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South Africa holds Social Cohesion Summit in Sowet

08-16-2012 01:58 BJT

Since the attainment of democracy in 1994, the people of the New South Africa - have been known around the world as the Rainbow Nation. But 18 years down the line, many say the Rainbow is starting to fade, as the country struggles with issues such as corruption, poverty, unemployment and incidents of racial tension. This recently prompted the government to hold a Social Cohesion Summit, in Soweto.

The Summit took place here in Kliptown, in Soweto - the same place where South Africa's Freedom Charter was established in 1955. South Africans from across the political spectrum and all walks of life gathered to discuss ways of working towards greater Social Cohesion in South Africa.

Jacob Zuma, SA President, said, "We've come together to discuss, all who live in it."

But the President admitted that there were many challenges - such as poverty, unemployment, homelessness and divisions around race, class and gender - which made it hard to arrive at a united society as quickly as most South Africans would want to.

Jacob Zuma, SA President, said, "Our responsibility as government democratic and prosperous. One organization that has heeded government's call for greater Social Cohesion in South Africa, is a civil society organization called Lead SA. it's worked over the past two years trying to encourage ordinary South African citizens to stand up for their communities and their country."

South Africa's Deputy-President Kgalema Motlanthe said the Lead SA Initiative resonated with government's belief that working together South Africans could achieve more. He stressed that the challenges that faced South African society today, could not be left to government alone.

Kgalema Mothlante, SA Deputy-president, said,  "Each and every South African has to set their sights on making a contribution in a manner that answers the adage of late American President JF Kennedy. who said... ask not what you're country can do for you. But what you can do for your country."

President Zuma said starting a dialogue on Social Cohesion was crucial and he said, it confirmed that nation-building and national identity were high on his government's list of priorities.


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