of our mother city - Cape Town.
The preamble to the Constitution sets out succinctly the goals that public leaders should strive to achieve. They include the need:
- to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights; and
- to improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person.
I welcome Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to my speech of 31 January, which dealt, among other topics, with the ANC’s approach to transformation - as embodied in its National Democratic Revolution (NDR).
The FW de Klerk Foundation condemns recent comments by Mr Sandile Memela in an article on the Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader website on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.
The FW de Klerk Foundation has learned with shock of the new Regulations published on 28 February 2014 by the Department of Labour in terms of the Employment Equity Act (as amended).
South Africans would do well to take note of President Zuma’s statement in Parliament yesterday regarding the ANC’s plans to "intensify the implementation of affirmative action policies in order to deepen reconciliation and social cohesion in our country." The President did not grab these ideas from the air - they are a core element of the second phase of the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution.
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) - on 21 February each year - celebrates language diversity, variety and multilingualism throughout the world.
I would like to welcome all of you to this the fifth annual conference of the FW de Klerk Foundation. Our conference this year takes place a few days before the 24th anniversary of the commencement of our transformation process on 2 February 1990 and in the 20th anniversary year of the new society that emerged from that process.