Conversation with Prof Muhammad Yunus, in collaboration with WDB Group (Women’s Development Businesses), SEF (Small Enterprise Foundation) and AMFISA (Association of Micro Finance Institutions of South Africa). An all-day dialogue session with thought leaders, South Africa’s foremost social entrepreneurship patrons and practitioners, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, civil society, government, and members of the South African media. Other partners such as the WDB, African Development Bank (ADB), Banking Council, Independent Development Trust (IDT) and other microfinance institutions including the broader community of social entrepreneurs participated in this session. Professor Yunus aimed at stimulating a robust dialogue and conversation about microcredit, microfinance or social business as a tool to address poverty, based on the Grameen Bank model.
Social Cohesion dialogues on xenophobia with Albert Park community, Diepsloot community, Giyani community, Kamaqhekeza community, KwaLanga community, Leandra community, Nkomazi community, Soshanguve community as well as Yeoville community.
Dialogue programme and meetings of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), a grant-making foundation which supports local, national and regional organizations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment.
Dialogue by the ''Save the Children UK Foundation'' with representatives of government, civil society, schools and communities gathered in the small town of Clarens, the Free State, discussing how schools could care for children made vulnerable by poverty, HIV/AIDS and other causes. Schools visited during the dialogue were in Qwa Qwa.
Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) Programme; a methodology used by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to empower communities through dialogue, to identify challenges brought by HIV/AIDS and find solutions that are appropriate to them. The event was held at Parktonian hotel in Johannesburg.
Series of conversations launched by the Nelson Mandela Foundation focussinged on the creation of social cohesion in communities where xenophobic violence is a problem. The conversations were facilitated by Bea Abrahams and Ken Mutuma.
Professor Ariel Dorfman in Cape Town leading a panel discussion hosted by Professor Njabulo Ndebele and featuring BooK SA members Victor Dlamini, Thando Mgqolozana, Kevin Bloom, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Niq Mhlongo. The discusion was based on exploring the subject of reconciliation.
Ariel Dorfman in a social cohesion sharing session around the issue of xenophobia held at the Gugulethu Community Centre in Cape Town and served as an opportunity to listen to the recurring problems regarding xenophobia.
Professor Ariel Dorfman with Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, renowned Zimbabwean-born writer Elinor Sisulu as well as poet and former political activist Doctor Mongane Wally Serote in a discussion on the role of art in consolidating democracy and fighting oppression. Shots of Professor Dorfman signing a book after the event. The event was held in Freedom Park and gathered together authors, writers, journalists, students, scholars and academics to interrogate how art can help build strong and robust democracies.
The Dialogue "In Conversations with Ariel Dorfman" was hosted in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Drama and the Market Theatre. John Kani read from "Nothing but the Truth" and Wits Drama students performed Dorman’s play "Delirium". This was followed by a facilitated discussion between Dorfman, Kani and Nadine Gordimer.
Dialogue with young people and university students about the Grameen Bank model. Students shared with Prof Yunus their own initiatives in working towards alleviating poverty in their communities. This inter-generational gathering consisted of South Africa’s leading young minds and social entrepreneurs at all levels.
Professor Ismail Serageldin’s presentation at the University of Johannesburg, entitled “In Conversations with Youth – the Shape of Tomorrow, The seven pillars of the knowledge revolution''. The University of Johannesburg Choral Group begins proceedings with a song.
Nelson Mandela Debating Challenge. Six days event with students from schools in South Africa. This event is the result of a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tshimong, a social enterprise that trains high-schoolers in debating.
Kamaqhekeza community's commitment in a dialogue series, sharing ideas and engaging in different activities. These activities helped the participants to know each other better as South Africans and as non-South Africans.
Leandra community, a community fuelled by poor service delivery, poverty, xenophobic violence and a host of other challenges, addressing the challenges it faces and creating a better future for its members.
Legacy Dialogue about the relationship between Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, held at the Z.K.Matthews Great Hall at UNISA. With UNISA Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya, Cuban Ambassador Carlos Fernandes de Cossio, Barbara Masekela, Estela Bravo.
Mthatha community conversation on the fight against HIV/AIDS, held at the Rotary Hall. Learners from different schools coming out in numbers to voice their issues. The conversation was facilitated by Lesley Nkosi and Paddy Nhlapo.
Nelson Mandela Foundation discussion panel event held at the National Aids Conference in Durban. The panel featured Achmat Dangor, Zackie Achmat; Alan Whiteside; Desiree Daniels, Peter Piot, Mark Heywood and Doctor Helen Rees amongst others.
Facilitators of the community conversations on HIV/Aids issues are sharing their experiences, challenges and lessons learned during the review and refinement process. Facilitators from different regions putting their experiences on paper and posting them around the room in which the process was held in.
Third Malibongwe dialogue with struggle stalwarts at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. The Malibongwe Dialogue, with and about stalwarts of the struggle for freedom, and the role that women played during those difficult, and often truly dark, years, achieved a remarkable level of candour, unmindful of organisational or ideological loyalties.
Dialogue on how the presence of immigrants and refugees shaped the changes that had taken place in Yeoville (a suburb of Johannesburg) and how these significant events had shaped the community's capacities to resolve challenges.
Youth dialogue focusing on the issues of violence and substance abuse. It included the popular South African group Mafikizolo, Sello Hatang (CEO NMF), Hayden Wright, Jijbez Vosloo, Naidoo, Sade Maokwena, Justine Arendse, Born Free (Band), Freddy Arendse (Founder School of Music) and the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi.