Civil Society groups gathered in Durban for the provincial launch of the Anti-Racism Network.
The Network was started by the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Foundations in an effort to fight racism. The forum abbreviated as “ARNSA” was launched in the province at the Coastlands Hotel Musgrave on 16 March 2016.
A facilitated conversation took place about issues that surrounding racism and the role of the network. ARNSA brings together organisations, institutions, business and civil society to critically engage each other on action orientated initiatives with impact.
The launch was facilitated by Dr Rama Naidu of Democracy Development NPC which is one of the organisations that ARNSA works in partnership with in the province KwaZulu-Natal. The main issues that were discussed at the Durban Launch of this network was the tension between Black and Indian people, the future of the young generation and how the phenomenon of racism affects them and white privilege.
Speaking at the Launch Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation stressed that every citizen has a responsibility to stop racism and said “For us, it's important that the 80 organisations that have joined this movement, each one of them says 'Not in my name - I will do anything and everything possible to rid South Africa of racism, to learn about racism in knowing what it is, speak about it and take action to stop it”.
The event was also attended by Jallow Momodou, Vice-chair of European Network Against Racism, and Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Director Neeshan Balton who both delivered messages from the organisations they represent.
The launch was part of the national Anti-Racism Week programme in which include a series of activities taking place, hosted by various organisations, with many of them being led by ARNSA between March 21 which will be marked across South Africa as Anti-Racism Day
Here is a link to photographs from the launch:bit.ly/1UCGq8z