International Women Day

Today we salute all women on International Women's Day. Let us celebrate the courage and determination of every woman who has played an extraordinary role in every field, that has made this nation proud. We salute their indomitable spirit and dedication towards achieving their goals. While saluting the undaunted, fighting spirit of women this International Women’s Day we hope that the call to recommit ourselves to breaking the barriers that continue to hinder their path to freedom and equality.

human rights first

As we celebrate Human Rights Month, The South African Human Rights Commission says human rights violations have increased in South Africa.

The commission says one of the contributing factors is the fact that many South Africans have no respect for the rule of law. But nothing prepared South Africa for the violent and brutal murder of Thoriso Themane’s as his death drew widespread outcry and condemnation and an online petition demanding justice. Our programmes mark an interesting shift in our work – away from defining reconciliation merely in terms of peaceful coexistence to stressing the element of development, poverty alleviation, restitution, equality and justice as bases for a sustainable peace. Youth upliftment programmes is critical and ongoing work by Freedom Park in fighting the scourge of drug abuse and building a better future for themselves.

miriam makeba remembered

Lest we forget, this imposing diva with the larger-than-life persona.

Despite her lifelong claim that she was not a political singer, she became “Mama Africa” with an activist’s tenacity and a musician’s ear. She took a stand against apartheid and racism. denouncing apartheid in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in 1963. She became the first African artist to win a Grammy Award in 1966 for her album with Harry Belafonte ,An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. The album touched on a range of issues faced by black South Africans under the racially discriminatory apartheid regime.